Fujitsu Services Oy was selected as the supplier of an electronic authentication system for the Finnish public administration. The idea is to provide people with a web authentication and payment system, which will be the first nation wide shared service initiative involving the state and municipalities of Finland. The service will enable integrated authentication and web payments in all government's electronic access services joined in the system.
Authentication is enabled by the Fujitsu-developed mPollux authentication and access control application system. This procedure allows an easy-to-use and secure connection with strong authentication.
"Web authentication and payment are excellent examples of services involving the entire government, supporting shared electronic access services. After all, we do share also the clients, in other words the residents", says Katrina Harjuhahto-Madetoja, director for the government information society programme.
Authentication can take place in several different ways: either by using web banking id, or resident authentication card of the Population Register Centre, which is operable on different platforms, including electronic id card and the VisaElectron card of the OP bank group. As the project proceeds, also other authentication options become available, such as mobile authentication, credit card or even biometric authentication.
The first authentication services in the municipal sector will be deployed in the first half of 2006. State government services will be available during the upcoming spring.
"There is plenty of use for these services, as the lack of precisely these services has elementally hindered a wider deployment of web services and electronic case management", says project board chair Tuomo Karakorpi from the city of Helsinki. There are numerous projects concerning electronic access services in progress also on state government level.
The web authentication project was started on the initiative of the municipalities around the greater Helsinki area. The actual implementation has been conducted by the cities around Helsinki together with the state government. At present, as many as 60 municipalities have signed in on the project. Offices and institutions of the state government participate in it through Hansel, the Finnish Government's central procurement unit.
Fujitsu won the competitive bidding on the project in summer 2005 and will implement the entire system as a service. This means that the customer pays only for use.
"In addition to price and impressive references, our choice was based on the quality of the service solution and its functional and technical features", says project manager Anne Lindblad-Ahonen from the city of Vantaa.
Sales Director Kari Koskinen, Fujitsu, tel. + 358 50 67036
Date: 14 joulukuuta, 2005
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