Winner of the access management system challenge

November 2018 News, Access Control & Identity Management, Cyber Security

Airports Company of South Africa and Wits University’s Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, earlier this year launched a search for disruptive and innovative developers to come up with a suitable Single Sign-On (SSO) access management system.

The exercise has come to its conclusion and the two finalists were locked down to a hackathon set out to find a unique and impactful security solution using a SSO approach. Johannesburg-based team, Authentic8, was announced as the ultimate winner with its identity management authentication solution and team Wakanda, with its ‘bringing it together’ solution, placed second.

Winning team Authentic8 with ACSA representatives.
Winning team Authentic8 with ACSA representatives.

Authentic8 delivered a SSO solution, built on the OKTA collaborative development platform. The team received R 150 000 and immediately enters a seven-month incubation period at the Tshimologong Precinct to continue developing its solution.

Shaun Randles, enterprise development manager, Tshimologong Precinct, says the hackathon not only set out to streamline and develop a single system to manage access and authentication for all systems within the Airports Company South Africa environment, but to also discover a new generation of technology driven skills. “Part of the role of the precinct is to support and grow the next generation of talent. We identified 50 impressive teams through the hackathon process, all of which had innovative solutions to the Airports Company South Africa access management system challenge.”

Airports Company South Africa owns and manages a network of nine airports in South Africa, including the three main international gateways of O.R. Tambo International, Cape Town International and King Shaka International Airports. In 2017, the nine airports facilitated nearly 41 million passengers.

Humbulani Netshieneulu, Airports Company South Africa’s socio-economic development senior manager, says the company is excited about the Authentic8 solution: “The prototypes presented by both winners demonstrated an innate understanding of the challenges we face and the best possible solution for our access management. Using a platform for enterprise block chain, Airports Company South Africa is confident that together with Tshimologong’s guidance, Authentic8 will deliver a valuable solution.”

Intended to increase trust, efficiency and transparency, the platform was designed to be shared, replicated and is permissioned based. The Authentic8 team comprising of developers Aaron Rseke, Gift Mogeni and project manager, Mosima Matlhwana, all have diverse technology skills including cyber security, virtual reality, robotics, engineering and research. The team, in an immense collaborative effort, developed its unique identity management authentication solution with an aim to fully address the business issues outlined by Airports Company South Africa.

Wakanda presented a solution based on a combination of multiple technologies, which also looked to consolidate the access management system and address all stakeholders.

“Both solutions were forward thinking, utilising innovative technologies that clearly met the brief and addressed the access management system requirements at Airports Company South Africa. We would like to thank both teams for remaining committed to solve the brief and present very compelling solutions to the Airports Company South Africa panel of judges,” says Randles.




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page



Further reading:

TAPA: The role of an effective treasury function in business risk management
June 2019, Technews Publishing , News
Neil Le Roux, the Founder of Diligent Advisors will speak at the TAPA SA (Transported Asset Protection Association) annual conference on 26 July 2019.

Read more...
From the editor's desk: Of sore feet and new websites
June 2019, Technews Publishing , News
I hope everyone has recovered from the hustle and bustle of Securex. This year was once again an exhausting event and now we’re left with following up. For Hi-Tech Security Solutions it was a good show ...

Read more...
Where are your crown jewels?
June 2019, Wolfpack Information Risk , Commercial (Industry), Cyber Security, Security Services & Risk Management
Understanding what data they store and analyse is gaining increasing urgency for organisations that are now accountable to new(ish) privacy regulations such as the GDPR and our PoPIA.

Read more...
Managing visitors effectively and responsibly
June 2019, Powell Tronics, IDEMIA , Vox Telecom, Technews Publishing , Access Control & Identity Management
Managing access for visitors has always been something of a balancing act between keeping unwanted people out, and letting authorised people in. Particularly in a business environment, it is also crucial to make guests feel welcome and safe.

Read more...
Foresight means secure offices
June 2019, Bosch Building Technologies , Commercial (Industry), CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Access Control & Identity Management
If you’re responsible for a medium or large-sized office, it’s more important than ever that you have access to a means of ensuring people’s safety, managing risks and fraud, and protecting property.

Read more...
Axis 7th generation ARTPEC chip
June 2019, Axis Communications SA , Editor's Choice, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Cyber Security
Axis has launched its 7th generation ARTPEC chip, optimised for network video, to improve all the signature Axis technologies created to address difficult light conditions.

Read more...
Does green cost more?
June 2019 , News, Commercial (Industry)
GBCA, ASAQS and UP launch the 2019 edition of Green Building in South Africa: Guide to Costs & Trends.

Read more...
Partnership to reduce farm violence and agricultural crime
June 2019, Fidelity ADT Security , News, Security Services & Risk Management, Agriculture (Industry)
Agri SA has partnered with Fidelity ADT, a subsidiary of the Fidelity Services Group, to offer a range of services and products to its members and the rural community.

Read more...
Centurion announces new board of directors
June 2019, Centurion Systems , News, Access Control & Identity Management
After more than 30 years at the helm of access automation manufacturer, Centurion, co-founder Pat Dickens stepped down as the company’s MD at the end of March, with current sales and marketing director Richard Rohman being named as his successor.

Read more...
Kaspersky Lab to open office in Kigali, Rwanda
June 2019, Kaspersky Lab , News, Cyber Security
Kaspersky Lab has announced plans to open a new office in Kigali, Rwanda, to support the rapid growth of its business in East Africa.

Read more...