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.
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.
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