The Swiss edu-ID is a digital identity SWITCH is developing for persistent use by university members. It is designed to be secure and recognised worldwide.
User-centric identity management
University members already use a wide range of digital identities, for example to access scientific data, training materials and networks. However, many of them are of limited use as they only work for a specific service, time period or task. The Swiss edu-ID ties up all the loose ends to function as a lifelong, internationally valid educational passport.
Tried-and-tested AAI solution with potential to grow
The Swiss edu-ID is a logical extension of SWITCHaai, SWITCH's successful identity management solution. It carries over the strengths of SWITCHaai, including single sign-on, but also adds new scope for connecting to other identities and services. This makes it easier for people to manage their own data, streamlines identity management for universities and also allows academic services to be opened up to further user groups.
The project is also promoted by the SUC P-2 program. Substantial parts of it receive a 50% funding from swissuniversities.