Swiss edu-ID Roadmap

Deployment 2017 - 2020

The integration is a required step for all organisations served by SWITCHaai to unleash the full potential of SWITCH edu-ID. Therefore SWITCH plans to launch the SWITCH edu-ID service at the beginning of 2018 (allowing organisational adoption) and to fully deploy it by the end of 2020.
Yearly entry points should allow universities to start planning at a convenient time, and in parallel integrations of ready organisations as well as further functional upgrades in line with the needs of universities:

Deployment Step 2.2 (planned; preliminary version)

1.8.2018 - 31.12.2019 (application mid February 2018; to be approved by swissuniversities) 

  • Individual Integration Planning with universities
  • Functional Upgrade 2:
    • Integration of functional extensions facilitating organizational adoption
    • Extensions for group management
    • OIDC/mobile integration
    • Microsoft interoperability
    • Multi-factor authentication (MFA)
    • Eduroam integration
    • Extension of user and admin interface
  • Organisational Integration with universities (pre-condition: approval of integration plan at university)

Deployment Step 2.1 (planned; preliminary version)

1.1.2018 - 31.6.2018 (without subsidies)

  • Prepare Functional Extensions facilitating organizational adoption
  • Individual Integration Planning with universities who need no subsidies
  • Continuation of Deployment Step 1 (complete planning with universities and functional extensions)

Deployment Step 1 (ongoing)

1.1.2017 - 31.12.2017 (approved by swissuniversities)


Main goals:

  • develop individual migration plans (all participating institutions)
  • improve and extend functionality of Swiss edu-ID by
    • using of strengthening identifiers as AHVN13 (FHNW & SWITCH)
    • analysing restrictions, technical methods and processes to grant privacy and data security (EPFL & SWITCH)
    • implementing duplicate prevention (on the fly and in batch mode) and resolution process involving end users in order to grant uniqueness
    • comparing password policies and implementing harmonization framework and user workflows for password selection and second factor
    • allowing management of arbitrary flat groups defined by end users (with Grouper), delivery of an affiliation attribute and integration with an attribute provider mechanism



Phase 2 extension (completed)

1.1.2017 - 31.7.2017 (confirmed by swissunversities)

The completion of version 2.0 takes more time (e.g., because of prioritisation of some use cases and no availability of software product covering the Swiss edu-ID use cases). The extension period will be used to include all features that are necessary for the pending use cases and organisational migrations.

Swiss edu-ID Phase 2 (completed)

1.8.2015 - 31.12.2016 (approved by swissuniversities)

Main goals:

  • implement the service Swiss edu-ID v2.0 based on
    • target platform evaluation results
    • platform requirement list used for the RFI
    • working group recommendations
    • use case experiences
  • operate Swiss edu-ID v1.0 service and its use cases from phase I and gain new use cases
  • back project decisions and improve community take-up by close cooperation with the community via topical working groups
  • keep community informed and foster international uptake to work towards a globally scaling Swiss edu-ID by communication measures

Basis for Version 2.0 builds the architecture document that was reviewed by the Processes II WG during the "Requirement Collection & Analysis" Phase.


Swiss edu-ID Phase 1 (completed)

1.5.2014 - 30.6.2015 (approved by swissuniversities)

Main goals:

  • establish the Swiss edu-ID in the community
    • build working groups and collect requirements
    • develop the Swiss edu-ID architecture
    • clarify the legal issues
    • ensure interoperability
    • handle sustainable service operation
  • set up the Swiss edu-ID V1.0 service
    • initial basic functions