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Thursday, 26 November 2020 10:30

Digital ID provider Okta secures deal with SA education dept

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Digital identity provider Okta has won a contract with the South Australian Department of Education to use its technology for its new EdPass project, following a competitive tender.

The Okta Identity Cloud will be used for approximately 30,000 staff and 250,000 students, the company said in a statement on Thursday, with Insync Solutions being the local partner.

“As Australian schools become increasingly digital and take steps to future-proof learning infrastructure to support their staff and students no matter the circumstances, Okta is committed to providing secure solutions that enable productivity,” said Okta Asia Pacific general manager Graham Sowden.

“The EdPass solution enables staff and students in South Australia to seamlessly and securely access the essential tools they need to support teaching and learning from anywhere.

"We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with Insync Solutions through the implementation of the EdPass project with the SA Department for Education and beyond.”

EdPass will be used in about 900 pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, Okta said, adding that it would give easy access to apps for online learning and collaboration.

SA Education Department chief information officer Scott Bayliss said: “EdPass will remove disruptions to the learning experience by delivering secure simplified login and easy access to education applications.

“Reducing the burden of multiple logins and needing to remember different credentials for different apps saves teachers and students time so they focus on the work that really matters – improving educational outcomes for students across South Australia.”

The project is due to be completed by mid-2021.

“It’s great to see the Okta technology being the enabler and the doorway for the EdPass project. We are extremely proud to be part of this digital transformation that will shape the way education is delivered in South Australian schools,” said Insync Solutions director Paul Williamson.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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