September 29, 2020

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HK government tech lab launches V-OS Cloud Authentication solution

Despite the havoc that the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking on firm across the globe, the incubatees at Hong Kong’s Smart Government Innovation Lab have been able to sustain their release of solutions.

Recently, another one of its supported firms developed a solution that is now ready to be acquired by other firms, government agencies and academic institutions.

Solution description

The solution, called V-OS Cloud Authentication has the following benefits:

  • it secures remote access to corporate services or Microsoft Office 365
  • it is simple and quick to integrate
  • able to provide V-OS App Protection & Smart OTP/PKI Tokens over Cloud as well

The tech follows the procedure of operation detailed below:

  1. The user launches VPN software on a laptop to access their corporate network
  2. The authentication process starts when the user inputs their username and password (1FA) on their laptop,
  3. Upon successful verification of 1FA, the V-Key App will be installed on the user’s mobile device will be activated to request for 2FA
  4. The user must then further verify (either via facial/fingerprint or biometrics passcode) their identity through the V-Key App
  5. When the 2FA is successfully verified, the user will be able to access the corporate network

Application Areas

The solution can be applied in the areas of Broadcasting, City Management, Climate and Weather, Commerce and Industry, Development, Education, Employment and Labour, Environment, Finance, Food, Health, Housing, Infrastructure, Law and Security, Population, Recreation and Culture, Social Welfare as well as Transport.

Technologies Used

The solution employs the latest Mobile Technologies.

Use Case

  • Cloud Solutions reduce costs for On-Premise deployments
  • It is secure yet easy to deploy
  • Updates/upgrades done Over-The-Air

Cloud authentication technology

One article notes Covid-19 has accelerated customer demand for digital technologies to ensure resilient enterprise business operations across the Asia Pacific, resulting in cloud-based offerings outshining traditional products.

Key verticals like banking and financial, healthcare and manufacturing sectors are witnessing a surge in demand for cloud-based solutions, owing to features like remote data storage capabilities and provisioning of privileges for hosted applications.

This crisis has derailed the economy of Asian countries to a certain extent. Governments in these countries, therefore, are encouraging the adoption of advanced digital capabilities amongst small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large enterprises.

For example, the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) has introduced GoCloud to support SMEs when migrating from legacy software development procedures and architectures to cloud-based applications delivered as cloud-native applications or services. This will help businesses to perform effectively during the pandemic, in addition to supporting the economy of the country.

Cloud service providers are also witnessing a surge in the adoption of cloud-based communication and collaboration tools through a rise in audio conference calls, video collaboration solutions and virtual schooling.

During the pandemic, the majority of organisations are providing a work from home facility to employees in countries such as India, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

There is a high demand for software-as-a-service (SaaS) based offerings from enterprises, specifically for teleworking and remote conferencing. Low staff presence to monitor local servers or data centres has compelled them to opt for public cloud offerings.

The benefits of cloud services align directly with broader enterprise strategies like new product and services developments, resulting in the creation of new revenue streams and adopt an agile transformation model to align their operations as per changing business requirements.

About the Smart Government Innovation Lab

In 2018, the Government established the Smart Government Innovation Lab to explore hi-tech products such as AI and relevant technologies, including machine learning, big data analytics, cognitive systems and intelligent agent, as well as blockchain and robotics from firms, especially local start-ups.

The Lab is always on the lookout for innovation and technology (I&T) solutions that are conducive to enhancing public services or their operational effectiveness.

I&T suppliers are encouraged to regularly visit the Lab’s website to check on the current business and operational needs in public service delivery and propose innovative solutions or product suggestions to address them.