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Liberty Focuses on Mobile Web Services

The Liberty Alliance Project released Mobile Business Guidelines 2.0, a document for describing how service providers can deploy secure mobile Web services.

The Mobile Business Guidelines document addresses issues such as quality standards, risk management, liability/dispute and resolution policies for those offering single sign-on and Web services via handheld computers, smart phones and laptops.

The publication of the schema was made in time for 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, where the notion of being able to access Web services safely via will be a major topic.

Software makers such as Microsoft , IBM , BEA Systems and others are intent on expanding the adoption of Web services , application-to-application communication that enables users to purchase goods securely via the Internet.

But the software needs some service providers and wireless operators to use the Web services infrastructure and applications written by the software companies, enabling them on mobile gadgets to spur Web-based purchases for mobile commerce.

Mobile operators are adopting them more and more as their confidence in the safety of the technology increase due to blueprints from groups such as the Liberty Alliance Project.

Liberty officials said in a statement they estimate close to 400 million mobile subscribers -- including customers of NTT DoCoMo, MTN, Orange, Telefonica Msviles and Vodafone -- will use Liberty models for secure, single sign-on and Web services by the end of 2005. Mobile device makers such as Nokia already apply Liberty specs to its devices and server products.

"As wireless operators continue to build out their enormous data networks, it stands to reason that service providers will follow with additional data services aimed at providing added value to the mobile user," Liberty said.

Protecting privacy has had quite a premium placed on it in the recent advent of several regulatory compliance policies, including HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley and SEC 17a-4. Liberty is delivering blueprints to protect both the mobile end user and the service provider.

Meanwhile, Liberty members Nokia, Sun and Vodafone are demonstrating identity federation and identity Web services in consumer and enterprise scenarios at 3GSM World Congress. Last week, Liberty unveiled ID-WSF 2.0 a refined schema for single sign-on Web services with SAML 2.0 support.