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RISMEDIA, Nov. 16, 2007-In late 2006, Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS) made the decision to implement the SAFEMLS strong authentication system from Clareity Security. During the implementation planning phase in early 2007, MRIS reviewed the option of including Single Sign On as part of the improved security initiative. The resolution to implement Single Sign On was based on the desire to offer additional end user convenience while ensuring the security of MRIS systems.

According to the association, the toolkit they chose to achieve SSO integration was developed by Clareity Security with cooperation and support from The Center for REALTOR® Technology (CRT) at the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Though Clareity Security was involved in developing the software toolkit, Clareity does not own it – it will be freely available to the real estate technology community and integrated with the RETS standard.

The toolkit provides a reference implementation that any real estate software vendor can use to incorporate SSO into their products for the benefit of REALTORS everywhere. With SSO technology, REALTORS will no longer have to login to each application they use; they will be able to seamlessly move from one application to another. According to Gregg Petch, CIO of MRIS; “The availability of the Clareity Security developed SSO reference code made the decision to include SSO in this project an easy one for MRIS. Use of non-proprietary SSO software is key to industry-wide SSO, and cross-vendor cooperation is critical to the success.”

In early December 2007, MRIS subscribers will begin receiving their SAFEMLS tokens, and with the token will come the added benefit of SSO – allowing MRIS subscribers to move freely between several applications. Clareity Security provided consultation and guidance to MRIS throughout the development process. The MRIS implementation of SSO includes the use of MRIS’s state of the art RETS server as the identity provider (IdP) for their SSO implementation. Use of the free toolkit will allow MLS vendors, brokers and other parties to integrate for the convenience of MRIS members, and MRIS will not be dependent on a particular vendor for their SSO capability.

“We are pleased to see MRIS as an early adopter of SSO using the Clareity Toolkit and we expect they will be the first of many providers to make use of this free and open software,” stated Gregg Larson, CEO of Clareity Security. “We are aware of several other MLS’s and most of the MLS vendors who are actively working on supporting SSO using the CRT toolkit reference implementation code,” Larson concluded.

For more information, visit http://www.ClareitySecurity.com.

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