Imprivata has launched the new version of its OneSign authentication software to include automatic desktop locking, one-touch roaming and location awareness.

The company said that OneSign 4.5, which also adds transaction-based authentication, has an improved end-user workflow and secure Walk-Away technology designed to protect unattended hospital workstations from unauthorised access.

Omar Hussain, president and CEO at Imprivata, said: “Improving user productivity and securing data are inherently competing goals. As our customers rely increasingly on fast access to digital data to be successful, security and compliance requirements across industries around the world are making access to that data more and more difficult."

The features include automatic desktop locking via secure Walk-Away, which uses intelligent computer vision technology with active presence detection to secure unattended desktops without changing end-user behaviour. It claimed that this removes the security burden from a user, and reduces the time and frustration associated with logging on/off applications.

Also, the addition of one-touch roaming and location awareness enables desktops to follow users throughout the organisation, making the electronic data they need available to them wherever they are with the use of a proximity card.

Imprivata claimed that increased IT security is added via the addition of transparent screen locking, enhanced transaction-based authentication and fingerprint identification enhancements.

The company has also announced a partnership with VMware, which will see VMware View integrated with Imprivata OneSign. This will enable secure and convenient endpoint data access and user roaming desktops with location awareness in virtual desktop environments. 

Vittorio Viarengo, vice president of desktop products at VMware, said: “Healthcare is a prime example of a market that sees virtual desktops as a powerful means to improve workflow within an environment that's heavily-reliant on roaming sessions and shared workstations.

“To fully realise the value of this roaming model, desktop virtualisation must be teamed with solutions that make patient data easily accessible, enforce privacy and deploy transparent security.  With deep healthcare expertise built on more than 500 hospitals, Imprivata will leverage VMware View to deliver high-impact solutions that address the industry's growing interest in secured virtual desktop environments.”

Hussain said: “Because OneSign's architecture is ideally suited for VMware View and fully leverages its unique capabilities, Imprivata's collaboration with this industry leader is a natural step, and will result in a combined solution that delivers on the true promise of secure follow-me desktops.”