The Federation is the product provided by HKAF. It is a combination of technology and policy which provides a trust framework. It provides subscribers with a cross-organization single sign-on solution that allows individuals across many different organizations to collaborate and access online resources within a trusted environment.

By logging in via the Federation, End Users will be able to access a variety of services and resources including research, learning and teaching, scientific instrumentation, administrative systems, and scholarly resources.

The Federation eliminates the need for creation of multiple local password-protected accounts and simplifies access to online resources whether it is on-campus, off-campus, across different institutions, research centres or service provider organizations. It allows users to access services they need with confidence.

The Federation lowers the costs and effort associated with federated identity management in each individual subscriber organization. It also removes inter-organizational barriers to collaboration by enabling people to quickly and easily connect with electronic resources. Resource providers are also able to quickly and easily connect their services to over hundred thousands of people in the Education & Research community connected to the Federation.