Identive Group, a provider of identification, security, and RFID products and services, today announced the development of an innovative smart card reader that allows iPad®, iPhone®, and iMac® users to validate themselves to secure networks, websites, and payment systems through the application of smart chip-based IDs or credit cards. The first version of the reader has been developed specifically to target the U.S. government and worldwide enterprise markets.
"Mobile computing devices are fun to use and allow people to be productive wherever they are. The popularity of the iPad in particular is creating a 'bring your own device' culture as employees seek to use their personal devices to accomplish work tasks both within and outside the office. This presents security problems for organizations that maintain strict policies around network access, as these employee-owned devices typically do not have a way to read and authenticate highly secure smart card-based employee IDs. Identive's iAuthenticate reader addresses this problem by enabling authentication of corporate or federally-issued smart identification credentials using an Apple iPad, iPhone or iMac," explained Louis Modell, vice president of Identive's Identification Products division.
One the largest smart card-based ID programs in the world is operated by the U.S. Federal government, making it an ideal target for Identive's new product when combined with the fact that the government has struggled with device mobility in the past. More than five million federal employees are required to present their Common Access Card (NASDAQ:CAC) or Personal Identification Verification (PIV) credentials to securely authenticate their identities when logging on to the network, and Identive's iAuthenticate reader greatly simplifies this process by allowing employees and contractors to securely log into federal websites and web-based accounts without carrying a laptop or being in the office.
High-security organizations, like the U.S. government, have very unique requirements that must be accounted for, and Identive has addressed these issues by including the PKard® for iOS CAC/PIV web/email app from Thursby Software Systems into the iAuthenticate reader. Thursby is a prominent provider of smart card middleware and applications for Apple devices. The reader also compiles all relevant federal standards including TAA, FIPS 140-2, and FIPS 201, and an application is in process for its addition to the U.S. General Services Administration's Approved Product List.
"The iAuthenticate reader builds on the wealth of experience and technological know-how Identive has gained from delivering 20 million smart card readers and five million reader ICs to more than 400 PC customers in over 50 countries. Users of Apple iOS devices now can experience this same security, ease of use and cost performance on their mobile devices, from the leader in smart card reader technology," concluded Dr. Manfred Mueller, executive vice president and COO Identification Products for Identive.
The iAuthenticate reader may be pre-ordered now for November delivery by Identive and its authorized resellers, including SHI, PC Mall, NEXCOM, CompSource and Army Air Force Exchange Service locations. For more information or to place an order, please visit: www.identive-infrastructure.com/iAuthenticate.
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