March 21, 2013 -
Putting an end to all of the speculation, Precise Biometrics has just announced that Verizon will begin selling the company’s popular Tactivo product in the United States.
Earlier this month, Precise announced only that a “major U.S. mobile carrier” would begin selling the Tactivo, sparking plenty of speculation and guesses as to which carrier this may be.
Reported previously, Verizon has placed an initial order of 5,000 Tactivo units for delivery this month. An important driver for this agreement, said the company, is the expectation that before the end of the government budget year in September 2013, a new policy will be announced, mandating the use of PIV credentials for all government employees and contractors on mobile devices.
Last year, the Biometrics Research Group predicted that the market for electronic identity cards will reach U.S$5.2 billion by 2015. There are currently a total of 5.6 million government employees and contractors requiring PIV credentials. The majority have already been issued a PIV card and they will be subjected to the new mandatory requirement for implementation on mobile platforms used for remote access.
“We are very excited about this relationship and look forward to working closely with Verizon to develop this further,” CEO & President of Precise Biometrics, Thomas Marschall said.
Last week, the company also announced its plans to launch the Tactivo for Android and other mobile platforms by the end of Q2 this year. Selected partners will have prototype access in May and a mobile toolkit for Android will also be released to app developers during the spring.