Identive smart card reader certified for use with Apple devices

April 5, 2013 - 

Identive Group has announced that its iAuthenticate smart card reader has been certified under Apple’s MFi program for use with iPhone and iPads.

The iAuthenticate reader allows users to use their idevices to authenticate to secure networks, website and payment systems using their smart chip-based ID or credit cards.

“With the BYOD, or ‘bring your own device’ culture permeating both the corporate and government sectors, there is a growing need for an easy and secure solution that allows employee-owned devices to be used to authenticate employee IDs. Our iAuthenticate reader does just that, enabling authentication of corporate or even highly secure federally-issued smart identification credentials using an Apple iPad or iPhone,” Louis Modell, vice president of Identification Products for group said. “iAuthenticate helps companies protect their digital assets while allowing employees to use their personal devices to accomplish work tasks both within and outside the office. For the millions of employees and contractors of the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and other U.S. Government agencies, iAuthenticate enables secure logon to federal websites and web-based accounts and email without the need to carry a laptop or return to their offices. Having the ‘made for Apple devices’ logo on our iAuthenticate packaging signals that the reader is Apple-tested and approved, which is an important step for market adoption.”

According to the company, the iAuthenticate reader complies with all relevant federal standards, including TAA, FIPS 140-2 and FIPS 201 and an application is in process for its inclusion on the U.S. General Services Administration’s Approved Product List.

Reported in January, Identive Group received an order for more than 300, 000 SCR3310v2 smart card readers to support a national eID card program in the Middle Easter. This order, expected to be shipped during the first quarter of 2013, will be used as a part of a plan to enable secure access to eGovernmnet and eAdministration applications as to enable digital signatures.

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