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Intercede launches ID verification app, uses Tactivo for biometrics


Security software provider Intercede announced the availability of its new MyID CardChecker App for Apple iOS last week. Designed for government agencies and enterprises to read and display electronic information from personal identification smart cards on iPhones and iPads equipped with a Tactivo Smart Card Reader from Precise Biometrics, this new app also supports biometric fingerprint authentication.

“The flexibility and extendibility of mobile technology enables government agencies and enterprises to not only substantially decrease security costs, but also improve the reliability of identity verification within their organizations,” Richard Parris, CEO of Intercede said. “Our mission at Intercede is to bring a highly secure, inexpensive solution to market that enables enterprises and government agencies to efficiently verify digital credentials stored on smart cards that comply with US Federal Government PIV standards– regardless of an employee’s geographical location.”

Using the Tactivo reader, the MyID CardChecker app boasts a three-factor authentication process. The app ensures that an employee has the smart card present, it also verifies the cardholder knows their unique PIN and displays the electronically encoded data on the card to confirm the identity of the holder is accurate. As a final level of authentication, this app uses biometric authentication by matching the fingerprint of the cardholder with what is stored on the card electronically.

“The MyID CardChecker app is the industry’s first solution that addresses the growing need to improve the identity verification process and suit the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce, Parris said. “We are confident that this app represents the first of many continued innovations in the mobile security space.”

As Biometric Update has previously reported, the Tactivo Smart Card Reader is the first product in the market to have a combined fingerprint and smart card reader, playing into recent ‘bring your own device’ trends in the workplace, as well as the increased prevalence of a mobile workplace.

Since the MyID authentication process references locally-encoded credentials, organizations can check and authenticate a smart card without an internet connection.

The MyID CardChecker app is compatible with a wide range of iOS devices running iOS 5.1 or later and costs $0.99. Download the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cardchecker/id537926210?mt=8.

What do you think: Is the MyID CardChecker and Tactivo device combination a reliable authentication solution?

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