HID Global Identity Assurance partners With Precise Biometrics To Deliver Strong Authentication For iOS

New solution combines ActivClient Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) for iOS with two sleeves from Precise Biometrics

October 17, 2012

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IRVINE, Calif., October 14, 2012– HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, will, today announced a solution for government agencies interested in securing iOS devices with access to sensitive data. The solution combines the recently announced ActivClient Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) for iOS &trade with two sleeves from Precise Biometrics: the Tactivo&trade iPhone® sleeve and the Tactivo&trade iPad® sleeve. This solution enables government agencies of all kinds to use their Common Access Card (CAC) or Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards to secure communications and access to sensitive information by encrypting it through standard Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) encryption methods.

"The massive popularity of iOS devices has completely changed the way organizations of all types, including government, approach how these devices access information," said Thomas Marschall, Precise Biometrics President & CEO. "Our solution with HID Global takes a pragmatic approach to the problem, ensuring that the CAC and PIV cards already in use can now secure the mobile devices government employees are already using."

For government agencies interested in deploying a more integrated solution, HID Global offers a solution leveraging "derived credentials", a concept recently introduced in the FIPS 201-2 PIV standard, which is currently in draft form. The integrated approach taken by HID Global applies the "derived credential" to a secure microSD card, a secure element with the same cryptographic services as the CAC or PIV smart card. This microSD format can be connected to iPhones with a sleeve. This approach brings both significantly increased convenience and security to the iPhone BYOD scenarios.

The ActivClient Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) for iOS enables application developers and government entities to deliver two-factor authentication, signature and decryption technologies for all iOS devices, including iPhone and iPad. These devices have led the charge in the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) phenomenon, causing a shift in the way government employees access their corporate email and other resources.

The Precise Biometrics Tactivo&trade Smart Card & Fingerprint Reader enables multi-factor authentication on iPad and iPhone, supporting U.S. government credentials including PIV, PIV-I, CAC and TWIC, as well as the Precise Match-on-Card credentials used in many national IDs. As a smart casing that slips easily over the device, Tactivo&trade makes security convenient and easy to use; pass-through charging and synchronization and a slim design mean users don't have to remove the casing for regular, daily use. Tactivo&trade for iPad was also designed to accommodate the popular iPad Smart Cover®.

"It is incredibly important for us to bridge the gap from the cards in use today to the mobile devices of the future," said Julian Lovelock, vice president of product marketing, Identity Assurance, with HID Global. "As the market shifts from workstations to smartphones and tablets, there is an increased use of these devices to access corporate emails and resources. By incorporating our iOS SDK with sleeves like those from Precise Biometrics, we ensure a smooth transition for government agencies and their employees."

ActivClient Mobile SDK for iOS provides a layer of middleware that connects strong two-factor authentication credentials to applications and encrypted 'containers' running secure application stacks on the mobile device. HID Global's new ActivClient SDK supports a previously unseen standard of secure BYOD usage by enabling the benefits of pervasive smart mobile devices, with reasonable and responsible enterprise policy enforcement for even for the most security-minded enterprise and government organizations.

ActivClient Mobile SDK for iOS currently supports several hardware options:

Three types of smart cards: standard-compliant PIV and CAC smart cards and the HID Global CrescendoÒ 1150

The Precise Biometrics Tactivo&trade

One MicroSD option: the ActivIdentity secure microSD


The HID Global ActivClient Mobile SDK for iOS and the Precise Biometrics Tactivo&trade are available now.

About Identity Assurance Solutions

HID Global's Identity Assurance Solutions enable customers to prove and establish trust in a person's identity when accessing resources on the network. The business's strong authentication and smart card solutions are relied upon by more agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, than any other provider, and has issued more than 100 million credentials to enterprise, government and commerce customers. The Identity Assurance Solutions business (formerly ActivIdentity) is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, visit www.actividentity.com.

About HID Global

HID Global is the trusted source for innovative products, services, solutions, and know-how related to the creation, use, and management of secure identities for millions of customers around the world. The company's served markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. Primary brands are ActivIdentity®, EasyLobby®, FARGO® and HID®. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 2,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.

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