Thursby Software Systems, Inc. has released the PKard Reader, a touch Web browser solution for the iOS that includes secure authentication to a personal smart card.
With the PKard Reader, users can access a Web portal, collaboration sites and e-mail through either an iPad or an iPhone. A combination plug-in card reader and two-factor authentication app provide a secure user experience. The card reader accepts industry standard CAC, PIV, PIV-I and CIV smart cards and supports many industry and U.S. government standards, including ISO 7816, EMV level 1, NIST IR 6887, FCC class B part 15, CE, RoS, HSPD-12, FIPS 140-2 and FIPS 201.
The device is geared toward government agencies and private enterprises that issue smart cards to their employees. The reader is available for $149.99.
Thursby intends for this to be the first in a portfolio of software products that deliver secure enterprise functionality to iOS mobile devices.