RESTON, Va.--(Intercede, a security software provider whose MyID identity management platform enables global organizations and governments to create trusted digital identities for employees and citizens on secure devices such as smart cards, smartphones and tablets, today announced the general availability of its MyID CardChecker App for Apple iOS. This app allows government agencies and enterprises to read and display electronic information from personal identity verification (PIV), PIV-I, commercial identity verification (CIV) or transportation worker identification credential (TWIC) smart cards on an iPhone or iPad. Leveraging mobile technology, Intercede has developed an affordable solution for corporations and government agencies to verify the identity of their employees, contractors and visitors anytime and anywhere.)--
“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”
Intercede has developed a downloadable mobile app – available in the Apple app store – that allows iPhones and iPads equipped with a Tactivo Smart Card Reader from Precise Biometrics to read and display smart cards, including personal identification number (PIN) protected content. With the MyID CardChecker app and the data encoded in the device, organizations can check and authenticate a smart card from the smartphone or tablet without the need for an Internet connection. The app verifies that the data is formatted correctly and that the data printed on the card surface matches the electronically encoded data on the card.
“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,” said Richard Parris, Chief Executive Officer of Intercede. “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. 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. We are confident that this app represents the first of many continued innovations in the mobile security space.”
To boost the reliability of identity verification, the MyID CardChecker app includes a three-factor authentication process, making it far more secure than the traditional visual card check access point. The app not only ensures that an employee has the smart card present, also it verifies that the cardholder knows the PIN of the card they are holding and displays the electronically encoded data on the card to confirm that the identity of the holder is accurate. This can be validated by a photo of the cardholder or confirming that encoded data – such as name, expiration date and agency code – match the information printed on the card’s surface.
In addition to smart card recognition, the MyID CardChecker app also leverages biometric authentication by matching the fingerprint of the cardholder with what is stored on the card electronically. This final level of authentication further heightens security by ensuring that the fingerprint of the person present matches that encoded on the smart card.
“Intercede’s MyID CardChecker is the first app launched for our Tactivo reader and we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about our partnership,” said Thomas Marschall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Precise Biometrics. “Leveraging Intercede’s long-standing leadership, our joint offering ensures that government agencies and enterprise across the globe can leverage mobile devices to enable secure identity verification anytime, anywhere.”
Features of the MyID CardChecker Application:
- Supports PIV, PIV-I, CIV and TWIC cards
- Reads and displays public and PIN-protected data including name, organization and photograph
- Displays Federal Agency Smart Credential Number (FASC-N), organization and photograph
- Biometric cardholder authentication
- Available in the Apple App Store today
The MyID CardChecker app is compatible with the following devices: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Click here to download the application today.
For more information on the MyID CardChecker™ App for Apple iOS, please visit www.intercede.com/?q=cardchecker
For more information on the Tactivo Smart Card and Fingerprint Reader, please visit www.precisebiometrics.com/Tactivo.
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Intercede® is a security software provider whose MyID® identity management platform enables global organizations and governments to create trusted digital identities for employees and citizens on secure devices such as smart cards, smartphones and tablets. MyID enables the protection of IP, assets, and digital content, delivering trusted digital identities as the cornerstone of cyber security strategies for government, defense, financial services and other industries. Intercede has been developing ID management systems since 1992 and MyID is currently deployed by end customers located in 24 countries. The company is headquartered in the United Kingdom, listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM: IGP and ISO 9001 and TickIT certified. For more information please visit www.intercede.com.