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CAC USE ON MOBILE DEVICES

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NOTICE:  The links to vendors / products is an attempt to save you time searching for the specific item, by linking you directly to the item shown.  You will notice I have multiple [when available] vendors to choose from.  I have no personal preference as to who you decide to purchase from.  I am not endorsing any particular product or vendor, I'm merely informing you what works and where you can purchase a CAC reader.

    

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Windows Tablet Information Apple iPhone / iPad Information    Android Information

CAC readers do exist for Android and i devices, the CAC readers alone will cost you between $149.00 - $396.00

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iPhone 5 and iPad users CAN use their CAC to access CAC enabled websites Now

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Please be aware of this Memorandum on DoD Commercial Mobile Device (CMD) Interim Policy from DoD dated 17 January 2012.

Section 2.2.6 states:  Non-enterprise activated CMDs shall not process or store official DoD email.  Access to DoD webmail services shall follow policy statement 2.2.5. 

Section 2.2.5 states:  Non-enterprise activated CMDs shall follow existing policy when accessing we-based services authorized for external access, which stores sensitive DoD information.  Combatant Command/Service/Agency's (CC/S/A)'s are encouraged to implement technical controls that prevent sensitive DoD information from being downloaded and stored. 

Updated Memorandum dated 31 July 2012

 

DoD Releases Commercial Mobile Device Implementation Plan - 26 February 2013

 

Air Force is going mobile, see two articles from 19 February 2013 at Defense Systems and AF.mil

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Windows 8 tablet information

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The Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro went on sale on 9 February 2013.  This version has the ability to run legacy Windows programs. 

 

The Microsoft Surface  Windows RT went on sale 26 October 2012 and has an ARM processor and IS NOT able to run legacy Windows programs.  You can check your Enterprise Email with a CAC reader, and after you install the DoD Certificates.

 

Microsoft Surface User Guide (a 68 page guide written for both the Surface Windows RT & Surface Windows 8 Pro)

Six myths of Windows RT Revealed

 

The Microsoft Surface Windows RT will allow you to access sites like OWA (IF you have the "GEMALTO TOP DL GX4 144," "GEMALTO DL GX4-A 144," "Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5 Dual," or "G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2" CACs).  All other CAC types are incompatible.

 

Gemalto Top DL GX 4 144 CAC image GemaltoDLGX4-A144 image

Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5 Dual CAC image G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2

 

Windows 8 version comparison

iPhone and iPad [including Dual Persona] users can use their CAC to access CAC enabled websites  (18 July 2013, PKard for iOS version 2.0 released, Dual Persona users are now supported)

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Four companies offer readers and software for iPhone / iPads

Thursby  |  Identive  |  Precise Biometrics  |  BaiMobile

Thursby Readers and PKard for iOS

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10 July 2013 InfoWord article about the Tactivo readers and Thursby's PKard app

 

18 June 2012:  Interviewed in SecureIDNews, Government ID, Smart Cards, Identification and Authentication article regarding Thursby's PKard for iOS and reader.

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29 July 2013:  Thursby releases new metal CAC readers, (Press Release) which includes support for lightning plug devices like the iPad with Retina Display, iPad Mini, iPhone 5, & iPad Touch (5th generation).

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2nd Generation PKard Reader hardware

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Thursby Metal Readers image

 2nd generation PKard Reader includes PKard for iOS software from Thursby Software for $149.99

 

NOTE:  If you Jail Break your iPhone, the PKard for iOS software will not work as it was designed.

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iPad mini and iPad 2/3 case

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 iPad case includes PKard for iOS software from Thursby Software for $179.99

 

News Release - 17 DEC 13

 

Information brochure on the iPad case

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Some basic information:

 

Bundling clarification - "comparing apples to apples"

With Thursby (including partner Identive below)), PKard Reader secure browser licenses continue to be bundled at no additional cost with readers.  There are no annual maintenance fees.

As always, bundle = hardware + US certifications + US secure browser / authentication agent + US phone and email support + $0 “maintenance"


Support for third party readers, ex. Tactivo, is available as:  a) $99.00 in-app purchase for individuals or  b) to organizations as part of volume licensing deal.

PKard Reader solutions with well over 20,000 U.S. CAC and PIV licensed users are the most widely deployed and tested in the industry.  Their foundation is the PKard Toolkit, which enables a secure CAC and PIV app ecosystem including S/MIME email, digital signing, VPN and more.  Only U.S. Government CAC/PIV solutions which are shipping today as listed.
http://www.thursby.com/iOS_apps.html

 

GSA and volume pricing available directly from Thursby, or approved Federal resellers.

http://www.thursby.com/government.html

Much of the press on Thursby solutions is worked on several months ahead of publication, so isn't always completely up to date.

 

Thursby's Press Release

You cannot access DTS via your iPad / iPhone "yet," here's why

Identive's iAuthenticate reader for iPhone

16 October 2012 TheStreet.com article about the Identive iAuthenticate reader.  PDF

iAuthenticate identive smart card readers

Identive iAuthenticate Smart Card reader includes PKard for IOS software for $139.00

purchase from:

identive logoAvid logo SCB Solutions logo TX Systems logo

NOTE:  iPhone 5 [and newest iPad & mini] users need a Lightning to 30 PIN adaptor $29.00  Another version for with a short cable for $39.00

Technical Data Sheet  |  Marketing Sheet

 

Precise Biometrics Tactivo family of readers

New image14 March 2014:  Defense Systems article titled:  The key to securing mobile assets with DOD

 

7 January 2014:  Route1 Announces Support for Precise Biometrics' Tactivo Device

 

13 September 2013:  Precise Biometrics announced a global ecosystem of applications for smart devices that integrates with its line of Tactivo smart card and fingerprint readers. Tactivo allows any iOS or Android app to utilize the security and convenience of smart cards and fingerprint recognition.  The new ecosystem contains several types of app solutions such as email encryption and signing, secure browser and many others.

Pamphlet showing all of Precise Biometrics readers and vendors

10 July 2013 InfoWord article about the Tactivo readers and Thursby's PKard app

 

27 August 2012 BioMetricUpdate.com article about the Tactivo reader. PDF, Video

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Prices below are hardware ONLY, middleware is sold separately (see middleware link below images):

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Tactivo for iPhone 5    Tactivo for iPhone 4/4S   Tactivo Mini for iOS
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$169    $149     $149 
         
Tactivo for iPad 4     Tactivo for iPad 2/3   Tactivo Mini for Android
 iPad Tactivo image    iPad Tactivo image   mini for Androidmini for Android mini for Android
$199     $179     $139 
         
Tactivo for iPad mini      Tactivo Guardian Case
for iPad mini
   
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 $159 brochure     $29 brochure    

       

Middleware and Solutions available through Precise Technology Partners

To purchase for personal or GSA:

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To purchase via GSA only:

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 baiMobile 3000MP Bluetooth Smart Card reader

Bai3000 CAC reader and Bluetooth dongle 

Purchase the BaiMobile 3000MP Bluetooth CAC reader: iPhone ($289.00 + $49.20 (Bluetooth adaptor) + $57.80 (per year for annual middleware maintenance and support agreement).  Use discount code: GOV001 to save 11%.  Please know you will need an additional program the free baiMobile browser app released on 22 May 2013 or the PKard browser app ($79.99 download)
NOTE:  iPhone 5 [and newest iPad & mini] users need a Lightning to 30 PIN adaptor $29.00  Another version for with a short cable for $39.00

Thursby video showing you how to pair a Bai3000 reader to an iPhone

BaiMobile and DISA using Android and Good (not available to general military population unless you already have a Good account on an Exchange server)

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baiMobile 301MP Smart Card reader 

BAI 301MP reader

http://www.biometricassociates.com/products/smart-card-readers/301mp-reader/

Purchase the BaiMobile 301MP CAC reader for $124.95 + $23.95 (per year for annual middleware maintenance and support agreement).  Use discount code: GOV001 to save 11%.  Please know you will need an additional program like the baiMobile browser app.

Silanis logo

Silanis (makers of ApproveIt) is working hard to bring mobile e-signatures to everyone

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Outlook Web App Mini is how you'll view OWA on a small screen.  With this ability and PKard for iOS, you have the ability to check your webmail on your iPhone or iPad.

Android Information

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Precise Biometrics is working on a reader solution for Android users

 Citrix shows accessing Windows server via a test CAC using a Motorola Zoom Android tablet.

A possible future option for Android users

SCDroid is an app in Google Play, but does not offer any way to CAC authenticate to a web browser.

 

Please know that even though CAC readers exist, I'm still unable to find any apps that will CAC authenticate to a web browser (like PKard for iOS does for iPhone and iPads).  If you find an app, please let me know

-- I've heard rumors that an app is being created by BaiMobile & SCM.  Your Android device [phone or tablet] will have to be running 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (or above) and it keeps getting pushed out further and further. 

-- Charismathics has a solution, however, their website doesn't show where to get the app / software.  It only lists which CAC readers will work.

So, you can purchase the hardware, but I'm not aware of anyway for you to use it yet.

Understand the different Android versions and names

 

new imageThursby is bringing an Android solution to the market in Quarter 2 2014new image

 

Information from baiMobile regarding the baiMobile 3000MP Smart Card reader

Bai3000 CAC reader and Bluetooth dongle 

Purchase the BaiMobile 3000MP Bluetooth CAC reader: Android $289.00 + $57.80 (per year for annual middleware maintenance and support agreement).  Use discount code: GOV001 to save 11%.  On 6 October 2013, Bai added "baiBrowser" to the Google Play store, this app will let you use the baiMobile 3000MP reader on your Android device to authenticate to CAC enabled websites.  However, please know it is still in testing.  In my testing on 13 October 2013, I was only able to authenticate to AKO and the Air Force Portal.  Sites like Enterprise Email and the DMDC sites for updating your GAL information did not work.  They are aware of the issues and are working to find solutions.

 

baiMobile 301MP Smart Card reader 

BAI 301MP reader

http://www.biometricassociates.com/products/smart-card-readers/301mp-reader/

Purchase the BaiMobile 301MP CAC reader for $124.95 + $23.95 (per year for annual middleware maintenance and support agreement).  Use discount code: GOV001 to save 11%, but please know you will need an additional program like the one mentioned below (which is still in beta testing).   As of 13 October, this reader is not compatible with the existing Android baiBrowser (despite the fact it says it is).  The next update of baiBrowser will include support for this reader.

 

NEWS:  baiMobile is in the beta testing phase of getting their bai Browser reader for the Android market.  Read more in the 22 May 2013 press release.

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