CAC USE ON MOBILE DEVICES
NOTICE: The links to vendors / products on this page are 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.
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 web-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
Air Force is going mobile, see two articles from 19 February 2013 at Defense Systems
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The Microsoft Surface Windows Pro went on sale on 9 February 2013. This version has the ability to install and use regular Windows programs.
The Microsoft Surface Windows RT went on sale 26 October 2012 and has an ARM processor and IS NOT able to install and use regular Windows programs. You can check your Enterprise Email with a CAC reader after you install the DoD Certificates.
Microsoft no longer sells the Windows RT version of the Surface
Microsoft Surface User Guide (a 68 page guide written for both the Surface Windows RT & Surface Windows 8 Pro)
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," "Oberthur ID One 128 v5.5a D", or "G&D FIPS 201 SCE 3.2" CACs). All other CAC types are incompatible.
Three companies offer readers and software for iPhones & iPads
Thursby Readers and SubRosa for iOS app
7 August 2014: Thursby Software released PKard for iOS version 2.1.4. This version allows access to Defense Travel System (DTS) on iPads ONLY. DTS has disabled the ability to view their site from iPhones. Contact DTS support desk to express your opinion
18 June 2012: Interviewed in SecureIDNews, Government ID, Smart Cards, Identification and Authentication article regarding Thursby's PKard for iOS and reader.
PKard Reader plug-in reader
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We recommend a short adaptor if your iPhone / iPad has a case
iPhone cases are $149.99 and are available for 6, 6S, 7, & 8
NOTE: If you Jail Break your iPhone, the SubRosa (formerly PKard for iOS) app will not work as it was designed.
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Some basic information:
Bundling clarification - "comparing apples to apples"
As always, bundle = hardware + US certifications + US secure browser / authentication agent + US phone and email support + $0 “maintenance"
GSA and volume pricing available directly from Thursby, or approved Federal resellers.
Precise Biometrics Tactivo family of readers
Prices below are hardware ONLY
Browser, Email, and CAC/PIV-validation apps from Intercede MyID are available on the Apple App Store. Contact: info at intercede.com for additional information.
NOTE: Most DoD users will be able to use the MyID Browser app for access to OWA (non-S/MIME) for email. The MyID Mail app can only be used if you have a direct connection to the ActivSync Server.
NOTICE: Tactivo for iPhone 6 (NOT 6 plus) – contact: jeff.scott at precisebiometrics dot com to order.
baiMobile 3000MP Bluetooth Smart Card reader
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 there is no known browser / app to be able to use your CAC with.
NOTE: iPhone 5, 6 series [and newest iPad & mini] users need a Lightning to 30 PIN adaptor $29.00 Another version for with a short cable for $39.00
BaiMobile and DISA using Android and Good (not available to general military population unless you already have a Good account on an Exchange server)
baiMobile 301MP Smart Card 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 there is no known browser to be able to use your CAC with.
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.
Please know that even though CAC readers exist, they require an app to work with the Android OS. There is only one company with a workable solution Thursby using their SubRosa Pro app
Thursby Android CAC readers
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Readers start at $24.99 each, app is another $79.99, totaling: $105.00
Information from baiMobile regarding the baiMobile 3000MP Smart Card reader
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
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.
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