HID Global has launched a solution for government agencies to secure iOS devices with access to sensitive data.

Combining its ActivClient Mobile Software Development Kit (SDK) for iOS with the Tactivo iPhone and the Tactivo iPad sleeves from Precise Biometrics, the companies claimed it enables government agencies 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.

According to the company, the ActivClient Mobile SDK for iOS enables application developers and government entities to deliver two-factor authentication, signature and decryption technologies for all iOS devices.

Thomas Marschall, president and CEO of Precise Biometrics, said: “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.”

Precise Biometrics said its Tactivo Smart Card and Fingerprint Reader enable multi-factor authentication on iPad and iPhone, supporting US government credentials including PIV, PIV-I, CAC and TWIC, as well as the Precise Match-on-Card credentials used in many national IDs.

Julian Lovelock, vice president of product marketing, identity assurance at HID Global, said: “It is incredibly important for us to bridge the gap from the cards in use today to the mobile devices of the future.

“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 such as those from Precise Biometrics, we ensure a smooth transition for government agencies and their employees.”