Identive’s iAuthenticate™ Reader Now MFi-Certified for Secure ID Card Authentication to Apple® Mobile Devices

Identive’s iAuthenticate™ Reader Now MFi-Certified for Secure ID Card Authentication to Apple® Mobile Devices

Reader allows iPad® and iPhone® users to log on safely to secure networks and websites, make electronic payments and more

Santa Ana, Calif. and Ismaning, Germany, April 4, 2013–Identive Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVE; Frankfurt: INV), a provider of products and services for the identification, security and RFID industries, today announced that its iAuthenticate smart card reader has been certified under Apple’s MFi program for use with iPhone® and iPad® mobile devices. The iAuthenticate reader allows people to use their iPhones or iPads to authenticate themselves to secure networks, websites and payment systems using their smart chip-based IDs or credit cards.

iAuthenticate is designed for use with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, and iPad running iOS 5.0 or higher. Additionally, an add-on adapter enables compatibility with the iPhone 5, iPad 4th generation and iPad mini. The readers are available now from Identive and its authorized resellers.

“With the BYOD, or ‘bring your own device’ culture permeating both the corporate and government sectors, there is a growing need for an easy and secure solution that allows employee-owned devices to be used to authenticate employee IDs. Our iAuthenticate reader does just that, enabling authentication of corporate or even highly secure federally-issued smart identification credentials using an Apple iPad or iPhone,” said Louis Modell, vice president of Identification Products for group. “iAuthenticate helps companies protect their digital assets while allowing employees to use their personal devices to accomplish work tasks both within and outside the office. For the millions of employees and contractors of the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and other U.S. Government agencies, iAuthenticate enables secure logon to federal websites and web-based accounts and email without the need to carry a laptop or return to their offices. Having the ‘made for Apple devices’ logo on our iAuthenticate packaging signals that the reader is Apple-tested and approved, which is an important step for market adoption.”

To address the unique requirements of the U.S. government and other high-security organizations, Identive’s iAuthenticate reader is bundled at no additional cost with Thursby Software’s PKard® Reader secure browsing app, allowing CAC and PIV smart card users to easily access web-based email, portal and collaboration sites. Thursby is the leading provider of Apple iPad, iPhone and Mac enterprise security, management and integration software. Additionally, the reader complies with all relevant federal standards including TAA, FIPS 140-2 and FIPS 201 and an application is in process for its inclusion on the U.S. General Services Administration’s Approved Product List.

For more information about iAuthenticate or to place an order, please visit, or contact one of the Company’s authorized resellers, which include: CDW, Gov Connection, AAFES Online, MAC MALL, CompSource, Alvio, MNJ Technologies, Applied Computer and NEXCOM.

About Identive

Identive Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVE; Frankfurt: INV) is focused on building the world’s signature company in Secure ID. The company’s products, software, systems and services address the markets for identity management, physical and logical access control, cashless payment, NFC solutions and a host of RFID-enabled applications for customers in the government, enterprise, consumer, education and healthcare sectors. Identive’s mission is to build a lasting business of scale and technology based on a combination of strong technology-driven organic growth and disciplined acquisitive expansion. The company delivers up-to-date information on its activity as well as industry trends through its industry-leading social media initiatives and educational resource, For additional information, please visit or follow on Twitter at @IdentiveGroup.

Note: Identive, the Identive logo and iAuthenticate are trademarks of Identive Group, Inc, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. All other company, product or service names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of others and are the property of their respective owners.


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