Thursby Software, a longtime developer in the Apple enterprise and government markets,announced PKard for iOS, a solution that provides a secure browser supporting a variety of card standards including the Department of Defense’s Common Access Cards (CAC), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Personal Identity Verification (PIV) and PIV-Interoperable certifications. The PKard software will support both its branded card reader as well as a variety of third-party card readers, company officials said.
The arrival of PKard for iOS leverages the company’s more than six years experience with the technology, founder Bill Thursby said. He added that FIPS-140-2 Certification (Federal Information Processing Standard) for PKard for iOS is forthcoming.
Support for iOS devices wasn’t a simple journey. Thursby told me that first getting support for Apple products from security card reader vendors was a “large chicken and egg problem” for a while. And then getting any product through Apple’s complex Apple licensing and approval process isn’t easy for any vendor. Finally, there was the testing for the entire hardware-software solution with the Apple Store and Apple’s Quality Assurance process. Each step took some time.