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Lightning Smart Card Reader

Lightning CAC/PIV Reader for iPhone and iPad

The Lightning CAC/PIV Reader for iPhone, iPad, and iPad Pro is a powerful smart card reader and app solution that facilitates using smart cards on supported devices with a Lightning port. With Smart Card Utility you can use smart cards with built-in apps like Safari, Mail, and more. Smart Card Utility has out-of-the-box support for most US government smart cards.

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CAC Smart Card Access to O365, Webmail, Teams, and Much More

Smart Card Utility enables smart card authentication to Office 365, Webmail, Teams, and most other CAC protected websites via Safari. Just plug in your existing PIV-enabled smart card and log in. Smart Card Utility is used by members of Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army, Coast Guard, and other military/government employees to access CAC protected websites on their iPhone or iPad.


Smart Card Authentication Wherever You Are

Forget about waiting to get back to your laptop to check your email, verify your paycheck, take a course, or respond to a message on Teams. Smart Card Utility makes it simple to use the device you have with you to keep you connected. Simply insert your CAC into the reader and you are ready to access the resources wherever you are.

Citrix Workspace Support

Access a Citrix Workspace and use a CAC/PIV Card within it. Smart Card Utility provides access to the Citrix Storefront, and Citrix supports our USB-C and Lightning readers inside the workspace. The host OS will have access to the smart card reader within the Citrix session. A perfect way to access confidential documents, sensitive medical records, and more. Read more about it on our Citrix support page.

Check Your Email and So Much More

Leave your laptop behind and stop waiting in line to check your email on a shared PC. Use your smart card right on your iPhone or iPad to access your webmail using your CAC or PIV card. Smart Card Utility has been tested and is compatible with the most common military and civilian websites, including:

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What Our Customers Are Saying

  • “Thanks for having an outstanding product. It allows me to telework most of the time. I can take care of timely work tasks even when I’m out on my kayak fishing.”

  • “Working like a champ right out of the box on my iPad Pro. Thank you!”

  • “Bluetooth was certainly a game changer for me”

  • “Having mobile access to my work email with the Bluetooth reader is a game changer”

  • “Your card reader and smart card utility have been an absolute lifesaver for me”

  • “This reader and your app is a perfect combination. Lots of Marines are looking into getting one.”

  • “thank you for developing an amazing device and outstanding software!”

  • “All your tools have made it super simple to work.”

  • “I have had zero issues with the reader or the software and am grateful not to have to plug an external reader into any of my devices”

  • “I LOVE Twocanoes! Your products do exactly what they are advertised to do and the do it exceptionally well!”

  • “Thanks again for your professionalism and patience! Top notch customer service and support. Make no doubt…I tell all my friends and coworkers about your product and your support. Interactions like today only make endorsing Twocanoes’ products that much easier!” –Tim R

  • “I am extremely happy one reader now works for all my devices. You all are amazing”

  • “Works like a champ”

Amazing Support

We provide everything you need to use your smart card / CAC with your iPhone or iPad. We have phone, email, and chat support so you know that our reader will work for you. We are based in Illinois and have former Apple, military and civilian employees waiting to help you. We are experts in iOS and Mac authentication so you’ll get the help you need when you need it.

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Technical Specifications

  • Interface type: Lightning
  • Connector type: Friction contact
  • Working current: ≤ 12 mA without card plugged;  < 50 mA with card plugged
  • Card clock frequency: 5 MHz ~ 12 MHz
  • Card Slot: ISO7816-3 standard slot > 100,000 times plug/unplug
  • CPU card: ISO / IEC7816, T=0 and T=1 protocol, Class A, B, C cards; Data transfer speed: 13440 ~ 625 kbps; Power supply: 1.8 V, 3 V and 5 V Frequency of Card: 5 ~ 12 (MHz)
  • Casing Number: C60
  • Meantime Between Failure (MTBF): 500,000 hours
  • Warranty: 90 Days
  • Size: 58 × 46 × 7.5 mm
  • Material: Metal + ABS + PC
  • Status Indicator: Blue and white LED
  • Weight: 34 g
  • Color: Black
  • Working temperature: 0 °C ~ 60 °C
  • Storage temperature: -20 °C ~ 85 °C
  • Humidity: ≤ 90 % (non-condensed)
  • Certification: ISO9001 / ISO14001 / CE / FCC / RoHS / EMV Level 1 / ICP-Brasil / Microsoft WHQL, EN60950 / IEC60950
  • TAA Compliance is available for larger (500+) orders. Please contact us.

Select Your Reader

All readers include Smart Card Utility software
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Wireless Mobile Reader

Smart Card Utility Wireless Mobile Reader enables your iPhone, iPad, and Mac to authenticate to apps and websites using your government-issued CAC or Smart Card. Designed from the ground up and made in the USA, the Smart Card Utility Wireless Mobile Reader lets you leave your laptop behind.


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USB-C Reader

Smart Card Utility USB-C is a great way to use Smart Card Utility on USB-C iPad Pro devices. If you are looking for a great solution for your organization, and want the ability to use a USB-C connected smart card reader on your iPad and iPad Pro, Smart Card Utility USB-C is an ideal choice.


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Lightning Reader

Smart Card Utility Lightning Reader is a great way to use Smart Card Utility on all your iOS and iPadOS devices with a Lightning port. If you are looking for a great solution for your organization, and want to use a physical connector without the need for Bluetooth, Smart Card Utility Lightning Reader is the ideal choice.


  • iPad or iPhone with Lightning Connector
  • iOS 14 or later

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Learn more about Smart Card Utility and get your questions answered in our FAQ.

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