Originally Posted by DocNo42
Meh - we dropped internal smart card readers as a requirement on our Windows machines due to a little revelation known as bluetooth. One Bluetooth card holder will support a users desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android phone, etc.... much smarter way to go. And even with the improved smart card facilities in Windows 7, it all still works better with a third party client - which also work just fine for Mac OSX, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, etc. too.
CAC/Smart Cards are hardly the brick wall they once were - nor the clear guarantee that Windows will be the only choice.
Oh yes they are, you can't access your email or logon to a CMS without a CAC, heck you can't even logon to your workstation. Moreover, the BT holder does not work with the iPhone, you'll need a BT plug, we already looked into that, and furthermore, on iOS, Safari or any other browser cannot access the CAC since Apple does not allow plugins.
The BT holster is not desired since it's seen as a security issue in its self.
So here at the gov, although we bought a bunch of iPads, the vast majority of them are still in their original boxes, and when we had to explain the purpose of the purchase we had to say "for note taking". As far as the bean-counters are concerned this is the worst investment for a note taking device.