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What are the correct ribbons for my Evolis printer?

    When it comes to selecting which ribbon you need to buy for your Evolis printer, many companies don’t even realize they have options.  You may notice terms like “YMCKOK” or “YMCKO” in the ribbon product description but most likely, you’re clueless as to what these terms actually mean.  You’re not alone, so I have compiled a brief guide in order to help customers chose which ribbon is right for your Evolis printer.

     First let’s start with what YMCK stand for.  These letters stand for the colors- yellow (Y), magenta(M), cyan(K), and black(K) which compromise the ribbon.  The first three colors pass over your ID badge during the printing process in succession in order to create the appearance of a full spectrum of colors.  The black portion of the ribbon is added to give text or dark images a sharp, crisp appearance.  Finally an “O” in the ribbon description (such as YMCKO or YMCKOK) stands for “overlay”.  This type of ribbon adds a layer of protective film over what ever you printed.

     When it comes to single sided printing, the only ribbons you need to concern yourself with are the YMCKO ribbons.  If you’re looking into printing dual sided ID cards, however, you might want to consider a YMCKK or a YMCKOK ribbon.  A YMCKK printer comes with an extra black panel and allows for full color printing on one side of the card and monochrome black printing on the other side of the card.  The YMCKOK ribbon essentially does the same thing but adds the clear overlay to the cards for a protective and professional looking finish.

     “But what if I want full color printing on both sides of my ID cards?” you may find yourself asking at this point.  The only option you have at point is using one YMCKO ribbon on both sides of the card.  Keep in mind that this will increase your printing costs as you will be going through printer ribbons at roughly twice the average speed.

      Remember, if you’re looking to cut the cost of printing cards and don’t require much variety in your design, monochrome printing is always an option for your Evolis printer.  IDSecurity Online offers a wide array of single color ribbons to cater to all of your monochrome printing needs.

      To make this process even simpler for you, here is a list you can use to guide you when choosing a printer ribbon. All of the ribbons below are compatible with the following printers.

  • Pebble
  • Pebble 3
  • Pebble 4
  • Dualys
  • Dualys 3
  • Quantum
  • Securion

For Dual-Sided Printing

R3011- Printing color on one or both sides of the card

R3314- Printing color on one side of the card and black on the other side

R3013- Half panel ribbon printing color on one or both sides of the card

For Single Sided Printing

R3011-printing color on one side of the card or both

R3013- Half panel ribbon printing color on one side of the card

For Monochrome Printing

Black- Printing black on one or both sides of the card

Blue-Printing blue on one or both sides of the card

Red- Printing red on one or both sides of the card

Green- Printing green on one or both sides of the card

Gold- Printing gold on one or both sides of the card

Silver- Printing silver on one or both sides of the card

To choose which ribbon works best with your Evolis printer, feel free to give us a call at (800) 897-7024

Fargo Hi Def Printer: Fargo HDP5000

Fargo’s latest printer, the HDP 5000 offers users the latest in ID card printing technology. The HDP 5000 allows users maximum security at the most affordable cost. Whether your organization needs high security access control, storage of personal information, or encoding to enable financial transactions, the HDP 5000 is suited to cater to your needs.

The HDP 5000 redefines the industry standard when it comes to high definition printing. Instead of printing directly on the card, Fargo HDP 5000 prints your desired image in reverse on the underside of a special high definition film. The printer then fuses the film onto the cards surface. The final result is a sharp, crisp, professional image that has extra protection against every day wear and tear.

Not only is this printer excellent for company security but it can actually be used to build revenue. This ID badge printer also doubles as a high class gift card printer. You can program your cards to contain a set amount of funds that clients can use in your store. Using this printer to print gift cards also raises awareness about your company or product as current clients can give them to friends and give them incentive to shop at your location. All it takes, oftentimes, to build a long standing client relationship is just one initial purchase.

This printer is prepared for any problems that might come your way.  Fargo's HDP 5000 comes with a two year warranty plan and a 1 year printer loaner. If your printer encounters problems during this time period, Fargo will not only fix your printer free of charge, but send you a printer that you can use while yours is being fixed.

We at IDSecurity Online know that your company aspires to grow. Fargo’s HDP 5000 has the capability to expand in capacity along with your company. This printer can change from a basic single sided printer to a dual sided printer with multiple laminating and encoding options. The sky is the limit when it comes to Fargo’s HDP 5000 printer.

How to Use the Evolis ID Card Printer Series for your ID Badge Needs

Evolis is a printer manufacturer that makes printers used in printing ID badges of different types. Some of the different types of cards you can print are standard ID cards, driver’s licenses, bank cards and access badges and the like. A badge typically holds information about its owner, such as name, a photograph and perhaps statistical information such as height, weight and hair color, etc. The purpose of an ID badge is to identify the individual.

PVC Cards
The types of cards used are the standard type of cards used by most printer manufacturers. These cards are known as PVC (yes, the same PVC used for piping), but are more commonly known as plastic cards. Since they are smooth to the touch, PVC Cards require printing via a method known as thermal transfer printing, which uses a printer part known as a ribbon to apply either a colored or monochrome layer. Contrast this with your standard inkjet printers, which place the ink directly on the page. Thermal printing is necessary since the heating process causes the ink to remain glued to the surface, which is not an issue with printing on paper. When printing in color, the heat turns the ink layer into gas that reverts to its original state on the card’s surface, a process known as sublimation, or dye sublimation. Evolis printers can print in both monochrome and color.

Bar Code Application
Bar codes are perhaps the most basic feature of plastic cards and are used in many places, such as in stores that sell merchandise branded with bar codes. It is therefore not limited only to cards, but to a variety of plastic surfaces that require bar code identification. A bar code works by creating highly distinct black and white areas that are read by a photosensitive electronic scanner. When the card is passed under the light emitted from the scanner, the scanner detects which light is absorbed by the black areas and which is reflected by the white areas, a pattern which registers as a product or item. We’ve all been in line at the grocery store only to find that the cashier has to scan our item over and over again while people behind us are getting impatient. A scanner has a hard time reading a bar code when the lines are not printed sharply or evenly.

Rewritable Printing
Rewritable printing is to printers what rewritable CD’s are to CD burners. Any images printed on a rewritable card can be erased by being exposed to heat (230-320° F or 110-160° C). A typical PVC card can go through this process usually up to 500 times.

Lamination
Printing lamination is similar to the standard form of printing, whereby a material such as paper is covered in a protective plastic sheath. In printing, specifically in ID card printing, lamination is used in order protect card images from destruction, either accidental or deliberate. Such damage renders a card used for identification useless, or worst, if a card with an unrecognizable image is lost and found by somebody else, it can lead to identity theft. Evolis offers cards of this type in order to prevent against the types of forgery associated with damaged cards.

Holograms
It is also possible to apply holographic images to PVC cards. Cards with images are typically used by institutions that seek to avoid counterfeiting and forgery, such as banks or facilities that require an age limit for access. Holographic images cannot be duplicated with a standard Xerox machine, scanner or standard inkjet printer, which is why certain organizations opt to use them.

Magnetic Encoding
Magnetic encoding is a black stripe placed on the back of a card, usually bank cards. The particles in the magnetic encoding stripe hold binary information (1’s and 0’s) that a scanner, or reader, encodes when swiped. Evolis makes magnetic encoders that are able to create the magnetic stripes used by financial institutions.

Contact Cards or Smart Cards
Contact cards, also known as Smart Cards, are plastic cards fitted in an internal chip that can hold more than 100 times the amount of data that a magnetic stripe can hold. They are swiped much like a magnetic encoding card and also rewritable.

Contactless Cards
A contactless card is a card that holds information read through the transfer of microwave frequencies from a chip to the laminated plastic card. This mechanization means that the card doesn’t need to be swiped, but just passed nearby the scanning device (between 3-10 cm) and allows for quicker and more efficient access. Contactless cards can be used for a variety of applications, depending on the card model, and is common for access security, data storage and encryption.

Photo ID Systems

ID cards are a practical means for achieving higher company security while easily identifying employees and visitors. Corporations have always used photo identification to ensure security, but today’s ID card technology outweighs yesterday’s performance options. Modern ID card software allows you customize an employee ID program to suit the needs of your company, from creating standard photo IDs to programmable badges that grant or restrict facility access and computer systems.

With ID Security Online’s photo ID systems it’s easy to produce strong full color photo identification cards for a variety of uses. Systems are equipped with name brand card printers from reputable manufacturers, intuitive ID card software, high resolution web camera, color ribbon and durable PVC cards – a comprehensive package to set up your program easily and quickly.

Once you’ve set up your system, you can begin producing top-of-the-line ID cards and badges and configuring your settings how you see fit.

Summary of ID Security Online Photo ID System Capabilities:

  • Easy-to-use comprehensive system and software
  • High quality equipment
  • Visitor ID
  • Expiration badges
  • Access control
  • Single-and dual-sided
  • Laminating photo ID systems

One Stop Solution for ID Card-printing Needs

Whether you’re looking for PVC cards, Contact or Contactless, Proximity or Wiegand Cards, ID Security Online is your one-stop solution for ID card-printing needs. We also carry pre-printed cards, ideal for clients who require the same information printed on many cards and our ID cards come in both 10 and 30 millimeters and include Mag Stripe Composite and Adhesive Back options.

A special section of our site is designated solely for Access Control and security needs. Here you can browse through a range of technology cards designed for achieving increased building security measures. Some of the variant uses for these cards typically include, but are not limited to driver’s licenses, official government identification, access passes and company security used for tracking human movement throughout the building.

We as well partner with several of the best-known brand name ID card printer manufacturers in the industry: Datacard, Fargo, Zebra, Persona, Evolis, Magicard and Nisca, all of which include single-sided and dual-sided models as well as lamination card printers. laminating card printers apply a holographic cover that makes counterfeiting more difficult to achieve and is seen as an increased security measure. Lamination also comes with the option of a standard clear cover, which is used for higher durability and protection against the elements. Our printers can be personalized and configured for specific printing needs, such as monochrome or color and between standard and holographic prints.

We also carry brand name ID card software, such as Asure and eMedia, compliant with single and dual-sided prints and multi-card printing, as well highly configurable so that you can customize your print settings. Easy to setup and simple to operate, our reliable printers will give you excellent results, meet your individual ID card needs and produce high-quality ID cards time after time.

Finally, in the event that you need to replace or purchase more parts, we carry card printer supplies for all of our manufacturers, including accessories, ribbons, modules, upgrade kits and lamination supplies.

Call us today at (800)-897-7024 and let one of our ID printing specialists help you decide if pre-printed cards are the right option for your company.

Fargo DTC4000 Information and Specifications

Fargo’s line of single and dual-sided card printers/encoders are each designed with a specific set of tasks in mind. HID/Fargo designed this printer specifically for large organizations with more stringent security and volume requirements than were available with the DTC1000 printer. But the goal was not to cloud intuitive use, compatibility and flexibility with indecipherable technological advance and complexity, but rather to find a way where both ends could be met in one easy-to-use and advanced printer/encoder. And like other Fargo models, the DTC4000 represents an advanced generation of high quality specialization printers that efficiently carries out its tasks. Today’s consumer demands a high level of compatibility and so the DTC4000 serves on these expectations as a highly intuitive product requiring very little operational training. HID/Fargo sought to design a printer as simple as it was sophisticated. The DTC4000 is field upgradable, small and light, contains encoding options, is compatible with professional environments, has advanced security and encoding options.


Field Upgradability and Configurable Settings

The DTC4000 is field upgradeable and customizable in accordance with a breadth of complex projects and uses. Using the field upgradability feature you can toggle between single and dual-sided printing and adding magnetic stripe, HID proximity, iClass contactless and/or contact chip encoding functionality. It is also Ethernet compatible, which was optional with the DTC400e, DTC550, Persona C30e (now discontinued) and as a standard accessory with the DTC5000. Configuring the printer is very easy and completed via the standard window and tab combination. Once your printer is installed, you can simply open the Configuration Tab and select whether you want the printer set on Dual-Sided, Magnetic Encoder, Dual-input Card Hopper, or Input/Output Card Hopper, which, by the way, is a same-side card hopper. These advanced flexibility options mean that this model can serve a wide variety of industries and job descriptions, such as hospitals, schools, businesses, banks and legal and administrative institutions, not to mention the high tech industry.


Professional Compatibility

Its physical design is also ideally-oriented for office and institutional use, with dimensions making it compatible with most professional environments. The weight and dimensional specs of the single-sided printer are 8 pounds at 9.8 inches high, 17.6 inches wide and 9.2 inches deep, and the specs of the dual-sided printer are 10 pounds at 9.8 inches high, 18.2 inches wide and 9.2 inches deep, making it not much larger than a standard shoebox. At the same time, it comes with an optional same-side input/output card hopper accessory, which means that the DTC4000 can be inconspicuously placed in most places in your office.


Location

As long we’re discussing location, it is important to consider where placing your printer as there are some guidelines to consider. Like with other printers and most electrical machines, the printer should be placed in a location with sufficient air circulation, which prevents internal heat build-up. Keep in mind that although the printer is small, you should allow for enough room for people to walk in front of it when its covers have been opened. You should also avoid installing the printer in areas near heat sources such as air ducts or in front of a window where the printer will be exposed to direct sunlight. Also avoid placing it in areas of high dust accumulation or mechanical vibration. If the printer is brought directly from a cold to a warm, or a dry to a moist location, there may occur a build-up of moisture condensation, which can negatively affect the print quality. In such a case, unplug the printer and leave it in a dry room for several hours, which will cause the moisture to evaporate.


Security Options

The DTC4000 comes with a sophisticated security encoding system that includes password protection to allow only select and approved administrators to carry out print jobs and encode security badges and cards. It also comes with an Ultraviolet layer for an increased security level regarding the physical card once printed. This fluorescent panel works by producing grayscale holographic text and images that are only displayed when the card is placed under UV light and are excellent fraud-battling measures. This is part of what makes this printer appropriate for banks, other financial and governmental institutions. The DTC4000 can also be password protected at the printer so only approved operators can print and encode plastic security cards and badges.


Ribbons

A feature available only with the DTC4000 is the option to select the fluorescent panel ribbon. Mentioned briefly in the previous paragraph, the The YMCFKO (yellow, magenta, cyan, fluorescing, resin black)/YMCFKOK Ribbon is an cost-effective method to customize the security measures of your photo identification cards. You are even able to create a custom image to appear as a holograph on your cards.

The design of Fargo card printers necessitates highly specific supplies, such as ribbons, to function correctly, such as the one-piece disposable ribbon cartridge load system used by both the Fargo DTC1000 and 4000 models. While you are able to use supplies belonging to other printer brands, it is highly recommended to use only Fargo certified supplies, which will prolong the life of your printer and maximize its print quality. Using supplies belonging to other brands as well nullifies your warranty in locations not prohibited by law. Other warnings can be found in the DTC4000 User Guide.


Encoding Options

The encoding options and ISO standards, as discussed previously regarding field upgradability, can be changed easily in the traditional window and tab format, such as when printing a document. Encoding options include a 125 kHz (HID Prox) reader, a 13.56 MHz, compatible with iCLASS®, MIFARE®, ISO 14443 A/B, ISO 15693, a read/write encoder, in Contact Smart Code Encoder, ISO Magnetic Stripe Encoding and dual high- and low-coercivity. More information is available in DTC4000 User Guide.

Discontinuation of the Fargo C30e; Replacement with Fargo DTC1000

ID Security Online would like to announce the replacement of the Fargo C30e with the Fargo DTC1000. The two provide many of the same features and reliability that you've come to know and the only differences are several upgrades in the Fargo DTC1000. For example, the DTC1000 has a print speed of 24 seconds/per card for one-sided color prints, versus 27 seconds/per card in the older model, and 31 seconds/per card for double-sided color prints versus 35 seconds/per print in the Fargo C30e.

Standard Connectivity

The new model comes with a combination of Ethernet and USB, while the C30e came with the option for Ethernet as an accessory.

Memory

The C30e holds 2MB of RAM, in contrast to the DTC1000's 3MB.

Operating System Compatibility

The operating systems in common between both models are Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP and Linux, and the DTC1000 is also compatible with Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista (both 32- and 64-bit) and Windows 7 (both 32-and 64-bit).

The Commonalities

The features in common between both models are:
  • Single- or dual-sided printing capabilities
  • Direct-to-card and rewrite printing options
  • Accepted card thickness of 9-40 mil
  • Accepted card sizes of CR80 & adhesive-backed CR79
  • Input hopper capacity of 100 cards of 30 mil
  • Output hopper capacity of 30 cards of 30 mil
  • Magstripe encoding options of contact and contactless cards
  • Printer warranty of 2 years
  • Printhead warranty of 2 years plus unlimited passes

Introducing the Evolis Zenius

ID Security Online is proud to announce Evolis’ most recent addition in card printers — the Evolis Zenius. A genius of a product, it is a single-sided plastic card printer that fits snugly in most locations, such as front desks, counter tops, and just about anywhere in your office. The Evolis Zenius also makes itself seen and not heard given that it is a quiet printer, even more ideal for a productive and relaxed working environment.

The Zenius is also an intelligently-designed machine, equipped with an LED control panel guide walks you through the print job process. It also comes with several other useful features and alerts you when the feeder is empty and when it’s time to clean the printer or replace the ribbon. Designed with a 50-card capacity and with the card feeder and output tray both located in the front, it also minimizes the amount of space it takes up.

Replacing the ribbon is as well a virtually effortless process; the Zenius is equipped with a built-in chip that allows it to recognize the ribbon type and automatically adjust configuration settings and uses a line of high quality parts that produce unrivaled graphics.

It can create including thermal transfer monochrome and color-dye sublimation color cards with a resolution of 300 dpi and is compatible with both contact and contactless cards. It can be very conveniently used in a variety of purposes, such as access badges, loyalty cards, student ID’s, transport passes and payment cards. Utilizing features that as-of-now have only been offered by advanced systems, the Evolis Zenius is sure to make your printing experience easy and enjoyable.

Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024.

What to do After Ordering an ID Badge Printer

You just placed an order for an ID Badge printer. Now What? You have taken the first step towards a more efficient and safer workplace. What’s the next step? An ID badge printer is virtually useless unless you have the appropriate supplies to accompany it. Here are some things you want to consider purchasing in order to get the maximum printing experience:

  • ID Software – This software allows you to design your cards. It is extremely important as you will not be able to format your cards or put certain information on your cards without it


  • PVC Cards – Put together an estimate of how many cards you will need a year and order them with your printer. About one to two months before you are set to run out, put in a reorder so you will not risk running out.


  • Ribbon – Always keep extra ribbons on hand so you won’t experience any outages with your printer.


  • Cleaning Kit – Cleaning kits are extremely important when it comes to maintaining your printers health. It is much more cost efficient to buy a cleaning kit now than to pay for a new printer later.


  • ID Printer Dust Cover – This keeps dust and other small particles from getting into your printer and building up when it’s not in use.


  • ID Camera – Digital cameras allow you to take professional looking pictures for all your employee’s. A professional picture puts out a good company image!


  • Lanyard, Badge Reel, Etc – Helps protect against lost or misplaced cards and allows you and your employee’s to wear the company badges with pride. You have the option of customizing lanyards with your company name and logo to promote brand recognition and company pride.


  • Badge Holder – Protects your ID card from damage and allows your to carry more than one card at a time.


  • Slot Punch – Makes it easy to attach your badge to a lanyard or badge reel.


  • Extended Warranty – Protecting your investment with an extended warranty is a good idea especially with costly devices like badge printers.


  • Data Capture Devices –These allow you to read barcodes, magnetic strips, or users fingerprints.

Once the Printer is Received

Once you have received your printer, you have to make sure that all the supplies and accessories that should be included with your purchase are packaged with your printer. Carefully look over all the supplies and make sure nothing was damaged in the shipping process. If anything appears to be missing or damaged, call IDSecurityOnline right away at (800)-897-7024.

If everything is in place, you should work on finding a location in your office that is accessible to everyone that will be using the printer. It is extremely important that you do not keep your printer in a high-risk area like near a heat source (a radiator, or direct sunlight) or an area prone to dust build up, vibration, or shock.

Download the printer driver onto any computers that will be using the printer. Make sure to thoroughly read the instruction manual before using your printer. This manual will give you printer specific instructions on how to install ribbons and load your blank cards. In some cases, if instructions are not properly followed, your machine may malfunction and your warranty will be voided. It is always a good idea to print a test card once you have installed your machine so you can verify that it is in working order and you are able to familiarize yourself with the printing process.

If you feel that you or any of your employee’s need assistance with learning about the machine or accompanying software, feel free to schedule an appointment for our training program. All training is done via phone or web by one of our highly knowledgeable printer specialists.

So now you have your supplies and your printer has been installed. Now It’s time to consider what you want to put on your company ID badges. Before coming up with a design for your badges, you should think about what information you want to display on your badges and work on a layout that caters to the information. Keep the information displayed on the card simple. Excessive data makes the card look disorganized and is going to be a hassle for security personnel to authenticate. Also make sure not to put any sensitive information on the card such as a Social Security number so that identity theft is not an issue should the card become lost or stolen.

Essentials that should be included on every card are as follows:

  • Company Name
  • Company Logo
  • Cardholder name
  • Cardholder photo
  • Company Contact information

Here is some additional information that you might want to include either on the front or back of the card:

  • Space for cardholders signature
  • Title of cardholder
  • A visual ID marker such as a HoloMark seal
  • Security access level
  • Cardholder title
  • Barcode
  • Directions for returning a lost card
  • Cardholders identification information (DOB, height, eye color, gender, etc.)

This information should get you up to speed on starting up an ID badge program in your office. If you have any questions, feel free to call and a member of our team at (800)-897-7024 will be more than happy to assist you.

ID Security Online is Proud to Announce the Arrival of Asure ID 7

HID’s already popular ID card printing service just got better. With the arrival of their newest product, Asure ID 7, clients are now able to have a simpler and faster card printing process. The new software includes some great new features and functions that transform the ID card printing process from a tedious task to an exciting lightening fast high quality experience.

Here are just some of the features that Asure ID 7 has to offer:

  • Instant notifications of free updates
  • New and improved keyboard shortcuts
  • Compound field enhancements Asure ID (Express, Enterprise and Exchange)
  • Improved filtering (Asure ID Express, Enterprise and Exchange)
  • Additional custom report capability (Asure ID Express, Enterprise and Exchange)
  • A new iDIRECTOR™ wizard to cater to your unique needs such as cashless vending (Asure ID Exchange)
  • iDIRECTOR enhancements for defining custom iCLASS and MIFARE applications (Asure ID Exchange)

Enjoy these new features in addition to the classic functions available on all Asure ID software products (Solo, Express, Enterprise, and Exchange). These editions are designed to accommodate ID card programs of various size and complexity. This has made Asure ID a popular pick with all types of industries.

Some of the classic features include:

  • The ability to design your own single or dual sided ID cards with a pre-made template or with your own design Import images from your computer
  • Add linear barcodes and/or a magnetic stripe to your ID to create a more secure ID card
  • Connect to an internal or Microsoft Access database

Asure ID’s more advanced editions also give clients the option to:

  • Communicate with both external and internal databases
  • Create, save, and export standard and custom reports
  • Add 2D barcodes and/or encode smart cards to create a maximum security ID card
  • Enable password protection and access privileges for your ID software
Already have Asure ID software? Current users of Asure ID 2009 are eligible for a free upgrade to Asure ID 7. Find out how by visiting ID Security Online’s Asure ID 7 upgrade program page.

As always, ID Security Online provides a range of resources that our clients can utilize in order to make their ID Card software process run smoothly and pleasantly.

If you need help choosing a product feel free to:

The Different Types of ID Cards

The purpose of this post is to inform the reader of the various types of ID cards that exist out there in the printing world. My hope is to present a brief, but high quality, catalogue of the different ID cards as well as an explanation of what the cards are typically used for. Many of the types of cards explained herein overlap to some degree. For example, one type of card might be a general category of card, while several others are types of that card that belong in that general category.


Proximity Cards

You’ve probably heard this term a whole lot, but don’t know exactly what it is. The term refers to an integrated circuit apparatus used for a variety of basic uses such as security access control and payment systems. The two main types of proximity cards come in the 125 kHz devices or the newer 13.56 MHz variety. These cards are often referred to as RFID cards, or Radio-frequency Identification Cards, but are also known by the term “contactless smartcards.”


Access Control

An Access Control card is designed to grant access to an enclosed area, be it a business office, airport, or government-type organization. Access Control is a general category, and access control cards can take the form of proximity cards and come with the option of displaying a photo of the card holder. Access control cards typically contain magnetic chips that grant the user access.


Clamshell Card

A  Clamshell Card is a protective covering used to house a contactless smartcard.


Flexpass Imageable Cards

Flexpass Imageable cards are particularly useful for barcode transactions or those which require magnetic stripes and a dye-sublimation printer can be used to print digital images and graphics onto their surface.


Embeddable Cards

An embeddable card, sometimes also known as embedded cards, is an RFID card embedded with a chip. The card can be used for access control, purchases and cash withdrawal and this type of card has been in use for several years.


Hologram card

An ID card with a built-in hologram, an added security measure from counterfeiting.


iClass Key

The “key” in iClass Key refers to a small contactless smartcard placed in an also-small plastic knob. It serves the same purpose as most access proximity cards as long as the function does not require you to present a photo ID. Some of the plusses of this technology is that it protects your card from the elements and can be easily carried on a key chain or some similar accessory.


iClass Tag

The “tag” in iClass Tag is a contactless smartcard device roughly the size of a coin and is a transponder that you can attach to a non-metallic surface.


ISO/IEC 14443

The international standard that defines ID proximity cards and its communications transmission protocols.


Mifare Card

A patented contactless smart card standard corresponding to ISO 14443.


SDK (Software Development Kit)

An SDK is a software development kit that is used to create applications for software packages and other platforms.


Wiegand Cards

A Wiegand card utilizes embedded ferromagnetic wires, ferromagnetism being the mechanism that causes materials to be permanently magnetized, even after the energy field is removed. These wires are turned away in a strategic fashion as to generate the user’s individual ID number.


Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024.

Badge Reels

A badge reel is a simple little gadget, a badge accessory that holds your badge in place with a retractable cord that allows you to latch it onto your clothing. It lets you comfortably walk around your place of work without having to hold onto your name badge or reach into your pocket every second to retrieve it (which shouldn't be a need anyway because most people in your workplace know who you are).

It also can give you a sense of belonging in your workplace given that most badge reels sport their companies name or a customized graphic. Many of them have a white label that features your company logo beneath a clear dome.

Business-wise, badge reels promote your company's brand – in some way it can be seen as a walking advertisement of sorts. Consider that you're at the grocery store doing some shopping. While deciding whether to buy green or red apples, someone sees your badge reel and strikes up a conversation with you about your line of work and your company. In the most unintentional manner you've now brought your organization and its goals to someone's attention (and you prepared to make a nice apple pie in the process). Who knows? Perhaps in the future this individual might contact your company for business or refer a friend.

Badge reels come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, such as round and square, heavy duty and custom made. Heavy-Duty Custom Badge Reels, for example, are not your typical badge reels, and are made with high-quality, durable construction and are designed to withstand the roughest work environments. Most of them were also designed to hold clips, pins and magnets, useful for quick and easy attachment and detachment. Generally speaking, a cord is usually around 64 millimeters long and is rated for 100,000 pulls and fall within the range of $70 to $90.

I would definitely say that finding a good badge reel provider is a good thing for your company, especially since it seems to be the "in" thing right now. Don't take my word for it though; next time you're at a business event of some sort, or if you visit someone's office, take a look around and see if people are wearing them. Chances are that you will.

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Fake IDs are a Real Threat

Fake ID’s are a real problem, as any police force will tell you. This is true as well a number of other institutions, such as convenient stores, who require people to present a valid photo ID before being granted permission to purchase. This is equally important for the professional business atmosphere, which has a lot to gain (and much to lose) from a poorly-set up security structure where many companies require both employees and visitors to present a company-issued ID in order to get beyond the lobby area of a building. A breach of security caused by a counterfeit ID card can lead to individual harm, loss of information and the prevention of identity theft, all of which can then lead to irreparable personal and professional damage.

The good news is that such tragedies can be offset by a fully-functioning security procedure. A fantastic place to start is with high quality and reliable ID cards, such as our range of ID Cards.

What goes into a high quality ID card? A holographic laminate makes it more difficult for would-be counterfeiters to recreate, which is the reason that government-related institutions, such as those who issue drivers licenses, use holographic images. Just imagine how such technology would decrease the amount of counterfeit money produced every year. By utilizing ID software, this technology is available for the security-interested world.

You can also increase your security by employing visitor badges, which expire after a given period of time. An employee’s or visitor’s use of an expiring badge allows you to track his or her time of entry and exit and increase your ID Security.

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ID Security Badge Needs in the Modern World

In our ever-increasingly technological world, not to mention one in which crime is still a factor, the need for security has not expired. Visitor Management is a buzzword as much today as it was yesterday. Fortunately, even though technological advances have made the world of cybercrime more complex and sophisticated, traditional security still functions in very much the same was as it always has. The main concern is with instituting preventative measures to control physical entrance and exits from corporate buildings.

Expiring badges deal with this challenge in a very effective manner, granting to individuals access for only a given and predetermined period of time. The run-of-the-mill check-in/check-out system also assures who is entering and leaving the front doors. Be it for the corporate world, sporting events or school functions, ID Security Online specializes in security badges for all your security needs.

Go to our Visitor Management section at ID Security Online or contact one of our staff members by contacting us free of charge.


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How do I Clean my ID Card Printer?

We want your ID printer to run smoothly and effectively for as many years as possible. Buying a new ID card printer is expensive, repairing one can drain your pocket just as much. While most ID card printers come with a warranty, there are certain conditions to that warranty that you have to keep in mind. An ID card printer is just like any other mechanical device; it must be treated with care and regularly maintained. You wouldn’t drive your car for 10 years without taking it to a mechanic, would you? Routine maintenance is just as important with your ID card printer as it is with your car! Both machines have frequently mobile parts that can collect dust, dirt and grime. When an ID card printer is neglected, these foreign agents can cause your ribbons to break and render your ID cards useless. To get the maximum amount of usage from your ID card printer, you have to upkeep it with the same regularity and care that you would with a car or any other mechanical device with constantly moving parts. Here are some tips to help your ID card printer run smoothly and efficiently for many years.


Remove Your Jewelry Before Changing Your ID Card Printer Ribbon

This is very important as jewelry can scratch the printhead or any other inner components of your printer. This type of damage is not covered under the warranty and replacing the components will be solely your responsibility. Make sure to remove all jewelry that might come into contact with the machine (rings, watches, bracelets, etc.) prior to performing any maintenance.


Clean Your ID Card Printer Regularly

All ID card printer models now have card counters that are used to trigger several actions by the operator. If you do not perform the required cleanings, you run the risk of voiding your warranty. We suggest cleaning your ID card printer after every ribbon change


Buy a Cleaning Kit

Cleaning kits are an inexpensive way to maintain your ID card printer. These ID card printer cleaning kits include everything you need for routine upkeep of your machine, reducing the risk of a part breaking. ID Security Online offers a vast array of cleaning kits for most ID card printer models that cost no more than a couple of dollars per cleaning (certainly less expensive than replacing a machine).


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