ID Card Printing Blog

September 27 2011  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

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.

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September 20 2011  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

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 here in 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.

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September 15 2011  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

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.

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

September 11 2011  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

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.

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

How do I Clean my ID Card Printer?

August 25 2011  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

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).


Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to discuss your card printing needs.

August 25 2011  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Direct-to-Card and Retransfer Card Printers – the Difference

Human beings don’t live forever, and neither do card printers. And the reality is that regardless of the quality (and the price), every card printer has its day. Although a typical card printer comes with a standard warranty of 2 years on parts and labor, there is some variation, as some come with a warranty of 3 years. However, retransfer printers come with a lifetime warranty on parts and labor, including the print head. The reason for this is that retransfer printers utilize a unique printing method that functionally eliminates the need to factor in the cost of a replacement print head.


What’s the difference, you ask, between a direct-to-card printer (DTC) and a retransfer printer? During the DTC printing process the print head comes into repeated contact with rigid cards. Typically-speaking, a company printer can print on the order of thousands of cards per month, gradually wearing down the print head. The retransfer method avoids this deterioration by retransferring the image onto the retransfer film, hence its name, thereby significantly extending its lifespan. What’s more is that print heads cost between approximately $500-$900 and is considered to be a commonly-replaced part in DTC printing. Using a retransfer card printer also often translates into higher return on investment, which means that you can save your company a good deal of heartache and money.


There’s also the question of to replace or not to replace. Many factors can affect this decision, such as the decreased cost of ID card printers and technological improvements that necessitate system upgrades. It’s also noteworthy that a printer evaluation fee, minus the cost for the actual repair, figures in the ballpark of $120 or more. Not exactly a walk in the park itself, though tolerable.

Frequently Asked Questions


Choosing a Printer

Finding the optimal card printer for your company can be an easy, and even enjoyable, process. ID Security Online’s experts will listen to your needs and help you find the best printer for your organization or business.

Choosing an ID Software

ID Security Online’s consultation team also helps you determine the best software system for your application, walking you through the installation process and teaching you how to operate it on your own.

Troubleshooting

Our technical support group will help you deal with any printing system issues so you can experience the best possible usage from your card printer.

Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to discuss your card printing needs.
Evolis Dualys Benefits and Strengths

July 26 2011  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Evolis Dualys Benefits and Strengths

With the Evolis Dualys ID card printer you will be able to print and encode your ID cards on both sides.  The Evolis Dualys card printer is one of the fastest card printers on the market and produces the stunning image quality.


User Friendly

No training needed.  This ID card printer is ready to go out of the box.  With a convenient clam-shell opening maintenance and loading are greatly sped up.  Feed one card at a time or use a card feeder.  Configured and ready to go in just a few clicks.  


Fast

Dual sided color cards print at a rate of 125 cards per hour.  Dual sided monochrome cards print at 350 cards an hour.  One sided monochrome cards are printed at the rate of 1,000 cards per hour!


Dual-Sided

From bulk personalization to single card printing this printer prints on both sides of the card in high-resolution color.  


For fast dual-sided printing the Evolis Dualys ID card printer can not be beat.  It’s one of the fastest ID card printers available.  You can be up and running in no time with it’s user friendly features.


Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to reorder supplies for your Evolis printer or to discuss your card printing needs.

July 14 2011  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

The Mag Upgrade for your HDP5000 Printer/Encoder

So its time to upgrade your HDP 5000 and add the magnetic encoder! Its actually simple to do and here are the steps:

  1. Disconnect the power
  2. Open the front cover
  3. Remove the front screw.
  4. Remove the small plastic cover in the upper left hand corner.
  5. Insert the Mag module.
  6. Re-Install the small cover and screw and close the cover.
  7. Replace the power and refresh the system!

We also created a How-To video for the HDP5000 Mag Upgrade.

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Fargo DTC4500 Card Industries and Applications

June 16 2011  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Fargo DTC4500 Card Industries and Applications

With its amazing set of features the Fargo DTC4500 ID card printer will fit in at multiple applications.  You can be sure with it’s ability to grow as you grow the Fargo DTC4500 ID card printer will still be a great fit for you years down the road. The Fargo DTC4500 is at home in a variety of applications including these:

  • Membership cards
  • Customer loyalty cards
  • Student IDs
  • Library cards
  • Mass transit cards

Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to reorder supplies for your Fargo printer or to discuss your card printing needs.

Evolis High Quality Printers

May 30 2011  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Evolis High Quality Printers

If you manage a health club, sports club, library, or an association you owe it to yourself to provide a membership card.   A leisure card identifies members, thanks to graphic personalization. It can also be used for controlling access to various facilities according to a user profile that can be encoded on a chip, a magnetic stripe or bar code.

Whether you are a sports club or a cultural association, all your members will identify themselves in a snap thanks to a card that spells sheer professional quality.

IDSecurityOnline carries a full line of Evolis membership card printers and supplies.  

Every day, the Evolis community of users leverage products designed with quality in mind. All card printers are engineered to provide:

  • Ease of use
  • Sturdiness
  • Reliability
  • Speed in operation
  • Flexibility


Contact us at IDSecurityOnline today at (800) 897 7024 to reorder supplies for your Evolis printer or to discuss your card printing needs.

March 22 2011  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Our Clients

Who do we work with at ID Security Online?

ID Security Online has a lot of clients from Fortune 500 companies, to Gucci, to The Mets, to The New York Police Department. We like to help our clients grow as we grow in kind of a symbiotic relationship. One of those clients we think is really cool and growing quickly is Fashion GPS. We worked with Fashion GPS at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion show in January as they needed someone to help with their Event GPS services.

ID Security Online asked Fashion GPS to describe themselves in a nutshell. In their own words Events GPS “allows editors, photographers, stylists and TV crews to RSVP to multiple events at once on a single website.” If you would like to know more about Fashion GPS and their upcoming projects please check them out at: http://fashiongps.com/

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February 24 2011  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Planning to buy an ID card printer?

If you are planning to buy an ID card printer for your company, you will be surprised at the vast array of choices available in the market today. If you are not an ID card printing expert, your head will spin with the number of brands and types that you have to browse through before you can find the perfect choice. But if you equip yourself with sufficient knowledge about buying an ID card printer before you go out to shop for one in the market, it would be easier for you to narrow down your options and make an informed decision. Here are some of the things that you need to think about.


Color or Monochrome

In terms of color, there are two kind of ID card printer. One can print full color while the other can only print in monochrome. The advantage of the former is that it produces vibrant images and attractive designs. However, monochrome is quicker and more cost effective. It only takes about 5 seconds per each card and since you’ll only be using a single panel print, the cost is much lower than full color printing. Your choice between the two primarily depends on the nature of your company, budget, and preference. For example, if your company is a web/graphic design or animation company, it makes sense to invest on a full color card printer since the ID should be a reflection of what a company does.


Single or Dual Side Printing

Another consideration you have to make is whether you are going to print on the front side or on both sides. As the name implies, the single type printer will print only on the front side of the card. If you are definite that the IDs to be printed for your company will only require print on the front side, this can be the ideal option for you. The dual sided printer, meanwhile, has the advantage of printing on both sides of the ID. Obviously, this one is more expensive than the single side printer. Aside from the more expensive upfront cost, the dual sided ribbon used for this kind of printer is also pricier.


Quantity of Cards

You should also ask yourself how many ID cards you plan to be printed each year. If you are a small business, you would only need a few cards a month. But for a larger company, you need to invest on specialized printers that feature high capacity printing of cards. Printer that can accommodate a bigger quantity is more expensive but the investment is worth it.


Printer Brand

When it comes to brand, there is a wide variety of names on card printer manufacturers that you will get to know about when you go out into the market. Some of the well-known brands include Fargo, Zebra, Evolis, DataCard, and Magicard


ID Software

Aside from the printer itself, you should also consider planning your purchase if you intend to buy ID card software. This way, you can be sure that you will be able to make the right buying decision. Entry level ID card software is inexpensive but limited in its capabilities, for instance some software limits the number of data fields per card design. Other software will only allow a limited amount of data records, be aware you may have to up-grade to the next level at additional cost soon after your purchase.

If you plan to “network” the software and place it on multiple computers you will have to purchase a higher level of the software plus additional “site licenses” for each additional user.

The bottom line is to do your homework but do not hesitate to reach out to an expert in the field, most manufacturers will recommend a “partner” in your area that should ask the appropriate questions I listed above and guide you to the correct choices.




February 24 2010  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Badge Clips

Badge Clips

With today's security conscious society one of the most common security measures taken in the workplace is the ID Badge. One cannot usually enter their place of work without showing their company ID badge to security. Some badges are even required to open doors and get past security gates. The constant need to have a security badge on the worker at all times can be inconvenient, one little tool that can make this effort easier is the humble badge clip.

Having a badge clip can make carrying a security badge easy and convenient. There are many types of badge clips available to meet company security standards and still have easy access to the badge while maintaining a sense of style.

A common badge clip is just a simple clip. You can thread it through a hole punched in your badge and then clip it onto your shirt, jacket, backpack, lunch bag, or whatever else is convenient for you. Just make sure it meets your company's standards for displaying your badge.

Another common use of a badge clip is to attach your badge to a lanyard. There are neck lanyards and wrist lanyards, although the neck lanyard is the most popular. This way your badge is always visible and available whenever you need it. Lanyards come in many styles and colors from simple plain colors such as red and blue to printed tiger stripe or your company logo prints.

Some lanyards are adjustable and some have a breakaway safety mechanism. Some also feature adjustable sliders and safety buckles. Another great way to carry your badge with you is with a retractable badge reel. What makes these so unique is that you can have your badge safely attached to your belt or jacket, but you can pull it to trigger a key card for locked security doors, that require a scan of an ID badge for entry. Once your scan is complete you just let go and the badge safely retracts to its original carrying position.

No matter how you attach you badge the badge clip is the main tool for easy badge accessibility and there are many types of clips to choose from, including simple badge clips and straps to magnetic badge clips, to bulldog and alligator clips. The important thing is that your workplace is secure while still being convenient for workers to access.

February 23 2010  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Badge Lanyards

Badge Lanyards

While many people may a choose badge clip, there are situations in some jobs where badge clips may not work out as well as you may want. Or maybe you are like me, and simply prefer the feeling of badge lanyard as opposed to a badge clip. Whatever your reason for wanting one, these badge lanyards are some of the finest that you will be able to find.

Why choose a badge lanyard over having a simple clip? I have worn clips quite often, and while I do not dislike them, there are a few things that I find better about lanyards than clips. First off, potentially the biggest one, is that I have a habit of losing things. During the hectic work day, I would often lose my badge while doing something important. The problem with the clip is that, I never realized when I lost it! While I have never lost my badge while wearing it on my lanyard, it would be very easy to notice when you have lost it. Perhaps even more important than this (for those of you who do not lose as many things as I do!) is the fact that lanyards are much easier to deal with than a clip. Just slip it on and forget about it!

There are many kinds of cheap lanyards out there, but some may come off easily, even when you do not want them to, causing you to lose your badge. Having a badge lanyard like that does you no good whatsoever -- you might as well not have one in those cases! But this type of badge lanyard is definitely one of the better ones. I have never had a problem with this type of badge lanyard slipping off when I did not want it to. This helps to ensure that I can spend more time worrying about my work responsibilities, as opposed to worrying about where I lost my badge!

All in all, I would rank these lanyards are being some of the best that I have ever seen. Whether you have a habit of losing things like me, need a convenient way of holding onto your badge, or whatever your reason, these lanyards are definitely the way to go. They easily earn five stars in my personal ranking book. I am sure that they will in yours, too, if you give them a try.