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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.

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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.


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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).


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

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.

Fargo HDP5000 Card Printer Encoder Unique Qualities

The Fargo HDP5000 ID card printer is the ultimate in quality, reliability, and security.  From it’s high-definition print engine to the guaranteed reliability.  The Fargo HDP5000 printer is backed  with a lifetime print head warranty and two-year warranty on everything else.


The print head on the Fargo HDP5000 card printer never comes in contact with the surface.  Debris never touches the print head, ensuring that it’s long lasting and never damaged.  All of this is backed by Fargo's lifetime print head warranty.  You can ensure your graphics and text will look crisp from the first day to every day.


High definition card printing is the latest technology.  If brand image is important to you the Fargo HDP5000 ID card printer is a smart choice.  


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

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.

Fargo DTC550 Industries and Applications

The Fargo DTC550 ID card printer is at home whether as a standalone ID card printer or as part of distributed system.  With it’s easy cartridge style ribbon and cleaner roller replacement system and intuitive LCD panel, this ID card printer will easily fit in to your work flow.  


With it’s versatility and ability to grow the Fargo DTC550 ID card printer is a good fit for many industries and applications. 

  • ID cards
  • Drivers licenses
  • Health cards
  • Local and regional government agencies
  • Higher-education

With it’s ability to print secure cards and durable cards the Fargo DTC550 ID card printer is a great solution for your growing business.  As you grow you will be able to grow the Fargo DTC550 with your business thanks to its modular system.  


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

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

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.

Fargo DTC4000 Card Industries and Applications

With it’s professional quality ID card printing capabilities and high level of flexibility this ID card printer will be an easy fit in many industries.  Thanks to its SmartScreen LCD display error handling and reporting is similar to a copy machine.  The Fargo DTC4000 ID card printer is at home in many settings including these:

  • Student ID cards

  • Mass transit cards

  • Membership cards

  • Loyalty cards

  • Health clubs

  • Library cards

  • Access cards

Versatile, flexible, modular, and so much more - the Fargo DTC4000 ID card printer will be able to make an immediate contribution to your ID card needs.  

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

 
 
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