How to encode data in your ID cards
To increase security and create
multifunctional badges, you can encode information onto your ID cards. Card
printers come with a variety of encoding options to answer the needs of every
Here is an overview of the different
options available today:
Easy-to-use and inexpensive, barcodes are
easy to set up as the printer doesn’t need a specific encoder. All you need to
do is add a barcode to your cards through your design software. Barcodes don’t
store data: a barcode reader is used to scan the code.
- Magnetic Stripes
Magnetic stripe cards are
widely used for access control badges, time & attendance or gift cards.
Magnetic stripes store data in black or brown strips of resin on the back of
the card. The data is read by a magnetic stripe reader when
the card is swiped. Magnetic stripe cards have a higher data capacity than most
barcodes and the data can be updated when needed.
- Contact / Contactless Smart
With contact and contactless smart
cards, the data is securely encoded into an embedded chip. This information can
be updated and recoded whenever required, making smart cards perfect for
applications such as student IDs, healthcare cards, loyalty cards and
To store data and to be read,
a contact smart card must be inserted into a reader, when contactless smart
cards only need to be waved within range of a reader.
- UHF RFID
The Gen 2 UHF RFID technology
— already widely used in asset management — brings security, speed and
convenience to any identification process. Gen 2 ID cards offer a wider read
range and allow multiple card reads at the same time. Extremely secure, the UHF
RFID technology is ideal to ease traffic at entry and exit points of secure
areas and control access in high-security premises or locations where crowd
control is an issue such as ski resorts, cruise ships, amusement parks or
To choose the right option for your application, talk to one
of our experts for a free ID consultation. Call IDSecurityOnline at 1-800-897-7024, chat
live with us, or email us at [email protected].