In computing terms 64-bit refers to the amount of data that the computer can access directly. In the case of a 64-bit processor this is 4 petabytes of memory. Due to memory limitations, current processors do not have access to that amount of RAM.
The barcode is the most widely recognized form of encoding.
Cards using barcodes are encoded at the time of printing and requires no additional encoding method. There are several types of barcodes available. The first is called 1d. 1d barcodes consist of a single row of bars and convey very small amounts of data. The second style of the barcode is 2d. 2d barcodes appear as a matrix of square dots and house a considerable amount more of information (about 500 bytes) than its 1d counterpart.
The process for uniquely recognizing humans based on physical traits. The most common methods for biometrics are finger print scans and eyeball scans. Biometrics is used to grant or deny access to systems.
A byte is the basic unit of information in computing. A byte consists of 8 bits of information. A megabyte is 1,048,576 bytes. A gigabyte is 1,073,741,824 bytes. Most commonly today data is expressed in gigabytes.
A contactless smart card does not require the reader and the chip to make physical contact. Instead the embedded circuit is attached to an antenna. The exchange of data is made via radio waves instead of physical contact.
Dye sublimation is the printing process which uses heat to transfer the dyes on to the PVC card. The dye sublimation process gives photo quality images and crisp clear text. The dye is stored on a cellophane ribbon that usually has four color panels, each color panel being the size of the medium that is being printed on. In most sublimation processes the last layer is a laminate layer put down to protect the dyes from fading and rubbing off.
Edge-to-edge printing refers to the ability to print all the way to the edge of the card. In this process there is no margin or white space that is wasted and you are able to take full advantage of the cards size.
The measurement of the magnetic field present on a magnetic card. A stripe that has high coercivity is more resistant to magnetic fields that may erase the data stored on the stripe. A high coercivity stripe is usually black in color.
Is an extra layer added to the card, on top of the card. Usually clear or can be embedded with a hologram. As well as making the card more durable, lamination also adds a layer of security making the card tamper proof.
LCD is an abbreviation for Liquid Crystal Display. Used to display important information and printer status to the user. Some printers also display helpful prompts for maintenance and other activities to walk you through the processes.
The measurement of the magnetic field present on a magnetic card. A stripe that has low coercivity is less resistant to magnetic fields that may erase the data stored on the stripe. A low coercivity stripe is usually brown in color.
Magnetic material is embedded to the back of a PVC card and encoded with data. The magnetic cards require a physical connection be made and are read via swiping your card through a card reader and being read by physical read head. These cards are most often found in the financial industry and access systems.
Some times called contactless cards, proximity cards use radio frequency to transmit and receive data. Since data is exchanged via radio frequency the need to swipe a card through a reader is not needed. Most commonly found in ID cards, payment cards, and transit cards.
Rewritable cards contain a heat sensitive area. When heat is applied to this area the text can become either shown or hidden. This technology is great for cards that need updated frequently or cards that will be used temporarily.
Radio frequency identification cards or RFID cards for short refers to the technology that uses radio frequencies to transfer data between a reader and an object for the purpose of tracking or identification.
Smart cards are about the size of a normal credit card and have an embedded chip on them. Smart cards usually contain a certain amount of reusable memory and sometimes a processor. Smart cards are used to handle sensitive information and are used commonly for authentication purposes in the financial industry.
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