IDSecurityOnline blog en-us Copyright 2008 - 2019 IDSecurityOnline Blog IDSecurityOnline blog 10 Why Professional ID Security for Education is So Important -1professional-id-security-education-important Thu, 02 May 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers The way schools, colleges, and universities protect their students, as well as their faculties, is always changing.  There has been a growing need for enhanced checks and security monitoring at each level of children's education.  ID cards not only help to identify students and teachers but can grant clearance to certain areas.  Professional ID security for education should, therefore, arguably, be used as a means to an end.

However, there are still many schools not yet making use of professional ID printing.  While systems may be in place to identify visitors, not all educational bodies print ID for attendees or staff.  In a climate where protection of children has never been more important, the need for accessible, professional ID card printer hardware has never been greater.

Enhanced Protection for All

A good ID card should easily demonstrate who the holder is.  However, counterfeiting of ID is growing all the more sophisticated.  In environments such as schools where child safety is a priority, it makes logical sense to print ID cards which are almost impossible to replicate.

Magicard 600 Photo Id System

The temptation to save money by printing cheaper ID cards, or not to print them at all, is no longer excusable.  Affordable ID printing systems such as the Magicard 600, which supply double-sided ID cards, are readily available to the public.  What’s more, it is now easier than ever to copy-protect your cards.

The Magicard 600 is one of many printers used by schools thanks to its HoloKote technology.  HoloKote is a brand of watermarking which allows you to imprint your own insignia or logo.  This works as a visual security seal.

ID security for education is simple to address and to implement.  Visual checks and enhanced security features will give the reader more confidence in the holder.  Educational bodies need to ensure that they only permit access to verified staff and students alike.  As time has moved on, simple ID cards alone simply aren’t doing enough.

Cards for Access

ID cards for schools and colleges should, as discussed briefly, also allow people access to certain areas.  Modern school buildings now offer swipe card systems, where a student or faculty member can swipe the magnetic strip on their card to open doors.

This system is deemed far more efficient at protecting sensitive environments.  ID cards for use in schools can be activated with specific permissions.  For example, student ID cards may be able to access classrooms, but they may not be able to access staff areas or server cupboards.

Without a card to access an educational building, unwanted visitors are immediately deterred.  Before would-be intruders can swipe a card, in any case, they would need to be subject to visual checks.  Access technology is part of an efficient two-step system that doubly protects students and education staff alike.

Visitor Permissions

Any educational authority needs to vet its visitors carefully.  It is no longer enough, for example, to simply sign in a guest and to supply them with a paper badge or plastic pin.  Printers such as the Datacard SD360 recommended for school environments, can also be used to print temporary cards with access features quickly.  These can be used and disposed of at the end of their lifetime, and offer minimal wastage.

Using a professional ID card printer to produce visitor cards will be worthwhile if visitors need to access premises for long periods of time.  For example, local inspectors, verified laborers, and frequent guests may benefit from having professional cards printed.  It is a cost-effective solution which, when used alongside thorough vetting, can help to keep your school safe.

Everyday Uses of ID Security for Education

ID cards for use in schools and colleges can be used for more than simple entry and exit.  Staff and students, as well as visitors, will likely need to use them frequently throughout their time on campus.  Here are a few scenarios where ID and access cards may be required:

  • In the event of lunch breaks or recess periods, cards can be used to access cafeteria or outside areas.
  • At special events and fairs hosted by a school or college, ID cards can be used to confirm the right of attendance.
  • Some cards may also be used to pay for food and drink.  These applications may be useful for students, staff, and visitors.
  • Access and ID cards can also be used to access library facilities.  It is possible for library accounts to be directly linked to access cards.
  • Volunteers who regularly visit a school, but who may not be teaching staff, may also be granted limited access ID cards.

ID Card Information

The information needed on each ID card, in an educational context, should be comprehensive.  An educational ID badge or access card will generally carry the following information:

  • A clear, recent photo, which is essential for visual checks.
  • Date of birth and date of admission to the school or college.
  • If the holder is a student, their card should show which grade or class they attend.
  • If the holder is a faculty member, their card should show which subject or class they teach.  If a non-teacher, the card should also state as much.  For example, ‘maintenance’ or ‘cafeteria staff.’
  • A date of expiry should also be visible.
  • Additional security features, such as holographic coating, watermarking or embossing, should also be considered.

Professional ID card hardware such as the Zebra ZC350 offers affordable, accessible ID creation which can be used in-house.  The costs schools and colleges face with outsourcing ID card protection can often escalate.  Therefore, secure in-house printing is immediately more cost-effective.

Keeping Safe

When it comes to our children, security should be our number one priority.  With in-house ID card printing available and more affordable than ever, ID security for education is simpler and less hassle for the people who run our schools and colleges.  Professional education IDs should always be provided to protect students and to give parents and staff peace of mind throughout the day.

What Should All ID Cards for Enterprise Include? -1What-Should-All-ID-Cards-for-Enterprise-Include Mon, 15 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers The need for ID cards for enterprise security has always been relevant.  In a day and age where elaborate counterfeiting continues to be a genuine concern, there has been a growing need to produce cards and badges which are impervious to mimicry.  However, there are also a number of simple standards that all business ID cards should be adhering to.

All modern secure photo ID systems, such as the Magicard 600, will produce ID cards to the common standard all enterprises expect.  However, it is also important to understand the anatomy of a modern ID card, and why each element is essential.  It is, after all, good practice to remember that functional ID should offer a visual security solution as well as a practical one.

Let’s take some time to consider the essential facets of every modern ID card.

A Clear Cardholder Photo

Much in the same vein as standards expected for passports and drivers’ licenses, a good business ID card should possess a clear, recent photo of the cardholder.  That is perhaps the most basic of security checks that can be made.  It is also crucial to remember to update an ID photo if the appearance of the cardholder changes drastically.

Issuing Details

It is essential to include some form of ‘start’ and ‘end’ date for any ID card.  This, of course, will make sure it passes validity checks.  Not all ID cards have been known to print such data; however, proving ID validity is another security standard we greatly recommend.

Basic Employee Information

All ID cards for enterprise should hold a modicum of data regarding the cardholder.  ID card solutions in the form of design suites and printers can help to incorporate a lot of essential detail onto an otherwise small space.  Some of the vital information you need to integrate may include cardholder name, employee number, date of birth and/or department.  Your needs may vary; however, all ID card printers will help you achieve such results.

If employees have zonal access to certain areas of a facility, it’s also prudent to include this information.  For example, if a ground-level employee only has access to basic clearance, their ID card should detail this.  It is another element of visual security that saves on questions to be asked.

Custom Design and Watermarking

Watermarking your ID cards will help fight counterfeiting.  It is a security standard which is still supported by all modern ID printers.  Creating a custom design with ID card software will also help you to establish your brand.  ID card systems such as the Datacard SD360 arrive with software to allow you to customize your own look.

You may even wish to imprint your slogans or ethos on your ID cards.  In this way, ID badges can also be used as useful marketing or advertising tool.

Enhanced Security Features for ID Cards for Enterprise

While enhanced security features may not seem essential, they are incredibly effective in helping to prevent counterfeiting.  Modern ID card printers will possess a number of different security measures which can be printed directly onto a badge.  These may enhance visual security checks, too.  Here are a few of the more effective forms of ID security you will be able to access through a specialized ID printer.


Holograms and watermarking can come hand in hand.  Modern holograms can be imprinted onto ID cards using a plastic film, and are virtually impossible to replicate.  For this reason, using holograms alone – with your company logo, message or otherwise – will work hard to protect against identity theft.


Microtext is a relatively recent enhanced security trend which many ID printers account for.  Widely used in passport printing, microtext is impossible to be read by the naked eye.  Therefore, only specialist equipment can be used to check and authorize what may be written on a card.  Similarly to holograms, this is a form of security which is virtually impossible to copy.

UV Overlay and Clear Ink

Many ID card printing solutions make use of clear ink.  This can be used to print a design which is impossible to detect under natural light.  Therefore, UV light will need to be employed to check for such designs or watermarks.  Once again, it is a protective solution to counterfeiting concerns.


Raised printing, or embossing, is a technique which helps to produce unique ID cards.  ID badges with embossed designs or messages can be easily read through visual checks, and are once again very difficult to replicate.

Magnetic Stripes

Magnetic stripe cards have been a common ID card standard for some time.  These stripes contain information pertaining to the cardholder and can be used to swipe to gain access to certain areas.  They can also be used by security personnel to bring up specific data on request.

Dual-Sided Printing

Modern ID card printing devices, such as the Zebra ZC350, can be used to print and produce dual-sided cards.  Using a dual-sided ID card printer will enable you to spread essential information across both sides of a badge.  That means more security data can be emblazoned on one card unit.  That, in effect, helps visual security checks and processes.

Printing data on both sides of a card also saves time and effort for all parties involved.  The more data included, the fewer questions need to be asked.  Coupled with enhanced security features, this means you will always produce secure, comprehensive cards which are protected against mass counterfeiting. 

Unique Printing Solutions

ID cards for enterprise should always adhere to several security standards.  They should also give the same uniform information and data for visual checks.  However, this is not to say that they all have to be designed the same.

By using a professional ID card printer, you can create and produce ID that is unique to your business and branding.  Always take into account the essentials, but never be afraid to stand out.

Reputable Associations Print Reputable IDs that Members Love -1reputable-associations-print-reputable-ids Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Card Systems Organizational culture takes into account all aspects of any environment. From the way the office is decorated to the employee standard operating procedures, they all speak volumes as to what an organization values. One such artifact that conveys worth and culture is the standard membership ID employed by most organizations. It might seem mundate to most, but when one becomes a member of an association they are expecting to be valued at some level. One of the first items a new member receives is their identification card. This is the card that will grant them access to member benefits and proof that they belong. With a modest investment in modern technology, any organization or association can print high-quality IDs right there on the spot that convey both a sense of worth and permanence to the member. More than an investment in technology, this is an investment in the member and will serve to secure their future loyalty.

Worth in Security

More than just aesthetically pleasing, a quality ID has immediate security benefits that can pay in terms of safety. Particularly for high risk environments like schools, hospitals, and government agencies, granting access to the wrong person can come with devastating results. The Magicard Pro Single Sided Photo ID System is remarkably affordable and yet, it prints a fully customizable Holokote watermark that protects against any counterfeiting efforts.

If anyone tried to print a replicate ID on any other system than yours, then it will be obvious and access can be denied. This is one area where saving a few bucks to get by with a less than secure option just doesn’t make sense. Moreover, the more reputable and secure your associations IDs look the less likely some trouble maker is going to try. It is not always about making your organization criminal proof, but sometimes just making yourself a harder target than the next guy is all you need to deter nefarious activity.


Worth in Membership Benefits

Fortunately, most organizations that involve memberships and associations don’t have to worry too much about security. Simply verifying that one is indeed a member is all the function you need. However, there is a great deal of worth in providing quality membership IDs when it comes to membership rewards and perks. Organizations simply looking to create and maintain a loyalty or reward program would do well to consider the Zebra ZC300 Photo ID System. You can print single or dual sided and the machine automatically adjusts to the thickness of the card printed.

That means whether you are printing one-time event IDs or long lasting membership cards, you are covered. This machine does it all and will meet most needs that you will encounter. You can even embed security marks if you so choose and add magnetic stripe if you want. It’s ready to go out of the box and the software is intuitive and easy to follow.

Worth in a Basic ID

As it currently stands, many organizations simply pen a little member information on a business card sized piece of stock paper and hand it to the member. Cost is a concern for them as they think any upgrade is far beyond their budgets. However, the Datacard SD260 Single Sided Photo ID Card System has been the solution for budget strapped organizations around the country. From senior centers to youth community centers, this card prints high-quality IDs in a no fuss and budget friendly manner.

For many organizations, it is not so much how you print your quality IDs, but just that you do. It’s a cultural artifact that speaks to the culture and reputation of your organization. There is an option for every budget and yet, don’t underestimate showing your members should just how much you value them with an ID that they are proud to display. For over 10 years, we here at IDSecurityOnline have been keeping your organization safe and secure with top notch IDs and printers. We understand what is at stake and we treat your concerns and your employees as if they were our own. So don’t forget to check out the rest of our offerings here at and keep your organization on top. 

Magicard 600 and Fargo HDP6600 Card Printers -1magicard-600-fargo-hdp6600-card-printers Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers NEW ADDITIONS OFFER EXCEPTIONAL SECURITY AND HIGH-RESOLUTION PRINTING AND DESIGN WITH SIMPLICITY AND SPEED

ID Security Online continuously updates its selection of ID card printers to give customers the newest and most innovative printing technology. Leading card-printer manufacturers are always improving their technology, print speeds and security options, so don’t miss these noteworthy recent additions to our lineup.

ID Security has scrutinized the performance of two new printers—the Magicard 600 and Fargo HDP6600—and they’ve made a great impression. If you’re searching for a reliable card printer to consistently produce quality cards—employee ID, credit, debit, identity, access, loyalty, public transportation passes and more—take a look at these two winners.

Magicard 600 — Data-Secure, Direct-To-Card Printer

The Magicard 600 delivers great high resolution and can print at an impressive 600x300 dpi, legibly capturing tough-to-see micro text. This entry-level business-class printer offers a wide color spectrum for rich, vibrant visual effects. One significant improvement—a faster print speed per card (up to 200 color and 720 monochrome cards per hour).

Ultra-Secure - In addition to its standard encoding security options (magnetic stripe and smart card encoding), the 600 boasts these rigorous security features:

Anti-Fraud — This new printer offers updated HoloKote and Custom HoloKote options, and is powered by the all-new LYNK onboard intelligence—for identity with an IQ. The 600 lets users print a HoloKote® security watermark across the card surface, which can be customised to an organisation’s logo, or other unique security design. Users can select from 10 predesigned HoloKote watermark images built into the driver when adding a watermark-style design to cards, and can add as many as 10 unique stored Custom HoloKote designs direct to the printer via Magicard’s web tool. This feature takes customized security to a new level. Moreover, when using HoloPatch® cards users can highlight an area of the HoloKote® watermark to create a high-visibility security seal.

Digital Shredding — Another ultra-secure feature is digital shredding to ensure data used to create cards can’t be recovered from the system by not-so-well intentioned third parties. This Magicard 600 feature fragments data used for a print job and renders it unrecoverable, preventing the printer from storing data.

Threat Benchmarking — Magicard moves regular software updates to every users’ Margicard 600 unit to ensure the software and system configuration is protected against all current security vulnerabilities. These updates are based on threats identified through regular security scans against Nessus Pro, a widely deployed comprehensive vulnerability assessment tool.

Magicard 600 card printers can print any type of ID card to meet the demands of any business or institution. They’re widely used across all industries because they seamlessly integrate to any ID-card program. From ID cards to more sophisticated badges, this printer does it all:

  1. ID Cards — Print high-quality ID cards for employees or students, or issue highly-secure government credentials, to identify every person at a glance, using the HoloKote customizable logo or security design watermarks.
  2. Access Control Badges — Use the in-line smart card encoder at the point of issuance to write physical access data to the card, then track who enters and exits properties and places with access-control badges to secure the enterprise, school, building, or area.
  3. Payment Cards — Payment cards, gift cards, or IDs with cashless payment options can be printed and encoded on the spot using an inline EMV encoder.
  4. Time and Attendance Badges — Track employees, visitors or students and even print a schedule on card backs.
  5. Loyalty Cards — Boost sales, create value for existing customers, and attract new clients with stunning loyalty cards.
  6. Membership Cards — Print sharp membership cards to offer special incentives to customers and facilitate access to secure areas.

The Magicard 600 ID Card Printer is a world-class printing solution that cost-effectively produces badges in high volumes with rigorous security in processing ID credentials. It’s many high-end features integrate readily with existing infrastructure, deliver excellent performance, increased capacity and improved print quality, single or dual-sided printing, and optional encoding capabilities.

Fargo HDP6600 — Data-Secure, Retransfer Printer

The Fargo HDP6600 ID card printer is the newest addition to Fargo’s HDP line. It’s fast, innovative, feature-rich, and reliableI. If you’re looking for an enterprise-class desktop-based retransfer printer with a comprehensive set of innovative features and options not available elsewhere, this one has what you’re after and knocks it out of the park. The innovative HDP6600 (produced by Fargo in combination with HID Global) has as-yet-unseen features and print speeds of up to 230 cards per hour (YMCK with transfer). It’s exceptionally advanced and highly efficient—delivering simultaneous print and retransfer, GreenCircle® certified energy savings, and patent-pending iONTM technology for unparalleled printer readiness.

With many years of proven retransfer printing expertise, Fargo brings some great new features with this printer—security, lower cost, innovation, and versatility is all standard with the HDP6600.

Print Speed — For many organizations, card printing speed is essential to avoid process-flow bottlenecks and administrative inefficiency. Users in fast-paced operating environments need to maximize productivity, and a key consideration when selecting an ID card printer is the user’s anticipated ID-card print volumes and the printing rate necessary to accommodate those “crunch” production times when print volume and pace must keep up with real-time workflow. This printer can reduce wait times significantly. The HDP6600 delivers the fastest desktop-based retransfer printing speeds on the market today—producing high-definition cards at an unprecedented pace. It’s designed to meet high-volume needs and expedite large-production jobs in the most demanding circumstances. To improve system capacity, users can opt for the 200-card input hopper.

High Resolution — By applying ink to cards at a 600-dots-per-inch resolution, the HDP6600 produces brilliant colors and very sharp images—especially useful for printing readable small text, complex characters, and crisp bar codes. For users, this means flawless-, professional-looking cards that enhance the organization’s brand identity and ensure instant visual verification. No muddled visuals in this printer’s output. In short, the HDP6600 produces ID cards with the highest image and text quality available—a priority for enterprises that depend on brand images.

Lamination Options — The HDP6600 offers users the choice to use one lamination material for one or both sides of the card, or to use two different lamination materials on different sides of the card. Single lamination may work great for an ID card that only requires a durable clear laminate patch. But for multi-purpose credentials, users may need a two-material lamination, e.g., a custom holographic laminate on the front of a multi-use smart card, and a half-patch laminate on the back to protect bar codes or leave a magnetic stripe unimpaired.

The HDP6600 card printer/encoder offers high-capacity consumables (which are both convenient and lower cost) and a comprehensive feature set—including robust data-encoding features—enabling organizations to quickly issue highly secure cards and IDs at a fraction of the cost without sacrificing quality. As the only desktop-based retransfer printer available featuring advanced wasteless lamination technology, the HDP6600 can reduce high-volume laminate materials costs by up to 40%. Beyond consumables cost savings, wasteless PolyGuard™ LMX overlaminates extend card life by providing the highest level of card coverage protection.

Encoding Options — Speaking of security, the HDP6600 offers smart-card encoding such as contact and contactless encoding, along with typical magnetic-stripe encoding. New in these printers is the ability to read proximity and iClass cards. With support for just about every encoding technology, users have true card-printing flexibility can create any card type — credit, debit, identity, access, loyalty, public transportation passes, and more. This is true encoding flexibility—and the HDP6600 supports it all.

Ideal for any enterprise that needs retransfer printing technology to reliably issue secure and durable, high-definition IDs or cards at high speeds, the FARGO® HDP6600 from HID Global is a cost-effective, eco-friendly, and reliable solution for an ultra-low cost per card.


IDP Smart-31 or IDP Smart-51 which one suits you? -1idp-smart-31-or-idp-smart-51 Mon, 11 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Businesses and clubs of every size need to print photo ID cards for a wide variety of reasons. For businesses or organisations that require the ability to print 1000s of ID, payment, or membership cards each year the investment in an ID card printer is clearly worthwhile, but what is the solution if you want to print 1000 or less cards in the course of the year? You could outsource the card production but that can be costly and inconvenient since you lose the ability to print on-demand. A more effective solution is to consider purchasing a value-priced direct-to-card printer. Two of the best options are the Smart-31 and the Smart-51 card printers from IDP. Either of these printers would offer a great solution for business owners who need to print a limited number of cards but still want to retain the high production values that will make their company stand out.

Let’s look at the Smart-31 ID Card Printer first

Priced as an entry level printer the Smart-31 printer is capable of producing a monochrome ID card in as little as 5 seconds with a full-color ID card taking only 23 seconds. If you need to create your ID cards in batches you will find the 80-card input hopper and 25-card output hopper invaluable since you can load the printer, set it going and do something else for a short while.

Useful features offered by the Smart-31 printer include:
  • Single and Dual-sided printing
  • 300dpi for color prints
  • 600 or 1200dpi for monochrome cards
  • Encoding
  • Ethernet connectivity
  • Rewritable printing

Turning to the Smart-51 ID Card Printer

The other ID card printer you should consider is the Smart-51. The Smart-51 printer is designed with a metal frame and steel ball bearings that will allow it to withstand regular use in any office environment. The direct-to-card printing technology offered by the Smart-51 comes with a faster CPU and less printing noise. It offers users reduced printing times and allows the creation of 212 single sided full color cards each hour. Each high quality photo ID will boast superb skin tones thanks to the dye-sublimation employed by the printer.
The Smart-51 is designed to make printing easy with a built-in LCD screen display which offers helpful user prompts including hologram and ribbon count. The printer also allows for manual cleaning with the pressing of only two buttons meaning that regular maintenance can be completed with ease by any member of your team.

While being similar in nature to the Smart-31 the Smart-51 does offer some additional optional features including single or dual-sided lamination of ID cards which is great for creating long-lasting, high security cards. With card production taking just eight seconds the Smart-51 is the fastest “ready to print” card laminator that you will find anywhere. Other features unique to the Smart-51 are:
  • WiFi upgrade option
  • UV printing
  • CR70 Card support
Both the Smart-31 and the Smart-51 printer are supplied with a 3-year advanced exchange warranty combined with a 2-year unlimited printhead warranty.

Which ID card printer should you choose?

Both the Smart-31 and the Smart-51 offer outstanding ID printing capabilities allowing you to generate high quality photo ID with crisp, clear images, and well defined text that helps to ensure the security of your business. If you want to choose between these two printers then your decision will need to be taken based not on the quality of the printing but on your operational requirements.

Do you need color printing?

If color printing matters to you then you must have the Smart-51. If you are happy with monochrome printing or will only occasionally need to use color then the Smart-31 printer will be perfectly adequate for your needs.

How quickly do you need your cards?
Both printers will produce your cards in seconds but if you have a queue of people waiting for cards, or if you need to create a lot of cards in one day then a few seconds per card will make all the difference. The Smart-31 can create a single-sided card in 23 seconds and a dual-sided card in 29 seconds. The Smart-51 will do the same job in 17 and 22 seconds respectively. It will also laminate the card in 22 seconds if required.

Extra features

For many organizations it is the ability to laminate the ID cards that will make the Smart-51 irresistible, but if you don’t need lamination and can print your cards over a longer period where time is not so critical then the Smart-31 could be the better choice.
In addition to lamination there is another reason for opting for the Smart-51 over the Smart-31, optional WiFi support. Both printers have an Ethernet upgrade option, but if you want to work with WiFi then the Smart-51 is the printer for you.
Whichever printer you finally choose you can be certain it will create perfect photo ID cards for your company time after time.
Gain Speed and Security in the Workplace with Proximity Cards -1gain-speed-security-workplace-proximity-cards Thu, 07 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0400 When it comes to your organization, there is nothing more valuable than the safety of your employees. Regardless of what field you find yourself, employees don’t enjoy taking a back seat to the bottom line at the expense of their well-being. Nor do they enjoy being burdened by cumbersome security measures that slow down their productivity throughout the day. So if you find yourself in need of a perfect solution that balances efficiency and security then perhaps a proximity card solution is right for you. You’ve all seen them and they are most prevalent in environments like schools, hospitals and government buildings where security is a must. The employee walks by the locked door and then swipes their proximity ID card to gain access. With the flick of a wrist, the employee is on with their day while any and all unwanted persons are denied entry. The technology behind this system is fascinating and yet remarkably simple when you break it down.

The Tech of the Proximity Card

Proximity cards have the look and feel of your standard employee ID card. They can range between 0.027” thick up to 0.070” thick for clamshell ards. Each card has within it a radio antenna that sends your access information to a card reader most often situated at door locks. If your card is properly coded, the door will unlock and you are on your way. If, however, you do not have the proper access you will be denied at the door. This system works great in organizations with tiered layers of security and not every employee needs access to more restrictive locations.

Your proximity card options range from the mundane to the decorative and fashionable. Without covering them all again here, you can narrow down your decision based on your particular security and operation requirements. For many organizations jumping into the proximity card game, the HID 1326 ProxCard II offers great affordability and excellent function. This card is small enough to fit into a purse or wallet and offers universal compatibility with HID prox readers.

If you’ve got a little wiggle room in the budget, then the HID 1536 DuoProx II PET Cards offer a good bit more function. They feature a surface capable of hosting a quality graphic which makes them ideal if you want to use a photo ID system in conjunction with the proximity reader. Ideal for environments where security is paramount, you can actually embed additional layers of visual security such as holograms and ultra-violet fluorescent inks. Counterfeiting one of these cards is no easy task and as such, you can walk away with a pretty good sense of security at the end of the day.

The Security Features of the Proximity Card

So if haven’t geeked you out over the technology yet, let’s again jump back to security as that is what is at stake here. Unfortunately, we do live in a world where training staff members on active shooter scenarios is a common human resources function. They are inexplicably rare, but many organizations choose to leave nothing to chance. Proximity card systems allow you to leave all of the internal and external doors locked throughout the day if you so choose. Then, if needed and you want to shut down an employee’s access you can do so. After all, the phrase “going on lockdown” only actually means anything if you have something to lock.

If you are a school administrator or hospital administrator, then I am likely not telling you anything you don’t already know. However, from technologie companies to even breweries who like to guard their secret craft recipe, they are all jumping on board with the proximity card system. We’ve been doing this for over a decade at IDSecurityOnline and we’d love to be a part of your security solution. Before we go, let’s talk QuickShip and how we can really save a you a lot of time while adding security.

QuickShip: The One Stop Proximity Card Solution

If you are a school administrator, then you’ve got more pressing things to do rather than coordinate and code new proximity cards for employees or students. That’s why we opted to offer a full line of Proximity Cards that we lovingly refer to as QuickShip. That’s because we program your cards for you onsite and then QucikShip your cards to you within 2 business days.

You have mostly the same wide array of options to choose from here. We just take care of the fuss for you so that you carry on with efficiency and most importantly, security for those trusted under your charge. Some of the top American brands have chosen to let us take care of their proximity card solutions. The great organizations truly believe that there is nothing more valuable than their employees and they show it by prioritizing efficiency and security with proximity cards.

How Do Healthcare Companies Use ID Card Systems? -1healthcare-use-id-card-system Mon, 04 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Photo ID Systems The healthcare industry requires security and sensitivity across the board.  As a result, there has been a growing need for the way that professionals and patients identify themselves.  It has long been a requirement for hospital and medical staff to wear ID badges for access control.  ID card systems can, too, be beneficial in helping to reassure patients and visitors.  A professional wearing visible, verifiable ID is one you can trust.

There are, however, some applications and uses for ID in healthcare which may not be obvious.  ID card technology is advancing as a result of counterfeiting concerns, for example. 

ID Card Systems and Access Control

Most modern hospital and healthcare units will support access control throughout.  Rather than rely on traditional security, ID card technology will allow access to various areas of a facility with a simple swipe or scan.  There are a number of ways for ID cards to grant instant access to specific zones.

  • The magnetic stripe is a popular, enduring technology.  This allows staff to access rooms and facilities with the simple downward swipe of a card.  Credit and debit cards operate in a similar fashion.
  • Bar code technology can also be used to grant access.  These are scanned by units similar to those you may find in store environments.
  • Contactless chips may also be used in some applications.  That means a card only has to be waved or hovered across an access device for acceptance.

For all intents and purposes, the magnetic stripe is often the most enduring and cost-effective security option.  Secure ID card printers, such as the Fargo DTC1500 print over-laminated cards for added durability, and with a stripe supplied as standard.  Magnetic strip swiping is quick, simple and saves time and money for all involved.

Visual Security

ID cards are, of course, just as important in the visual security they supply.  A professionally-printed ID card should offer a patient or security member with all the information they need to be reassured.  These may include:

  • A clear, recent photograph in full color
  • The holder’s name
  • The card holder’s position, if identifying a member of staff
  • The department the representative works in, as above
  • The date of birth of the cardholder
  • The date and time of the ID card having been issued
  • When the cardholder began working with the healthcare provider

Residential patients may also benefit from ID cards.  Long-term patients will be able to display their identity, patient record number, and date of birth.  Technology can also be used for healthcare providers to scan a card to bring up patient records.  Such cards can be quickly and easily printed and provided to visitors on admission to a facility.

Visual security refers to a series of simple checks that can be made to assure authenticity.  A trained security professional will be able to perform a quick review of a well-printed ID card.  That means access can be granted within seconds providing assurance is clear.  Technology may not always be available to help security make such checks.  Visual security, therefore, is still important to bear in mind during ID card printing.

Enhanced Visual Security

There has been a growing need for enhanced visual security features across all ID card systems.  That is as a result of there being a need for enhanced checks and measures to protect personnel and patients alike.  While a clear, concise ID card may seem to be enough to assure security staff and systems alike, added visual security is still very much recommended.

The Rise of Counterfeiting

Counterfeiting of ID cards has grown more sophisticated in recent years.  While secure magnetic stripes and smart chips can be difficult to replicate, it is the visual aspect of an ID card which can be surprisingly easy to mimic.  Therefore, ID card printers such as the Magicard Enduro3E now offer additional, physical printing features which can be uniquely tailored to a healthcare provider.

  • Holographic watermarking is one of the most common enhanced visual security standards.  A direct-to-card printer such as the Enduro3E will allow you to create and imprint a unique holographic logo onto any IDs you print.  These adhere directly to the cards and are therefore impossible to remove easily or replicate.  Hospitals often use holographic watermarks to imprint branding as well as to demonstrate authenticity.
  • Tactile impressions are also growing in popularity.  These physical card imprints are impossible to be counterfeited.  Random duplication can lead to widespread security breaches.
  • Some ID card printers also support microtext.  The naked eye can not read Microtext, and thus must be read by a specific lens.  Once again, this is a type of physical, enhanced visual security that cannot be mimicked.
  • Invisible UV ink, too, is a popular ID security standard.  Some printers will allow you to print messages or images in invisible ink which will only be visible under ultraviolet light.  Many healthcare services have scanners and readers in place at checkpoints.
  • Many hospitals may also wish to imprint foil marking to show their brand and to verify that an ID is legitimate.

The Right Printing Technology for the Healthcare Industry

Printers such as the Magicard Enduro3E and the Fargo DTC1500 are designed to support efficient dual-side printing.  The healthcare industry relies on displaying as much information as possible on one small card.  Therefore, a dual-sided system will allow for quicker, more reliable visual checks. 

Professional card printing systems from Magicard and Fargo can be set up in any facility and can produce personalized IDs while staff and patients wait.  In an industry where time can be critical, it’s always important to be as efficient as possible with administration.

The healthcare industry relies on comprehensive, multi-faceted ID card systems.  Not only can technology help to speed up automated checks and measures, printing standards too can help to combat against copycats.  For the ultimate assurance of legitimate access, no corners should ever be cut when it comes to ID visual security.


ID Card Printer: When to Upgrade? -1id-card-printer-when-upgrade Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers You will be aware that there are many reasons why you should update your ID Card Printer technology. However, businesses cannot afford to make every upgrade or take advantage out of every improvement that can help their business. As a company, you need to evaluate your finances and justify every expense. Therefore, while you may know the reasons why you should update your Card Printer technology, the most important aspect is knowing when to upgrade your Card Printer technology.

Thankfully, there are a number of key signs to look out for to know it is time to update your ID Card Printer.

It is common to be greeted with a request for you to upgrade the firmware or the drivers found on your printer. This is to ensure your printer operates at the most effective level. However, over time, manufacturers stop providing firmware and driver updates for older printers or printers that have been discontinued.

If this happens to your device, it is advisable to upgrade your ID Card Printer. If you don’t, yours will be at risk of not working as effectively as it should. Of course, you should be aware of upgrades that improve the printers’ capabilities. It is not always required to buy a new printer to replace your existing one.

As an example, there are upgrade kits  that can upgrade your Primacy ID Card Printer into a printer that is capable of magnetic stripe printing. This is a very simple process, and most users should find they can carry out this upgrade themselves.

Get the best support for your ID Card Printer

If you stay in touch with ID Card Printer technology, you will know that there are new and improved models released every year. It is important to be aware of the features that are most important to you when it comes to ID Card Printing and security options. Busy workplaces will have an interest in printing speed, and there have been significant advances in this area of late.

It is also likely that the security aspect will be relevant, and this means that your cards need to be of a suitable quality while also being secure. The advances in security features with respect to ID Card technology is vast, with holographic options helping to minimize the likelihood of fraud. All firms should have an interest in improving their security so knowing that there are affordable and effective options is a comfort. Upgrading your ID Card Printer ensures you can retain a level of security that is appropriate for your business expectations and challenges.

If you are looking to grow your business, you should look for opportunities where you can improve your output. An example would be improved printing times, without compromising on quality, and there are many great printers which can help you in this regard. The Zebra ZC300 Dual-Sided ID Card Printer is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with a viable printer, offering a print output of:

  • 200 cards/hour single-sided YMCKO
  • 140 cards/hour dual-sided YMCKOK
  • 900 cards/hour single-sided monochrome
  • 450 cards/hour dual sided monochrome

No matter what your business capabilities and requirements are, you should find that this helps you print more to a higher standard, providing a platform to grow your business.

Another great feature of many modern ID Card Printer is that they will update the drivers automatically. That means you can be confident that your device is up to date and operating in an effective manner.

An additional issue that will impact on when the right time to upgrade your ID Card Printer is your own business. The current size and status of your business will affect the sort of printer that is best for you, as is your projections for how your company will grow and develop. It is best to purchase a printer that is not only suitable for today, but it should also be suitable for years to come.

Choose an ID Card Printer that helps you grow in the next few years

Any firm that believes they will experience suitable growth in the next few years should invest in an ID Card Printer that reflects this growth and development. There are many high-tech capabilities that may be of benefit to you, including:

  • The ability to undertake dual-sided printing
  • Magnetic encoding
  • Smart card encoding
  • Watermark technology which will increase the security of your cards

The Warranty coverage on your property is also an issue to consider when deciding when to upgrade your ID Card Printer. If your warranty is up or reaching the end of its coverage, it may be cost effective to buy a new printer. You should also look for a printer that comes with warranty coverage that leaves you feeling confident. However, not every warranty coverage is the same, so make sure you know what level of coverage you are comfortable with. You should then use this as your starting point when it comes to determining what level of warranty coverage you should choose when buying your next ID Card Printer.

When it comes to justifying the cost of you’re a new device, you should consider the benefits of a trade-in deal. If you no longer need your previous printer, it makes sense to trade it in and make the cost of a new one more affordable.

ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Laminator

The ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer with Laminator is a popular choice, and with a trade and rebate deal worth $500, this is an option that many firms consider.

This is a highly innovative printer that allows you to significantly reduce wastage, saving you money while being more environmentally friendly. Also, the smart design of the ZXP Series 9 ID Card Printer ensures cards don’t have to be flipped over during the printing process. That gives you less to worry about, and it improves the finished standard of printed cards.

Magicard Enduro3E ID Card Printers

Enduro Duo ID Card Printers are also very popular and the latest model, the Magicard Enduro3E is well worth considering. It is possible to enjoy a trade and rebate deal on an existing Magicard Enduro printer and save $250 on your new model.

Magicard is well known for its strong stance on security and with Single and Dual Side Printing available, you can complete jobs quickly and to the highest standard. With many experts deeming this device as the most reliable on the market, it is well worth considering as your next ID Card Printer.

Is a Dual-Sided Card Printer Best For Your Business -1dual-sided-card-printer-best-for-business Sun, 20 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers When the ability to print ID cards is vital to the security and operation of your business then choosing the right printer is essential. You risk being left struggling with a printer that can’t produce sufficient cards or is incapable of creating ID cards of a quality you can actually use.

When you need a new printer look for one which has been created specifically for small-to-medium sized businesses. Make sure that the solution you are being offered is a fast and reliable printing solution which can produce high-quality ID cards and badges on demand.

The type of printer you need should be capable of producing:

  • Employee ID cards
  • Student ID cards
  • Loyalty cards
  • Membership cards
  • Payment cards

Single or Dual-Sided?

Before you start looking for a card printer you should already know what information will be included on your ID cards. Knowing what information will be included helps you decide whether you need a single-sided or dual-sided ID card printer. Before making your decision it is worth considering the benefits of each type of printer.

Single-Sided ID Card Printers

Single-sided printers such as the Fargo DTC1250e Single Sided ID Card Printer are normally both compact and lightweight so you can fit them easily into your business environment without needing to find a lot of extra space in your office.

The Fargo DTC1250e comes with the option of either a disposable ribbon cartridge or an eco-friendly fill ribbon. Either ribon option will let you print in either  black & white or full color.

If you will only be printing a few hundred cards a year, or If all you want to include on each card is basic data such as, the employee name, photograph, and your company logo then you a single-sided card printer will be sufficient. If you aren’t able to fit everything you want to say on one side of the ID card then a dual-sided printer would be a better choice.

Don’t make the mistake of trying to use a single-sided printer to print on both sides of the ID card by turning the card over and passing it back through the printer.

Printing your cards one side at a time and then loading them back into the printer to print the other side is a slow process making your printing program less efficient and reducing your productivity. Using a single-sided printer in this way also risks damaging the printhead requiring a costly replacement. Even if you avoid damaging the printer the resulting cards are rarely acceptable with fingerprints, dust, and general debris often distorting the printing and significantly reducing the quality of the ID cards.

Dual-Sided ID Card Printers

If you choose to purchase a dual-sided (or duplex) ID card printer such as the Magicard Enduro3E Double-Sided ID Card Printer then not only will you have the capability to print up to 100 color cards an hour if you need them but you will be able to print two sided ID cards in one go. Printing on two sides allows for the inclusion of more information without cluttering up the card and making it difficult to read.

The Magicard Enduro3E offers 300 dpi sublimation, monochrome, thermal rewritable, with both manual and hopper fed input systems.

You might want to include information such as:

  • Employee number
  • Contact details
  • Relevant department
  • Emergency information
  • Information for returning a lost card

If you don’t need that much information on each card dual printing can still be useful as it allows for the same information to be featured on both sides of the ID. Having the same information of both sides of the card can be helpful in industries such as, health care where ID cards are worn on a lanyard and need to be clearly visible at all times. It can frequently happen that an ID card turns over as the employee moves around. If you have printing on only one side of the card then a flipped over card becomes useless, while a two sided card can still be easily read even when it turns over.

A two sided printer is the right choice if:

  • You need to include lots of information on a card
  • You want a card which is visible at all times during the working day

Which is the right choice?

For many businesses a dual-sided printer makes most sense, since you can as much or as little information as you need. If you are uncertain whether you will ever need the capabilities of a dual-sided printer then choosing a single-sided ID photo printer such as the Fargo DTC1250e Single-Sided ID Card Printer which can be upgraded to a dual-sided printer would be a good decision. You may not need to include much data on your ID cards at present but choosing an upgrade-able printer allows your badge printing to evolve as your business requirements grow and change over time.

IDSecurityonline’s Newest ID-Card Printer Lineup -1idsecurityonlines-newest-id-card-printer-lineup Sun, 13 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers ID Security Online At IDSecurityOnline, we regularly refresh our selection of ID card printers to ensure our customers have access to the latest and best printing technology. Leading card-printer manufacturers continuously improve their technology, print speeds and security options, so here’s a quick look at what’s new.

Fargo’s Newest Printer

The Fargo DTC1500 ID card printer is the newest addition to Fargo’s expansive DTC line, builds on Fargo’s 20 years of proven direct-to-card printing expertise, and brings some great new features. Security, lower cost, innovation, and versatility is all standard with the DTC1500.

DTC1500 card printer/encoder offers high-capacity consumables (which are both convenient and lower cost) and a comprehensive feature set—including robust data-encoding features—enabling organizations to quickly issue highly secure cards and IDs at a fraction of the cost without sacrificing quality.

For users seeking affordable enhanced visual card security, one significant improvement offered with the DTC1500 is the ability to design and upload custom overlay watermark designs—at no additional cost. This built-in, custom watermark overlay function allows a customized transparent security image (a logo, symbol, or text) to be integrated as a permanent watermark within the printed card’s overlay panel—rendering duplication virtually impossible and preventing fraud. The DTC1500’s custom watermark provides a cost-efficient increase in card security to thwart counterfeiters, without requiring investment in holographic overlaminates or foil cards.

The DTC1500 also features a unique resin-scramble data-protection feature—which renders used ribbon black panels unreadable by scrambling the resin. This handy security fix affords additional peace of mind for those worried about protecting sensitive data.

With easy-to-activate dual-sided printing, optional lamination or encoding modules, and the innovative resin threshold settings for darker, cleaner text and barcodes, there’s a lot to like in the modular, scalable DTC1500.


IDP’s New Printers

The IDP Smart-51 ID card printer, the next generation of and an upgrade from its mid-range Smart-50 printer, retains the successful and reliable features of its predecessor, but includes a new 10% faster print speed/time, allowing users to more readily batch-print cards edge-to-edge in 300, 600 and 1200dpi. The IDP Smart-51 with lamination is available to laminate cards—for longer-lasting and tamper-resistant cards.

The newest low- to mid-level printer from IDP, the Smart-31 card printer, is a great solution for those with smaller budgets who want durability, convenience, great imaging, and encoding-option upgrades. It prints full-color cards five seconds faster than its predecessor Smart-30 model and comes in both a single- or dual-sided configuration (which can be field upgraded to dual sided when you’re ready).


Zebra’s New Printers


Zebra has released a new printer series, the “ZC” line. The Zebra ZC350 ID Card Printer is feature-packed for exceptional performance—a card printer that’s flexible, secure, easy to set up, easy to use, and easy to manage. Advanced printing options allow creation of any design users can imagine. The ZC350’s support for nearly every encoding technology permits creation of any type of card—credit, debit, identity, access, loyalty, public transportation passes and more. Most importantly, it prints really fast—up to twice as fast as some competitive printers.

With its three unique printer-ribbon options, the ZC350 allows users to print visually secure ID cards. Ribbons include a pearlescent resin for adding color-shifting images, another with a silver panel and dye receptive layer for printing 3D effects, and a third with a long-lasting overlay that can extend card life 4x or add a watermark to ID cards.

Compact, easy-to-use and affordable, the ZC100 is what many are calling the best single-sided-only printer, designed/ideal for reliable low-volume but essential workhorse card-printing applications in color or monochrome. This printer is easy to set up, use, and manage. The new driver provides a graphical user interface that makes managing the printing process and card visuals simple. The optional magnetic-stripe encoder and integration kit for contactless encoders enhance card printing flexibility. Printing speed is up to 30% faster than its Zebra predecessor—saving your team and customers time.

To print oversized badges (e.g., VIP and press passes, event and concert tickets, convention name badges, etc.), the Zebra ZC10L large format printer uses large cards measuring 3.5″ x 5.5″ and prints in full color.


Magicard’s New Printer

The Magicard Rio Pro 360 keeps the features users love about the original Rio Pro, but adds significant improvements—a five-second faster print speed per color card (Magicard’s fastest printer yet), increased capacity, improved print quality, significantly improved performance, and updated HoloKote and Custom HoloKote options. All of this is powered by the all-new LYNK onboard intelligence—for identity with an IQ.

The Rio Pro 360 lets users select from 10 predesigned HoloKote watermark images built into the driver when adding a watermark-style design to cards. Like the old Rio Pro, the Rio Pro 360 allows users to add a Custom HoloKote —but now permits use of as many as 10 unique stored Custom HoloKote designs. This feature takes customized security to a new level.

The Magicard Rio Pro 360 ID Card Printer meets the need to produce secure badges in a cost-effective way in high volumes. It’s feature-packed for unsurpassed performance, offers increased capacity and improved print quality, single or dual-sided printing, and optional encoding capabilities.

Zebra ZC350, ZC300, and ZC100 ID Card Printers - Great New Additions -1zebra-zc350-zc300-zc100-id-card-printers Mon, 03 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers Design and Print any ID Card with Simplicity and Speed

When Zebra recently introduced three new card printers, IDSecurityOnline put them to the test—and they passed with flying colors. Results were impressive. For anyone currently in the market for a reliable card printer to consistently produce just about any type of card—employee ID, credit, debit, identity, access, loyalty, public transportation passes and more—it's worth looking at Zebra's new card printer line.

Overall, the ZC Series brings the best features of modern card printing into one highly productive unit—and adds some advanced features not seen in common card printers. Remarkably, these printers have stunning curb appeal—a masterful delivery of equal parts form and function—fitting appealingly yet unobtrusively into any office or retail/commercial/service setting.  

Zebra's new approach to card printing—and its impact on businesses that rely on card printing technology—follows.

The ZC series printers offer advanced printing options to create virtually any design users dream up. You dream it, ZC printers can print it—single- or dual-sided, color, black and white or metallic. These printers can even embed security marks on the fly—a first for printers in this price point.

Smaller Profiles / Customizable Covers

It’s fair to say Zebra has created a ground-breaking “fits-everywhere” design that’s at home in any business space—providing truly superior deployment flexibility. With the slimmest profiles and lowest clearance in their class, the ZC series printers fit practically anywhere. They work exceptionally well in smaller work environments where desk space is limited (retail and hotel desks, security stations), and equipment should fit visually into space design and branding by not standing out.

Customizable cover side panels (choose your color) create a printer that fits the visual environment, is consistent with user’s brand identity, and has the sleek appeal to work in customer-facing areas. Also, users can now remove side panels to access the printer’s interior—for a quick fix when the unit needs attention/service. This is a handy touch for customer-service or security personnel/areas printing cards on the fly.

Advanced Card Feeding with Automatic Adjustments

The ZC100, ZC300 and ZC350 Series card printers now feature innovative card feeders that automatically adjust to each card’s thickness as they’re fed in—sparing personnel the need to stop everything and manually adjust card-thickness settings for different card types. For dual-side printing, the ZC models feature an optional “flipper” module, which is field upgradeable.

Simpler One-Step Loading and Unloading

Zebra has made card printing easier and faster by adding hinged doors on the card output hopper and redesigning the ribbon door to simplify ribbon loading and unloading. These new design improvements make Zebra's improved card printers less complicated and more efficient than previous models. The revolutionary hopper design means loading/unloading cards is easy, fast and efficient. A unique door-handle-style grip leaves no question about how to remove or insert the ribbon. With only one way to insert the printer ribbon, users are never confused about inserting ribbons correctly—fool-proofing ribbon changes. With smart chips in the ribbons, users know to change ribbons before they run out, avoiding printer downtime delays. These design improvements enhance utility and complement the printers’ profile and space requirements.

Enhanced Security Features

Security is a primary concern for card-printer users—for the cards and the card printers. For dual-sided printing with the ZC Series, users have the added security option of directing finished cards to a secure 10-card bin within the printer. An optional printer cover lock secures all media, card stock, ribbons, and printed cards—a security feature that enables no-risk card printing in public-facing spaces.

For users managing advanced security requirements, Zebra incorporates printer-to-host authentication firewalls to block printer intrusion (i.e., unauthorized applications or mobile devices attempting to print cards), and government-grade encryption to protect sensitive data.

Specialty Ribbons

The ZC350 offers three new ribbon choices featuring specialty colors and special effects, such as tough-to-forge color-shifting graphics and watermarks only visible when tilting the card at an angle or viewing it under UV light.

The Driver

The new ZC series driver features a simple graphical user interface for managing the printing process and card appearance. One negative observation: the printer must remain connected to the user’s PC to access the driver. If the printer isn’t connected, the driver won't load. This unfortunately scuttles remote maintenance and driver demos.

Time-Saving Print Speeds

Increase productivity with industry-leading print speeds—up to twice as fast as some competitive printers. A key consideration when selecting an ID card printer is the user’s anticipated ID-card print volumes and the printing rate necessary to accommodate those “crunch” production times when print volume and pace must keep up with real-time workflow.

If your business needs to print personalized cards quickly—and on the fly—the Zebra ZC Series printers can print single-colored ID cards in less than five seconds, a truly amazing feat in the card-printer world. They print up to 225 cards/hour (color) or 1,000 cards/hour (mono), single -sided.

Encoding Options

Speaking of security, the ZC350 offers smart-card encoding such as contact and contactless encoding, along with typical magnetic-stripe encoding. New in these printers is the ability to read proximity and iClass cards. With support for just about every encoding technology, users have true card-printing flexibility can create any card type — credit, debit, identity, access, loyalty, public transportation passes, and more. This is true encoding flexibility—and the ZC350 supports it all right out of the box.

Zebra ID Card Printers Can Print Most Any Card Type

Zebra ID card printers can print any type of ID card to meet the demands of any business or institution. They’re widely used across all industries because they seamlessly integrate to any ID-card program. From ID cards to more sophisticated badges, Zebra printers do it all:

  1. ID Cards — Print high-quality ID cards for employees or students or issue highly-secure government credentials to identify every person at a glance.
  2. Access Control Badges — Track who enters and exits properties and places with access-control badges to secure the enterprise, school, building, or area.
  3. Time and Attendance Badges — Your Zebra ID card printer allows you to track your employees, visitors or students and even print a schedule on card backs.
  4. Loyalty Cards — Boost sales, create value for existing customers, and attract new clients with stunning loyalty cards.
  5. Membership Cards — Print sharp membership cards to offer special incentives to customers and facilitate access to secure areas.
  6. Payment Cards — Issue payment cards, gift cards, or IDs with cashless payment options.

New Zebra ID Card Printers’ Features Simplify and Secure Your Operations

Zebra’s design team elegantly engineered the ZC series to address and eliminate the primary card-printing pain points and provide push-button simplicity. The Zebra ZC Series of ID card printers—three models to choose from covering all bases including single or dual-sided edge-to-edge monochrome and color cards, with new ribbons that offer specialty colors and special effects—is an excellent line, loaded with advanced card-production features you’ll want to consider when evaluating printer options. These printers are compact, lightweight, and designed to reliably issue superior-quality ID cards and badges for all users/enterprises and applications. Zebra ID Card Printers instantly issue high-quality ID cards for maximum security.

When you want it all in a card printer, Zebra’s ZC series printers deliver it all. Pretty simple.

What Are Visitor Badges and Why are they Essential? -1visitor-badges-essential Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Visitor Management Visitor badges are commonly issued by businesses and institutions (e.g., educational, governmental) to easily identify visitors and control and monitor access to areas/systems not open to the public. All visitors should be issued a visitor badge. They are used as temporary identification for visitors, vendors, temporary employees, trainees, and contractors. In some organizations (especially with high levels of security), all visitors must always wear badges in all areas.

Visitor badges typically include pertinent information like the visitor name, the host/sponsor name, date of visit, dates valid, visitor’s company name, validity code, visitor type. Other information that’s useful on visitor badges includes:

  • Organization’s logo.
  • Visitor’s first and last name.
  • Visitor’s status or designation (e.g., visitor, client, contractor, interviewee, service tech, etc.).
  • Date and time of check in.
  • Level of access.
  • Visitor’s photo.
  • A QR code for fast check-in and check-out.
  • Additional icons such as “no camera.”
  • Escorted or nonescorted.

Value to Visitors — Any visitor appreciates receiving their visitor badge efficiently (automatically, without delay) on entry; they also value having a recognized credential while on unfamiliar premises (it renders their experience safer and more convenient—because they’re recognizable as visitors). Issuing ID badges to visitors is also an opportunity to formally welcome every visitor. With an established visitor check-in system, organizations ensure every guest is properly welcomed into your building, documented and checked-in—which increases the organization’s ability to help/assist them.

A visitor’s hosts are grateful to quickly recognize their visitor on arrival, and an organization’s personnel are all more effective when they can easily recognize who’s in the building and what’s their purpose on the premises. It’s easier to offer help when personnel know why someone they don’t recognize is there.

Enhance Security, Safety and Control

Any organization knows it’s easy for strangers to bypass reception unnoticed. However, when it’s established policy for visitors to be issued ID badges on entry, visitors not wearing a badge are easily spotted by security staff or other workers. Issuing badges to guests is an effective security tool to keep an organization’s restricted areas (and people, data, and assets) safe and under control, while fostering a well-organized work environment. With visitor badges unique to the company, guests can only get them from the front desk, so guests wearing generic visitor badges or no badge at all clearly need attention.

It’s always an enhancement of safety, security, and control when an organization’s personnel can walk the organization’s halls and easily “get” even the people they don’t recognize. Whether a production facility, a school or a hospital, welcoming visitors is necessary for many reasons in all work environments. Visitor ID badges keep organizations safe. A properly implemented visitor ID badge system, made part of reception protocol automatically deters potential threats, and creates a record of who is on campus and when.

Checking a visitor in and issuing an ID badge is a great opportunity to gain useful information on the visitor and record guests—which increases security while welcoming them properly. With visitor ID badge protocol, organizations can:

  • Readily identify visitors as legitimate or a potential threat.
  • Verify visitors’ identity and purpose/authority for being in a particular area.
  • Track key information about visitors entering the premises. A secure visitor-management system vets visitors quickly and completely, and documents their presence and purpose in the building. (E.g., date, time visitor arrived/departed, visitor name, address, and other key ID information, visitor company affiliation, name of sponsor, sponsor's telephone number.)

Quick Recognition is Key — Regardless of content, visitor badges should be visually distinguishable from other ID cards issued by the organization to its own personnel, so everyone knows who’s a visitor and who’s not. Moreover, creating different badge designs for different visitor types/purposes helps organization regulars readily distinguish who is visiting for what reasons. As simple as this is, this quick ability to know why someone not otherwise recognizable is on site strengthens an organization’s overall security posture. The key to visitor-badge utility is enabling quick, at-a-glance recognition of validity. Properly used and configured, visitor badges are an effective security tool that allow authorized visitors intended access while preventing unwanted visitors from unauthorized access to secure areas.

Revealing Badge Expiration — Visitor badges are commonly issued on a “temporary” basis for defined periods, purposes, and areas—the permission they grant is temporary and of limited duration. Sometimes visitor badges are issued for recurring visits over a defined time. Either way, their validity typically expires at some point. Because they’re temporary, card issuers need to ensure that visitor badges are not used after expiration.

Self-Expiring Visitor Badges

To accommodate this need, visitor badges have evolved to feature “self-expiring” technology. Self-expiring visitor badges are simple, effective, and affordable. They’re a great way to ensure the issuer knows any visitor’s status—quickly and easily, even at a distant glance. These badges automatically expire after a certain number of hours, days, or weeks—preventing the badge from being reused on another day.

This easy-to-use badge technology does this by transforming some visual aspect of the card when it expires. That is, it causes the badge color to change or adds markings (revealing a striped pattern or spot indicator) after a prescribed amount of time thus letting everyone know it’s expired, revealing its invalidity and preventing it from being used again after its color has changed. After 24 hours (or whatever interval the thermal paper is configured for), a large, red “void” mark appears on the badge. This is possible because of slow release of red ink from the badge, which has multiple layers. The color change helps issuers prevent unauthorized use or re-use of visitor badges. TEMPbadge Self-Expiring Badges can expire immediately (LIGHTbadges exposed to ultra-violet rays) or over a half-day (4 hours), full day (18 hours), one week (7 days), or one month (30 days). The issuer chooses the expiration time that works for a particular application/circumstance—half-day, one-day, one-week, or one-month.

TEMPbadge originated the patented Visually Changing Paper (VCP) technology. This technology uses coating and printing capabilities to create materials that reveal a message, color or design after a specified time. A chemical reaction causes badge appearance to visibly alter either through color change (e.g. white to blue) or by the appearance of slanted red lines. The changed color indicates the badge is "VOID."

Non-Expiring Visitor Badges

Non-expiring visitor badges are a simple, straightforward way to ensure visitors are properly identified while on company premises. Apply thermally printed adhesive ID labels to reusable PVC badge backs, or print directly on thermal-printable clip-on tags. Simply print visitors’ names, authorized use date(s) and times—and any other pertinent information—and issue to visitors.

These are just a few of the many benefits of using visitor ID badges to improve your work environment.

It’s Easy to Make Visitor ID Happen

Hundreds of products including self-expiring badges, security seals, parking permits and wristbands designed for visitor control in financial, commercial, governmental and educational facilities and meeting/convention sites are available to ensure any organization’s prudent visitor policy is effectively, consistently, and affordably implemented.

Blank adhesive labels—for thermal-printed or handwritten tags—in a variety of colors.

Tools For Strengthening Visual Security On ID Cards -1tools-strengthening-visual-security-id-cards Mon, 29 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0400 ID Cards and Badges are commonly used not just to identify people, but to enhance enterprise security by protecting four areas:

  1. People —Identify and distinguish management, employees, contractors, visitors.
  2. Property — Control and monitor access to areas, facilities, buildings, computers, warehouses, utilities, vehicles, etc.
  3. Processes — Control and monitor access to confidential information, intellectual property, procedures, policies, data, strategy, etc.
  4. Products — Govern access to product inventory, and service tools and information.

To enhance enterprise security, cards and badges can incorporate visual security elements—both on cards and on card accessories like lanyards. What is a visually secure ID card?

Answer: One that incorporates enough visual security features to ensure the ID card accomplishes enterprise security objectives.

Read on to understand the most common ID visual security features you can add to ID cards to make them more secure and reliable. ID card visual security can be strengthened in several ways, depending on the ID card printer’s capabilities, and users’ other strategic card-related decisions. Each of the elements below are valuable components of visual security in ID cards worthy of consideration.

Printing Style — ID card maker software typically permits users to print complex, difficult-to-duplicate card designs. Investing some effort and focus on card design is an important first step in rendering an enterprise’s ID cards unique, distinguishable, and visually secure. Learning to use design software features effectively can enable users to create unique designs with subtle features that don’t lend themselves to easy forgery.

Digital Photos — This may seem obvious, but user photos on ID cards are a major security enhancement and a baseline of security defense. Unfortunately, many enterprises don’t bother to include a user photo—maybe for expediency and convenience. Yet a simple-to-take photograph is a fundamental security feature easily added to ID cards.

Any secure ID card design starts with a minimum 300 dpi color photograph. Larger and more vivid images—as design elements—are easier to authenticate. A big value-add in the security department. User photos effectively and quickly confirm a person’s identity.

Despite their value as a basic security element that reduces fraud risk, photos aren’t foolproof because they can be recreated using optical scanners and copiers.

Biometric Data — Beyond photos, biometric data can be added to ID cards (e.g., fingerprints and digital signatures), which provide supplemental verification options/challenges. Just like photos, this additional biometric data can be readily stored as images in cardholder files.

Micro-Text — Micro-Text appears on ID cards as a regular thin line, but it is really repeating text (key words like “valid,” “authentic,” “genuine,” etc.) in very fine print not discernable by the naked eye. To see the text requires a magnifier, which reveals known key words preprinted on the original card stock by the card manufacturer (not by a card printer, which have physical limitations in thermally printed image resolution). Typically, this security feature must be designed and specified when ID card stock is ordered from the manufacturer. Micro-text is very difficult to reproduce (replicate/falsify/counterfeit) and is commonly used in passports and currencies. It can also be found on highly secure ID cards created by higher-end holographic security overlaminates.

Watermarks — Software-based design features can include watermarks, these can be “stock” watermarks provided by printer manufacturers, or customized watermarks created by altering or manipulating the ID card overlay panel. Using these onboard ID card printer software features offer cost-effective visual security elements to ID cards and increased security. However, one drawback to manipulating the protective overlay panel is that depending on usage, the watermark and printed imagery tend to wear off quicker.

Ghost Images — A “ghost image” is usually a smaller, semi-transparent duplicate of the primary photograph or image featured on the ID card. These half-translucent background images are created by changing the opacity of a second usually smaller photo produced through the ID card software before printing as part of the design. Users can create ghost images to suit their style and needs using the ID card printer and its design software (and supplies).

Holograms — Holograms are 3D images added to ID cards by way of holographic laminates that help reduce the possibility of successful card reproduction. They are versatile and can add diverse visual security elements to ID cards that allow for quick visual authentication. The laminates are thin transparent films that contain holographic text, images, and patterns (created by the user or preconfigured). To be visible or appear, holograms are typically viewed at an angle by tilting the card. To produce holograms users need ID card printers with a laminating module and holographic overlaminates.

Printer makers offering over-lamination capability also provide holographic versions of their overlaminate material. These vary, but commonly employ a holographic image embedded on the overlaminate’s surface. Some preconfigured holographic overlaminates also feature microtext printing within the holographic image to enhance fraud protection and security. On higher-level standard and custom holographic overlaminates, custom micro-text printing is an option. Generic hologram designs developed by the overlaminate material manufacturers are most common (these are considered “off-the-shelf”), but if you’re looking for highly customized holographic security, custom holographic solutions can be developed, and many ID card printers with overlamination capability allow users to create custom holographic designs for even greater security—and brand enhancement.

Holographic Foil ID Cards – Cards can also be embedded with holographic foil, which allows image customization, making it unique and hard to duplicate. Holographic foil ID cards effectively enhance visual security but are limited to PVC or composite plastic card stock (they aren’t compatible with proximity cards, smart cards, etc.).

Tactile Impression – This feature uses a heating process to place a stamp on the card’s laminate during the printing process—leaving a physical impression on the cards that you can feel. It doesn’t require customized consumables, but uses a mechanical die within the card printer’s lamination unit that can be stock or customized. This is an advanced security enhancement.

Ultraviolet (UV) Printing — Ultraviolet (UV) or Fluorescent (F) printing—available with select printer models—requires a ribbon with a UV/fluorescent panel on it that can place a customizable image or text on the card. These UV images and text are only visible under a black light, which makes difficult to copy because ID forgers can’t copy what they are much less likely to know is there. UV or fluorescent text or images are invisible to the naked eye and optical scanners—and only become visible under special light.

UV/fluorescent overlays allow users to create highly secure and durable ID cards without the added cost of lamination or overlay.

Encoding Options — Barcodes, encrypted information, magnetic stripes and chips make ID cards even more difficult to tamper with or forge.

  1. Barcodes are a widely used way of encoding ID cards, and are very simple to create. The information within a barcode is encoded onto an ID card during the basic ID card printing process. Of all the card technologies available today, barcodes are the least expensive to add to an ID card issuance program. Barcodes are very useful for encoding short strings of ID information like an ID or account number to an ID card.
  2. Magnetic stripe cards are PVC cards with a magnetic stripe embedded on the back of the card. Magstripe cards store updatable information, which is read when the card is swiped through a magnetic stripe card reader. ID information is encoded onto the magnetic stripe using special encoders during printing. Without the encoded information, counterfeit cards can’t validate when swiped.
  3. Proximity/RFID/smart cards use radio frequency (integrated circuit technology / microprocessors and memory chips) to store and transfer data. They can be reprogrammed over and over, and also require specialized readers to access encoded information. Smart cards can store more information than the more affordable magnetic stripe cards, including encryption certificates. Smart cards won’t authenticate without the appropriate decryption software or security certificate, and so are deemed more secure than magnetic stripe cards.

These are just a sampling of the security features you can add to your existing ID card program to make them more secure. While no single technology offers 100% security, you can use these security features in combination to attain the security that meets your needs.

Retransfer Printing Technology Offers Solid Advantages Worth Considering -1retransfer-printing-technology Tue, 23 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers Retransfer Printing What is a Retransfer ID Card Printer?

Retransfer (reverse transfer) printers—the most advanced card-printing technology available—print reverse card images onto a flexible, transparent film (retransfer film; a thin clear substrate), and then thermally bond (fuse) the film onto the card surface with heat and pressure as a distinct secondary process. These two-steps—called “reverse thermal image transfer”—don’t print directly onto the card surface.

By comparison, traditional dye-sublimation direct-to-card printers use a printhead that prints through a ribbon directly onto the card surface; the printer’s expensive, and often delicate, printhead touches every PVC card directly, triggering increased printhead replacement. Any uneven part of the card surface—including contact with card edges—can cause expensive printhead damage.

Advantages of Retransfer Card Printers

  • Combine unparalleled print speeds with photo-quality images and higher print resolution.
  • Prints Over the Card Edge — Produce true edge-to-edge or "over-the-edge" prints that cover the entire card surface, and don’t leave the white border common with direct-to-card printers. (Direct-to-card printers can’t print to the card edge without risking damage to the printhead.)
  • Designed for Volume and Long-Life — The printhead does not come in direct contact with (i.e., never touches) the card surface, which reduces printhead wear and tear and the risk of damage and malfunction. The printhead prints only on the retransfer film, and so isn’t exposed to dust and dirt on the card surface or uneven/poorly constructed PVC cards; print quality is not affected. This is what justifies the lifetime warranty on the expensive printhead.
  • Successfully and reliably print perfectly to uneven card surfaces and a wider variety of card types including proximity cards, smart (technology) cards, pre-punched cards, and key-tag cards.
  • Print Consistency — Avoids image-quality issues common with direct-to-card printers that can have trouble printing over the uneven surfaces created by embedded smart chips or antennas and circuits. Retransfer printers print onto a perfectly consistent and controlled substrate (the film) rather than the irregular surface of PVC cards. As a result, nothing disrupts or interferes with print performance.
  • Produces rich, vibrant, saturated colors and photographic quality for a better-looking card.
  • Successfully prints on more durable and abrasion-resistant non-PVC cards (like polycarbonate or composite cards). Dye sublimation requires a porous surface only available with PVC cards.
  • Accommodate the thicker (30 to 40 mil) cards used in higher-security situations.
  • HDP retransfer film delivers added durability and security and enhances fraud protection because the film provides an additional layer of tamper-resistance.
  • Increased Durability —The bonded transparent film acts as protective coating that keeps the card image(s) from fading over time. The color image is printed onto the underside of the retransfer film (instead of directly on the card), and is then sealed between the card surface and the film’s exterior surface. So, the image is protected by that clear film from direct contact with ID card holders, wallets, magnetic stripe, or contact-chip machines. The card keeps its original color and quality much longer than most direct-to-card printers.
  • More Security Options — The nature of retransfer printer technology permits more security options. Retransfer printers can apply a secure watermark to each card during the retransfer process. Many retransfer printers feature an inline laminator that adds an overlay to the card surface—further protecting the card from wear and image fade. This is particularly useful for cards used frequently or in outdoor environments. Laminates can be created with a customizable holographic security design, which is particularly suited to very-high-volume secure-card printing.

Financially Effective

It pays to understand the advantages of retransfer ID card printers—a little homework can reveal big long-term savings for enterprises issuing high- and long-term-use cards where durability is essential. Card durability means that reissuing worn out cards or replacing cards that have been tampered with occurs less frequently. Also, because the printhead never touches the cards, printer lifespan is lengthened. The initial acquisition cost of retransfer printers is higher compared to direct-to-card printers, but the savings on printhead maintenance costs over the printer’s life make them an effective investment.

Retransfer printers work very well to match high-volume, high-quality enterprise needs and are commonly found in administrative operations like airports, universities, and government agencies.

Retransfer Printers are Diverse

Choose from single-sided and dual-sided models, many of which include encoding and lamination options. Some models can simultaneously print, encode and laminate.

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ID Card Software Is Vital Tool for Harnessing Powerful Printer Functions and Security Features -1id-card-software-vital-tool-harnessing-powerful-printer Wed, 26 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0400 ID Card Software While having the right ID Card printer is essential for producing great customized ID Cards, equally important is the ID Card printing software that allows users to design cards, manage cardholder data, access and deploy security features, and ensure card production efficiency and convenience.

Organizations can better govern their essential security functions and prevent security breaches using ID Card production software for employee and visitor identification programs.

It’s ID card software that empowers organizations to intuitively and flexibly design/create unique professional cards, with backgrounds, dynamic fields, shapes, images, and placeholders. Today’s ID Card printing software offers features that render the card design, printing, and data organization functions highly efficient—a real time saver.

ID Card Software Options Offer Many Production Capabilities

Card software comes in many different editions, from the most basic to advanced software for managing complex designs and databases. Basic features to look for in your ID card design software include:

  • Cardholder database.
  • Multiple card templates.
  • Text formatting options.
  • Image importing/uploading capability.
  • Photo, image, and background options.
  • Barcodes and magnetic stripe encoding.
  • Serial numbers.

More advanced features improve the software utility and efficiency, including:

  • Custom dropdown menus.
  • Custom field names and formatting.
  • Batch printing.
  • Advanced cardholder database

Connecting to Multiple Database Sources — A key value of good ID card software is its ability to manage, link to, and import cardholder data and remain ODBC compliant. These software engines simplify the card-creation process and can dramatically improve printing speeds and minimize data input errors by streamlining the process of importing data.

Software can also enable users to share and work on cardholder identities on several systems simultaneously, streamlining the card-printing process between divisions and offices.

Encoding — Software enables cardholder identity data to be encoded directly onto cards (mag-stripe, contactless, smart chip).

A Variety of ID Card Software Providers Cover Every ID Card Printing Need and Function

Card Exchange software from ExchangeIT offers many preloaded ID Card design templates with simple drag-and-drop field customization. Preferred card layouts and database connections can be stored and shared across networks. Meeting any organization’s needs, Card Exchange is available in multiple editions, each with its own level of database sophistication, data-storage capabilities, and networking features:

  • Entry-Level ID Badging Solution — Create basic IDs within minutes.
  • Premium — Supports use of MS Access database connections, offers connections to multiple database columns, and stores photos and images in user’s database.
  • Professional— High-level database connectivity, and stores photos, signatures, and images in multiple databases.
  • Ultimate: Fully-featured software that includes contactless encoding standards like MIFARE® Classic and DESFire EV1.

Asure ID software is an affordable, multi-feature software program that simplifies ID card design and management, and allows users to produce professional ID cards with many design elements and easily import, store, and transfer database information. It too offers a version to meet any business or organizational need:

  • Asure ID Solo: Simple, entry-level card personalization software.
  • Asure ID Express: Powerful, stand-alone card personalization software.
  • Asure ID Enterprise: Card personalization for multiple workstations sharing a common database.
  • Asure ID Exchange: Support for more sophisticated secure credential applications, providing advanced smart-card functionality and laser engraving.

SoftBadge Creator ID Software offers five versions (Basic, Standard, Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate), which together accommodate all the ID Card printing features available today, from basic features for card design and printing using predefined templates, signature acquisition, edit view for text data input, database view, and barcodes 1D, to magnetic encoding support, internal document database with photo connection, fingerprint acquisition, contactless RFID encoding, connections to external databases, and Mifare DESFire.

Still other multifeatured ID Card software provider options worthy of careful consideration include:

What ID Card Software is Best for You?

That depends on your organization’s ID card requirements.

Entry-Level softwareis limited but ideal for printing basic cards for those who don’t need to maintain a card-record database. It typically offers:

  • Single workstation installation (no networking).
  • Manual data entry, and no outside database connections.
  • Cards printed one at a time, without batch printing available.
  • A limited 200-record internal database.
  • 1D barcode or encode magnetic stripes.

Mid-level options are most advisable because their batch-printing and database features make ID card printing more efficient and streamlined for any organization. These offer external database capability, including the ability to save and search cardholder records.

Fully featured software is the recommended choice for organizations with multiple locations, mixed database types, and a need for advanced card encoding.

Take Test Drive to Help Choose the Right ID Card Software

To ascertain which software option will work best for your organization, try “test driving” it with a free 30-day trial. Design cards, build a database, add fields, and check other features. Then when you buy the license, you’ll be ready to go. It’s also important to consider software support plans and training to ensure your team gets the most function and managerial advantage out of your ID card printers.