IDSecurityOnline blog en-us Copyright 2008 - 2019 IDSecurityOnline Blog IDSecurityOnline blog 10 Magicard 300 vs. Magicard 600 - A Complete Breakdown -1magicard300-magicard600-complete-breakdown Mon, 09 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers Choosing the right ID card printer for your needs is no joke. If you’ve already managed to narrow down the options and set your sights on a Magicard, you now have to hone in on the exact model you want. The 300 and 600 are two new and exciting additions to the Magicard family.

In this breakdown, we compare the main similarities and differences between the two, as well as other popular printers. This should help you see where these printers fit in, and whether they are the most appropriate choice for you or your organization.

Printing Quality

There’s nothing to choose between the two as both feature 300x300 dpi single-sided printing (600x300 for dual-sided). This high resolution is suitable for printing photos as well as to clearly print small company logos, etc.

As both come from Magicard, they feature the company’s optimized color profile technology. The printers’ firmware analyzes both the colors sent by the drivers as well as the film, so no wastage occurs.

In terms of print quality, that makes both printers good enough for the most demanding jobs.

Print Speed and Capacity

Both printers' standard models offer a 100-card feeder and 70-card stacker capacity. However, this can be increased with official Magicard extensions. It’s slightly inconvenient of both to not provide a feeder and stacker with the same capacity, but it’s definitely no dealbreaker.

Where the 600 does cement its place as a higher-end model is when it comes to printing speed. Here is a breakdown of their printing rates:

Single-sided Monochrome

Single-sided Colour

Magicard 300

Magicard 300 Single Sided ID Card Printer

6 seconds per card / 720 cards per hour

23 seconds per card / 160 cards per hour

Magicard 600

Magicard 600 Single Sided ID Card Printer

5 seconds per card / 720 cards per hour

19 seconds per card / 190 cards per hour

The difference is not astronomical, but it can tally up with time. Both printers also feature dual-sided printing which you can expect to be significantly slower, especially for the 300.

Other Features and Options

Both ID printers also feature superb built-in security to protect your organization, and your users, information. The most important are:

  • Digital Shredding™: Once data has been used, it’s irrecoverably fragmented so that others can’t lift it from the printer.
  • HoloKote® printing: Send up to three custom HoloKote® visual watermarks to your printer to be printed on ID cards.
  • Magnetic stripe: Both printers can print ISO 7811 standard magnetic stripes with HiCo encoding.
  • Smart card: Both printers can create iClass, Mifare, Desfire, or contact chip smartcards.

Keep in mind that magnetic stripe and smart card encoding are paid extras but can be purchased and downloaded later.

While the 300 only supports ethernet connections, the 600 can connect to your network via wifi as well.


Purely looking at the price tag, the 300 is significantly cheaper at just over two-thirds the price of the 600. If your organization is sizeable, the difference shouldn’t be too much. However, a difference of about $800 will make a big difference to individuals or small companies.

You also won’t have to sacrifice on printing quality, encoding options, or capacity for the more affordable 300. However, you’ll need to compromise slightly on print speed and convenience as the 600 has wifi and is slightly lighter.

How do They Compare to Other Popular Printers?

Magicard Enduro3E

Magicard Enduro3E Single-Sided ID Card Printer

Another model from Magicard, the Enduro3E is in the same price range as the 300. It also comes as a single-side and double-side printer. Some of the key features it shares with the 300 and 600 are:

  • 300 dpi color dye sublimation printing
  • Custom HoloKote® security watermark
  • Magnetic stripe and smartcard encoding options

However, there are also some key differences:

  • It prints 100 color cards per hour or 500 in monochrome, much less than the 300 and 600.
  • It comes standard with a 30 card stacker instead of 70
  • Like the 300 it features ethernet but not wifi connections

Zebra ZC350

Zebra ZC350 Single Sided ID Card Printer

Only slightly more expensive than the 300, the ZC350 is still a way more affordable than the 600. However, if the presentation is at all important, it lacks the elegant styling of the other two printers. It also comes in both dual-sided and single-sided models with wifi and certain encoding options as paid extras.

Here’s what it has in common with the Magicards:

  • Dye-sublimation printing at 300 dpi
  • Various magnetic encoding and smartcard technologies

And, here’s what’s different:

  • A 100-card feeder but an improved 100-card holder which is more convenient
  • A 2-year only warranty, instead of a 3-year warranty like Magicard offers
  • Features YMCKO and YMCKOK printing
  • Prints up to 1000 cards per hour in monochrome and 500 in color

Fargo DTC4250e

Fargo DTC4250e Single Sided ID Card Printer 100 Card Input Hopper

Fargo is another huge name in the card printer industry known for its printers’ superior printing quality. However, they are a higher-end brand, and the DTC4250e is no different at a significantly higher price point. There are four base models with single-sided, double-sided, ethernet, and magnetic coding as optional features. An advantage of Fargo printers is their modular design that allows for extensive customization.

Despite some significant underlying differences, there are still some similarities:

  • 300 dpi dye-sublimation printing
  • A sprint speed of up to 6 seconds per card
  • A 100-card hopper

And here are the most important differences:

  • YMCKO and YMCKOK printing
  • A SmartScreen™ graphical display for improved user-friendliness and notifications
  • Unfortunately, it also doesn’t feature wifi connectivity

Magicard 300 vs. Magicard 600 - Which is the Right One for You?

If you’re sold on settling with one of these models, there’s plenty of good news.

No matter which one you end up going with, you’ll have the same printing quality and decent printing speeds. You can also print cards with various types of magnetic or smartcard encoding for security or specific applications.

The most significant differences between the two are the price and certain conveniences. The Magicard 600 is easier to position and move around with wifi connectivity. Although negligible when printing in monochrome, the color printing speed will only be a factor under intense circumstances.

That being said, both are suitable options for educational institutions, government organizations, small to medium-sized companies, and businesses in the events industry.

The Ultimate Fargo Series ID Card Printer Comparison -1ultimate-fargo-series-id-card-printer-comparison Mon, 26 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0400 In the world of ID card printing, Fargo is an industry leading brand with a stellar reputation. However, within the Fargo universe there are still multiple options that can make selecting the right printer difficult for those new to the conversation. Whether you are your organization’s procurement specialist looking to impress with your first major purchase or an owner/operator simply looking for the best option, we’ll walk you through some of the basic comparisons. In this article we’ll be looking at the Fargo DTC1500, Fargo HDP5000, and the Fargo HDP5600. So let’s jump right in.

Quality Printing with every Fargo

First off, we should note that whatever Fargo printer you choose, you’re going to get an elite product that produces top notch results. All three printers utilize colors of up to 16.7 million/256 shades per pixel. This gives you vibrant colors and amazing images. However, there is only one of the three printers that can claim the prize of top resolution. Both the Fargo DTC1500 and the Fargo HDP5000 can only print in 300 dpi with (11.8 dots per mm.) The Fargo HDP5600, on the other hand, can print in 600 dpi with 23.6 dots per mm.

The bottom line is that with the Fargo HDP5600 produces superior imagery and cleaner text. If your organization values the aesthetics or simply needs clear and concise text for quick identification, the HDP5600 would be your best bet. However, don’t forget that both the Fargo HDP5000 and the DTC1500 produce amazing imagery as well. It’s just that the HDP5600 is king of the hill when it comes to print quality.

Printing Technology

One of the next aspects to consider when comparing the three printers would be the printing technology itself. Here, the DTC1500 stands out from the HDP5000 and HDP5600. The Fargo DTC1500 is a direct to card printer that utilizes dye sublimation and resin thermal transfer technology. This means the printhead comes into direct contact with the card which can allow for more wear and tear. However, the speeds are amazing as it can print a (YMCKOK) card in just 24 seconds.

Meanwhile, the HDP5000 and HDP5600 are reverse-transfer printers. They too use dye sublimation and resin thermal transfer, but the printhead never comes in contact with the card due to the reverse transfer process. It takes a reverse image and prints it on the underside of HDP film before fusing the film to the surface. This means there is less chance of debris collecting on the printhead which reduces the risk of damage.

Affordable and Guaranteed

Finally, let’s break down the price structure of each. The more affordable of the three would be the DTC1500. This is in part due to the features and technology. An “upgrade” would be considered the HDP5600. It simply allows for more features through its modular design. Meanwhile, the elite printer of the three would be the HDP5600 and it is priced accordingly.

Yet, all three printers are quality options and they are all given Fargo’s world class three year guarantee. However, the DTC1500 only guarantees the printhead for three years due to the direct contact that takes place. The HDP5000 and HDP5600 offer a lifetime warranty of the printhead. However, all three Fargo options are affordable, reliable and guaranteed. Don’t forget to check out the rest of your printing needs at IDSecurityOnline as we are your one-stop shop ID printing solution. 

Want to buy a Fargo HDP5000? Here's what you need to know -1want-to-buy-a-fargo-hdp5000 Sun, 18 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers Looking for a new Fargo HDP5000 to take care of your organization’s card printing needs? You might, understandably, be surprised and overwhelmed with the number of considerations you need to make. Who knew card printers could be this complicated?

Here are the most important factors to consider:

  • The quality and durability of the printing
  • The speed of the printer/time per card
  • The types of printing or encoding it can do
  • The warranty and after-sales support

With so many factors in play and so many printers to choose from, there’s no one-printer-fits-all solution. Yet, with high-definition printing, a superb selection of add-on features, and an attractive price tag the HDP5000 is one to consider.

Reverse Transfer High-Definition Printing for Superb Images

This is the most noteworthy feature of the Fargo HDP5000. This technique involves printing on the underside (or opposite side) of a transparent film that’s then adhered to the card. This technique is at the cutting-edge of printing technology and has many vital advantages:

  • Tamperproof: Any attempt to scratch or remove the film will destroy the image.
  • Durability: The film acts as an extra layer of protection between the card print and the world.
  • Flexibility:Film can easily mold itself around uneven surfaces due to embedded chips or electronics.
  • Over-the-edge printing: This allows these benefits to be applied to the entire card, not just the front and the rear surface.

Fargo has been using HDP technology for some time, and have come close to perfection with the HDP5000. It’s also their most affordable HDP model to date. The images it creates are crisp with no smudging and accurate, vibrant colors. The use of reverse transfer printing also means that images stay that way for longer.

What kind of cards can it print?

It doesn't help much if you buy a printer that can’t create cards compliant with your local facilities. It’s a good thing then that the HDP5000 works with the most commonly used card size: CR-80 (3.370˝ L x 2.125˝ W / 85.6 mm L x 54 mm W).

The HDP5000 will be able to print the entirety of these cards as well as over the edges. The same goes for lamination.

Without any extra modules, you’ll only be able to produce cards for visual identification. However, with the right modules, you’ll be able to create magnetic stripe cards, smart cards, and more.

Customizability that adapts to your business

The Fargo HDP5000’s modular design means you can add-on features as your needs grow. The default model comes with HD single-side printing only, but you can add all of the following modules:

  • Dual-side printing
  • Single-sided or dual-sided card lamination
  • Magnetic stripe encoder
  • Smart card encoder for contact/contactless reading
  • An expanded 200 dual-card input hopper
  • Door and cartridge locks, and
  • A printer cleaning kit

Fargo has considered their customers with this design. If you only need a card printer that can produce high-quality, single-side printing, you can save a lot of money by just buying the printer. As another example, if you need a magnetic stripe reader, you’ll only have to purchase this module, and won’t have to pay extra for a smart card encoder.

That makes the Fargo HDP5000 one of the most versatile and adaptable card printers, both in terms of features and your budget.

Usability that slots into the modern organization

Unlike most card printers, the Fargo HDP5000 comes with an LCD control panel to provide important status updates and messages. That is great if you’ve ever struggled to memorize the cryptic flashing light messages of some printers.

Conveniently for larger organizations, the HDP5000 features an ethernet port and internal print server so that it can integrate into your computer network. This will allow you to issue print jobs across printers in your network, perfect for high-volume production from a central location. For universities or corporate campuses, the applications for this are nearly endless.

Fargo also supplies their Workbench software to help you set up your printer and manage security, firmware updates, and to run diagnostics. On top of that, the printer supports almost all leading card creation and issuance management software as well as Azure ID applications.

Great value for various budgets

The HDP5000 is Fargo’s most affordable HDP card printer to date. However, the refined printing and versatility of this device make it clear they didn’t compromise on quality. The modularity of the HDP5000 also means you can customize it to fit your needs and your budget. You can start with only the base model and then purchase extensions as your needs grow.

Although there are cheaper ID card printers out there, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that delivers the same cost-effectiveness. With reverse transfer and HDP printing,

Print Speed and Capacity

If you want a printer that can keep up with the demands of your organization, the HDP5000 doesn’t disappoint. With a top speed of around 150 cards per hour (YMC with transfer), it’s among the best. Of course, that time goes down depending on what kind of printing you want to be done:

  • YMCK with transfer: 124 cards per hour / 29 seconds per card
  • YMCK with transfer and dual-sided lamination: 102 cards per hour / 35 seconds per card
  • YMCKK with transfer: 90 cards per hour / 40 seconds per card
  • YMCKK with transfer and dual-sided lamination: 75 cards per hour / 48 seconds per card

That means you can print up to 936 cards in a 12-hour window. Even at its slowest, you’d still be able to put out 576 cards in the same amount of time. The HDP5000 should cut it for relatively large events with a few thousand people with enough of a head start.

Other handy features that will help you optimize a long printing process are:

  • A 100 dual-card input hopper cartridge to print multiple types
  • A 200-card hopper output cartridge

Warranty and Support

We’ve all faced the frustration of subpar after-sales service that can bring your operations to a standstill.

Fargo has your back with a standard 3-year warranty for every component with 1-year of free loaner support. That means you don’t have to put your business on hold just because your printer is in for repairs.

The printhead itself is designed for durability and never comes into contact with the cards’ surfaces (or anything else for that matter) and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

A versatile card printer for your organization

The Fargo HDP5000 seems to be ideal for large businesses where many people come and go. It can be used to supply ID cards for identification and security, particularly for access control to sensitive areas.

With that in mind, the HDP5000 is ideal for the following institutions:

  • Government agencies
  • Higher education institutions
  • Corporate businesses
  • Research laboratories
  • Gift or loyalty cards for retail stores
  • Health care facilities and hospitals

As it’s not the fastest printer around, it might not be ideal for concerts, seminars, or other events where thousands of cards need to be produced in a short time. However, using multiple printers in a network can overcome this obstacle.

How to Shop for an ID Card Printer with Confidence -1shop-id-card-printer-with-confidence Fri, 02 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers It’s not quite as difficult as shopping for a used car when you have zero mechanical know how, but shopping for an ID card printer can be a little overwhelming if you lack technical knowledge. In the ID printing industry,  we use enough jargon acronyms to drive the novice shopper mad. So let’s take a quick moment and talk about the key features you need to know when shopping for an ID card printer. At the end of the day, choosing a printer is most often based on three key features. That’s speed, image quality and card security. Certainly there is more to learn if you so desire. However, if you can master a basic understanding of these key features you’ll be able to shop with confidence. So let’s take a look at three of the best retransfer printers in the industry and use them as a guide down the journey of understanding.

A Need for Speed

Perhaps the easiest of the three critical components in ID card printing would be speed. Discovering how much speed you require for operational efficiency is the first step. So let’s say you have a major need for speed as printing IDs in bulk is part of your normal routine. This could be for large complex organizations with many employees or perhaps a standard large scale event requiring massive amounts of ID badges in a short time. The Fargo HDP 6600 can print up to 230 cards per hour (YMCK with transfer).

Now, that might sound like a lot, but consider if you have an event with 10,000 attendees at a major stadium all of who require a special access badge. That’s nearly 44 hours of continuous printing. However, you’ll take comfort in knowing that at 230 cards per hour the Fargo is still one of the fastest retransfer printers in the market.

On the other hand, if your printing needs are limited to 10 to 20 new ID cards a week then you may not need to pay a premium for that speed. Both the Magicard Prima 4 and the Datacard CR805 will print cards at a rate of 100 per hour. Perfectly sufficient for most organizations, but hardly fast enough for high demand and high volume jobs. Ask yourself, do you have a need for  speed?

Beautiful Imagery and Crisp Letters

Once you’ve identified your need for speed, let’s talk aesthetics. Truthfully, the detailed imagery a card printer can produce goes beyond just what looks good. It’s a matter of offering clear displays that allow for quick recognition and identification. Comparing our three retransfer printers, the two that allow you to print at beautiful 600dpi are the Fargo HDP 6600 and the Datacard CR805. The dpi stands for “dots per inch.”

The difference between 300dpi and 600dpi can most aptly be recognized with the ability to print small text and crisply defined barcodes with better resolution. If imagery and fine detail is not a priority for you, then the Magicard Prima 4 will deliver just fine for you at 300dpi. Simply ask yourself how important fine detail and beautiful imagery matters. Then, look for the dpi printing resolution to guide you down the right path.

Secure Cards for the Modern Era

Finally, you need to understand what security features you want in a card and find the printer that offers the best options. Most printers come with added options that will enhance the security features such as adding a holographic overlay or magnetic encoding. For instance, the Magicard Prima 4 Uno Reverse Transfer Printer requires an extra lamination module to add holographic laminates. The same is true for the Fargo 6600.

However, the most basic security feature used by most organizations would be the simple magnetic swipe. For the Datacard CR805 Single Sided Retransfer ID Card Printer, you will need to add this feature. With all three printers, you have the ability to print right up to the edge of smart cards allowing you to add this feature without losing any of its quality imagery.

At the end of the day, if you can interpret speed, print quality, and security, then you can select your next ID card printer with confidence. However, all three printers will deliver you a durable ID card that will last. For some it’s just a matter of preference, while for others it is a matter of organization necessity. If you still have questions, never hesitate to reach out to our elite customer services team. We are ready to guide you down the right path to your perfect ID card printing solution. 

Finding the Right Printer Supplies with Elite Customer Service Support -1printer-supplies-elite-customer-service-support Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0400 If you’ve been the procurement specialist or officer manager in your organization for anytime, you understand that finding the right printer supplies can be easier said than done. From identifying the right printer ribbons to tracking down hard to find supplies for discontinued models, the wide array of printer accessories available in the market can be a little overwhelming without the right level of support. That’s why we here at IDSecurityOnline have always prided ourselves on our elite customer service support team. We understand the loss of productivity that comes from ordering the wrong ribbon and having to send it back. We also understand that not all bosses are too understanding about the loss productivity. That’s why we’ve immersed ourselves in the world of printing and stand ready to help you track down the right supplies and keep the boss happy.

Finding the Right Printer Ribbons

By far, the biggest confusion customers seem to have revolves around ordering the right printer ribbons for your customized printing solution. That’s why have learned everything there is to know about printer ribbons. While we are still waiting for the category to come up on Jeopardy one day and make us all rich, we can at least help you find the right printer ribbon in the meantime. So let’s start with a little basic Printer Ribbon 101.

Ribbons are most often differentiated with letters representing different portions of the color spectrum. “Y” equals yellow, “M” equals magenta or red, “C” equals Cyan or Blue, “K” equals black and “O” or “T” represents a clear overlay. Now, that might all sound a little confusing, but you can then see why you see most printer ribbons referred to as YMCKO. These are your full color ribbons most commonly sought. So, for example, if you are purchasing the Fargo Half Panel Color Ribbon and Refillable Cartridge, you’ll notice the YMCKO markings letting you know you are on the right track.

No Need to Guess with Customer Service

Fortunately for you, there is no reason to guess whether you’ve got it right. For starters, we have our drop down menu that will narrow down your options based on a few key points of data. Just input the manufacturer, type of supply you are seeking and finally then printer model and voila. We’ll kick out a page to you that shows only supplies compatible with your model An example would be seeking the appropriate ribbon for the Fargo 5600. So there is simply no way to get it wrong.

However, you don’t even have to do that much. Just give us a call anytime and our elite customer service team will walk you through the process step by step. We’ll not only guide you to the appropriate supplies, but will keep you informed on any other potential needs and keep you stocked up and ready for business. Finally, don’t forget about the rest of the accessories that go with ID badge printing. From lanyards to hooks and accessories, we’ve got all the right badge accessories in one place. So check us out and see why for over a decade now some of America’s largest organizations have trusted IDSecurityOnline with their ID printer solutions. 

Everything to Include on Your Organization’s ID Cards -1everything-include-organization-id-cards Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Identity has always been a very personal matter for our individual existence. Apart from running into your occasional doppelganger, every person is a unique creation and identifying them is an important matter. So what exactly should go on an organizational ID? How personal should it get? In the end, it really boils down to function and design. Once you have decided what you want to achieve with organizational ID cards and how you want them to look, it’s just a matter of selecting the right data points. Choose too few and you might not have a secure system that is difficult to replicate. Choose too many and you’ve publicly displayed your employee’s personal data for all the world to see. Find the goldilocks zone that is just right and then you’ve got an effective and secure ID solution for all to enjoy. So let’s break down the data.

Personal ID Information

There are nearly a dozen personal identifiers that you can choose from when putting together your organization’s ID solution. They start with the obvious, such as full name, and can carry on to the deeply personal such as height, weight, and sex. Where security matters most, it might seem like an obvious answer to include the more deeply personal traits. However, ask yourself if you really want to have your employees display their weight publicly for all to see? Moreover, when Marge from accounting actually completes her New Year’s resolution, do you really want to have to print a new ID to reflect a 50lb weight loss?

The truth of the matter is that the average security guard is not going to be able to tell the difference between a person who is 5 foot 10 inches and a person who is 6 foot even. We’d also recommend the security guard not question a woman and ask her if she is really only 135 pounds, because she seems heavier. In our opinion, there are simply better ways to ensure security without violating a person’s personal sense of self-esteem. As for the other data points, information such as job title, department, ID number, date of hire, expiration date, security clearance and emergency contacts are all available to you and a little more benign.

Deciding the Level of Security

As we mentioned, there are easier ways to ensure an ID is legit without weight or height shaming your employees. Having a clear and crisp image that allows for quick and accurate facial recognition is a great start. Printers like the Fargo HDP5000 offer vibrant images printed in HD that are protected by a durable layer of HDP film between the card image and the outside world. This is a great start and allows you an initial level of protection while protecting your IDs from wear and tear. However, the rabbit hole of security goes further with more advanced printing.

An advanced model of the Fargo HDP5000 actual comes with dual sided lamination capabilities. This printer allows you to apply a holographic overlaminate or holographic HDP film on both sides of the card. This makes the cards extremely difficult to tamper with or counterfeit. That enhanced security feature will take you much further than turning the security checkpoint into a carnival game where they guess your height and weight. Moreover, you can add a barcode, magnetic stripe, personal signature, smartcard and even a fingerprint if you want with most printers. Just decide how secure you want your cards to be and we have the technology that allows you to make it happen.

A Beautiful ID Card that Lasts

Once you have selected your data points and the level of security required, all that is left is to select the branding and imagery that leaves you with a beautiful and secure ID solution. We offer a host of ID card software that will help walk you through the process and assist you in creating vibrant images that pop. It can be a little overwhelming to decide the right package for you and that’s why we offer elite customer service support to walk you through the process.

For over a decade now, we’ve been trusted to provide the secure ID solution for some of the largest healthcare, academic, and government organizations in the country. We know what matters most and we can match you and your organization with the perfect solution. So reach out to us and don’t forget to check out the full range of ID solutions we offer here at IDSecurityOnline.

How to create a secure, affordable government ID -1create-secure-affordable-government-id Thu, 13 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0400 ID Cards When you work for a government agency you will know that every agency has clearly defined requirements for the ID cards they issue to protect the personal and often sensitive information the cards contain. Card security is essential, it doesn’t matter whether the ID card has been issued to a government employee and intended to permit or restrict access to secure government facilities or whether the card will act as a method of citizen identification like a drivers’ license. Whatever the specific role of the card it is essential that everyone has full confidence that the ID card is secure and cannot be faked or copied. For the issuing agency to be certain that their ID cards cannot be easily tampered with or illegally reproduced they must choose an ID card printing system with the right built-in security measures.

How are government ID cards normally used?

Government ID cards are issued by a huge range of agencies at all levels of government from local agencies all the way through State and Federal agencies and individual government departments. Some of the ways ID cards can be used include:

  • Staff identification
  • Visitor and site access management
  • Prior service card

Staff identification

Staff identification is probably the most common use of government ID cards. An ID card is normally worn on either a lanyard or on a badge reel should be clearly visible to other government personnel as well as any members of the public with whom the wearer comes into contact. The nature of the information on the ID card will vary, but for photo ID cards you will need to look for a printer that can produce a high-quality image and crisp, clear print that can be read quickly and easily.

Visitor management

While members of staff can be easily identified by their visible ID cards, what can be done about visitors? Most agencies will have non-employees who need to access the location from time to time. Providing visitor ID cards and knowing to whom those cards have been issued is a useful way of ensuring that only officially approved visitors are on-site and that they only access the permitted areas. A similar approach can be taken with site management with ID cards permitting different levels of clearance so that only certain employees have access to sensitive areas.

Prior service cards

Not all ID cards will necessarily be used on-site, in most cases, ID cards will be issued to active members of staff and will be visible throughout the day but it is also possible for ID cards to be issued to prior members of staff. The ID cards issued to retired staff will allow them to access whatever amenities, benefits, or discounted they may have available to them as a result of their service.

How do ID cards work?

The most obvious aspect of an ID card is its visibility. The majority of them will be on constant display and the clearly visible photograph will help to determine the identity of the individual, but that doesn’t have to be all there is to an ID card. Modern ID card printing systems allow you to incorporate a range of features to enhance the value of the card. In addition to a photograph and a record of the wearers' job role, security clearance, and entitlements modern ID cards can be printed with a magnetic strip or barcode which can be used to store personal, identifiable information.

Securing your ID cards

Creating a well-designed government ID card is important. You will want a design that clearly represents the professionalism of your agency, yet that is only the first step. In addition, to creating a well-presented ID card you will want to produce tamper-proof cards that will enhance the security of your organization. Creating secure cards means choosing the right ID card printer. Many card printing systems come with a range of security measures to ensure the security of your organization. For example, the Magicard Ultima Dual-Sided ID Card printer has built-in visual security which allows the use of up to 10 secure HoloKote watermarks. Such a system would allow you to allocate each department their own individual holographic design on the ID card. As an extra level of security, the Ultima printer uses the wavelengths of the dye-film to fluoresce when placed under UV lighting.

A similar approach is taken by the ScreenCheck SC6500 ID Card Printer which will allow the use of up to four standard HoloKote designs as well as a custom design from the printer driver. The HoloKote security watermark is printed across the surface of the card surface. When used in conjunction with HoloPatch cards, one section of the HoloKote watermark is highlighted as a high visibility security seal. If Custom HoloKote is available it will allow the watermark to be customized to show an individual logo or design chosen by your agency. It is also worth looking at the way the card image is protected from the outside world. Many card printing systems including the Fargo HDP5000 Dual-Sided ID Card Printer will place a durable layer of HDP Film over the card image and if someone attempts to separate the layers, the image will be lost rendering the card unusable.

Affordable production costs

Designing great looking government ID cards which are really secure is important but unless you have a fast and affordable way of producing the number of ID cards you need then you aren’t going to achieve the results you need. To produce the cards that are right for your organization you will need to carefully consider your requirements and look at the volume of cards each printer can produce in a given space of time. The most cost-effective way to proceed is likely to involve purchasing a complete production system including an ID card printer, ID card software, web camera, color ribbon, and PVC cards. Whether you need a single-sided printer such as the Zebra ZXP Series 9 or the ScreenCheck SC6500, or a double-sided option like the Magicard Ultima or the Fargo HDP6600 you can be sure of finding exactly what you need on

How To Create A Truly Professional ID Photo -1how-to-create-professional-id-photo Mon, 03 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0400 ID Cards Photo ID Systems Does your business rely on the use of photo ID cards to ensure the security of your company? Photo ID cards provide an easy way of knowing what everyone is called, what their role is,  and whether they are authorized to enter particular areas of the building. For photo ID cards to be effective it is important that they are high-quality cards containing images which allow individuals to be clearly recognized. This guide will show you everything you need to take perfect ID card photographs.

Overcoming the cringe factor

Does your passport photo look like you? Are you happy showing people the picture on your driving license? Few people enjoy the process of having their picture taken for official documentation and as a result, the images produced are rarely attractive. For passports and driving licenses the quality of the image doesn’t matter too much since they will be tucked away somewhere safe and only produced when needed. Photo ID cards are a greater challenge since they must be worn every day and be on constant display. For people to feel confident carrying a photo ID card the image on the card must be one they are happy to display to the world.

Taking great photo ID pictures

There are three parts to taking a fantastic ID photo, the technical quality of the camera, the happiness of the subject, and the composition of the photograph. Follow these steps to take a great ID photo:

Choose the right location

Don’t try to take ID photos in a crowded entrance way as people arrive for work. Not only will everyone be stressed and in a rush to reach their desks on time but the environment will not be conducive to good quality pictures. Look for a quiet room where there is plenty of natural light available. You may also want to consider a professional ‘photo backdrop’ so that you can easily set up your portable photo studio anywhere.

Relax the subject

Relaxing for holiday snaps taken on the beach when everyone is enjoying themselves is one thing. Trying to act naturally for professional headshots for an ID card is quite different. People rarely feel comfortable when posing for professional pictures and so part of the role of the photographer must be to relax the subject before they take the picture. Try to give people advance notice of the photography session so that they can wear clothes they like, and they will have time to arrange a haircut or apply some make-up before facing the camera. When the subject arrives for their photograph spend a few minutes chatting with them and putting them at ease before you take the image. The more comfortable the subject feels the more natural the photograph will appear on the ID card.

Invest in the right equipment

If you want to use professional quality photographs for your ID cards then you don’t want someone snapping images on their mobile phone. To get the best results you must use the proper equipment. Ideally, you will need a high-quality camera with a tripod, backed up by ID card software so that you can edit and crop the pictures to ensure they are correctly centered and fit on the ID card perfectly. If you are looking for the right digital camera to take your pictures then IDSecurityOnline has a great range of cameras and printers that make it simple to capture, upload, and edit the images before applying them to your ID cards.

Which camera should you choose?

The right equipment for your organization is going to depend on several factors such as the number of ID pictures you need to take and the equipment you already have available for use. If you don’t produce a lot of ID cards and only want to take an occasional picture then something simple like the Microsoft LifeCam Studio ID Camera may be the best choice. This easy to use camera  offers HD quality for crisp, high-resolution results and includes auto focus, from four inches to infinity. It is compatible with both Mac and PC operating systems.

For an organization that needs to print ID cards more regularly, the Credential Cam could be a better solution. The Credential Cam comes with up to 8MB still image quality and has plenty of extra features including auto exposure, internal microphone, and automatic color compensation. For an organization that prints ID cards frequently then only a fully-featured photo ID camera will be sufficient. The VALCam Pan Tilt & Zoom Camera is the best camera available. This camera automatically adjusts for your lighting conditions and offers great high-resolution images. The camera is crammed with features such as zoom, tilt & pan and improved white balance options. With this camera you can live crop your images in the preview mode and therefore produce your ID cards more quickly by cutting out the additional editing step.

Optimizing your ID card photographs

Taking the best image you can is often only the first part of the process. A professional image frequently needs to be re-centered, cropped and enhanced to create the best possible appearance for the ID card. If you look for a camera with a TWAIN driver not only will the camera be able to automatically upload your images to your ID card software but it will probably also come with additional features such as:

  • Auto adjust tilt & pan
  • Face-finding feature
  • Subject-focused zoom

What other factors should you consider?

When it comes to choosing your camera think carefully about the image quality and features that you will need, but also think about the printer you will be using. The quality of the image on the photo ID depends not just on the quality of the image you take but also on the ability of your printer to reproduce that image on the ID card. You must also bear in mind the portability of the camera for most organizations space is at a premium and the photo equipment will need to be moved, you may even need to move around the premises to take pictures rather than having the employees come to you. If you select a camera that needs to be permanently connected to a computer rather than a standalone model your portability could be seriously compromised.

By carefully thinking through the features you will need you will be able to purchase the equipment you need to create high-quality photo ID cards with only a few clicks.

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.