Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Team NiSCA to unveil single-sided card printer that adds layers of security

Monday, March 28, 2011

Team NiSCA, Somerset, N.J., will roll out its PR5360LE, a new high speed, direct to card printer at the ISC West International Security Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, April 6-8.

The new printer enhances the NiSCA plastic card printer product line with the addition of a professional, single-sided printer that has an optional magnetic stripe three-track encoding as well as a more advanced IC contact chip and IC contactless encoding.


The printer is compatible with the NiSCA PR5302 laminator to offer patch or edge-to-edge lamination. Mainstream plastic card printers provide an overcoat protection to the card. However, there have been tests to show that this overlay can be stripped and the text can be manipulated with the right chemicals. For this reason, corporations, governments and universities require security lamination.

NiSCA offers a number of custom and generic holograms for the PR5360LE. Secure holograms help protect against counterfeiting, and make an entire ID system and facilities more secure. The security features built into holograms are difficult to duplicate and provide ID cards with levels of security that can make the card harder to counterfeit.

Additional security features that can be added with a PR5360LE printer are UV and micro text printing. UV printing allows the automated printing of the printer’s serial and model number, date of printing, variable demographic data and one bit monochrome graphics. [end] 

CardSmith in is rolling out real-time account activation for its clients using the company’s IDMS system.

IDMS, CardSmith’s card printing and production system, continuously updates the company’s transaction system anytime a card is printed or replaced. This means that students can walk out of their campus card office with an active, transaction-ready credential. Providing students with an active ID at the time of issuance eliminates delays associated with batch file processing, a common occurrence in other systems.

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It can be difficult for campus card offices to strike the right balance between card durability and security, but according identification specialist 3iD Management, card offices can kill two birds with one stone.

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Datacard Group is bringing new product features to its Datacard SR200 and SR300 retransfer card printers.

The new product enhancements come in the form of more factory-installed smart card encoding modules as well as field-upgradeable encoding that can support various contact and contactless card types. There are also new configurations added to the printers’ Software Development Kits (SDKs) that provide tools for card design, secure card production and management of card programs.

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Card printer manufacturer Evolis will be bundling cardPresso issuance software with three of its printer models. The Portugal-based company cardPresso manufacturers its namesake software and specializes in card personalization solutions.

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