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] 

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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Whether to pre-print static areas of the institution’s cardstock or rely on desktop printers to add all the elements on the fly is an important and debatable topic. There are tangible benefits – both in terms of the cards themselves and the process of issuing them – for a university that pre-prints its cardstock. But there are also drawbacks related to flexibility and timeliness.

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The sheer number of card printer manufacturers and models available to a university can be a difficult decision to navigate. But just as important as selecting a printer is protecting your investment over the longer term.

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