Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Choosing the right card printer for your company

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Navigating the showroom floor

Employee ID credentials have advanced greatly in recent years, but as new security features and materials are added to the mix one constant remains: the need to print and personalize the badge.

Choosing the right card printer is like purchasing a car in that the buyer must balance wants and needs. While the organization may want the Ferrari of printers they must ask, is it feasible? Reliable? Maintainable? Will they even know how to drive it?

These are concerns that decision makers from every company–large or small–grapple with when investing in a card printing system.

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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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