FREE, on-demand whitepaper helps remove guess work from selection process
The spectrum of available ID card printing solutions is pretty broad, and understanding the technology options and choosing the right solution can be a serious undertaking.
To help boil the process down a bit, HID Global published its “Top 10 Considerations for Choosing the Right Secure ID Card Printing Solution” whitepaper. The document delves into detail the primary factors that a campus should consider as it shops for a secure campus card production solution.
The whitepaper offers ten detailed considerations that should help narrow the evaluation process, but here’s five that should be on your radar:
Undoubtedly, the first consideration for any campus looking at an issuance solution is security. Security, after all, is the reason you’re in the market for an ID card printing solution in the first place.
More specifically, though, its vital to know the type of credential you want to issue and the levels of security that need to be built into those cards. Many printing solutions can support a full range of visual and technical security elements that can help ensure that your organization’s identities are always secure and tamper-proof.
To determine the appropriate level of credential security to implement, it can be helpful to assess your risks. What would happen if credentials were compromised by counterfeiters and unauthorized parties gained access to the sensitive areas within your campus environment?
Security features to consider include standard or custom holographic overlaminates, or more complex visual security features, such as morphing images and microtext that support encoding for mag stripe or embedded smart chips.
2. Flexible Interoperability
It’s also helpful to think about your campus’ ID card printing solution holistically. What other ways might your campus card be used on- or off-campus? What other systems or functionality might affect your credential?
Regardless of the deployment, HID stresses the importance of carefully considering a provider that offers a full spectrum of interoperable identity solutions. Providers that only focus on stand-alone, badge-printing products limit the ability to incorporate newly available, complementary technologies.
3. Operational Convenience
Today’s ID card printing solutions are complex and they require routine maintenance to perform optimally. This is especially true for campuses that regularly issue cards by the thousands.
Many top printers and encoders come equipped with automated diagnostic systems that can alert staff of any issues that arise. These features also alert your operators when materials are low or cleaning is required, which will help to lower the total cost of operation while reducing downtime.
When repair is necessary, the faster a technician can identify the problem and implement a solution, the sooner that printer can get back online and producing credentials. In some cases, this can be mission-critical for a card office.
4. Card Printing Volume
Another primary consideration for any campus is the number of cards it plans to print, and at what intervals. Will you only need new cards printed intermittently throughout the year or will you be printing large batches of cards at a time, several times a year?
Simply put, not all printers are created equal. Some models are equipped to print larger volumes over time but only intermittently, whereas others are built to print significant volumes in single, large-batch runs. Still others are designed for smaller volume demands or even hand-fed, one-at-a-time print jobs. Make sure you select a printer that best suits to your campus’ volume demands.
Do you have a need for remote or wireless printing? Does your card office personnel conduct mobile, on-the-spot printing and encoding of cards?
Look for solutions that can support multiple connectivity options: USB for single PC connectivity, Ethernet for network printing, and Wi-Fi for wireless card printing. This will ensure your campus will have the flexibility to print from any location and easily change locations or connectivity methods should the occasion call for it.
Again, this is just a small snippet of HID Global’s “Top 10 Considerations for Choosing the Right Secure ID Card Printing Solution.” For a more detailed rundown, check out the free whitepaper.