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Cost-Effective Optimization of Card Durability and Security
Identification cards produced with High Definition Printing (HDP®) reverse transfer printing and holographic HDP Film offer end users the greatest security and ease of use. While traditional direct-to-card printing requires a lamination station to apply a secure overlaminate to a printed card, a reverse transfer printer creates a card whose security is second to none, without the need for a lamination station.
Independent security testing on three different holographic cards: 1) a card printed with direct-to-card printing and laminated with a 0.6 mil holographic polyester patch; 2) a card printed with direct-to-card printing and laminated with holographic thermal thin film; and 3) a card created with High Definition Printing on holographic reverse transfer film (HDP Film) and no overlaminate, showed that holographic HDP Film provided the greatest protection against counterfeiting and tampering. In addition, holographic HDP Film provides edge-to-edge protection of a security credential with a durability that well exceeds a comparable overlaminate. While abrasion resistance and cost are also important factors, HDP Film is comparable to or better than most options currently available.