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Smart Card Migration Large Institutions

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Many of today’s colleges and universities are beginning to realize that moving away from traditional magnetic stripe (magstripe) and low-frequency proximity (prox) card technologies in favor of high-frequency, contactless “one-card” technology will provide their students, faculty and staff with a more secure and convenient on-campus experience.

Below are some valid questions which present legitimate concerns but just aren’t true.

Q: Do I have to upgrade everything at once?
A: Most institutions take a phased approach which is significantly easier to implement, rather than change out everything at once. If necessary, parallel systems can coexist for months. For example:

*Replace legacy cards with new technology-embedded cards while still preserving magstripe and/or proximity technology.

*Begin issuing new multi-technology cards and phase out old ones over time as students graduate.

*Replace magstripe and prox card readers with multi-technology readers, which will not only continue to support these legacy technologies, but also read more advanced, multi-function Smart Cards.

Q: We have too many access control technologies currently in place to migrate smoothly
A: Using multi-technology cards, you can usually migrate at your own pace regardless of the various access technologies currently in place. What many institutions do not realize is that a single Smart Card can securely house up to four different access control technologies including Weigand™, magstripe, low frequency, high frequency or contact chip.

Q: It’s not possible to support old and new application technologies at the same time
A: Applications that do not support contactless cards – such as library checkout services that still use magstripe or barcode – CAN remain intact and completely operational with multi-technology credentials. Just as multi-technology cards can support various access control technologies, they can also support various applications.

If your organization is challenged by the questions above or have similar concerns around the security of legacy technologies, we look forward to further discussions with your team. We take a consultative approach by asking smart questions that confirm if there is a better to help your company run efficiently and stay protected. Please contact us to share more details about your application, we will follow up with you promptly and look forward to exceeding your expectations with professional services.

HID FARGO HDPii Card Printer Support

Monday, October 29th, 2018

This page is designed to help support you and your HID FARGO HDPii Printer. ADVANTIDGE takes customer satisfaction seriously and we pride ourselves in exceeding your expectations for service. Our depot service is the most efficient program for repairs with annual maintenance agreements or on a time and materials basis. Our work is performed by factory trained and certified technicians with OEM parts, in order to provide the most reliable service that gets done right the first time.

Our tech services team offers fast and reliable repairs, upgrades, rebuilding of assemblies and hardware functionality testing. Manufacturer certified experts will work to ensure all service needs are satisfied promptly including feedback requests once your support case is closed. To request repair or service on your HDPii printer click here:

As one of the top Authorized Repair Centers for HID FARGO HDP Card Printers, we are committed to ensuring your success. We offer the industry’s best technical support via telephone, email or chat via the web with a paid support plan. You can download the latest printer drivers, printer firmware, user’s guides and troubleshooting information here:

ADVANTIDGE manages one of the largest card printer service contracts in the country with annual support to over 600+ badge printers. Regardless as to where you are located we have a plan that will insure you stay up and running with your security badge operations and card issuance. Contact us today for peace of mind and confidence that your FARGO HDPii badge printer is ready to meet the demands of your organization.

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Price Tag Solution for Plastic Food Labels adds even more features!

Sunday, February 25th, 2018

New software features offer greater possibilities

The enhanced price tag and food labeling solution now includes these new features:


  • Print more than one image or price on your tags
    Use images to share additional consumer information instead of text with Edikio software’s multiple image management.
  • Display two variable price fields on a tag
    Add additional price fields to display the price per unit, kilogram or sale price.
  • Manage layouts over several computers
    Export your Edikio item list and/or layouts and import them into several shops’ computer systems, for example.
  • Print dual-sided tags with the Access or Flex systems
    Don’t worry. It’s easy. We instruct customers as to how to flip cards correctly, ensuring that there is no waste by printing them manually. Available from the Standard edition of Edikio.
  • Reorganize product categories due to evolving requirements
    Move items from one category to another to keep your item list and categories organized at all times.
  • Use on computers that don’t have an internet connection
    Edikio gives customers the opportunity to activate their software license for an offline computer.
  • Print tags from other applications while utilizing Edikio layouts
    Use the Edikio software “silent mode” option to print Edikio designed layouts, by utilizing command lines.

And More:


  • More price presets and currencies are available in the design view.
  • The “Undo/Redo” option allows for the cancellation of any action performed in your item list or on your layout design.

Announcing the Magicard Rio Pro 360 Now Available!

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Rio Pro 360, Magicard’s latest innovation for ID issuance, now available in July 2018.

The Rio Pro 360 is an evolution of Magicard’s well-established Rio Pro platform. The new ID card printer features faster print speed, increased capacity and improved print quality. The 360 also has the all new ‘LYNK’ on-board intelligence – an embedded Linux-based CPU – that enables seamless communication and the secure processing of ID data.

The Rio Pro 360 is Magicard’s fastest ID printer to date. The entirely new electronics and software platform has enabled significant performance improvements. From the moment you hit print, the 360 instantaneously gets to work. Full color cards with HoloKote® can now print in 18 seconds click-to-card.

The LYNK on-board CPU has a wider color spectrum to choose from. This means the Rio Pro 360 can create even more vibrant and color rich prints – which on an ID card means a truer representation of the subject. LYNK recognizes USB & Ethernet and can easily be integrated with most third-party applications locally or in the cloud. WiFi connectivity will be available.

Like its predecessor, the Rio Pro 360 can print an anti-fraud customized secure watermark on every card. LYNK now enables the secure online delivery of bespoke HoloKote® watermarks to the printer.  Where previously only one custom HoloKote design was available per printer, now users can store up to ten.

The LYNK onboard CPU is an industry first and we’re excited to see how this helps create more customized secure ID solutions, as it effectively means the printer has a brain on-board. The 360, with its encryption capabilities and secure watermark feature, will help achieve the mission of enhancing trust in identity worldwide. Inquire for more information as updates on the new model become available in 2018!

Understanding compliance for NIST SP800-171

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

In today’s world of technology, the need for strong security measures to protect sensitive government data from hackers has never been a higher priority. To address this issue, the Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology has released NIST Special Publication 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Non-Federal Information Systems and Organizations. Any contractor to governmental agencies is directly impacted by SP800-171 with the implementation deadline of December 31, 2017.

Implementing the correct security and data protection processes, and deploying security technologies such as Authentication, Privileged Access Management and others has become increasingly complex. We can help manage the complexity of this mandate for you so you can continue to do business with the Government. Our ability to provide a comprehensive solution across different populations within the enterprise ensures organizations realize significant operational cost savings, a simplified user experience for both employees and customers, as well as greatly improved security and compliance.

NIST SP800-171 requirements demand rigorous access control. Non-compliance presents serious consequences for contractors, including legal action by the government and termination as a contractor. One of the most popular solutions includes HID ActivID ActivClient but this is just one piece of the puzzle.

You can request a complete eBook available upon request that focuses on some of the most complicated parts of the mandate – and how multi-factor authentication (MFA) and Privileged Access Management (PAM) offer a comprehensive but cost-effective path to complying with these aspects of NIST SP800-171. Please contact us today for a complete copy of this documentation, attend an informative webinar reviewing these requirements or a request a brief consultation from our experienced team of security experts to be sure you stay compliant.

Discontinued & End of Life Card Printers

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Over the past decade there have been a number of big changes to the ID card industry. With the rollout of new Microsoft operating systems, all the main card printer manufacturers have used the opportunity to roll out new models to insure compatibility. And with each new generation of printers it is only a matter of time before the manufacturer discontinues support for their previous models.

For you this typically starts as a minor inconvenience; no new versions of drivers or firmware which allows those older machines to be compatible with new operating systems. But eventually replacement parts are halted making it impossible to maintain your discontinued printer beyond basic ribbons or printheads.

AdvantIDge has put together a list of printer models that are discontinued as we regularly get requests for support and ongoing supplies. At AdvantIDge are committed to doing everything we can to support our customers and insure your success. Let us work with you to determine the best options available for your particular model as they don’t always need replacement. If it’s possible to keep your current system working for you, we’ll help make that happen. Sometimes the best recommendation we can make is to make the investment in a new ID card printer. Below each section of the discontinued models you’ll also find a link to the modern equivalent from that manufacturer.

HID Global/FARGO -Current model is the DTC4500e

  • C30/C30e
  • DTC300/DTC400/DTC400e
  • DTC550/DTC525/DTC520/DTC515/DTC510/DTC500
  • DTC1000

Evolis – Current model is the Primacy

  • Pebble3/Pebble 4
  • Dualys
  • Securion
  • Tattoo and Tattoo 2

Zebra – Current model is the ZXP Series 3

  • P330i and 430i
  • P110i and 120i
  • P520i and 540i

Magicard – Current model is the Rio Pro

  • Alto/Opera
  • Rio2e
  • Tango2e/Tango2+L
  • Prima3/Prima4

AdvantIDge is committed to keeping you up to date with all of your current technology to insure your continued success. We offer a wide variety of other products such as identification card printer systems and other related products to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card printer needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge accessories, backdrops and other peripherals, we strive to give you the ability to create company ID cards, unique identification badges and more. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information as we look forward to providing you with excellent customer service!

Secure ID Card Printing Guide

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Federal ID Card Credentialing
This white paper is intended as a reference for government officials considering technologies available for issuing secure ID cards. There are three major components of this decision:

• ID card body or ID card substrate material
• Print or personalization technologies
• Laminate or topcoat material

All three elements must be compatible for a successful ID card printing program and each component impacts the cost, durability and security of the ID card. There are many trade-offs involved in a decision on the appropriate combination. There is no “best” method, so the technology choices should be carefully evaluated against program requirements, and rigorously tested using the components selected.

ID Card Materials – Substrates

1. PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) is the most widely used material for plastic blank ID cards, and has been used for photo ID cards for more than 10 years. Low in cost, the smooth surface of photo quality PVC material accepts dyes for high quality image printing on ID cards and is compatible with most laminate materials. Although there are a wide quality range of PVC materials, durability is limited for applications with high usage. Material can be printed as pre-cut cards or sheet material (on large digital presses). PVC is generally the lowest cost of the materials used for ID cards, and is primarily used for ID cards with 1 – 3 year durability requirements.

2. Composite Cards typically combine layers of PVC and PET. Developed initially for the college and university ID card market, ID card constructions combine varying amounts of each material to meet a range of durability requirements and price points. The outer layer of the construction is PVC to facilitate digital ID card printing, and the inner core is PET for greater flexibility and durability. It has the same offset printing and card construction characteristics as PVC, and can be easily configured with RFID, IC and contactless technology. Manufacturers continue to develop new composite constructions (e.g. PVC/PET/PC) to add specific performance characteristics. Composite ID cards are often used for government ID cards that require a longer life.

3. Teslin is a synthetic porous material produced by PPG Industries. It is receptive to conventional offset printing used for high security designs. In sheet form, it can be printed using standard color electrophotographic (laser) printers or inkjet printers. Because the surface is not smooth like PVC it cannot be directly printed with dye diffusion printers.

Print Technologies

1. Dye Sublimation (sometimes called dye diffusion thermal transfer – or D2T2) uses heat to transfer dyes to a substrate. Used for high quality color printing, the process creates continuous tone colors by varying the amount of heat applied. Typically a 3 or 4 color ribbon (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) is passed under a thermal printhead and heat is applied to deposit dye. Ribbon dyes can be applied:
a. Direct – printed directly to an ID card surface; or,
b. RETRANSFER – printed to the backside of a clear re-transfer ribbon which is then fused to the ID card surface and is often associated with the HDP series. It is commonly used to personalize smart cards which may have irregular surfaces.

An advantage of the dye sublimation process is the extensive range of colors that can be created. Slight variations in heat create different shades of the same color and the transparent dyes can be applied over one another, creating solid color gradients. Technologies such as inkjet or color electrophotographic printing rely on dithered images where solid color dots are printed closely together creating a visual appearance of a solid color. The typical 300 dpi printhead then can achieve image quality superior to a 300 dpi resolution from dithered images. There are a wide range of desktop ID card printers and several central issuance printers using direct and retransfer ID card printing technologies. These printers include in-line personalization of magnetic stripes, contactless or contact chips, RFID, etc. A disadvantage of this technology is the supply cost for the multi-panel ribbon. Another limitation is that the dyes need to be protected from degradation that may result from chemical or ultraviolet radiation attack.

2. Resin or Pigment Transfer is another application of thermal transfer printing using heat to deposit resin or pigment on a substrate. Thermally applied resins are more stable than dyes and are much more resistant to fading. Resins can be applied:
a. Direct – printed in monochrome directly to an ID card surface; or,
b. Retransfer – using resins on a 3-4-5 panel ribbon printed to the backside of a clear retransfer ribbon which is then fused to the ID card surface. Specially formulated retransfer ribbons are more receptive to resins than PVC, and can be printed at higher dot resolution. Retransfer can be used to personalize smart cards which may have irregular surfaces.

4. Laser Engraving When polycarbonate molecules are hit by a focused laser beam they change to tiny carbon bubbles. These form a black color, and permanently alter the substrate. By directing a laser beam at an opaque polycarbonate material laminated under the surface of the ID card, it is possible to print or “engrave” high resolution images or typeface below the top surface. Even microfeatures can be introduced. Varying the amount of laser energy enables true gray-scale printing which produces photo quality black and white images. The resulting text or image does not fade and is not subject to deterioration from UV light, moisture or surface abrasion.

A laser beam can also be focused at the outer laminate of the ID card with enough energy to disturb the ID card surface, creating a tactile effect. Unlike the other printing technologies described, there is no ongoing supply items (ribbons, toners, foils or overlay materials) required. There are a limited number of manufacturers of laser engraving personalization systems. These systems can be configured with in-line personalization of magnetic stripes, contactless or contact chips, RFID, etc. The equipment required to produce laser engraved cards or documents is more expensive and technically sophisticated than the other print methods described, making it very difficult to be procured for unauthorized use. This technology has been used in Europe for more than a decade for high security documents.

Laminate or Topcoat Materials

1. Thin Film Topcoats Color thermal transfer ribbons (dye and resin types) typically include a clear topcoat panel which is applied to the entire surface of the ID card once the color printing is complete. The topcoats are designed to prevent dye migration and provide only limited abrasion and chemical resistance. Topcoats are commonly used on corporate employee ID cards where the card is primarily for visual identification. Topcoats can be intentionally removed allowing alteration and/or replacement of printed information.

Thin film security topcoats incorporating optically variable features (e.g. ID card holograms or specialized inks) are also used to provide a level of counterfeit and tamper resistance. The films are only several microns thick and cannot be removed intact, providing a high level of tamper evidence. Combined with a clear topcoat these two layers offer slightly better chemical and abrasion resistance, but can still be removed. This type of security topcoat is used on many ID cards where security threats from tampering or alteration are not significant. They are also used on ID documents such as passports where the surface is not subjected to higher levels of abrasion common to ID cards.

2. UV-Cured Topcoats Ultra-violet cured topcoats are available on all central issuance Datacard® systems and provide a higher level of abrasion and chemical resistance than thin topcoats. The material is applied during personalization and then cured with a UV source. It offers a moderate level of protection for thermally printed images and text. They are commonly used in financial or loyalty cards, but are generally not recommended for ID card applications.

3. Polyester Laminates Polyester laminates are used in roll form and applied as “patches” to the surface of an ID card, or in sheet form to a cut-sheet substrate. In both cases the material is laminated with heat and pressure to the surface of the ID card. Applications for ID documents typically use laminates ranging from 0.0005 – 0.001” ( one-half to 1 mil). These laminates are best for abrasion and chemical resistance, and can incorporate UV blockers to protect against fading. They are extremely flexible, and can significantly extend the useful life of many types of ID documents.

A wide range of security features can be incorporated into the thicker laminates, including optically variable features, security printing, or serial numbers. These laminates are used on many secure government identification cards, providing a high level of counterfeit and tampering deterrence. The strongest level of lamination occurs when combining identical or chemically-linked materials where the laminate and substrate are fused under heat and pressure. Laminating polyester materials to other types of substrates requires specialized adhesives. Because the laminate material is thicker, it may be easier to remove intact leaving the original ID card or document vulnerable to tampering.

Putting It All Together

Defining a secure ID document should be viewed with a systems approach, evaluating how each component interacts or complements the others. Selecting what may be perceived as the “best” of each component category will not necessarily provide the best outcome. Factors such as durability, ability to incorporate security features, price (initial investment and ongoing supplies and maintenance cost), scalability, upgradeability and availability on the open market should be included in determining which components best fit an application. As noted earlier, there will be trade-offs with each choice. Testing the “system” before making a selection and on an ongoing basis will strengthen its reliability and security. Key characteristics should be tested, such as machine readability, durability, resistance to tampering or alteration, for the production of counterfeit ID cards.

Contact AdvantIDge today to improve security and efficiency at your facility with a expert ID card system and experience a new level excellent service!

HID ActivID® ActivClient 7.1 Update for Windows 10

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

AdvantIDge is proud to offer a complete solution for multi factor authentication that meets NIST 800 171 standards. The ActivID solution includes software, support and Genuine HID Credentials including Prox, iCLASS SE and SEOS for secure access to computers, phones, tablets and other devices with sensitive company data. The newest version of ActivClient is designed to offer the highest level of security and compliance with the latest Microsoft products, and adds support for the new Microsoft Edge browser on the Windows 10 platform.

ActivID ActivClient 7.1 for Windows, is the industry standard from HID Global with the latest in market-leading advanced security client that protects workstations and networks with smart cards and USB tokens using two factor authentication, or 2FA. ActivID ActivClient is the leading smart card middleware used with Common Access Card (CAC), Personal Identity Verification (PIV) and Personal Identity Verification – Interoperable (PIV-I) smart cards in the US Federal Government.

The ActivID ActivClient 7.1 improvements include:

  • Microsoft Edge and improved Windows 10 support. With this release, ActivClient extends its support for the Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 platforms to provide increased coverage of smart card usage scenarios. For example, customers can now use the latest Microsoft Edge browser for SSL and TLS-based smart card authentication to web sites. Windows Universal Apps can now also leverage ActivClient for smart card authentication.
  • Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016 support. Enterprise customers can now leverage ActivClient for smart card-based authentication, signature and encryption with the latest Microsoft Office versions. ActivClient automatically configures the Outlook® security profile based on smart card certificates, reducing the configuration effort for smart card users.
  • Bundled Software Development Kit. ActivID ActivClient includes samples and documentation for the standard-based APIs it supports: Microsoft Mini Driver / CNG, PKCS#11, PIV and BSI. These APIs provide access to Public Key cryptography (PKI), One-Time Password and data storage services on smart cards. C and Java interfaces are available

ActivID ActivClient 7.1 is available at no charge to ActivID ActivClient customers with a current maintenance contract. It can be electronically downloaded from HID Global’s Identity Assurance Support Portal.

Current ActivID ActivClient customers:
AdvantIDge recommends customers using ActivID ActivClient 6.2 or 7.0.x to upgrade to version 7.1. Version 6.2 and 7.0.x are no longer available to new customers but will be supported until July 2018.

The ActivID ActivClient SDK is now bundled in ActivID ActivClient; as a result, the part numbers for the stand alone ActivClient SDK (DKCXXXWL, DKCXXXWLM4 and DKCXXXWLM5) as a separate product have been discontinued (DKCXXXWL, DKCXXXWLM4 and DKCXXXWLM5). ActivClient SDK customers can now access the same functionality at no charge as part of the ActivClient license.

NOTE: The new NIST SP800-171 requirements demand rigorous access control. Non-compliance presents serious consequences for contractors, including legal action by the government and termination as a contractor. The HID ActivID ActivClient is a proven piece of the puzzle for compliance. You can request a complete eBook available upon request that focuses on some of the most complicated parts of the mandate – and how multi-factor authentication (MFA) and Privileged Access Management (PAM) offer a comprehensive but cost-effective path to complying with these aspects of NIST SP800-171. Please contact us today for a complete copy of this documentation, attend an informative webinar reviewing these requirements or a request a brief consultation from our experienced team of security experts to be sure you stay compliant.

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of security solutions that use encrypted RFID cards with HID iClass SEOS for access control, computer logon, time and attendance in addition to card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our security experts at 800-965-5932 for more information on secure solutions after reading the following brochure on ActivID-ActivClient.

Multi-Factor Authentication Requirement NIST SP 800-171

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

NIST SP 800-171Hackers are getting smarter every day. Cyber threats and security breaches have progressed to the point where passwords are no longer considered sufficient to protect data on any device on any network. This makes your organization vulnerable to today’s sophisticated phishing attempts and other targeted attacks. That is why the federal government now requires all contractors to comply with NIST SP 800-171 guidelines for multi-factor authentication — or risk losing their contracts! If your organization works with the federal government, setting up two factor authentication is absolutely critical to ensure your business is in compliance. Below is a list of the key requirements of this new security regulation. Read through it carefully, identify your needs, and contact us for an immediate consultation or attend an informative webinar based on your level of urgency. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Key requirements in NIST SP 800-171 include:

Access Control

  • Limit information system access to authorized users
  • Separate the duties of individuals to reduce the risk of malevolent collusion
  • Limit unsuccessful login attempts
  • Require encryption and authentication of various devices (including mobile devices), and route remote access through managed access control points

Awareness and Training

  • Educate managers, systems administrators and users about security risks associated with their activities and applicable policies, standards and procedures
  • Provide security awareness training on recognizing and reporting potential indicators of insider threat

Audit and Accountability

  • Use automated mechanisms to integrate and correlate audit and reporting processes
  • Support on-demand analysis and reporting

Configuration Management

  • Limit the types of programs users can install
  • Control and monitor all user-installed software

Identification and Authentication

  • Enforce minimum password complexity, i.e., “smart passwords”
  • Disable identifiers after a defined period of inactivity
  • Prevent reuse of identifiers for a defined period

Incident Response

  • Develop and test an incident response plan.


  • Ensure equipment removed off-site is sanitized of any UCTI
  • Require multifactor authentication to establish nonlocal maintenance sessions

Media Protection

  • Protect (i.e. physically control and securely store) information system media (paper and digital) containing UCTI*
  • Sanitize or destroy information system media containing UCTI* before disposal or release for reuse

Personnel Security

  • Screen individuals prior to authorizing access to systems containing UCTI*
  • Maintain audit logs of physical access
  • Control and manage physical access devices

Risk Assessment

  • Scan for and remediate vulnerabilities in the information system and applications

Security Assessment

  • Periodically assess and monitor the security controls for effectiveness in their applications
  • Develop and implement plans of action designed to correct deficiencies and reduce/eliminate vulnerabilities

System and Communications Protection

  • Separate user functionality from information system management functionality
  • Implement cryptographic mechanisms to prevent unauthorized disclosure of UCTI* during transmission
  • Control and monitor the use of Voice over Internet Protocol technologies

System and Information Integrity

  • Update malicious code protection mechanisms when new releases are available
  • Identify unauthorized use of the information system

*UCTI – Unclassified Controlled Technical Information

You can request a complete eBook available upon request that focuses on some of the most complicated parts of the mandate – and how multi-factor authentication (MFA) and Privileged Access Management (PAM) offer a comprehensive but cost-effective path to complying with these aspects of NIST SP800-171. Please contact us today for a complete copy of this documentation, attend an informative webinar reviewing these requirements or a request a brief consultation from our experienced team of security experts to be sure you stay compliant.

With over 40 years of combined industry experience, AdvantIDge has been helping institutions around the world create secure, cost-effective identity management solutions featuring easy-to-use secure access control systems. As one of the top value added resellers for HID Global, the industry’s most respected security manufacturer, AdvantIDge is committed to ensuring that every client receives the right ID products for their specific needs. Contact us today to set up a private consultation or attend a webinar to learn about your options to comply with NIST SP 800-171 and receive a new level of service in your experience with a security provider!

Options For Durable ID Cards – PVC-PET vs. PVC ID Cards

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Composite Durable ID Cards vs. PVC CardsCommon ID cards equates to commonly counterfeited

Basic PVC cards offer fairly low levels of security and are not considered to be durable ID cards. This alludes to the fact that it can be easily and inexpensively counterfeited.

PVC cards are everywhere, due to their extremely low cost. They are personalized using readily available desktop ID printers. These printers as well as the PVC cards and printer ribbons are sold daily at AdvantIDge, and are the best choice for applications which do not require a high level of security. If you are looking for fast, convenient low cost ID creation, most customers find this route to be more than adequate. However, ease of access (low cost) and minimal security features also makes them extremely susceptible to fraud.

Composite materials make up durable ID cards, deter fraud

Instead of constructing cards with layers of PVC, composite cards, also known as PVC-PET cards, are made up of multiple layers of varying materials to add advanced features and combat counterfeiters.  Composites are the go to options in the high-security identity document market. Here are some composite-based durable ID cards offered by AdvantIDge that offer maximum durability:

Ultracard Premium 82136/82137 – High durability 3-Track High-Coercivity Composite Plastic Card. With a 30 mil thickness and a magnetic stripe that makes it easy to securely encode customized data, it’s no wonder this card is a perennial favorite. These cards provide high image quality, flexibility and temperature durability. They are stronger than standard PVC cards because they are contain a polyester core that is flanked by PVC sides (60% PVC and 40% polyester core) and are ideal for high-usage or rugged ID badge programs.

ISO Prox II Composite 1586 – An RF-programmable multiple technology proximity card which features a heavy-duty composite formulation, prox card technology, and photo identification on a single access control card. They are constructed with a heavy-duty composite material of 40% Polyester and 60% PVC that resists warping caused by high-temperature card printing and lamination and are perfect for high-use environments, such as university or factory settings, and for applications that require magnetic stripe and/or barcode transactions while also requiring durable ID cards.

Prox Card II Clamshell 1326 (non printable) – HID 1326 ProxCard II cards provide a cost-effective way to add proximity access control to your organization. The 1326 HID proximity access card is about the same size as a standard credit card, and can easily be carried in a wallet, badge clip or badge reel for convenient applicability to access control systems. For security managers, dealers, integrators and OEMs, HID proximity access cards seamlessly integrate with access control systems making setup quick and easy. HID 1326 Prox Cards feature include RF-programmable, universal compatibility with HID Prox readers, and over 137 billion unique codes. System administration is made easy with a cross-reference list correlating the external card number and the programmed ID number. They are durable ID cards that are strong, flexible and resistant to cracking and breaking and include a slot punch to accommodate a strap and clip when used as a photo ID badge.

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information regarding durable ID cards, or other products, please contact our sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!