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!