Posts Tagged ‘access control solution’

What’s the Difference Between HiCo and LoCo Magnetic Stripe Cards?

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Mag StripeAll magnetic stripe cards aren’t created equally. There are two types : High Coercivity“HiCo” and Low Coercivity“LoCo”. Both cards can store the same amount of data; the difference is how strong the magnetic stripe encoding is. This determines how difficult it is to encode or erase the information on the stripe. Here’s a deeper look into each.

High Coervicity or “HiCo”

HiCo magnetic stripe cards are recommended for most applications, especially for cards swiped often and expected to last. These cards are coded with a black colored magnetic stripe at 2750 oersted which makes the card more durable when exposed to an outside magnetic field. The higher the coercivity level of the stripe, the stronger the magnetic field has to be in order to change the data on the card. This means they’re less likely to be unintentionally erase or demagnetize them when next to magnets such as a purse clasp. HiCo cards are ideal for credit cards, bank cards, library cards, access control cards, time & attendance cards, and employee ID cards.

Low Coervicity or “LoCo”

LoCo magnetic stripe cards are best for sort term applications. These stripes are usually brown in color with a low intsity magnetic field of 300 oersted. The low intensity magnetic field makes it easier to erase and change the card’s data, subsequently increasing risk of damage if placed by another magnetic field. LoCo cards are ideal for applications where data is changed often or the card isn’t used often. Great uses are for hotel room keys, theme park season passes, amusement parks, and grocery loyalty cards.

The key question to ask before you order is “how long do the cards need to last?” While HiCo cards may come at a slightly higher price, they are great for all around application and worth the price.

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 please contact our sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

 

Why You Need The Corporate 1000 Program

Monday, February 29th, 2016

HID

The Corporate 1000 program is the ideal way for large organizations to keep track of RFID card numbers on a global level, especially when multiple sites or multiple businesses share security data across multiple systems. Here is a quick summary of the main program highlights you need to know:

What is the Corporate 1000 Program?

  • In a snapshot: The Corporate 1000 program tracks secure RFID credentials across multiple sites and ensures number codes are never duplicated. First, a unique format code is assigned to the end user organization by the factory which is coordinated by ADVANTIDGE. As a leading vendor for the Corp 1000 program, we manage the personnel and locations you authorize for shipments using your Corp 1000 format. This means no one has access to your company format code without your explicit written permission, which provides increased card security and consistent numbering.
  • Corporate 1000 is a service that fully manages card formatting and card number tracking with a low management cost. This service is great for corporations with multiple campuses and/or organizations with buyers at different locations sourcing your security cards. Companies choose ADVANTIDGE as their authorized source for their cards so we can ensure that card numbers are unique for every site. Duplicate cards are impossible since multiple sites simply reference the format name instead of choosing what they believe is the next set of numbers.

What does Corporate 1000 offer?

  • Allows ADVANTIDGE to provide a unique card format for each specific end-user customer. Card numbers are managed in the manufacturing process; ensuring card numbers are not duplicated even when multiple platforms are used.
  • Each end-user is provided with a unique formatting which increases security of the card and associated data. With ADVANTIDGE as your authorized vendor (as designated by the end-user) no one else has access to shipping cards in this format, and they can’t be bought through third party online sellers.
  • The end user may add an alternate vendor once a new Corp 1000 format has been established, depending on whether they wish to have one source or multiple.
  • Lead times are not affected by being in the program. End users experience the program’s heightened security and peace-of-mind without any extra wait for the cards when sourcing through ADVANTIDGE .

How Do I Qualify for Corporate 1000?

While there are no specific qualifications, your organization should meet the following suggestions:

  • Have multiple locations or decentralized decision-making on card purchases.
  • Possess a large card population or high number of readers.
  • Require a highly secure and proprietary form of access control based on the type of business, office locations, etc.
  • Seek a cost effective means of establishing a one card solution across their many different access control hardware/ software platforms.

How do I enroll in Corporate 1000?

Businesses looking to enroll their sites into the program must do the following:

Is there a charge associated with participating in the Corporate 1000 program?

  • There are no set up fees for creating your Corp 1000 format. A nominal fee is charged per card which is added to each order along with the cost of your credentials.

ADVANTIDGE offers a wide variety of identity management solutions, to instill confidence in your organization with knowing who’s on your campus. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your security identification goals. For additional information please contact us for expert information on this exclusive program.

Proximity Cards or Key Fobs?

Monday, January 25th, 2016

You’ve finally decided to go with secure physical access control. Great! Now the question is, “Which should I go with: proximity cards or key fobs”?

HID proximity cards and key fobs

Let’s see what they both have in common. Both are known as “contactless” cards, which mean they don’t require physical contact with the reader. Users simply wave them in front of the reader, which reduces wear on both the card and the reader – extending the life of the system.

Each proximity card and key fob is encoded with a unique code that cannot be updated or modified. This ensures that the data on the card remains intact and altered.

Both key fobs and proximity cards have their own advantages:

Key Fob Advantages

  • Key fobs offer proximity technology in a convenient, pocket sized device. It easily attaches to a key ring, ID badge clip, or ID neck lanyard.
  • Key fobs are a great choice if
    • You don’t need identification, yet want convenient proximity technology for your users.
  • Key fobs are built to withstand harsh operating environments and handling.
  • Key fobs are most popular with:
    • Apartments
    • Home Owner Associations
    • Janitors
    • Facilities
    • Manufacturing
    • Warehouses

Proximity Card Advantages

  • Proximity cards offer the security of access control with the added flexibility of visual identification. ISO proximity cards can be directly printed on to add identification. Clamshell cards, which are too thick to pass through ID card printers, can also be used for identification by printing onto an adhesive backed card and placing the sticker on the card.
  • Proximity cards are a great choice if
    • You need identification along with secure access control for your users.
  • Durability can be increased by placing cards into a badge holder to help protect from wear and tear, especially from the elements.
  • Most popular cards are durable, convenient, and come in affordable styles:

Clamshell Proximity Card

Key Fob

ISO Proximity Card

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 please contact our Sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!

Making Great Looking Cards; Artwork Specs

Monday, December 28th, 2015

industry-solutionsThe first thing that you should be considering the layout and contents of an identification card is the level of security that your card needs to contain. It might be visual elements, like photos or bar codes, or it might be digital information, like the data in a magnetic stripe or a RFID chip. Making sure these elements are correct and in place is paramount.

After that, though, you might also want your card to look good. The static visual elements on your card, things like your company logo, or perhaps some kind of a background image, are a great opportunity for your organization to present itself in a professional and visually appealing way. Simply because the purpose of a card might be security concerns, there is no reason that it can’t also look good to anyone wearing them, or perhaps more importantly, to anyone not associated with your organization who might be visiting, or seeing who you are and who you represent, for the first time.

Though it is possible to use virtually any layout program to design a card, most users are going to find that using a card issuance program is going to make their ID badge is the easiest way to get them the quality of card they are looking for. Though they are designed to be easy to use programs, there are a few tips and tricks that are worth knowing that can help you be successful in every aspect of card design.

The first thing to know is that these programs, though they are all simple graphic design programs, are not very adept at CREATING artwork. They are much more for PLACING artwork that was prepared outside the program. With that in mind, here are some criteria to make sure the artwork you want to place looks good and is ready to go;

  • There are a large number of image formats you may have heard of; .bmp, .gif, .tiff just to name a few. Card design software is meant to be simple to use and integrate. To help insure that the programmers made them work best with .jpgs. This is the most common file format, and easiest to create. Make sure you are using  jpgs to be sure your card program will have no problems reading your files.
  • The dimensions of a standard size card is 2 1/8 inches by 3 3/8 inches. If you want to do an image that covers the entire card, those are the dimensions. Anything larger than that can be shrunk to appropriate size. Anything smaller will need to be stretched, which might make it look fuzzy, depending on the quality of the original image.
  • Also keep in mind with those dimensions that the card shape is a rectangle. Anything that is not the same rectangle shape may require trimming off of the top or side to get it the right proportions.
  • Finally, for full images covering a card, depending on the printer you have chosen, most ID badge printers have the restriction of not being able to print all the way to the edge of the card. Make the design you create is still going to look acceptable despite technology restrictions.
  • For all images, large or small, your printer has the ability to print at least 600 DPI. This refers to the quality of the image. The more DPI, which stands for “dots per inch” the sharper the printed image. The human eye can see a density of up to 300 DPI. The internet typically uses only 72 DPI, to keep file sizes small, and because your computer screen has extra features in it that can “smooth out” an image and make it look better. Your printer won’t have that same feature, however, so using a logo you found on the company website, for example, won’t yield you very good results. Make sure you are using images that are at least 300 DPI.

In summary;

Use JPGs for your images, of at least 300 DPI to ensure sharp printing quality. Background images should be 2 1/8 inches by 3 3 /8 inches to completely cover the surface of the card.

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 access control systems. As one of the top distributors for the industry’s most respected ID card product manufacturers, Advantidge is committed to ensuring that every client receives the right ID products for their specific needs. Contact us today at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932, we provide excellent customer service!

New UHF Long Range Reader from HID

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

HID LogoAdvantIDge, in partnership with HID Global, has announced its new ultra-high frequency (UHF) solution for door and long range parking/gate control. As part of the iCLASS SE® platform, the UHF portfolio includes readers, highly secure single UHF technology and dual technology UHF/iCLASS credentials, offering the ability to combine building access with parking and gate control on a single card or fob for convenience and security.

The iCLASS SE® U90™ UHF Long Range Reader features advanced encryption technology to deliver the most secure UHF access control on the market. Combined with HID Global’s SIO®-enabled UHF credential technology, the long distance reader is able to communicate securely at impressive distances of up to five meters.

HID Global’s unique UHF credential includes a Secure Identity Object (SIO) ensuring secure storage of identity information on the card. This additional layer of encryption also establishes trust between card and reader, offering unmatched protection for UHF communications. Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) ensures secure communication of data from reader to controller, for secure end-to-end communications.

Long Range Door, Parking/Gate Solution Benefits:

  • Convenient hands-free authentication is discreet and offers a seamless user experience.
  • Dynamic system is highly secure and field configurable for ease of maintenance.
  • Simple to add parking/gate control to your existing iCLASS SE or other security architecture.

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 please contact our Sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!

Evolis – The Best Badge Printer Just Got Better

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Primacy ID badge printer

The Best ID Badge Printer Just Got Better

With more than 50 000 units sold and more than 500 million cards printed in 3 years, the Evolis Primacy ID badge printer quickly became the benchmark for quality and modularity. Today, AdvantIDge, in partnership with Evolis, goes further and introduces new features which make the Primacy even more powerful and more flexible, to further enhance your experience and provide extra security.

Available in July, 2015 (From August in APAC and September in Americas):

Specific model with an open output hopper for unattended counter operations such as event or loyalty management.

Low-card sensor to let you know when your feeder is almost empty.

A UHF encoding option ideal for long-range access control, transportation or vehicle identification applications.

Extended memory size & printing resolutions for a sharper definition of images and texts.

New update verification wizard to allow the user to quickly verify if a driver of firmware update is available and to install it in a few clicks.

Brand-new SDK, available free of charge, to facilitate and speed up the integration of the Primacy into IT systems, allowing remote supervision of the printer.

More to come in Q4 2015:

Optional LCD display to allow the user to interact directly with the printer, without having to be in front of the computer.

Increased monochrome printing speed to maximize throughput.

New electronic locking system to increase the level of security of the printer.

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the ID badge 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 Sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!

New Silver and Black Ribbon for Evolis ID Printers

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Evolis Card PrintersStarting from today, benefit from a price reduction on the SO-KO ribbon!

For banking and retail markets, the silver and black SO-KO* ribbon is used for blank or pre-printed cards, and can be used to create premium membership and loyalty cards, or even payment cards. Help your customers to stand out from the competition!

Payment cards

Ideal for financial card issuance solutions, the SO-KO ribbon is the only consumable available on the market to personalize pre-printed payment cards with dark background and at the time to offer a protective overlay on both sides of the card in conformity with international card network requirements.

  • The silver color can be used to personalize the front of the card with PAN, Card Holder Name and Expiration Date.
  • The black color can be used to personalize a cryptogram at the back of the card.
  • The protective varnish applied to each side meets the requirements of financial institutions.

Membership card printing and loyalty cards

Cards can be customized according to your design:

  • You can print all kinds of information on the front with the silver color (your organization details, customer details, promotional information, etc.) without worrying about the background image.
  • With the black panel, you can print contractual details on the back of the card (expiry date, loyalty points, contract number, etc.)
  • The protective varnish applied to each side will protect the card from UV rays and everyday damage.
* SO-KO (Silver/Overlay – Black/Overlay): double-sided ribbon, silver + varnish for the front of the card and black + varnish for the back.
The Silver panel is recommended against dark colors (navy blue, dark green, black, etc.).

Product information and usage requirements

  • Ref.: R4F027NAA
  • Applicable printers: Primacy and Elypso
  • Number of prints per ribbon: 250 prints/roll
  • This ribbon can only be used for double-sided printing. If you have specific requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact your sales representative or Evolis Services to tell us what you need.
  • The latest version of EPS(Evolis Premium Suite), 6.15.0.527 or higher, available to download from the evolis.com website
  • Firmware v. 1419 or higher, available to download from the evolis.com website

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 access control systems. As one of the top distributors for the industry’s most respected ID card product manufacturers, Advantidge is committed to ensuring that every client receives the right ID products for their specific needs. Contact us today at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932, we provide excellent customer service!

Talking Visitor Management Systems

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Visitor ManagementVisitor Management refers to the act of processing and monitoring visitors to a facility and generating reports that summarize this activity. A typical visitor management system would include a number of different of pieces; an ID badge printer, card design software for issuance and any appropriate accessories. That only gets an ID badge into someone’s hands though. Then a set of readers and access controls, all managed by a comprehensive access control software that links it all together. All of the parts needs to work seamlessly in order to be effective.

Industries from healthcare to education are searching for a comprehensive Visitor Management tool to keep their facilities secure. These systems help insure the organization of their resources and the safety of their clients. Without these systems “up” and always in place they companies themselves would have to close their doors in a short amount of time.

The linchpin of a system of this type is definitely the visitor management software itself. There are a number of different titles available from a variety of manufacturers. Easy Lobby, Lobbytrack and Passagepoint softwares are all leading titles in the field. All offer a variety of different versions at different price points; highlighting various features  tailor made for various applications. The number of options alone can make the right decision daunting, even for experienced IT professionals.

Contact our AdvantIDge sales support teams for details and for information on how your specific needs can be met. We are excited for the opportunity to show you how AdvantIDge can help you bring a better experience to your customers by making sure you implement your system smoothly and effectively. Email us at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!

 

New Access Control Readers from HID Global

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Access ControlAdvantIDge, in partnership with HID Global, has recently announced the release of two new extensions to the iCLASS SE® access control solutions.

iCLASS SE® R90 Extended Range Readers

iCLASS SE R90 Extended Range Readers offer a secure, extended range parking and gate control solution. Users can activate parking gates or other access controls comfortably from inside the vehicle. The readers’ antennae and electronics are engineered for a range of up to 15 inches with the flexibility and heightened security of smart card technology. Equipped with a rugged, protective housing, the readers are weather resistant and easy to install. They also include a high-intensity LED for clear visual feedback, even in direct sunlight, as well as distinct tone sequences that indicate status conditions.

  • Convenient – Reading distance of (15 inches) allows card holders to access parking controls comfortably from within the vehicle.
  • Powerfully secure – Provides additional encryption protecting identity data through the Secure Identity Object® (SIO®) data model and is built on the Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) for secure communications between the reader and controller.
  • Interoperable – Supports multiple form factors and credential technologies including,  iCLASS SE, standard iCLASS®, MIFARE®, MIFARE DESfire® EV1 and HID Mobile Access® powered by Seos®.

iCLASS SE® and multiCLASS SE® Magnetic Stripe Readers

This family of readers allows gradual migration from legacy technologies to the latest high frequency solutions for increased security and functionality.  iCLASS SE and multiCLASS SE Magnetic Stripe support a broad range of magnetic stripe, proximity and contactless smart card credentials. Additionally, these readers are upgradable to support HID Mobile Access®, making it possible to leverage existing investments as business requirements change.

Magnetic stripe readers are ideal for the higher education market where magnetic stripe credentials are prevalent. They can also be used in any industry or facility where the move from legacy magnetic stripe cards to more secure, convenient high frequency credentials for physical access is desired.

  • Flexible – Move to a higher standard of security over time, as budget and resources allow. Supports a growing range of high frequency technologies including, iCLASS SE, iCLASS®, MIFARE®, MIFARE® DESFire® EV1.
  • Interoperable – Supports the growing range of high frequency technologies listed above, and a wide variety of magnetic stripe and 125kHz proximity credentials to facilitate seamless migration.
  • Dynamic – Supports future enhancements in access control, including HID Mobile Access powered by Seos® that enables the use of smartphones and other smart devices to open doors.

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the ID card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or ID card security 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 Sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!

TruCredential ID Card Software from Datacard

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

ID card softwareAdvantIDge, in partnership with Entrust Datacard, is proud to announce a huge upgrade to the ID card software offering. TruCredential is the next generation of ID software from Entrust Datacard that allows you to create, issue, and manage credentials. TruCredential software is a replacement for ID Works/IDCentre and WebID software. This completely new build for their ID card software offers a number of exciting new features over other ID softwares available;

New Features

  • Web based user interface
  • All functionality is wrapped inside a single application
  • Credential designer, enrollment, workflows, reports
  • Includes embedded database
  • Soft licensing key (no USB device is necessary for licensing)
  • Drag and drop workflows
    • Pre-built workflow steps for commonly used functionality in ID programs
    • Configuration via the user interface
  • Configure, encode, and personalize MIFARE smartcards quickly
  • Pre-built integration with a physical access control system
  • Printer activity dashboard
  • QR code support

TruCredential software also offers a whole new level of options for flexible licensing;

  • TruCredential Express and Plus editions are available as a single user/workstation license.
  • TruCredential Professional and Enterprise editions are available in single and multiple users/workstations license model.  For example, you can buy 1, 5, 10, or 20 user licenses for the Professional edition; you can buy 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, or 100 user licenses for the Enterprise edition. The user licensing is concurrent based.

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the ID card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or ID card security 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 Sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!