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Security Features For ID Cards

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

There are many different security features id card security features that should be considered when printing text on a blank ID card doesn’t provide sufficient security. Some of these ID card security features can be implemented at a user-level, while others must be added before purchasing the ID cards.

Here is a breakdown of the various ID card security features:

Barcodes: One of the most widely used forms of encoded ID cards and are easy to create, as the information in a barcode can be encoded onto an ID card during the regular ID card printing process.

Photo/Picture: If your cards don’t already include the user’s photo, consider adding them. Photographs are the most basic security feature that you can add to your ID card, because they offer an easy way to quickly confirm a person’s identity. While photos help reduce the possibility of fraud, they are not foolproof as photographs can be replicated using optical scanners and copiers. They are a good first line of security, nonetheless.

Magnetic Stripe: Also known as magstripe cards, are PVC ID Badges containing a band of magnetic material embedded in the resin on the back of the card. Magnetic stripe ID cards store updatable information on a magstripe, which is read when the card is swiped through a magnetic stripe card reader.

Proximity/RFID/Smart Card: These use radio frequency transmit/receive electronics (integrated circuit technology) to transfer data. This data transmits securely from a distance. When considering id card security features, keep in mind that proximity cards are unique in that they do not have to be swiped through a magnetic stripe card reader, so they are a convenient solution for secure door access control, as well as for use with time and attendance applications. When in use, a card reader sends out a field that activates the antenna coil which lies within a proximity card, and charges the capacitor. Card information is then transmitted via this antenna coil to the card reader and if the information is found to be accurate access is granted, be it door entry or a monetary purchase.

Fluorescent Overlay:  This allows you to create highly secure and durable identification cards in one printing cycle without the added cost associated with lamination or overlay varnish. Some key id card security features include reduced risk of counterfeiting, increased durability, unparalleled flexibility, lower costs, and improved efficiency.

Hologram: Commonly used today for visual security and authentication features on a variety of identification cards that provide value for the cardholder. Rainbow transmission holograms are formed as surface relief patterns in plastic film, incorporating a reflective aluminum coating that provides light to reconstruct a holographic image. Holograms from Advantidge are virtually impossible to copy because of their unique visual effects. They cannot be replicated by computer scanning/alteration or with color copiers or standard printing equipment, making them a highly secure defense against the threat of fraud or theft by counterfeiters.

Microtext: Considered as one of the most difficult to reproduce, micro text printing is commonly used in passports and currencies. ID card security features like microtext are used on highly secure ID cards. Upon visual examination, micro text appears as a regular thin line on an ID badge, but when inspected using a microscope or magnifying glass, the lines are actually repeating text that say authentic, genuine, or valid. Unlike most add-on security features, micro text printing requires industrial equipment to produce, which limits this option to pre-printed cards.

Laser Engraving: Laser engraving is a highly secure method of monochrome card personalization that etches features into the card body itself. This provides tamper proof and highly durable personalization, making forgery and manipulation virtually impossible. Attempts to alter engraved information will result in visually evident card damage.

Upgrades and Addon Features For ID Card Printers

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

addons for ID card printersUpgrades and Addon Features For ID Card Printers

When purchasing ID Card Printers, there are many different optional features that can be added. However, one thing to keep in mind is that some of these ID card printer addons can only be installed by the manufacturer at the time of purchase. There are also some credential printer addons in which can be installed by an AdvantIDge technician, and lastly, some are completely field upgradable. One general rule of thumb that you should always adhere to is to never assume that a feature/addon is able to be installed at a later date. Always question the installation method of an Identification card printer’s features. Out of the box, the only consistent feature that you can assume when purchasing any ID card printer is being able to print on one side of an ID.

Some addon features for ID card printers include:

  • Double-sided Printing – Also called duplex printing, this feature makes printing on the front and back portions of plastic ID’s possible.
  • High Capacity Input/Output Card Hopper – High capacity input hoppers allow you to load additional blank cards for uninterrupted high volume printing. On the other hand, high capacity output hoppers securely collect and stack your cards once printing cards is finished.
  • Magnetic Stripe Encoding – Magnetic stripe encoding allows you to store variable data such as an ID number, an account nu
    mber or a security code onto the magnetic stripe of a card.
  • Smart Card Encoding (iClass /Proximity) – Cards with embedded smart chips can hold 100x more data than a normal magnetic stripe card. By adding smart card encoding to your printer, you will be able to expand/increase your ID’s functionality.
  • USB / Ethernet / Wireless – Allows your printer to connect to your internal network so computers can print and encode cards remotely. A WiFi module allows ID card printers to connect to internal network wirelessly, allowing computers to print and encode cards without being directly connected to it.
  • Lamination – Adds an overlay protection, also adds the possibility of holographic security features, making your ID cards last longer while making them harder to duplicate/copy. Lamination upgrades can be one-sided or double sided.
  • RFID Encoding –  Also known as radio frequency identification, RFID is a secure identification technology which relies on radio waves for communication between an RFID reader and RFID tags. Unlike magnetic stripes or barcodes, RFID-enabled cards don’t need to be in direct contact or near an RFID reader to be read.