Access control is frequently controlled by proximity cards. The card contains a computer chip inside that houses information that can be “read” by the appropriate reader. The cards encoded information is transmitted through the card reader to the access software when the card is held close to the reader. If the criteria found in the software is met, the software allows the secure door or area to be unlocked for the cardholder to access.
Each access card is uniquely configured prior to distribution to card holders. The access specifications can be controlled for each individual through the software allowing access only at certain time frames, allowing full access or denying access.
The access card can be turned into a photo identification. By using printable access cards or 10 ml pressure sensitive overlays on the card, standard id card printing systems are capable of providing full color identification information on the proximity card.
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Current Fargo printers that will allow encoding of proximity cards and identification card printing in the same pass are the Fargo HDP5000, Fargo DTC4500, and the Fargo DTC4000 printers. For information about cards that can be integrated with identification applications, visit our HID prox card page.