Proximity cards are contactless integrated curcuit cards that are used to access a secure area or network. When held near an appropriate reader, the card is activated to transmit encoded information to the reader. The reader facilitates the information obtained from the card and transmits it to the software that can “read” the information. The software processes the data and determines the access level of the card–either allowing the card holder access to the requested area or denying the entrance.
Common cards are 125kHz devices. Newer cards are contactless and are 13.56 MHz.
Although more expensive than standard PVC cards, proximity cards can be obtained for a reasonable price. The access cards can be used in a multifunctional way and combined with id cards and debit card systems.
Current Fargo printers that will allow encoding of proximity cards are the Fargo HDP5000, Fargo DTC550 and Fargo DTC400e. For information about cards that can be integrated with identification applications, visit our HID prox card page.
Asure badge design software is a highly capable software currently available for organizations wanting to design their own badges and print out on a card printer. Asure has a number of versions available–Asure Solo, Asure Express, Asure Enterprise, Asure Exchange.
Obtain your set up and installation guide for the above software. If you are using Asure Exchange, the Live Link Quick Start Guide can be found there as well.
Download the Asure Support Documentation here.
If you need technical assistance to operate the Asure software version you have, you can download the appropriate Product Manual for the software at the above link.
We offer a free trial verision of Asure software on our website. We handle a complete line of id card software and id card printers to produce cards meeting your requirements.
ID Card software helps you make your organizations unique custom ID cards. The software is easy to use and makes it possible to make simple or complex id badges right at the convenience of your own desk. The software is designed to allow you to create a professional looking badge that can be updated or changed with a few keystrokes.
Many ID card software packages allow multiple designs to be saved for a number of unique badges that your organization may need to print in a large quantity or even just one. By having your own software, the organization does not have to hire a custom id card company to make additional badge designs or change current badge designs to updated company requirements.
The software needed to make the badges offers the card designer the ability to import logos and other files to create a custom badge. Most software offers a database of employee photos and information that is managed by your card printer operator. Your company has control over who makes badges, when they are printed and how many times. The software will often be able to download needed data from other databases which helps in creating the badges quickly and easily.
All badge software from dependable software companies allow the printing of barcodes and encoding of magnetic strips which produce increased functionality of the cards. Prior to purchasing the software, contact a company representative or review a software specification sheet to make sure that the capabilities needed are available with the selected software.
There are two parts to most standard ID card software. The first is the design component. This section of the software allows you to design the badge layout. You can choose to have the card layout in a horizontal or veritcal format. Where the photograph, name, title and additional information will be placed on the badge is determined in this area. The company name, logo and possible bar code can be added in the design section to produce the perfect look for your ID card needs.
The database section of the software is where all of the text and photgraph information is imported and stored for making a unique badge for each card holder. The database information is merged with the design elements upon choosing the print command to produce a custom badge for each file in the database. The database stores the information for use to make a card with a different design or to reprint in case of card loss or damage.
Dependable manufacturers, such as Asure ID software, ID Flow and EpiSuite provide dependable solutions for card design and printing. Various versions of each software provide basic and advanced capabilities for card design and printing needs. A id card expert from Safe-Card ID would be happy to provide a free consultation for your id card software needs.
Needing to get technical assistance with your Persona C30e printer? Many of the resouces you need, such as current drivers and firmware, can be found and easly downloaded.
The following items are currently available for download:
Persona C30e firmware
Workbench – This is a utility that provides security, diagnostic and firmware upgrades. You can construct password controlled access to your printer, find Fargo sample cards and access key printer and ribbon information.
Visit the Fargo technical support page to locate the items needed.
For information about the Persona C30e or other Fargo printers, contact us for a free consultation at 888-485-4696.
Legacy models of PVC card printers were “what you see is what you get.” If you wanted a dual sided printer or mag encoder in the printer for future use, the original purchase of the printer needed to encompass every function that would be needed throughout the lifetime of the printer.
More recent models of ID card printers allow organizations to purchase a base model and upgrade the printer as needed. Several printers from various manufacturers allow purchasers to purchase, at a reasonable price, a basic single sided id card printer. If the card making organization wishes to change the card with a module not included on the printer at a future time, modules can be obtained individually and added to the base model printer to increase the fuctionality of the printer and provide an increased capable card for additional requirements.
Some of the modules that can be purchased and installed at your location are:
Dual sided flipping module- This module will allow a card that has been printed on the front side to be flipped internally in the printer and refed through the printing module to print on the back side of the card.
Magnetic stripe encoder- This module will allow a PVC card with a magnetic stripe to be encoded with information that can be read by an appropriate reader. This function allows for additional information to be stored on a PVC card.
Lamination station- The lamination function on a printer provides an overlay, with or without a design, on the card. The overlay protects the surface of the card and produces a level of security. The lamination can have a unique design embeded in it. If someone tries to remove it from the surface of the card, the card will be defaced.
The Fargo HDP5000 printer is an example of a card printer that allows modules to be upgraded in the field.
Please contact us for a free consultation about which printer may be best for your application. Safe-Card ID services the following: Fargo printer, Evolis printer, Magicard printer, CIM printer, Asure Software and ID Flow.
If you have a Sunlight K3 dual or single side printer, you should periodically check to ensure you have the latest hardware drivers, and device firmware. They are available for download directly from the Technical Support section of the CIM-USA website, HERE. Note that 32-bit drivers are available for Windows XP & Vista, while there is also a 64-bit driver that will support Windows XP, Vista & Windows 7.
While there, you can also obtain a PDF copy of the device user-manual which, in addition to providing instructions on updating drivers and firmware, also contains useful information on the operation and regular maintenance of your K3 printer.
Visit our website or call our experts at 888-485-4696 for additional information about the CIM Sunlight K3 printers. We would be happy to provide additional information.
In these days of a tightened economy, households and businesses alike are tightening their belts and purchasing necessary items, but leaving luxury items on the shelf. As well as dealing with tight financial budgets, companies are also needing to add layers of security within the organization to protect the business properties, it’s operations and it’s employees.
ID cards are a common security layer needed in the business and educational world. They are used for identification as well as more specialized functions of access and debiting a financial account. Organizations that need to purchase or replace an id card printer can reduce their card printer expense if they can manage with a single side printer rather than a dual sided printer.
Dual sided printers print the front of the id card in full color. The printer then flips the card inside the printer and completes a black print on the back of the card. The process is easy. If a company wishes to have printing on both sides of their id card, but does not have the funds for a dual sided printer, an option is available. A single side printer can be used to print the front side of the card. By using a YMCKO print ribbon, the printer will print a full color front side. The print ribbon can then be exchanged with a black ribbon. When the card is flipped and placed back in the printer, the card printer operator can choose to print the black back on the card. This process is a bit combersome, but will keep expenses under control.
To smooth out the process, many of our customers preprint the back of many cards at one time. They keep these “preprinted” cards clean and available for the customized printing on the front side as needed.
For additional hints and tips for your id card printing project, contact our experts toll free at 888-485-4696. We specialize in Fargo printers, Evolis printers, Magicard printers and CIM printers.