A Durable, More Secure Credential
Build an ID card solution that works harder for you. Increase security and data collection using one or more of the security devices featured below.
Smart Cards - Contact or Contactless
Chip cards are the most secure form of credential card as they contain an embedded microchip and often a traditional mag stripe as well. While information in a barcode is static and remains exactly the same each time it is "read," the microchip in a smart card encrypts personal information to increase data security. Other names for these advanced cards include smart-chip card, chip-enabled smart card, chip-and-choice card (PIN or signature) and EMV card.
Contactless - Technology Cards
Also known as RFID cards, a tiny radio antenna is embedded in between the layers of card substrate. Commonly used for access control and two-factor authentication on computers, RFID cards may also be encrypted. Some chip cards are also contactless or Near Field Communication (NFC) cards requiring only to be tapped on a reader for the card data to be be received by the card terminal (reader).
Laminates and Holograms
Lamination extends the life of your card, helps prevent fading and can increase security and hamper fraud. Select a dual-sided lamination module if both sides of the card contain critical content. Laminates are available in clear, standard design, and custom designed, unique to your company.
UV Security Panel
An advanced form of card security, cards printed using a UV panel include a fluorescent image which is visible when exposed to UV (black) light. Design any logo or trademark to be printed in the UV layer and provide a hidden layer of authentication and security.
The tactile impressor feature, designed exclusively for use in the Datacard® CD800 card printer with inline lamination module, offers an affordable and entry-level security feature ideal for any card program. This patent-pending feature utilizes a mechanical die within the laminator that physically impresses a generic or custom design directly onto the card substrate and overlay or patch laminate in the same pass.
The most familiar part of any ID card, the personalization layer carries logos, graphics, photos, even signatures. Add a UV layer to "hide" a repeated photo or signature from the personalization layer.
1 & 2-D Barcoding
Barcodes carry machine-readable, coded identification information in a series of lines and spaces or a complex series of color, dots and patterns (QR codes). From student ID numbers (SIS) to detailed health data on emergency responders tags and links to websites, these simple graphics are a moderately secure way to convey data and personal identifiers.
Also called Mag Stripe, adding a magnetic strip to the back of a card is one of the most common security additions. A magnetic stripe is encoded with specific information as the card is run through a specially-equipped card printer. Mag stripe cards carry static information and are machine-readable by swiping the stripe through a card reader.
Types of Cards
While PVC cards are commonly used for basic ID cards, upgrading to a more complex substrate will provide greater durability, reduced opportunity for counterfeiting, better print quality and help extend the life of your card printer.
Extend Card Life with Laminates & Overlays
Holograms are actually three-dimensional images captured into a special laminate film that is applied using card printers with lamination modules. Hologram images cannot be copied with a scanner, copier or standard printing technology.
Color & Fluorescent Ribbon
Graphics or text is printed in the overlay material and bonded to the card in the printing process. Images and text printed in UV are seen when exposed to a UV or Ultra-Violet (black light).
Laminates & Overlays
Laminates offer the strongest defense against daily wear-and-tear and provide a level of water and chemical defense.
Custom laminates help prevent fraud and also offer a branding opportunity for your school or business and are available for use with magnetic stripe and smart (chip) cards.
Patch laminates are thicker and more durable and typically used to protect critical information in a specific area of the card. Overlay laminates cover the full card but are thinner and less durable.
Advanced Security ID Options
Custom security topcoats, laminates and advanced security overlays provide a combination of visible, hidden and virtually invisible (forensic) features to prevent fraudulent duplication. These added security measures also provide longer card life and can indicate if the card has been tampered with or altered.
Visible to the Naked Eye
Simple but important features to aid in preventing fraud. Often used in combinations, these features greatly add to card security.
Hidden from View
Concealed features can be seen by a trained inspector using simple tools, such as a UV light or a magnifying glass.
Detectable only through forensic inspection.