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Discontinued Printer Reminder
This announcement is to remind you that the production of the Datacard SP35 Plus and the Datacard SP55 Plus card printers is being formally discontinued, effective September 30, 2011 for the SP35 Plus printer and November 30, 2011 for the SP55 Plus printer.
The printers are being replaced by the new Datacard SD260 card printer and Datacard SD360 card printer. These new printers are enhanced with multiple new features such as faster print speed, improved print quality, TruePick anti-jam card handling, flexible connectivity, and TrueMatch technology, to name just a few.
Iris reader technology is extremely secure and safe for end users. There are multiple examples why iris technology is superior to fingerprint, hand geometry and other biometric physical access readers. Below is a bullet list of features and benefits of using iris readers for physical access.
ColorID is pleased to offer the latest iris readers for physical access from Iris ID (LG Electronics). If you'd like to learn more about iris for physical access, contact us today and we can set up an onsite demo or webinar for you.
Pre-Printing Card Options:
There are numerous types of ways to print onto a plastic identification card. The three most popular pre-printing options are:
High Definition/Digital Press: High Definition or Digital Press printing is ideal for low to mid-level quantities from 500 up to 10,000 cards. This process offers up to 3,000 DPI print resolution. The main difference from Lithographic is digital press plastic sheets are usually only 21 cards per sheet. End users can utilize multiple colors for their cards and incorporate PMS (Pantone) colors for their unique and custom branding. The proofing process has always been digital with high definition digital presses.
Dye Sublimation: Dye sublimation printing is done one card at a time on pre-assembled ID cardstock. This printing method is generally used for low volume printing. The dye sublimation process will apply color to the cardstock one color at a time: Yellow, Magenta, Cyan and then Black. Since this process only uses a four color process it is not able to match PMS (Pantone) colors. This process is excellent for quick turn projects, low quantities and variable printing jobs.
If you call ColorID we can help you decide what process is best for your project. We will ask several questions that we help us determine what is the best trade-off of cost, speed and the details of the final product. ColorID has many years of experience managing large and small projects and can help you identify what printing process is best for your carding project.
Thank you for visiting with ColorID at the 2011 NACCU conference. Our "Rock the Dock" customer appreciation event was another memorable night and we could not have pulled it off without all of your support!
Some of our product highlights from this year's show were:
1.) Transaction Management - Features customizable software, modular components, doesn't require proprietary systems and can be integrated into existing systems.
2.) Contactless Migration - Complete solutions for migrating from mag stripe/prox cardstock to new advanced technology cards like HID iClass, DESFire, Gemalto and more.
3.) ID Badge Printers - We demonstrated the new Fargo by HID line as well as Datacard, Zebra, Nisca, Evolis and Magicard.
Our "Rock the Dock" customer appreciation event was a hit with over 200 attendees! ColorID has put together a video of the event, capturing some of the highlights of the evening (we apologize that some of the audio is distorted):
We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful group of customers and we are already working on next year's event! See you in Seattle, WA.
There is a CRITICAL Datacard FIRMWARE UPDATE if you use any of these Datacard Printers:
To upgrade to the new firmware, go to this web sitewww.datacard.com/GoGreen and click on the Download Now button and follow the instructions. If it would be easier for you to have a firmware CD, just contact your ColorID account manager and we will send you a CD. If you have any questions or trouble with the upgrade, please call our ColorID technical support group at 888-682-6567 for assistance.
REMINDER, TAKE PART IN THE FOLLOWING DRAWING FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AN IPAD!
ColorID is pleased to offer our customers an opportunity to win an Apple iPad or a Free Lunch for your entire card office (four card offices will win the free lunch). We will do a random drawing for the winners on July 1, 2011. To enter, just register a campus card project (examples: card migration, contactless card purchase, re-carding, ID printer upgrade, biometric reader addition, supply purchase, etc). For each project you register for you increase your chances of winning (you can register up to five projects).
Register online between March 28, 2011 and June 30, 2011 by clicking the link below. Just answer 3 questions and submit your registration. You can also register in person at our booth #409 at the NACCU conference this April in Baltimore.
ColorID and Monitor Business Machines today announced a strategic partnership. The partnership will allow ColorID to provide Monitor's cost effective and affordable transaction management solutions to higher education institutions and other ColorID served markets.
Danny Smith stated "We are excited to integrate Monitor's full range of transaction management products and services into our ColorID offerings. With Monitor's strong reputation as a leading provider of high quality transaction management solutions, we believe their products are well suited for the U.S. higher education market. This new partnership allows ColorID to continue to innovate and grow as a technology leader."
Monitor Business Machines is a global manufacturer and supplier of software and hardware based transaction management solutions. The products form a family of solutions that provide integrated expense management and cost recovery services for the various industries it supplies to. The Monitor solution consists of a broad range of products that enable controlling access to and charging for the use of services such as printing, photocopying, scanning, vending, laundry, point of sale both on and off campus, PC use, parking and other micropayments. The products are able to use a wide range of identification technologies including mag stripe cards, Mifare, HID or user login and password. Monitor supplies its solutions in New Zealand, Australia, the USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, Europe and parts of Asia. Contact Monitor at +64-9-309-8047. Visit monitor on the web at http://www.monitorbm.com/
This week's post is a quick tip related to operating systems and ID badge printers. Many organizations are moving over to a Microsoft Windows 7 Operating System.
This transition may directly affect your ID card printing system. Before your organization makes the switch check to see if your ID badge printer will work with Windows 7. If your printer is not on this list, please e-mail me your printer model and we can check the compatibility.
If you are changing your operating system to Windows 7, please keep this in mind:
Why Should I Tune-Up my Printer?
Your ID printer needs to be able to print on a consistent basis, day in and out. We have all had scenarios where an unforeseen amount of cardholders come at the same exact time needing a card, only to have the printer stop working and have to deal with the frustration of not being able to offer the service we would like. Finding time to have your printer tuned-up can be difficult; however the benefits far outweigh the risks of not getting regular maintenance.
Here are just a few of the key steps that should be included in an ID Printer Tune-up:
Request a tune-up today
How do barcodes work?
Barcodes work by having combinations of black bars or dots and spaces. Each barcode type has its own unique language or format. The most common bar code type is one-dimensional bar codes (1-D) which are a series of black bars. When a barcode is swiped or scanned the reader directs some kind of light toward the black bars and spaces and then measures the reflection of light back to the reader. When light is directed at white spaces it reflects the light while light is absorbed by black bars. In this way the reader can determine if it is passing over a black bar (no reflection) or a white space (reflection). The reader can also sense the width of the bars or the spaces.
With the basic concept of being able to read bars and spaces and their respective widths, formats have been constructed that assign a character (example 1-9, A-Z, etc) to a unique combination of bars and spaces.
The following are two examples of how a common 1-D format type, called Code 39 uses this basic principal of unique sequences of bars and spaces to present a single character:
By stringing these unique sequences together you can form multiple characters or numbers. For example "A0" would be as follows:
This simple set of concepts is used to create dozens of different bar codes types for multiple applications.
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