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This year ColorID's employees gave back by donating their time and resources in several ways, including:
ColorID and Harvard Campus Services - ID Card Services recently co-hosted the New England Campus Identification & Security Seminar at the Spangler Center at Harvard Business School. This one-day event brought together card managers, facility operators, auxiliary services and IT personnel from over eight colleges and universities in the New England region. The seminar was an informative, interactive discussion about best practices and new card technologies.
Danny Smith, Executive Vice President of ColorID stated, "The primary goal of the seminar was to provide attendees with the latest insights into emerging campus trends and technologies. Secondary to that, we wanted to offer a forum that would provide networking opportunities to promote dialogue and exchanging of idea's and information among New England's universities and colleges. We are very pleased we were able to accomplish both of our objectives."
Cheryl Ruane, Production Manager for Harvard's ID Card Services, helped coordinate the event. "We don't often get to pause and take time to share best practices. The session provided a great opportunity to talk with peers at other institutions and share our successes and challenges," Ruane said.
The seminar covered five key card service topics, with each session followed by a question & answer period. Topics included:
Contactless Cards & Readers: Basic construction of technology cards, defining a technology card, how contactless cards work, physical access in higher education.
Cashless Campus: Transaction Management Overview: New payment and card identification technologies, personal mobile options, tablet and mobile computing and embedding transaction management in multifunctional printers.
Card Issuance: Innovations & Trends: What system is right for your needs, printing 101, cardstock varieties and migrating from old to new technologies.
Biometrics on Campus: Defining biometrics, history of biometric security, fingerprint and iris identification and emerging biometric technologies.
Future Trends: A summary presentation pulled together all the previous presentations and gave a view to future trends in campus card technology and identified some emerging technologies of tomorrow.
At the end of the seminar ColorID provided hands-on demonstrations of contactless cards and readers, cashless campus systems, identification systems and biometric solutions. "The seminar was a real learning experience for us, too," said ColorID's Smith. "We'd love to bring it to other campuses."
Interested Universities can coordinate regional sessions on their campuses by contacting Danny Smith at 704-987-2331 or Danny.Smith@ColorID.com.
About Harvard Campus Services - ID Card Services
Harvard Campus Services is provides a wide-range of services and programs to the Harvard community. ID Card Services manages the security, production, and distribution of IDs to Harvard's students, staff, faculty, alumni and retirees.
ColorID has been a member of the National Association of Campus Card Users (NACCU) since 2000, and has announced a move up to NACCU's Gold vendor membership. The higher education market is a vital role in ColorID's identification, biometric and transaction management business and NACCU is an organization that helps bring ColorID's current and prospective customers together.
Executive Director of NACCU, Lowell Adkins stated, "ColorID has been a NACCU Corporate member for more than 12 years. We appreciate their ongoing support to NACCU and to the entire campus card community. We are delighted to have ColorID as our newest Gold level member". Executive Vice President of ColorID, Danny Smith stated, "We appreciate and are proud to be affiliated with NACCU for over the last decade. The support, networking and exchanging of ideas and information has helped fuel ColorID's growth. We are extremely pleased to continue our support of NACCU as a Gold sponsor".
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/
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