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Illinois State University at Bloomington recently hosted the 5th annual Illinois State ID meeting where 20 attendees from 11 different schools gathered to exchange information revolving around campus identification. This year ColorID was invited to share information on advanced technologies including: biometric iris and fingerprint capture devices, secure computer sign-on solutions, ID printers and biometric employee background checking products. Attendees were invited to participate in a hands-on demonstration of fingerprint and iris identification devices. ColorID Executive Vice President, Danny Smith stated, "ColorID appreciates the opportunity to talk to schools regarding their campus card technology options. This is the third time this year we have spoken at this type of higher education conference and we welcome more opportunities to do so."
ColorID has put together a video of our customer appreciation event held during the 2010 NACCU conference in Phoenix, AZ. We have captured some of the highlights of the evening and if you weren't able to attend this year's event we thought you still might want to view the video and we hope you'll be able to attend next year!
Our goal for the event was to provide you with a break from the normal conference activities and responsibilities. We hope everyone had as much fun attending as we did hosting!
Below is a link to the video, we hope you enjoy watching it. The clip is approximately five and a half minutes long.
We are truly fortunate to have such a wonderful group of customers, and even more, a fantastic group of friends.
We are already working on next year's event...it's going to be another really unique experience, see you in Baltimore!
ColorID's Campus Card Team
CORNELIUS, NC - May 7, 2010 - ColorID, LLC will be participating in the 8th annual European Campus Card Association (ECCA) Conference at the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland, June 13th - 15th. ColorID will be making two presentations at the conference that will cover contactless technologies as well as card issuance solutions.
The annual ECCA conference has become the most important campus card conference in Europe. The event is aimed specifically at European higher education institutions that are interested in campus card technologies and identification systems. Seminars and workshops will be held covering all aspects of card-based systems.
Sinead Nealon, Secretary General of ECCA stated, "The European Campus Card Association (ECCA) very much appreciates the participation of ColorID atour 8th Annual Conference. ColorID has played an important role in the development of Campus Card systems in Europe and since the foundation of ECCA in 2002, has presented at the Annual Conference each year.Our conference schedule this year will include a presentation on "The Basics of Card Technology" from David Stallsmith(Product Manager ColorID), and also a presentation on "The Current and Emerging Card Printer Technologies" from Danny Smith (Executive Vice-President ColorID).The availability of the expertise and knowledge of the ColorID Teamto our European Universities/Colleges is hugely important to us and is much valued by ECCA".
ColorID's Executive Vice President Danny Smith stated, "ColorID is extremely pleased to continue to support ECCA and its annual conference. We welcome the opportunity to share our insights and expertise on contactless technologies and card issuance solutions. ECCA, under the visionary direction of their Executive Management Committee, has done a tremendous job developing the European Education Connectivity Solution (EECS). They have laid the foundation to create a standardized, interoperable campus system that will soon facilitate student mobility across Europe. ECCA is a very progressive organization and we are enthused to be able work with them".
At ColorID we understand how important it is to do our part in using environmentally friendly products and practices every day. Thus we are pleased to introduce the following Eco-Friendly ColorID products. Contact us today to learn more or receive free samples of these products:http://www.colorid.com/
Biodegradable PVC Cardstock: Our Fully Biodegradable PVC card stock is just as durable as our standard PVC, but Biodegradable. Typically these cards only cost a few cents more than a non-biodegradable card. Read an additional article at our website regarding: Pro's & Con's of Biodegradable Cardstock.
Eco-Friendly Badge Holders: Protect your ID cards as well as the environment with our new durable Eco-Badge Holders made from a special material that can be recycled and will not contaminate the environment.
Recycled Neck Lanyards: Our environmentally friendly neck lanyards are made from 100% recycled PET materials. The lanyards are available in 3/8 inch to 3/4 inch, break-away or non-breakaway, blank or with custom imprinting.
Eco-Friendly Strap Clips: Attach your cards with an eco-friendly strap clip. Made with PVC-DOP, recyclable plastic and it's just as durable as our standard 505A strap clip.
Supply Recycling Program: We also offer a shredding service that you can take advantage of at any time. If you have unwanted cards and used ID printer ribbons, ship them to ColorID with the Attn: Supply Recycling Program and we will dispose of them safely and securely.
by: David Stallsmith
Senior Product Manager of Advanced Technology Cards
About 40 years ago, the first campus card was used to monitor access to a university dining hall. A few years later, the mag stripe card was introduced to the university campus. Since then, university ID cards have become as important as backpacks and blue jeans on campuses around the world.
One of the challenges for card offices, security, dining services, housing and IT personnel has been to decide which technologies will make their cards most successful and cost-effective on their campus. In the days of mag stripes and bar codes, this question usually answered itself. But now, with a multitude of chips available for cards, both contact and contactless, the decision has become more difficult.
Although ID Cards were first used for meal plans, it wasn't long before they began to be used to open doors (physical access). Following the lead of the hotel industry, the predominant technology used for physical access was the magnetic stripe. Also used widely for credit cards, the magnetic stripe card is fairly inexpensive and easy to program. The swipe readers on the doors around a campus could be in either online or offline mode.
Until recently, the magnetic stripe was considered secure enough for this physical access. Unfortunately, magnetic stripes have no particular inherent security and are very easy to duplicate. This is not considered a problem for the credit cards that we carry every day, because the credit card issuers (Visa, MasterCard) will not require us to pay for unauthorized purchases. This is a guarantee by the issuer and not a result of the security of the magnetic stripe. For the physical safety of the university population however, the magnetic stripe is now known to be insufficient. Recently, a number of universities have found their names in the local or national newspapers after a student had "cloned" the magnetic stripe card of a prominent university official or fellow student, and breached the system.
About 20 years ago, Prox cards with radio frequency IC chips were introduced. Transmitting at 125 KHz, they provided a much higher level of security than magnetic stripes. Not as easy to clone as a magnetic stripe card, Prox cards have become vulnerable to attacks as their technology has aged.
Recently, the Prox chip has been eclipsed by a new radio frequency chip, known as high frequency "contactless smart cards". Though they are used at the door in much the same manner as Prox cards, they operate at 13.56 MHz. Mifare, Legic and HID's iCLASS fall into this category. These chips provide a significantly more secure card-reader interface than the old Prox chips and their readers. Before the transmission of encrypted personal data, there is a challenge-and-response sequence of communications, through which the card and reader verify that each other is trustworthy for this transaction. Data stored on the card is also encrypted. A significant benefit of contactless over magnetic stripe cards is that the cards are not dragged through swipe readers, which is very damaging to the surface of the cards.
As a university considers changing to a card containing one of the newer technology chips, cost is certainly an important factor in the decision. Any card with a chip in it will be more expensive than a plain PVC card or even a mag stripe card. Installing new or replacing existing readers brings with it the costs of new readers and installation. Fortunately, new contactless card readers can often be installed in the place of existing prox or magnetic stripe readers with no significant change to the existing wiring or mounting box. There is a protocol for security wiring called "Wiegand" and it is an industry standard for many different types of readers. As plans are being made to upgrade an infrastructure, looking into the future reveals two new trends in card reader technology: Wireless contactless readers (Wi-Fi - 802.11), which can be installed in locations that are difficult or expensive to reach with wires; and IP-addressable network readers, which can be employed to interface directly with software and replace old control panels.
In future articles, I will discuss the workings of high frequency contactless cards and the new possibilities they bring for campus card use. Learn more about contactless cards here = Advanced Technology Cards, contact us Toll Free 888-682-6567 or email us at Support@colorid.com.
We are excited to announce that ColorID will be exhibiting, for our sixth consecutive year, at the GovSec show in Washington DC, March 23rd and 24th. Please drop by and visit ColorID at Booth 1219. ColorID will be featuring the latest equipment in identification systems, advanced mobile verification and biometric systems.
We are excited to announce that ColorID will be exhibiting at the ISC West show in Las Vegas, NV on March 24th -26th. Please drop by and visit ColorID at Booth 24029. ColorID will be featuring the latest equipment in identification systems, advanced mobile verification and biometric systems.
If you use Proximity or Contactless Smart Cards to secure your Government facility, you may find a new product from ColorID very useful. The PlusID can improve security for highly sensitive areas by adding fingerprint authentication to your Prox credential. The innovative design of this product puts the fingerprint reader on the personal device that the employee carries with them. These are some of the benefits of the PlusID:
One of the biggest differences between printing on blank PVC (Mag Stripe) card stock and proximity cards is the cost difference of the cards. Blank card stock may cost less than a dollar per card while Proximity cards average $3 - $8 (depending on options). Mistakes in the printing of Proximity cards can create significant financial losses. In order to protect your investment here are a couple important points you may consider.
Using Proper Proximity Printing Technology
Problem: Most blank card stock is constructed with an even flat surface, however Proximity cards contain an antenna and chip inside each card. Most dye sublimation printers are direct to card printers. The deviation in the Proximity cards surface (from its internal contents) causes the printhead to lose contact with the cards surface. The result may be a loss of printed information. Some ID offices have accepted the end result with direct-to-card printing. However, improved technology is now available to dramatically improve the quality of your Proximity cards.
Solution: Fargo offers an HDP (High Definition Printer) series ID printer specifically designed for printing on Proximity and Smart Cards. The HDP's printhead never touches the cards surface like a direct-to-card printer. The HDP prints onto a Ã¢â‚¬Ëœtransfer film' first and is then transferred to the cards surface and adhered by pressure and heat. If the cards surface is uneven, the film will cover all its deviations. In addition, the print quality is amazing when compared to a direct-to-card printer. Since the printer ribbon is not being fused into the card, its colors are more vibrant, clear and to the edge of each card. In addition, you can help protect your Proximity cards by adding the standard clear or holographic overlaminate to your cards surface. This will minimize fading and seal the card from the elements. The printer cost is only slightly higher than some direct-to-card printers. The decreased number of misprinted cards and better print quality will help pay for itself in the long run. For those needing a better print quality with vibrant colors, we would suggest a High Definition Printer.
Extended Card Life: How to Protect Your Investment
Problem: Proximity cards that are not properly protected may last only 12 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 18 months before experiencing issues such as cracking, loss or fading of variably printed information, etc.
When was the last time your ID card printer had a thorough cleaning or tune up???
Much like other mechanical devices, regular routine maintenance is critical to keep your ID printer in top shape and to help extend its life cycle. Plastic card printers have moving internal parts that if not maintained and cleaned on a regular basis can become inoperable, causing print issues and ultimately shorten the life of a printer. Proper routine care and maintenance will prolong the life of your ID printer and insure quality printing with each card.
Here are some cleaning tips:
Please contact our Government and Industry Marketing team to receive a price quotation for cleaning supplies or to schedule an annual tune-up. We can also provide you with quotations on any of your ID printer needs: lanyards, card holders, printer ribbons, cardstock, HID cardstock, and much more.
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