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Increase ID Badge Security at no additional cost to you!

August 15, 2011

An employee ID badge is more than just a plastic card! It is a security device, a functional tool and an extension of your organization’s image. A color photo on a plain white card is just not enough anymore – it is too easy to duplicate.

What you may not be aware of is that your existing direct-to-card PVC card printer is more powerful than you think.

In an effort to combat counterfeit ID badges, the major ID card printer manufactures including Fargo, Zebra, Magicard and Datacard all have printer models that can incorporate a security feature that is only visible under black light and can be incorporated easily, simply by using a ribbon with a fluorescent panel.

Some Magicard printers offer HoloKote. HoloKote is an anti-copying watermark printed across the entire card surface. When the card is tilted, the HoloKote watermark provides visual authentication. There is no additional cost involved in printing HoloKote cards.

Depending on the model you are using, it may be just a matter of turning on a feature or purchasing a different consumable. The question truly is what is holding you back from producing a more secure ID badge for your employees?

In addition, used dye-sublimation ribbons, such as those used in your direct-to-card printer, retain a viewable image of the printed document. Depending on the sensitive information you print, it is recommended that you dispose of the used ribbon by shredding it.

Explore our learning center for other helpful tips and tricks to ensure the safety of your facility and employees.

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