Fargo announces Prox card encoding for HDP printers.

Dec '99 Access Control & Identity Management

Fargo Electronics, a leading developer and manufacturer of desktop card printers, has announced that its high definition printing (HDP) card printers will be capable of encoding HID's complete line of graphics quality proximity cards.

With this innovation, Fargo customers can both print and encode Prox cards in one seamless process. Potential users of this new capability include industrial, commercial, retail, governmental and institutional customers who need to protect or control information, assets or people.

Fargo's HDP technology prints images onto a special HDP film that is then fused into the surface of the card through heat and pressure. This unique method of applying the printed image to the card results in a dramatic improvement in image quality over traditional dye-sublimation, especially for Prox cards. With traditional dye-sub, visible antenna lines and temperature differences between the antenna and the PVC card can cause inconsistent image quality. But with HDP, the image is printed on the HDP film, not the card itself, so those problems are greatly minimised.

"HDP is an ideal printer for Prox cards," says Gary Holland, Fargo President and Chief Executive Officer. "This gives users a one-step solution for incorporating printed, encoded Prox cards into access control systems. A Prox card solution is faster, more convenient and has a longer functional life than other access control card solutions. Combining this technology with the print quality and durability of cards printed on HDP printers brings together the best of both worlds."

"Proximity provides the highest level of convenience and ease-of-use available in access control technology," says Joe Grillo, HID Vice President of Access Control. "Prox is now the most popular technology used in new access control installations, with an estimated projected annual growth rate of 20-30%. Printing high quality images on HID Prox cards is critical to meeting our customers' requirements."

For details contact Teltron Digital on tel: (011) 887 1600, fax: (011) 887 5552 or e-mail: digital@teltron.co.za





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