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List Of ID Card Encoding Options

List Of ID Card Encoding Options

Following on from my recent piece surrounding security features today we’re going to take a more detailed look at encoding options and security cards/fobs.

At ID Card Centre we can supply, print and encode a wide variety of smart technology cards therefore we have a product to suit whichever systems you possess. Whether it be for access control, cashless catering, library management or print and copy release we have you covered.

Let's take a look at the ID Card encoding options you have available…

ID Card Encoding

There really is a mind boggling amount of different access control products available therefore finding the correct product will not always be straightforward. Fortunately though, if you're unsure, ID Card Centre are here to point you in the right direction and we can supply cards, fobs and other access control options from manufacturers including MIFARE®, HID, Paxton, PAC, TDSi, Cotag. ACT, Keri, Indala, Guardall, Siemens Bewator, Salto, Impro, Kantech, Videx, FDI Matelec, Cotag, Vanderbuilt, Entrotec, Fermax, BSB Progeny, GE, G4S, Honeywell, Farfisa, Legic, Intelliprox, and Samsung!

With all of these manufacturers products available we can understand why you may feel overwhelmed!

Magnetic Stripe, also known as magstripe, are still in operation despite significant increase in demands for their opponents in recent times. The magstripe itself is made up of tiny iron-based magnetic particles in a plastic-like film. The card becomes active when the stripe is moved through a console reader at the access point. 

Mag stripe cards


Contactless cards however are currently making huge strides in the industry as the majority of Bank cards are now using this technology.  As you may have noticed it's extremely convenient when paying for goods at a till. These cards do still have a small chip inside them which emits radio waves. When paying for goods for example all you do is hold your card near a payment terminal that lets off an electromagnetic field, when your chip enters that field the signals connect and the transaction is processed. That process can be replicated for various other situations such as access control.

With the extraordinary rise of the contactless technology cards it's easy to forget the older reliable Smart Contact Chip cards that we’ve been so used to for years.  The difficulty with this type of card is that there is no off the shelf programme available to assist with encoding.  Although most card printers come equipped with encoders it is a much more stringent process to encode such cards than it is the contactless MIFARE® technology. They have been used in the past for bank cards as well as secure logon to workstations, cloud applications and VPN gateways. With that kind of track record you certainly can't knock the security status of this type of card. Smart contact chip cards

Barcode Printing

Barcode printing on ID cards

As a different option, why not discuss with us the possibility of printing barcodes onto your cards. Barcode technology has become so widespread that it is easily overlooked in the wide array of security options available. When  you think of barcode scanning the first thing that comes to mind will probably be warehouse inventory control and supermarkets but why stop there? A lot of modern day sports stadiums use barcodes and scanners on their tickets to allow supporters in through the turnstiles, whatever way you look at it, this is access control. We can print barcodes straight onto cards so they can be used for many applications such as events, season ticketing and access to sites and buildings. The speed that barcode readers can identify the barcode can make them an extremely efficient method for access control in any situation.

Chip Serial Number Capture

Our software here at ID Card Centre can intelligently distinguish each card's serial number mid print during the encoding process and capture it onto the cards themselves. Some customers find this useful as a visual aid that can easily assist them in matching up the card with data if there is no reader present. These kinds of cards have a very niche market but can however be incredibly helpful. We offer MIFARE® chip serial number (CSN) capture and sector encoding/encryption and can supply this information back to you for integration into your own systems.

Stay tuned for my final instalment in this series… ID Card Security Features - out now!

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