ID Cards - The Untold Story!
ID Cards are used all over the world and chances are, your wallet or purse is full of them. Loyalty cards from Woolies and Coles, bank cards, driving license, Medicare card, gym membership card (not used as often you hoped), the list goes on. But are you aware of the wide variety of options available when you print ID cards?
The options vary in their purpose, from being functional within a given guideline to adding levels of security.
Here are a few:
Addition of variable data or over printing – this means that you can print a standard design for ID cards but then make each of the cards completely individual and unique by adding a series of extra fields/content to them. This is done via mail merge software and specialised card printers, and allows you to create individual member cards and ID cards for your customers, patrons etc. An example of fields used would be name, member number, expiry date.
Special features – this includes signature panels, magnetic strips (for swiping), sequential numbering. These provide additional functionality to the card within the system you intend to employ them.
Very special features – holographic elements, barcodes, metallic paints, transparency; these features are used primarily to increase the security of an ID card, as they make the card very difficult to replicate or forge, maintaining the integrity for the wearer. Barcodes are especially useful, as they allow each card to be recognised as unique by scanners and systems, providing an additional level of security.
RFID enabled ID cards – RFID refers to Radio Frequency Identification and opens up a wide variety of potential functionality and features. RFID is also available on RFID wristbands, but on cards, much the same thing can be achieved. With RFID chips/inlays on cards, cards can be scanned and even used as a medium for cashless transactions and social media integration. All this depends on the systems used.
Contact AAC ID Solutions today for further information about the right ID Card for your requirements.
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