It is essential that governments be able to issue identification credentials so citizens can exercise their civic rights and duties, access programs and services, and travel freely to and from other countries. HID Global, globally renowned trusted identity solutions, has enabled numerous African countries to issue millions of these credentials as the company helps to propel a variety of initiatives across the continent aimed at providing “identity for all.” Secure ID card issuance “Secure issuance is a key part of our identity portfolio that is helping nations in Africa and other emerging economies close a big gap between citizens who have a legal way to identify themselves and those who don’t,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President & Managing Director – Secure Issuance with HID Global. We are also actively involved in designing programs for civil servants to securely access government buildings" He adds, “Our successes in Africa range from Angola’s voter ID card program to deployments in multiple countries that enable governments to issue national IDs, driver’s licenses, health cards, work permits and refugee identification credentials. We are also actively involved in designing programs for civil servants to securely access government buildings and government assets such as PCs or server rooms.” HID Global identification program For many countries, an e-Passport is the building block of democracy and cornerstone of citizenship as their first step to launching an identification program. HID Global’s secure issuance offering spans all aspects of creating and managing these and other credentials and issuing them wherever citizens are located. Notable deployments in Africa include: Resident, Healthcare and other National IDs: Eight African countries have either deployed or are developing one or more of these ID card programs using HID Global printers. Several are also in the early stages of deploying systems for issuing government employee ID cards for use by members of their military and police forces. Voter IDs: Angola used HID FARGO DTC5500LMX printers to roll out a voter ID program in over 200 municipalities and cities across the country. Over 650 systems were deployed in Angola to issue over 8 million cards in less than 8 months. ePassports: Several countries in Africa are using HID Global’s ID personalisation systems for ePassports that provide successful identification and an easier travel experience for citizens. Driver’s Licenses: HID Global’s decentralised driver’s license issuance solution is being used by several African governments. Noticeably, one country is using these solutions to speed program deployment for over 25 million citizens. The company is also supplying pre-printed smart cards that include various overt and covert security features. The cards are then personalised locally with photo, variables data, custom holographic laminate and owner biometrics using FARGO HDP5000 printers. Refugee Identification: HID Global is working with international organisations to help connect African refugees with vital resources in multiple countries. HID FARGO HDP8500 and HDP5000 printers are being deployed at refugee camps to issue the necessary credentials for accessing food, water, shelter, financial aid and educational and other services. Student IDs: The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is using HID FARGO Direct-to-Card ID card printers/encoders to improve the efficiency, accuracy and integrity of its educational testing program for more than 2 million students annually. HID FARGO Connect solution HID FARGO Connect solution enables ID cards to be issued from anywhere and any device via a web interface The latest additions to HID Global’s portfolio address the challenges African nations face in issuing credentials to remote locations while also serving high-volume needs of large metropolitan areas. The company’s HID FARGO Connect solution enables ID cards to be issued from anywhere and any device via a web interface in a trusted environment, changing the paradigm for governments whose citizens live in distant, hard-to-reach locations with limited infrastructure. For governments that need to meet the needs of large metropolitan populations, the new HID FARGO HDP6600 printer offers the world’s fastest retransfer throughput for ID card personalisation.
HID Global, a global provider of trusted identity solutions, announced that its HID FARGO HDP6600 high definition printer/encoder is the first and only retransfer printing solution for ID card personalisation that has GreenCircle certification. The printer’s power-efficient design enables users to save thousands of dollars in annual energy costs for large projects spanning many printers. The HDP6600 printer achieves its breakthrough energy efficiency using a design that also delivers the fastest overall throughput speeds and shortest time until the first card is printed. Sustainability is further improved through an optional wasteless lamination module that dramatically reduces the waste by-products that other printers generate. The module cuts consumables costs nearly in half for printed and laminated cards. Best-in-class energy efficiency HID Global’s sixth-generation HID FARGO HDP6600 printer halves the time required to print the first ID card as compared to many alternatives“By combining our patent-pending iON “instant on” technology with an innovative design that permits simultaneous film printing and card retransfer processes, we’ve created one of the world’s fastest solutions while also eliminating the need for continuous transfer heating,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director for Secure Issuance with HID Global. “This advancement enabled us to achieve best-in-class energy efficiency that has now been independently validated through the GreenCircle certification program.” Doubling the card printing speed HID Global’s sixth-generation HID FARGO HDP6600 printer halves the time required to print the first ID card as compared to many alternatives, while doubling overall throughput to up to 230 cards per hour. It is also easier to service and more flexible to use across a wider range of applications, and less expensive to operate with a lower printing cost per card. The printer offers true 600 DPI resolution with precision colour panel registration for sharper text, crisper barcode edges and more vibrant colours than products that use dithering techniques and can only approximate this image quality.
HID Global, a worldwide provider of trusted identity solutions, announced a new ID card retransfer printer with breakthrough speed. The HID FARGO HDP6600 High Definition Printer/Encoder reduces the time it takes to print the first ID card by half while doubling overall throughput as compared to many alternatives. This new printer is designed to save customers time, money and energy. The HID FARGO HDP6600 printer is the company’s sixth-generation retransfer printer under HID’s FARGO brand, the most trusted name in ID card printers. HID Global has completely re-engineered the retransfer printing concept and redesigned the printer from the ground up to accelerate high-volume, high-quality printing, lower the printing cost per card and deliver best-in-class energy efficiency–all with HID’s well-known industry-leading reliability. As a result, the new printer is easier to service, less expensive to operate and more flexible across a wider range of applications. For large projects, utilising the new printers can save users thousands of dollars in annual energy costs Breakthrough card throughput speeds HID has achieved breakthrough card throughput speeds by combining patent-pending iON ‘instant on’ technology with other advancements to enable simultaneous film printing and card retransfer processes. This unique approach reduces the time it takes to print the first card to an industry-low 60 seconds, cutting average annual wait times by up to 20 hours for printed and laminated cards while enabling overall throughput of up to 230 cards per hour. The approach also eliminates the need for continuous transfer roller heating, improving reliability while cutting energy usage. For large projects, utilising the new printers can save users thousands of dollars in annual energy costs. Optimal image and colour quality “With the HID FARGO HDP6600 printer, HID Global has redefined retransfer technology innovation,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director for Secure Issuance with HID Global. “We looked at this well-established product category with new eyes to deliver the features and capabilities that are in highest demand from government, enterprise and higher education customers. The HID FARGO HDP6600 is not only breathtakingly fast and efficient, but it represents a whole new way to think about retransfer printing.” The HDP6600 printer’s true 600 DPI resolution and precision colour panel registration enable sharper textAnother benefit of the new HID FARGO printer is the image and colour quality on each ID card. The HDP6600 printer’s true 600 DPI resolution and precision colour panel registration enable sharper text, crisper barcode edges and more vibrant colours than possible with other products that use dithering techniques that can only approximate this image quality. Field-upgradable with optional modules The printer uses a multi-tasking architecture supported by a full gigabyte of memory to help enable its faster card throughput speeds and has been designed so that the card path and film and ribbon drawer assemblies are easier to access and service. The HDP6600 is field-upgradable with optional modules including a card flattener, dual-side flipper, and choice of magnetic, contact and contactless encoders plus a programmer option for encoding physical access control system data.
HID Global, a global provider of trusted identity solutions, announced that its cloud-based HID FARGO Connect card issuance offering has won the Campus Security and Life Safety Magazine’s 2018 Secure Campus award in the Cloud Solutions and Services category. As the world’s first cloud-based card personalisation and issuance solution, HID FARGO Connect untethers printers from dedicated computers to offer a new way to create, personalise and securely issue IDs and credentials. Issuance of ID cardsID cards can be issued from anywhere and from any device via a web interface in a trusted environment that leverages the industry’s most secure cloud technologies with end-to-end encryption “HID FARGO Connect addresses a growing market demand to simplify the management and delivery of IDs, especially for high-volume issuance requirements in environments with large populations. Such efficiency is exemplified in settings such as university card offices issuing thousands of student IDs,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director of Secure Issuance with HID Global. “This recognition underscores yet another solution from HID Global that powers trusted identities through an innovative approach to card personalisation.” HID FARGO Connect creates a new approach for ID issuance that replaces the old paradigm of standalone printers tied to a dedicated PC workstation. For the first time ever, ID cards can be issued from anywhere and from any device via a web interface in a trusted environment that leverages the industry’s most secure cloud technologies with end-to-end encryption. In addition, the solution enables organisations to remotely monitor and manage consumables helping to avoid out of stock issues and better manage replenishment processes.
HID Global, a worldwide trusted identity solutions provider, announced it has won the 2017 SSI Security Solutions award for the successful deployment of its new HID FARGO Connect offering at Kent State University. The new cloud-based ID personalisation and issuance solution has dramatically simplified and forever changed how the university manages its high-volume ID card issuance requirements. “HID FARGO Connect helps campus card offices easily manage the unique demands of issuing thousands of student IDs that are used for everything from paying for campus services and meals to checking out library books. HID FARGO Connect also fits well into university initiatives around providing a better experience to students, especially during peak periods when waiting in long lines for their IDs had become the norm,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director of Secure Issuance with HID Global. HID’s industry-first solution makes it possible for Kent State University to securely issue student ID cards from any device with a web browser Cloud-based identity solutions HID’s industry-first solution makes it possible for Kent State University to securely issue student ID cards from anywhere using any device that has a web browser. No longer must the university send students to a separate location to take their photo and receive their student IDs. The university simply uses an Apple iPad tablet to quickly snap student photographs and issues their ID cards right away, eliminating the need for students to wait for their IDs. “We are honored that Kent State University is being recognised as an innovator in the use of technology to advance education,” said Michael O’Karma, Office Systems Coordinator for Flashcard Operations, Kent State University. “At Kent State, we are committed to providing excellent student experiences, and new cloud-based solutions from a trusted identity technology leader like HID Global help us to do exactly that.” The Security Sales and Integrator Magazine Security Solutions Awards program salutes proven security product deployments in access, fire/life safety, home controls, intrusion, monitoring, surveillance and other security products and solutions.
HID Global, a global trusted identity solutions provider, announced its cloud-based HID FARGO Connect solution has won the 2017 Campus Safety Best Awards in the Access Control & Identity Management category. As the world’s first cloud-based card personalisation and issuance solution, HID FARGO Connect untethers printers from dedicated computers to offer a new way to create, personalise and securely issue IDs and credentials. “HID FARGO Connect addresses a growing market demand to simplify the management and delivery of IDs, especially for high-volume issuance requirements in environments with large populations,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director of Secure Issuance with HID Global. “This recognition underscores yet another solution from HID Global that powers trusted identities through an innovative approach to card personalisation.” Cloud-based identification technology HID FARGO Connect makes it possible to issue ID cards from anywhere and from any device via the web—all in a trusted environment that leverages the industry’s most secure cloud technologies with end-to-end encryption. Users can create new cards or issue replacements, encode data and manage print queues through a secure and trusted system. The Campus Safety Magazine 2017 BEST award honours superior products and services for K-12 campuses, institutions of higher education and healthcare organisations.
HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, today unveiled the latest in its Direct-to-Card (DTC) printer/encoder line, bringing new convenience and security features to its proven entry-level offering while further reducing ID card printing expenses for cost-conscious organisations. The company demonstrates the DTC1500 printer/encoder at GITEX 2017, October 8-12. “By adding high-capacity consumables, new security features and enhanced capabilities, our latest printer/encoder enables organisations to issue counterfeit-resistant cards and IDs at a fraction of the cost of comparable alternative solutions, without sacrificing quality,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director, Secure Issuance business with HID Global. Unique data protection “The DTC1500 printer/encoder delivers the most popular features of our desktop-based line and is ideal for government ID projects, universities, colleges, primary and secondary education, healthcare facilities and small-to-medium businesses.” A unique data protection feature makes information printed within the resin panel unreadable The DTC1500 printer/encoder’s standard, built-in security features include a new custom watermark capability for applying transparent logos, symbols, text and other permanent security images within the overlay panel. Virtually impossible to duplicate, the watermarks increase card security without requiring an investment in holographic overlaminates or foil cards. A unique data protection feature makes information printed within the resin panel unreadable, and additional security is available through standard password protection and AES 256 data encryption. Scalable design Also new to the DTC1500 printer/encoder are low-cost, high-capacity full and half-panel color ribbons that significantly reduce cost-per-card and total cost of ownership without diminishing quality. The DTC1500 prints dark, crisply defined text and barcodes using a new resin threshold feature that enables users to manually set and adjust precisely when the resin K panel is employed based on color concentration. HID Global’s latest printer/encoder features a modular, scalable design that simplifies in-field equipment upgrades and migration to higher levels of security. A new built-in dual-side printing feature can be activated with an RFID tag any time after purchase, and optional lamination or encoding modules can also be added when needed. All DTC1500 units are GreenCircle Certified for efficient energy consumption and eco-friendly (ECO) refill ribbons.
We can add another technology category to those aspects of the physical security market on the verge of being changed by cloud technology. The new category is the printing and encoding of ID cards. HID Global is adapting the benefits of cloud computing to the ID card printing market with the introduction of HID Fargo Connect, a cloud-based personalisation and issuance system for ID cards. The new cloud approach, which will be introduced at the ASIS 2017 show in Dallas, converts standalone card printers and encoders into edge devices in the Internet of Things (IoT). In effect, ID cards can now be printed from any device anywhere on any other device anywhere else. Evolving ID card market Historically, ID cards were printed by local standalone printers connected to on-premises personal computers (PCs). Using the cloud approach, a card can be printed from a tablet or similar device and directed to a cloud-connected card printer. The cloud approach is a new twist in a mature market that has been largely unchanged for the past two decades. HID Global, which acquired the Fargo printer business in 2006, is seeing customer needs evolving to include both printing and encoding ID cards. In the future, customer needs will broaden to encompass every aspect of managing identity issuance, according to Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director of the Security Issuance business unit at HID Global. “This is not a one-off product but a new platform, and new solutions will continue to be introduced and evolve in the market,” says Sandness. “We are initially focusing on the higher-education market, but there are lots of opportunity in several major verticals, such as corporate environments with multiple locations. The solution can be centrally managed for all the locations.” Other HID Global vertical markets include government and public administration, healthcare, financial, transportation, and enterprise. Benefits for end users Benefits for end users include greater flexibility in how card printing systems are designed and operate, says Sandness. More flexibility enables end users to streamline processes and promote a better “customer experience” when issuing ID cards and credentials. The new cloud approach converts standalone card printers and encoders into edge devices in the Internet of Things For example, students no longer have to wait in long queues at multiple PC workstations to be issued cards in a higher education environment. Instead, card issuance can be managed in a more casual, relaxed environment, with operators using tablet computers to input data and capture images for the cards, which can then be printed in bulk at a large production facility connected to the cloud. Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, is an early user of HID Fargo Connect. The cloud approach also takes away the need to manage software and other IT resources. End users get better visibility and more control of the card issuance processes, according to HID Global. New economic models for security integrators For integrators, the approach introduces new economic models for their business. It allows their customers to transform the issuance of ID cards from a capital expenditure (capex) to an operating expense (opex). Security dealers no longer need to be just in the business of selling card printers; they could also be in the business of providing cards as a service, payable as a monthly operating expense based on how many cards are needed, for example. Providing a service rather than a product can position dealers for a longer-term relationship with a customer, in effect promoting “stickiness” (customer retention). The service aspect also provides dealer/integrators new opportunities to realise recurring monthly revenue (RMR). Benefits for dealers Dealers can also benefit from automated replenishment systems. A cloud-connected printer can signal a dealer automatically when it needs a new ribbon, for example, thus boosting a dealer’s ongoing business in consumables. “There could be an annual or monthly contract that allows the integrators to provide much better and more timely service and faster consumables,” says Sandness. As with any IoT approach, cybersecurity is paramount, and HID Global emphasises the cloud card issuance system is secure. The system uses HID’s Identrust Certificates and end-to-end encryption, and all personal data is transcient, not stored, and communicated between highly secure end points. “The print systems have unique firmware and will only work with Fargo Connect,” says Robin Tandon, Director of Product Marketing, Cloud Solutions, Secure Issuance Business Unit of HID Global.
HID Global, a provider of trusted identity solutions, today introduced HID FARGO Connect, the industry’s first cloud-based solution that simplifies and streamlines the issuance of ID cards and credentials. HID FARGO Connect creates a new approach for ID issuance that replaces the old paradigm of standalone printers tied to a dedicated PC workstation. For the first time ever, ID cards can be issued from anywhere and from any device via a web interface in a trusted environment. HID FARGO Connect allows you to remotely monitor and manage your consumables helping you to avoid out of stock issues and better manage your replenishment processes. Whole new experience “HID FARGO Connect is the biggest innovation that the ID card issuance industry has seen in more than a decade, and with it, HID is changing the way cards and credentials are issued forever,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director of Secure Issuance with HID Global. “HID Global is introducing a game-changing way for people to issue IDs, and we’re turning HID FARGO printers into smart, secure, web-enabled, edge devices for the Internet of Trusted Things.” With over one million FARGO printers in use around the world today, HID is delivering a whole new experience for people responsible for issuing ID cards to employees, visitors, contractors, students or anyone using cards or mobile IDs for access control, loyalty programs, payments and a broad range of services. Process of issuing student IDs to thousands of people during orientation has been simplified and streamlined Cloud-based approach Among the first to use HID FARGO Connect is Kent State University. The process of issuing student IDs to thousands of people during orientation has been simplified and streamlined through its shift to a cloud-based approach with HID FARGO Connect. The student experience has significantly improved, aligning with the university’s students-first priority. “As one responsible for issuing thousands of IDs at our Kent Campus and at our other sites, I see HID FARGO Connect as providing us a next-generation platform for producing cards for our students that impacts them in only positive ways,” said Michael O’Karma, Office Systems Coordinator for Flashcard Operations, Kent State University. “The advantage to the students is that they do not have to wait in line any longer, and the advantage to us in the administrative office is that we can provide a better service that’s more cost-effective and efficient.” HID FARGO features The new HID FARGO Connect cloud service does the following: Simplifies management and delivery of high-volume ID issuance, saving money and time while increasing control and security Eliminates the need for computers dedicated for ID issuance at every location Eliminates the need for management of software and other IT resources associated with ID issuance Gives administrators full visibility and control like they have never previously had Complies with and exceeds today’s ever-increasing data security standards – critical for any distributed or remote issuance environment -- utilizing state-of-the-art Identrust digital certificates Allows users to securely access networked HID FARGO Card Printers and Encoders Integrates with many leading technology providers of both “one card” solutions and physical access control software, including HID’s Quantum Secure SAFE software Stringent regulatory security HID FARGO Connect is delivered using the industry’s most secure cloud technologies with end-to-end encryption and transport layer security. Users can create new cards, encode data, issue replacements and manage print queues all in one trusted system that meets the most stringent regulatory security and data privacy requirements. HID FARGO Connect is a platform that will continue to evolve over time to further enhance the capabilities for mobility and securing the Internet of Trusted Things (IoTT).
ISIC France chose HID Global, with its complete portfolio of card issuance solutions and ID card printers/ encoders HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, recently announced that International Student Identity Card (ISIC) France, a leading student ID organisation, has selected the company’s FARGO® HDP5000 and DTC4500 card printers/encoders as well as its AsureID® 7 ID Card Personalisation Software Development Kit (SDK) for secure card issuance. The solution will be used to produce student ID cards to the grandes écoles universities in France. Headquartered in the Netherlands with offices worldwide, the ISIC Association was established in 1953 as a non-profit organisation that has created the International Student Identity Card, which has been issued in over 130 countries and is the only internationally accepted proof of full-time student status that is endorsed by UNESCO, national governments and ministries of education worldwide. HID card issuance solutions for student cards ISIC France was seeking to launch an efficient, robust and secure online card issuance portal solution to cost-effectively provide high-quality, multifunctional student ID cards to the grandes écoles universities. Based on these stringent criteria, ISIC France chose HID Global, with its complete portfolio of card issuance solutions and the proven reliability, high quality and durable printing of its ID card printers/ encoders. “HID Global is a globally trusted brand and continues to be at the forefront of the card personalisation industry with solutions that successfully meet our needs for securely issuing high volumes of student ID cards,” said Lilian Leclercq, Director with ISIC France. “HID Global's secure card issuance solutions have consistently proven to be the most reliable and robust in the marketplace,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President, Secure Issuance Business with HID Global. “Our collaboration with ISIC in France has resulted in a comprehensive solution that has streamlined the card issuance process at universities and elevated the user experience for students across Europe.” ISIC France on-site badging service for grandes écoles universities ISIC France now provides a hassle-free, on-site badging service to the grandes écoles universities. It offers seamless customer service to over 126 French universities, issuing approximately 150,000 student ID cards every year via its online portal that is flexible, reliable and scalable. HID Global’s HDP5000 and DTC4500 printer/encoders produce durable and highly-functional ID cards, based on the university’s requirements and budget. On average, 15 printers are used to produce a maximum 15,000 cards a day. The improved, faster customer service is made possible using HID Global’s ID card printers/encoders and is particularly advantageous during peak periods, such as at the beginning of a student year when high volumes of ID cards are printed. ISIC France is looking to further partner with HID Global to deploy a mobile ID access solution for the French grandes écoles universities in the future.
HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, recently announced the introduction of vanGO®, a visual security solution that enables universities, enterprises and state and county government agencies to create and issue personalised, secure IDs with higher levels of protection. HID Global’s vanGO portfolio sets a new standard in One-2-One™ personalised security that is cost-effective, counterfeit resistant and can be issued on-the-spot via an easy desktop solution. Nearly impossible to counterfeit With the vanGO solution, cards are hot-stamped with a special square metallic patch that can be written with the cardholder’s facial image just before being issued using a special laser writer module and the high-performing, FARGO® HDP8500 printer from HID Global. This image creates a unique relationship between card and cardholder that makes the card nearly impossible to counterfeit. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of inspections are still undertaken by the naked eye rather than an electronic reader in the field. The increased “at-a-glance” vanGO security of each card makes it easy to visually identify and authenticate the cardholder’s identity without electronic readers or access to databases. “Our focus is to develop creative yet pragmatic solutions that address the security concerns felt by today’s many organisations, from college campuses to state agencies to global enterprises,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President, Secure Issuance Business with HID Global. “With this latest breakthrough in our visual security offerings, HID Global is enabling our customers to issue more advanced and secure ID cards than ever before, in the same easy-to-implement and cost-effective way that they have come to expect from us.” Instantly issue secure IDs easily and cost-effectively By adding a personalised, counterfeit-resistant image of cardholders to cards in higher educational settings, vanGO ensures that facilities and campus communities are safeguarded against counterfeiters who shouldn’t have access to those areas. For government agencies such as parks and recreation departments, state offices, public safety centres, and weapons or land management bureaus, the ease of authentication offers cost-effective, “eye-readable” security that was previously unavailable. The vanGO solution also surpasses the effectiveness of conventional alternatives on the market since each image created is unique to the card and to the cardholder. Enterprises can now instantly issue secure IDs to employees and contractors easily and cost-effectively. In developing its vanGO solution, HID Global leveraged the company’s proven LaserCard® Optical Security Media (OSM) visual authentication solution. Deployed in some of the highest-security government-to-citizen ID programs in the world such as the U.S. Green Card, the OSM platform has never had an instance of counterfeiting and has virtually eliminated mass counterfeit cards in programs in which it is used. vanGO visual security solution The vanGO portfolio of One-2-One™ visual security features includes two options. The standard vanGO option provides an affordable off-the-shelf solution in a single configuration. vanGO Custom offers a more customisable solution that allows the customer to modify the shape and location of the vanGO patch on the card or add other visual security features, such as a hologram surrounding the patch. The vanGO visual security solution is created using a complete, easy-to-use desktop personalisation solution consisting of: PVC/PET composite cards featuring the vanGO patch; HID Global FARGO HDP8500LW laser writer module, now available with the FARGO HDP8500 high-definition, industrial-grade ID card printer and encoder already used in many high-security applications; HID Global Asure ID® 7.6 Card Personalisation Software, which includes custom templates for placement of the vanGO patch on HID Global cards. HID Global’s vanGO visual security solution is available now.
HID FARGO DTC1000 printer/encoder is now used at 300 branches for on-demand card issuance, replacing an expensive system of sending by mail HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, recently announced that Piraeus Bank, a leading bank in Greece, has selected the company’s FARGO® DTC1000 printers/encoders to instantly issue Europay, MasterCard® and Visa® (EMV) debit cards, a global standard for interoperation of integrated circuit cards, to its retail banking customers. The solution is now used at 300 Piraeus Bank branches for on-demand card issuance, replacing the more expensive and time consuming system of sending EMV debit cards by mail. Headquartered in Athens, Piraeus Bank is a pioneering and innovative bank that has a presence in key European countries including the United Kingdom, Germany and a growing presence in Eastern Europe. The bank has a network of over 800 branches in Greece and more than 450 branches across its European subsidiaries. A secure, convenient and innovative instant issuance solution Piraeus Bank was seeking a highly secure, convenient and innovative instant issuance solution that was cost-effective and easy to deploy for printing EMV debit cards in local branches across Greece. The bank chose HID Global’s FARGO printers/encoders based on these stringent requirements, in addition to the printers reliability and high quality, durable printing. “HID Global is a trusted and recognised brand that offers the best solutions in the marketplace. The company’s instant issuance product was affordable and is unmatched for its ease of integration into Piraeus Bank’s highly secure IT banking environment,” said Harris Voutsas, IT Operations Director with Piraeus Bank. “Thanks to HID Global, we are able to offer our retail banking customers an improved and convenient service to replace or issue new EMV debit cards.” "Thanks to HID Global, we areable to offer our retail bankingcustomers an improved andconvenient service to replaceor issue new EMV debit cards" “By delivering a comprehensive and innovative instant issuance solution that enhances their customers’ retail banking experience, we were able to successfully collaborate and support Piraeus Bank, one of the most prominent banks in Greece,” said Craig Sandness, VP, Secure Issuance Business with HID Global. “HID Global's secure card issuance solutions have consistently proven to be the most reliable and robust in the marketplace.” Easily integrated with core card issuance solution HID Global partnered with CubeIQ, a regional banking solutions expert that has a long-standing relationship with Piraeus Bank. “We were able to easily and rapidly integrate HID Global’s FARGO solution into our core centralised Card Instant Issuance Solution CIIS™ for Piraeus Bank,” said Dimitrios D. Garbis, COO with CubeIQ. “This provided significant cost savings for the bank as there was no need to use additional PCs or install software in the branches for their card printing solutions.” The FARGO printers/encoders were deployed to bank branches within a short timeframe of three months. Retail banking customers can now use their debit cards immediately upon issuance, which also facilitates customer loyalty and enhances overall customer satisfaction. The bank was able to leverage the same FARGO solution for its four newly acquired banks at no additional expense, enabling it to realise a return on investment (ROI) within one year. Piraeus Bank is looking to further collaborate with HID Global to deploy additional secure identity solutions for its retail banking customers in the future.
FARGO card personalisation systems were used to print some of the industry’s earliest magstripe cards HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, is marking 20 years of innovation and leadership with its FARGO® line of solutions. FARGO card personalisation systems were used to print some of the industry’s earliest magstripe cards and have steadily evolved to help facilitate the industry migration to more secure, contactless smart cards and a wide variety of new personalisation features and capabilities. The company’s long list of industry milestones extends from some of the earliest ID card printers to breakthroughs in durability and integrated laser engraving for advanced visual security. “HID Global, through our FARGO product line, continues to be at the forefront of the card personalisation industry, including the migration from magstripe to more secure contactless smart card technology,” said Craig Sandness, vice president of product marketing, Secure Issuance, with HID Global. “As an original FARGO employee, it has been gratifying to see what we have accomplished over these past two decades. Along the way, we have contributed important secure issuance technology advances, including High Definition Printing (HDP®) for superior print quality and reliability, integrated laser engraving that makes card forgery and alteration virtually impossible, and Asure ID® software enhancements that simplify ID card template design and data entry.” Since the introduction of the first FARGO printer, HID Global has delivered a steady stream of industry advances in card issuance and personalisation. These include: 1993 – Introduced the Persona® card printer, company’s first ID card printer with inline encoding that streamlined the issuance process for magnetic stripe cards. 1996 – Released the Cheetah IITM printer, company’s first with lamination capabilities for dramatic increases in card durability. 1997 – Unveiled company’s first card printer with smart card encoding, providing new capabilities and a migration path to the industry’s first proximity cards. 1999 – Announced availability of the HDP720 ID card printer, company’s first retransfer printer and precursor to the award-winning FARGO line of durable, high-definition printing (HDP) solution designed specifically for smart cards. 1999 – Introduced the UltraCard® products, providing customers with the highest quality in card stock. 1999 – Offered the increased security and personalisation capabilities of using both clear and holographic overlaminates for adding advanced visual security elements to ID cards. 2002 – Unveiled the DTC500 Series card printer and encoder, an extremely durable, flexible and cost-effective issuance solution that was instantly popular with schools and universities across the U.S. along with large government projects worldwide. "As an original FARGO employee, it has been gratifying to see what we have accomplished over these past two decades.." 2005 – Released Asure ID personalisation software, broadening its portfolio and providing customers with increased capabilities when using FARGO printer solutions. 2006 – FARGO is acquired by ASSA ABLOY and merged with HID Global, culminating a long-standing relationship between the two companies and positioning HID Global at the forefront of a rapidly-growing secure issuance market. 2006 – Announced the HDP5000 ID card printer and encoder, which achieves award-winning status as the industry standard for ease of use and reliability in a compact solution for premium card printing. With an attractive price point, the HDP5000 ID card printer revolutionises the industry by making the superior card printing quality from retransfer technology available to the masses. . 2007 – Unveiled the HDPii printer, designed to deliver increased security and Europay/Mastercard/Visa (EMV) compliance while also enabling instant issuance capabilities for banking and financial institutions. 2012 – Brought the first, truly industrial table-top printer to market with the company’s HDP8500 card printer and encoder, which delivered increased security while streamlining large issuance projects in the enterprise and government markets. 2013 – Built on the success of its HDP8500 printer with the HDP8500LE, featuring sophisticated laser engraving for increased ID card visual security. 2014 – Company’s HDP5000 wins “Best New Product” from Security Products Magazine. HID Global has also steadily improved its card issuance solutions, including support for the company’s iCLASS SE Encoder platform and Seos® credential encoding within FARGO card printers. This latest enhancement to HID Global’s award-winning printers now makes it incredibly easy for users to print and encode physical access control (PACS) credentials in a single, seamless step, further enhancing the user experience for enrolling, managing and issuing smart cards.
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