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QR Codes: the high-tech, low-cost Smart ID Card solution

Screen shot 2014-03-06 at 1.24.46 PM copyConfirming someone’s identity before giving them access to facilities or work sites is crucial for your security. In the past, most organizations used passive photo ID cards to prove identity. Now a days, Smart ID Cards are being used within organizations to improve security and reduce the risk of fraud. These new systems can be expensive and cumbersome to maintain.

Enter the Quick Response Code. This QR code is a 2 dimensional black and white barcode that provides a high-tech but low-cost method of meeting security requirements. They are quite popular due to the fast readability and data storage capacity as compared to standard UPC barcodes. They are not only used for store displays and websites but are also printed on business cards and IDs.

These little codes store promotions, Internet links as well as personal contact information and numbers to be used for everything from promotional and branding efforts to more traditional ID security on photo IDs. Both Jolly ID Flow and Evolis eMedia have the ability to support QR codes. Use these codes for time and attendance, contact information and marketing material.

To learn more, call on ASAP Identification Security, Inc. 317-488-1030 or

Evolis Tattoo 2 – Warranty Trouble Shooting Guide

Minimal trouble shooting is required to obtain a Warranty Repair RMA

Card Feed Issues

  1. Run a self test to check functionality of the printer
  2. Update the printer firmware and driver
  3. Run a cleaning cycle
  4. Check for static build up on cards
  5. Ensure you are using the correct power supply
  6. Check card feeder for damage

Ribbon Breaking

  1. Ensure the correct ribbon type is set in the driver
  2. Run a cleaning cycle
  3. Run a self test to check functionality of the printer
  4. Update the printer firmware and driver
  5. Run a self adjustment
  6. Make offset adjustments by using commands
  7. Try different card stock

Card Jams

  1. Run a cleaning cycle
  2. Run a self test to check functionality of the printer
  3. Update the printer firmware and driver
  4. Run a self adjustment
  5. Try different card stock

Won’t Communicate

  1. Ensure that your printer is turned on and plugged into your computer
  2. Check to make sure the USB port on the printer is not loose or broken
  3. Try a different USB cable
  4. Try a different USB port
  5. Make sure that there is not a print job stuck in the print queue
  6. Try a different computer
  7. Verify that you are using the correct power supply

Mag Encoding Issues

  1. Ensure the cards are in the correct orientation
  2. Update the printer firmware and driver
  3. Ensure the correct coercivity is selected in the driver
  4. Test the mag encoder thru the driver

ASAP Offers NFC Tag Management Platform

tagtrail-identiveNear Field Communication (NFC) is the next generational evolution of the 13.56MHz contactless standard and is soon to be a ubiquitous technology that allows us to extend our digital lifestyles into the physical world.

NFC is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.

NFC offers additional layers of security and two-way communication protocols which allow for a wide range of applications. This potential has lead to a widespread inclusion of NFC enabled chipsets in consumer mobile devices, which is in turn contributing to a near-ubiquitous deployment of the technology. It is also allowing for NFC to be integrated into security systems.

ASAP and our partner, Identive, offer an array of NFC tags, readers and software development kits for trending NFC applications. The Tagtrail™ cloud-based mobile services platform lets organizations of any size deliver dynamic, personalized content and services to consumers’ mobile devices via NFC and QR code interactions – and update their mobile campaigns based on real-time engagement analytics. Tagtrail™ delivers the right message at the right time to the right audience. Introduce new information, increase trust, drive decisions, and change behavior – with our NFC tag management platform. With Tagtrail, your messages get into customers’ personal communication devices, where they can review, share and act on them.

Ideal uses:

  • Couponing – Use Tagtrail to build and reward loyalty with your customers. We can help you target specific information or offers to specific individuals. The same tag can deliver a coupon offer to a loyal customer and a welcome message to a first-time visitor. We can also help you assign multiple-use coupons or let your customers “share the deal” with their friends.
  • Social Media – Use Tagtrail to facilitate social engagement through Facebook, Twitter or G+. Place tags at prominent spots within your environment to make it easy for visitors to check in, like or follow your business. Our pre-printed social media tags simplify the connection process for your customers.
  • Wayfinding – Use Tagtrail to guide people to your store, restaurant or event. Tags placed on posters can guide people to you with turn by turn directions from wherever the tag is deployed.
  • Advertising – Use Tagtrail to advertise weekly, daily, even hourly specials that drive customers to your business, again and again.
  • Content Sharing – Use Tagtrail to share content such as blog entries, music, videos, special (even temporary) web pages or product information. And if the content changes, don’t worry about having to change the NFC tags –just update the content via the Tagtrail website, from your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.
  • WiFi Connect – Use Tagtrail to help customers and visitors quickly and securely connect to your local WiFi.
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HID Announces New C50 Printer

Fargo introduces the next generation of DTC ID card printers






HID Fargo has released several new printers:

  • C50 – new entry-level card printer. This is an affordable single sided printer which includes the Swift ID™ badging software to produce professional ID badges at an affordable price.
  • DTC1250e – enhanced DTC1000
  • DTC4250e – enhanced DTC4000
  • DTC4500e – enhanced DTC4500

For more information or to get a quote, please contact ASAP Identification Security today @ 317-488-1030 or

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No Tools Required – Changing the Print Head on the Evolis Primacy

Evolis’ unique design enables you to replace your print head – no tools required.

A printer’s print head determines print quality and is a highly sensitive component, therefore regular maintenance and a dust-free environment is essential to ensure a long productive life.

In the video posted below, TransTech Systems, Inc. shows you how to change the print head on the Evolis Primacy printer.

How to Clean a Fargo DTC4500 ID Printer

Follow the steps below to clean your DTC4500:

  • Go to your printers and faxes folder
  • Right click on the Fargo DTC4500
  • Click printing preferences
  • Click on the tool box tab


  • Click on the clean printer tab and follow the instructions


What is the difference: Full-Panel v. Half-Panel color ribbon?

For most companies, color badges are a requirement. Some use full color fronts only and others use full color fronts and backs. These ribbons can get pricey, though, so is there any way to save on your print costs? The answer may be YES.

YMCKO (Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, Overlay) ribbons are standard color ribbons where the YMC panels print in full color, the Black (K) panel prints in real black (required for bar codes) and the O is a clear overlay to ensure the colors don’t bleed off the card.

Half-panel color ribbons are different, however. For the half-panel ribbons, the Yellow, Magenta and Cyan panels are half the size of the regular panels but the K (Black) and O (Overlay) are full size panels. This allows for cards that only require color on up to half the card (with black available for any part of the card) to use half-panel ribbons.

YMCKO Full Panel and Standard Panels

So, will a half-panel color ribbon work for you? If your card design is set up so that the full color items (i.e., company logo, photo) are on half of the card and that the rest of the card is blank or black, you can use these ribbons. If you need to print more than half of your card in color, these ribbons are NOT an option.

Jolly Technical Support Plans

Protect your investment by purchasing a Technical Support Plan for your eligible software product¹. To purchase a Technical Support Plan, contact a Jolly customer service representative or the vendor where you purchased your software.

pdficon_large Download Service Level Agreement

Gold Coverage Plan Highlights²

  • Receive telephone and e-mail support with free remote assistance using online meeting software such as GoToMeeting, where applicable
  • Receive support for basic, advanced and expert level service requests
  • Service requests receive the highest level of priority and will be responded to within one (1) business day following the day of the request
  • User can request manual reactivation of software license in case of complete system failure³

$500 per Premier License
$250 per Standard License
$125 per Light Client License

Silver Coverage Plan Highlights

  • Receive telephone and e-mail support with free remote assistance using online meeting software such as GoToMeeting, where applicable
  • Receive support for basic and advanced level service requests
  • Service requests receive a higher level of priority than Bronze service requests and will be responded to within two (2) business days following the day of the request
  • User can request manual reactivation of software license in case of complete system failure³

$400 per Premier License
$200 per Standard License
$100 per Light Client License

Bronze Coverage Plan Highlights

  • Receive e-mail support¹
  • Receive support for basic level service requests
  • Service requests will be responded to within five (5) business days following the day of the request

Cost: Free

FARGO: Enabling Printer Communication with RFIDTagged Consumables

Fargo Tech Update

This guide describes the process for enabling a card printer/encoder to communicate with print ribbon and overlaminate consumables that have radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags. The affected printers use consumables with tags that must be transitioned to an upgraded RFID technology. The procedure described in this publication supports the transition to the new RFID technology.

If you have one of the printer models below, please read this guide.

  • FARGO DTC300 and M30/M30e
  • Persona C30/C30e
  • FARGO DTC400/DTC400e
  • FARGO DTC550 and DTC550-LC
  • FARGO HDP5000 and HDP5000-LC
  • FARGO DTC4500-LC

If you need help upgrading your Fargo printer, please contact us at 317-488-1030 or

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