Educational Identification

HID Global Wins Award for Deployment of Its Cloud-based ID Personalization and Issuance Solution at Kent State University

AUSTIN, Texas, November 13, 2017 – HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today 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 personalization 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 now 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.  Today, the university simply uses an Apple iPad tablet to quickly snap student photographs and issue their ID cards right away, eliminating the need for students to wait for their IDs.

“We are honored that Kent State University is being recognized 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 helps 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.

Watch the Kent State University video or click here to learn more about HID FARGO Connect.

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About HID Global

HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things.  We make it possible for people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely. Our trusted identity solutions give people convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID technology. We work with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 3,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit

About Kent State

Kent State University is one of 76 public higher-research universities, as categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is ranked in the first-tier list of Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report. With eight campuses spanning Northeast Ohio, a College of Podiatric Medicine, a Regional Academic Center, and academic sites in major world capitals such as New York City, Geneva and Florence, Kent State is one of Ohio’s leading public universities and a major educational, economic and cultural resource far beyond the Northeast Ohio region it has served since 1910. The student body comprises more than 39,000 students, including more than 2,000 international students from 104 countries, and the worldwide alumni family exceeds 235,000. The addition of new learning environments from the sciences to the arts and the development of exciting new academic programs such as aerospace engineering, geographic information science and business analytics characterize Kent State’s focus on transformational educational experiences. For more information about Kent State, visit

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Painless Truths – Busting the Myths of Smart Card Migration

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A few months back, I wrote a blog about the top reasons Colleges and Universities are making progress towards moving to Smart Cards as a secure means of safeguarding people, data and assets. Here’s the link to that conversation to help remind you about the points I made in that blog.  In this conversation, I would like to build on the content in that earlier blog to share my thoughts about five myths that need to be de-mystified for colleges and universities who are considering the implementation of a Smart Card system for their campuses.

Institutions willing to tackle the complexity of installing a Smart Card system to manage their campus security will realize the benefits of using multi-function Smart Cards to obtain a myriad of services and applications that can be accessed campus-wide from physical facility and logical network access to cashless payment and tracking time and attendance. Though these institutions have embraced the idea of multi-function Smart Cards, they may have concerns about the logistics and costs associated with the installation and operation of a Smart Card security system. These concerns may be keeping some institutions from implementing Smart Cards even though they have a true desire to do so.

We have prepared an Executive Brief that debunks five myths involving multi-function Smart Card systems and their implementation. The five myths reviewed in the Executive Brief are:

Myth #1: I have to upgrade everything at once or I only have one option. FACT: A combination of phased implementation steps can be executed as needed to meet your specific needs.

Myth #2: We have too many access control technologies currently in place to migrate smoothly. FACT: A single Smart Card can house up to four different access control technologies.

Myth #3: It’s not possible to support old and new application technologies at the same time. FACT: Transaction-based applications can co-exist with access technologies on a single Smart Card.

Myth #4: Migrations are too expensive to implement. FACT: Maximize your system investment by migrating in phases versus all at one time.

Myth #5: Migrating to contactless Smart Cards will slow down the card issuance process. FACT: Smart Card encoders provide electronic and graphic personalization in one seamless step.

The Executive Brief will comment on these five myths in detail to offer reasonable Facts about implementing Smart Card systems to help you understand there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Please read HID Global’s Executive Brief to learn more about breaking down the myths of installing a multi-function Smart Card system. Let me know what you think.


Zebra Offers Advanced ID Card Printing Solutions For Universities

Zebra Offers Advanced ID Card Printing Solutions For Universities

Advances in printing technology over the past 2­-3 years have significantly improved user benefits to solve a greater number of campus needs.

Zebra provides a variety of fast and scalable printing identification and access control card solutions, like the ZXP Series 7, that can ramp up to meet peak demand periods and be flexibly deployed across locations. The benefit: schools save money by reducing operator time.

Zebra 7 Series card printerZebra’s ZXP Series 7 printers give you:

  • Increased efficiencies: Up to 90% faster card processing speed than the leading competitor*
  • Lower cost of ownership Up to 32% lower cost per printed card
  • Less operator time spent changing supplies: Up to 50% more ribbon per roll and 150% more laminate per roll
  • Added Flexibility: Easily relocate and integrate printers to nearby locations with 802.11b/g wireless connectivity and Virtual Printware™

Zebra Technologies is a Gold Member of the National Association of Campus Card Users (NACCU) and, as such, is committed to providing industry-leading printing solutions.

For more information, call ASAP Identification @ 317-488-1030 or email us @

ASAP helps Butler University in New 2014 Student Registration

Zebra 7 Series card printerOn the Butler University campus, your student ID is your all-access pass into the library, athletic center, and usually your next meal. When incoming students register, they receive the laminated photo cards and carry them with them at all times. Loaded with “Dawg Bucks,” their student ID cards act like debit cards for purchases at campus dining spots, some select off-campus restaurants and the campus bookstore.

During high-volume new student registration – when hundreds of students need cards in a short time frame – fast ID card creation is critical. When cumbersome printing slowed the process, Butler began looking for a better way.

As a client of ASAP Identification, we were able to assist Butler in deploying Zebra’s ZXP Series™ 7 card printers to meet the demand of ID cards during high-volume new student registration.

“When someone comes into our office for a replacement card, the printer is ready to go and we have their cards right away. They comment, ‘That was fast!”
– Theresa Hilliard (Butler University)


2014-2015 School Year, are you ready?

It’s time to get ready for Back To School, especially if you need an upgrade your ID card system for school ID badges.

The right ID card system can help your school run more smoothly to identify staff and students and to help make sure everyone is where they belong.

We have several solutions available to meet your needs, whether for hundreds or thousands of IDs.

Please let us know if you need any ID supplies to kick off the 2014-15 school year!

Thanks for your ongoing support of ASAP Identification (317-488-1030 or

Installation issues moving from an Eltron/Zebra printer to Fargo

There is a known issue with driver installation if an Elton Printer was previously installed on the machine.


Problem: During the final installation process for USB Fargo printers. The user is instructed to plug in the USB cable to finish the installation. When the usb cable is connected – nothing happens and the only option they have is to click “back” and they can’t complete the driver installation process.


  1. The user needs to go into: c\windows\Inf and look for file, rename this file to usbprint.inf.
  2. Next, reboot the PC then reinstall the driver. Most of the time the INF folder is hidden but the user can view the hidden folder by following these instructions:
  3. From Windows Explorer, go to: Tools / Folder Options
  4. Select the tab “View”
  5. Under “Files and Folders” and “Hidden Files and Folders” click on “Show hidden files, folders and drives”.

If you still have questions, please call (317-488-1030) or email us and we will help you.

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To Laminate or Not Laminate

Customers ask us occasionally – do I need to laminate my ID card? The answer – it depends. You see, the lamination process does provide several benefits:

  1. It does extend the life of your card.
  2. It gives a more finished look to your ID card.
  3. It does make your ID card more tamper resistant.

The lamination process is pretty simple. In essence, an additional layer is applied to your ID card once it has been printed. However, not every ID printer is capable of laminating an ID card. So, you need to think about whether or not you might want to have that capability in the future. We can help you figure out whether lamination is necessary for your business. And, if you still aren’t sure, we can always suggest a few printers that can be ungraded in the future. Please give us a call at (317) 488-1030.

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The School Year is Just Around the Corner!

The month of July is almost over, and we all know what that means, the school year is just around the corner!  Schools, colleges and universities soon will be preparing for the new school year.  Part of that preparation includes, issuing student, faculty and staff ID badges.  As you prepare to print those badges, remember badges aren’t just for identification anymore.  ID badges can be used for any of the purposes listed below.


ID badges can be used to enable students to access computers and other appropriate school technology.  They can also be used to control access to specific areas of the school or campus for student use.

Information Management

ID badges can store student information, such as emergency contact information, allergies and medications.  They can track attendance at school events.  The badges can also manage the library book checkout process.


ID badges can be designed to enhance security at your school.  A color-coding system can be incorporated into your badges to easily distinguish between students, faculty and staff.  For example, students could be given cards with green backgrounds, faculty members could receive cards with blue backgrounds and staff members could receive cards with black backgrounds.  You can also create visitor badges that look different from your other badges so they are easily identified.  In addition, you could consider more advanced visual techniques such as overlaminates and holographic foils that are either applied to your cards or embedded into them.


ID badges can allow students to use a pre-paid debit card for food service and vending machine purchases.

If you would like to learn more about how your school can use your current ID cards or how to enhance your cards, please call ASAP at (317) 488-1030.

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