Asure ID updates

AsureID 7 Solo Upgrade

HID Global encourages all current owners of Asure ID to download and install the latest update (Asure ID version 7.7), which is available at no charge to current Asure ID 2009 and Asure ID 7 users.

This update can be easily applied from within the application by clicking Options > Resources > Check For Updates.


MATICA – A New Generation of ID Card Printers


A New Generation of ID Card Printers

Desktop Card Printers

Moca II and Espresso II are compact and powerful desktop ID card printers that represents Italian design & engineering and reflects German reliability with its consistent performance.

Booth offer its users great value and versatility with superior print speed and outstanding print quality. With its robust and durable construction, these direct-to-card desktop printers look and work great in any office or card production environment.

Available in single and dual-sided configurations – you can easily meet your printer needs for single or dual-sided cards. In addition, the entire line offers optional WiFi and Ethernet connectivity, which makes printing and encoding convenient and trouble-free. You can easily match your printer needs, as a vast range of options are easy to add as your business needs continue to evolve.



Moca II

Moca II

Matica launches new retransfer printer for event sector’s oversized cards

Matica launches new retransfer printer for event sector’s oversized cards

  • Matica’s new XL8300 prints oversized event cards in superior retransfer quality.
  • Newly developed XL8300 is an exclusive Matica offering.
  • Widest printable area with oversized card format.

MUNICH,  7 April, 2016 – Matica Technologies AG (A0JELZ), a worldwide leading vendor for financial and secure ID card issuance systems announces the launch of the XL8300, an innovative retransfer printer, which specializes in exceptionally high quality card applications for oversized cards for the events industry.

Based on the successful XID retransfer Series 8, the XL8300 will complement Matica’s comprehensive portfolio by offering the ever-growing events sector a portable solution that issues non-standard, wide format cards with high calibre printing.

Wide format cards and badges are deployed for visitors, staff or VIPs by event management and conferencing companies organizing conventions, trade shows and sports events, such as the Olympics, Formula One, golf, football, tennis and all other competitions. ´

“The oversized card format market is a growing sector so it was a logical step to make our entrance by maximizing Matica´s well-known and trusted technology. The market reaction to our improved products, which sit within a broad and competitive portfolio, shows that we are on track to achieve sustainable profitability,” said Sandro Camilleri, CEO, Matica Technologies AG.

Demand for wide format ID cards may also include sites of specialized security where increased card personalization is required. Matica´s XL8300 has an option to encode contactless cards. Similarly, corporate environments may need them where access control requires immediate personal identification. As an additional security feature, the XL8300 can print logo, text and images with UV ink.


What makes the XL8300 stand out from the crowd in the events industry?

Superior print quality for wide format visitor cards

High resolution retransfer print technology, with biggest individually printable areas.

Improved flexibility and options

The XL8300 is not restricted to one material and prints on a wide range of card material such as ABS, PET and PVC. Increased card personalization is possible owing to its option to encode contactless cards for electronic access control, and UV printing to increase the level of security. The personalization can be done in full color and monochrome carbon black.

Recognizable reliability

The successful XID retransfer Series 8 constitutes the core function behind Matica’s new XL8300 reassuring users about its high printing competences for which it is known.

“We have a comprehensive portfolio of card issuance solutions but we recognized that there was a gap in the events market, so our engineers and designers have worked hard to add a new member to our XID Series 8 family, which creates an advanced alternative for anyone working with wide format cards,” said Harald Zinn, Director, Product Marketing for Secure ID, Matica Technologies AG.


XL8300 is available now through Matica´s partner network.

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What level of card security do I need?

How secure do you need your ID cards?

This is a common question from our customers. The level of card security depends on a number of factors but we will try to break it down in basic bullet list:

PVC printed ID card

  • If visual identification is all you require, then a simple photo ID may work just fine. This is a simple, low cost solution and it can be implemented quickly and easily.
  • For this ID, you can simply include you company logo and employee name OR you can considering adding photo, title or access level.
    1. Benefits: low cost, professional and easy entry-level ID solution
    2. Risks: this does not automate access control (i.e. turn card “off” once no longer at company) and some interaction may be required to validate a user.
  • If this security solution will meet your needs, please contact ASAP for information on an ID printer OR for ASAP to print cards on your behalf.

Mag stripe or bar code printed ID card

  • If your organization requires a slightly higher level of security than a simple visual ID, consider a magnetic stripe or bar code solution. This is also a low cost and easy solution to implement that may meet your needs.
  • How can a mag stripe or bar code system work? It may be used for clocking in/out, logging into a POS system, checking books in/out as well as paying for meals on an account simply by swiping the card through a mag stripe or bar code reader connected to your company system.
  • Bar codes can be 1D, 2D or QR codes depending on the amount of data to be stored. Mag strips are low, mid or high-co and again can store a variety of data on 1, 2 or 3 “tracks”.
  • Benefits and Risks are the same as PVC only ID cards. It adds a slightly higher level of function but very little added security.

Proximity ID card

  • Proximity cards/fobs are considered “keyless access”. They offer facilities an easier and more affordable way to control access by issuing Prox “keys” which they can simple “turn off” once the person no longer requires access without having to track down a physical key. Prox also allows tracking of access when readers are required for access control (buildings, parking lots, etc). This would be considered a “moderate” security solution.
  • Users are also able to control access on schedules and/or grant access to certain areas only to certain employees.
  • Finally, you are able to print on most Prox cards to allow you to include both visual security with electronic access control.

Smart (contact and contactless) ID card

  • The highest level of card security are consider Smart Cards.
    • Contactless smart cards use high-frequency radio frequency identification (RFID) and a memory chip to store data (2K, 8K, 16K, etc). The larger the chip, the more capacity to store/encrypt. These cards can be used for building/parking access, secured access to rooms, cabinets, closets, logical access, inventory tracking, cashless vending, clocking in/out.
    • There are risks….primarily privacy concerns since devices store data and can be read by another device if in the wrong hands.
  • Contact smart cards include a chip/microprocessor on the card with enormous storage capacity. These cards must be inserted into a special reader to access data but these are more secure cards and cannot be skimmed (no RFID). Consider the new chip credit cards as an example of contact cards are work. These, too, can have a photo/name added to include visual security if needed.

Allegion offers two new credentials

Allegion offers two new credentials

Allegion has two new credential options designed to make life more convenient

  • Thin keyfob: Offered with either MIFARE Classic smart or proximity technology, the new, thinner keyfob provides the same level of security and convenience as our standard keyfobs, but its thinner profile takes up less space on a key ring.
  • Silicone wristband: The new MIFARE Classic smart silicone wristband credential offers convenience and secure access with a wearable credential. Made of waterproof silicone for durability, the wristband is available in 11 colors.

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Tom’s Bio

TEB & MEB in SeattleTEB's babyTom was born and raised in Wilmington, DE where he attended Archmere Academy and University of Delaware (Fighting Blue Hens) where he earned a BA in History and Social Studies.  Upon completion of his degree, he joined the US Navy, became a commissioned Salvage and Diving Officer and a served on the USS Current from 1956-1959.

Following his time in the US Navy, Tom met and married his best from, Mary Ellen Quinn in 1959 and shortly thereafter they started a family.  In 1964, Tom earned his Masters in Social Science Education and worked in the Wilmington Public Schools and in 1968 he moved his wife and 6 children on a grand adventure from Wilmington to Indiana in order for Tom to complete his Masters in Economics Education at Purdue University.  In 1970 the family (now 7 children) moved to Bloomington, IN for Tom to pursue his Doctorate from Indiana University.fam

For the Browns, there was 1 more child and 1 more move in the future.  In 1973, Tom was recruited as a teacher and the principal of Brebeuf Preparatory High School in Indianapolis.  The family of 10 + trusty dog, Pete, moved to their new home in August 1973 to start a new adventure.

After 10 years at Brebeuf, Tom accepted a position with the US Army as a Supervisory Instructional Systems Specialist, but his entrepreneurial spirit was beginning to take hold and he started  ASAP Identification in the basement (no, not the HP garage) of his family home while still working for the US Army.  In 1994 he moved into an office space in downtown Indianapolis and quite his job at the US Army to pursue ASAP full time.  In 2006 he was joined by his daughter, Sheila Brown.

1st commTom is now retired.  He is a prostate cancer and melanoma survivor and now is fighting early dementia.  Fortunately for his family, his dementia has left him only with some memory issues but he is still the lovable, happy and optimistic Tommy Brown that we all have gotten to know over the years.  He is cared for by his loving wife, his St. Thomas Aquinas community and with added care at Joy’s House.  While we hope and pray for a cure for this devastating disease, we hold onto all the loving memories that no one can take from us!


Sheila’s Bio

Sheila grew up in Indianapolis were she attended St. Thomas Aquinas School, IPS #59 and Broad Ripple High School.  Upon graduation, she studied Political Science and Economics at Miami (OH) University.

1st commv2Like many mid-west college grads in the early 90s, she was drawn to the Windy City immediately following college where she lived and worked for Andersen Consulting and was assigned to clients ranging from manufacturing to service to retail.  With that knowledge, she applied to and was accepted at Indiana University (Kelley) School of Business where she earned her MBA in Operations Management.

With her newfound degree, Sheila was recruited by Hewlett Packard/Agilent to lead a global team to identify opportunities for efficiency improvements throughout the supply chain and then work to establish and optimize distribution centers in the US, Europa and Asia.  The years at HP/Agilent were fantastic and enabled her to travel extensively and work with colleagues from all corners of the world.

Post HP/Agilent, Sheila and her husband Juan Gonzalez along with her 3 children decided living/working closer to home was her next calling so it was then that she took over her father, Tom Brown’s, small photo ID business in Indianapolis and she has worked to expand and grow to be a top vendor for many of Indiana’s largest employers.  She is well on her way!

ZXP7 Cleaning the Printer

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ZXP3 Cleaning the Printer

Follow these easy steps to clean your Zebra ZXP3 to ensure a long lasting printer!

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Two New HID Professional Select Series Printers, the FARGO DTC5500LMX and HDP5600

Press Release from HID Global Product Management, Secure Issuance

On March 31st, HID Global® will announce the availability of its all-in-one printing and lamination direct-to-card printer, the DTC5500LMX, and its new high definition card printer, the HDP5600 – both of which comprise HID’s new Professional Select* Series of printers. Available exclusively to HID FARGO® ASP certified partners globally, and upon submission of an approved Professional Select Business Plan, these printers represent the latest in ID card printing technology.

The DTC5500LMX provides premium printing and delivers the quickest, most cost-efficient wasteless lamination solution on the market today. The DTC5500LMX is the latest release in the successful line of FARGO® Direct-to-Card (DTC®) printer/encoders, and the first to utilize HID Global’s iON™ technology which powers the fastest and most energy efficient lamination hardware available.

HID Global’s DTC5500LMX all-in-one printing and lamination solution delivers on the promise of reliable, high-volume production at an ultra-low cost-per-card. This enables cost-conscious organizations to routinely issue secure, durable cards in high volumes without sacrificing quality. And as the most energy efficient printing and lamination system available today, the DTC5500LMX is the first printer on the market to be GreenCircle® Certified.

Additionally, the DTC5500LMX system also uses HID Global’s new wasteless PolyGuard™ LMX overlaminates, providing the highest level of card protection while reducing consumable costs by up to 50%. The new consumable design will drive savings in high-volume printing environments, making it the ideal solution for higher education, large corporations, healthcare facilities and government agencies.

HID Global’s new HDP5600 features an affordable, high resolution 600 dpi printing option for superior text and image quality. Based on HID Global’s industry leading, 5th generation HDP technology, it is ideal for government agencies, universities, corporations and healthcare facilities who need re-transfer printing technology to routinely issue high definition ID cards.

Not only are colors more brilliant and images sharper, but the high quality, 600 dpi resin printing capabilities of the HDP5600 give the ability to precisely print small text and crisply defined barcodes like never before. The HDP5600 also includes a built-in Workbench™ diagnostic utility and Color Assist™ tool to help better match spot colors on company logos and service marks. Leveraging the 600 dpi option, the printer can even accurately reproduce complex characters, such as Kanji, Arabic and Cyrillic.

Key benefits of both printers are outlined below:

DTC5500LMX Printer/Encoder/Laminator

  • Lower Cost Per Card. PolyGuard™ LMX wasteless laminates are manufactured with 1000 patches per roll – enabling lower cost per patch as well as minimizing consumable re-filling.
  • Ease of Encoding. Wide array of contact, contactless and magnetic encoders available for seamless in-line encoding of smart card credentials.
  • Save Time, Save Energy. HID Global’s iON™ technology brings the laminator to optimal operating temperature in under 45 seconds, as compared to the three-plus minutes required by competitive systems. This is up to an 80% saving in time as well as reducing energy consumption.
  • Rugged Enclosure. Robust housing ensures continuous production of quality ID badges and smartcards – even in the harshest printing conditions, such as arid or dusty environments – protecting your investment long into the future.
  • Dual-side Lamination Standard. Unlike other printer / laminators available on the market today, dual-side lamination with one material comes standard for users that may want a full clear patch on one or both sides, for example. A two-material option is also available for cards requiring unique laminates on each side – such as with a custom holographic patch on the front side of a card – with a half patch protecting the back side that leaves a magstripe unencumbered for use.
  • Built in Security. Optional locking hoppers and consumable doors provide maximum security for printing of highly-secure IDs.

HDP5600 Printer/Encoder

  • High Resolution Printing. The HDP5600 features a high resolution 600 dpi option for printing vibrant images, crisp barcodes and small, complex characters. A standard 300 dpi model is also available.
  • Competitive Feature Set. The HDP5600 offers an array of differentiators not available with other HDP printers on the market:
    • 600 dpi availability for both single-side and dual-side printing
    • Half-panel ribbons (for a lower cost-per-card option)
    • High Durable HDP Film
    • Optional dual input hopper capability
  • Backward-Compatible Ribbons and HDP Films. To ensure a smooth transition, the new HDP5600 ribbons and HDP films are backward compatible to the HDP5000. More information is available within the HDP5600 Launch Kit.
  • Enhanced Memory. Provides all the same features, functions and options currently available for the HDP5000 but with added 64 MB memory, allowing for increased resolution without sacrificing print throughput speeds.