id cards

Fargo DTC4000

The Fargo DTC4000 is an ideal card printing solution for businesses, schools, and local governments that need a reliable means of printing. The DTC4000 is a plastic card printer that provides all the security of HID with all the reliability of Fargo for sharp, professional looking, high-quality ID cards and photo ID badges – easy and quick.

For more information on Fargo DTC4000 please contact ASAP Identification at 317-488-1030 or info@asapid.com to learn more.

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What is RFID and how can you protect your ID cards?

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the use of a wireless non-contact system that uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data from a tag attached to an object, for the purposes of automatic identification and tracking. The tag contains electronically stored information which can be read from up to several meters (yards) away. Unlike a bar code, the tag does not need to be within line of sight of the reader and may be embedded in the tracked object.

RFID can be found in various different objects, such as passports, ID cards, hospitals, and schools and universities. With RFID technology in some ID cards, private information can easily be stolen.

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ASAP can help protect your id cards and even your credit cards with RFID Protection Sleeves. For more information on how to obtain these protection sleeves, please call (317-488-10320) or email Sheila Brown (sbrown@asapid.com) with questions.

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Does this ID system purchase make me look foolish?

When we get calls from customers looking for a new ID system, they often try to find the least expensive printer available. While we will always offer the best price available, ID systems should be purchased to meet your ID requirements and not just a price point.
Some basic printers are very robust and will serve you well but oftentimes there is a higher per print cost for the ribbons. If you do not print large volumes, this will not be a problem but if you do print large volume, you need to be careful in understanding the total cost of ownership including both upfront + ongoing costs.

Some high end printers offer great flexibility including:

  • adding encoding
  • dual sided printing
  • lamination

For some customers, this flexibility is important so the ID system can grow along with your needs. These printers often have a higher up front cost to “buy” that flexibility.

Every card printer is different so we recommend reading about the capabilities using the brochures on each website, comparing those facts to each other and, of course, giving us a call so we can help you make the right decision for your organization now and into the future.

Call 317-488-1030 or email us to talk or ask questions so we can help. No one wins if you end up with the wrong printer for your organization, so let’s do it right the first time.

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Fargo Printers and Alphabet Soup

Honestly, every time someone places an order for a Fargo ID card printer ribbon I’m reminded of alphabet soup. Yes, that orange/yellow soup you ate as a kid (maybe still eat, and I’m not judging if you do) filled with an assortment of letters and numbers. It isn’t hard to imagine why. The ribbons have names like YMCKK, YMCFK, YMCKI and YMCKH. Let’s be honest, that is a mouthful (okay, that was a pretty awful pun).

Ordering these Fargo ribbons might be a little easier if you learned what those letters actually mean. To help with that, these letters mean the following:

  • Y – yellow panel
  • M – magenta panel
  • C – cyan panel
  • K – black resin panel
  • H – heat seal panel
  • F – fluorescing panel
  • I – inhibitor panel

Now depending on which of these letters is included in the ribbon name, those letters will tell you exactly what that particular ribbon does. For example, a YMCK ribbon is capable of printing full color cards while also possessing a resin black panel. This enables the YMCK ribbon to also print barcodes or text that requires a crisp black color. Another example is the YMCFK ribbon. This ribbon contains a fluorescing panel that enables you to produce images that are only visible with ultraviolet light. This provides an end user with a cost effective way to include an anti-counterfeiting security measure within each card produced.

Please give us a call at (317) 488-1030 to learn more about our Fargo brand ribbons, as well as about our Evolis, Zebra and Datacard ribbons. We are happy to walk you through the process, and if you decide to stop by our offices, we will give you a bowl of alphabet soup.

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Make your facility more secure with Proximity Cards

We are always being asked how customers can make their facilities more secure. One way to make your facility more secure is through the use of a proximity card. A proximity card, or prox card as they are sometimes referred to, allows a company to make a building or an area of the building accessible by authorized personnel only. Proximity readers are installed in the building or area at issue and the appropriate personnel are given proximity cards to access that facility. The personnel need to place the card near the reader in order to gain access.

It is important to remember that proximity cards can also be used for other functions, such as accessing your network. You, as the customer, just need to decide what other functions you would like your proximity cards to serve. You might be surprised that this security solution can also serve as a means to make your personnel more efficient.

If you have any questions about the use of proximity cards, please give us a call at (317) 488-1030.

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