Photo ID
Photo ID

Jun 1, 1997 12:00 PM
>By Staff

A 24-page, illustrated reference guide features facts and prices on supplies and accessories for video imaging systems, photo ID systems and customized ID cards. Offered by Identatronics, Elk Grove Village, Ill., the guide details high-security badges and temporary passes and equipment used for everything from access control to data collection.

A Windows-based booking and mug shot/lineup imaging system can initiate searches with incomplete information, according to Spillman Data Systems, Logan, Utah. Called BookMate, it can store a subject's video image and name, booking and offense data. The system can be installed on a 486 PC and connected to standard video cameras and printers.

Designed for applications requiring quality photo IDs to be produced quickly, the UP-D6600 digital color printer prints directly onto standard PVC cards. Offered by Sony Electronics, Montvale, N.J., the printer uses a one-step process to print and laminate a standard PVC card. A 256-color gradation laminated print is produced in approximately 68 seconds and a 128-color gradation print with lamination is produced in 40 seconds, says Sony. The device is equipped with a SCSI digital interface for data transfer from computer to printer. As many as 100 blank PVC cards can be stored in the card magazine, which can be expanded to 200 cards with the optional card stacker.

A monochrome ID card printer prints a combination of photos, text, graphics and bar codes onto PVC cards at the rate of about 5 seconds per card. Produced by Fargo Electronics Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn., the Presto Uno ID Card Printer is ideal for applications that call for printing on pre-designed cards, says the company. The printer includes a 32-bit print spooler that allows the host PC to begin the next card without delay, and it uses 300 dpi resin thermal transfer technology, printing up to 256 shades of gray. Fargo has also added the Presto Quatro full-color ID badge printer to the Presto ID line. Featuring 300 dpi dye sublimation and the ability to print more than 16.7 million colors, the Quatro can print edge-to-edge at a rate of 40 seconds per card, according to Fargo. Magnetic stripe encoding is also available with Uno and Quatro.

The C.Cure 800 Vision photo imaging system includes a video capture board, camera, flash, camera cable, stand and installation documentation. The software operates on the Windows 95 platform and includes a badge layout editor, support for multiple graphics formats and network retrieval of images, according to the manufacturer, Sensormatic Electronics Corp., Boca Raton, Fla. The system is offered separately or in conjunction with the C*Cure 800 Access Control and Security Management System, which has been updated to version 2.1.

A processing technology allows image printing, security coding and holographic or heavy laminate application at a fast rate. Invented by Nisca, Yamanashi-Ken, Japan (near Tokyo), the technology is used by the PR5100 card printer in conjunction with the PR5101 heat roller and will be available as a field upgrade, involving a substitution of a ROM chip. Parallel processing allows image printing to occur simultaneously with the security overlay process. New cards are processed while previous cards are being completed. Nisca products are distributed worldwide by Kanematsu-USA Inc., Somerset, N.J.

A photo ID printer features plug-and-play installation, operator-replaceable printhead and hands-free card cleaning. Designed for cost-conscious organizations, the ImageCard Express has easy card loading and one-step ribbon replacement, according to the manufacturer, Data-Card, Minneapolis. Options include in-line smart card personalization and magnetic stripe encoding.

An ID card has been designed for direct printing purposes and needs no over-laminate. The Tough card has an amorphous surface that closes up automatically after printing. According to the manufacturer, The Databac Group, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, U.K., recent improvements to the structure of the polyester have resulted in enhanced printability and sharper image quality. If thermal dye-sublimation ribbons are used, the settings on the printer do not need to be changed.

Updated video imaging software no longer limits capture of images or signatures to one site. Version 2.4 of Portrait Perfect from Casi-Rusco, Boca Raton, Fla., can use images from devices such as digital cameras and scanners. New shadow font, text rotation and pen width selection tools allow for more versatile badge design. The software includes image enhancement options and pre-defined bar code types. With Portrait Perfect Integrated badge information can be collected while the host is down and uploaded to the host when the connection has been re-established.

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