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Picture ID Card Systems

Picture ID Card Systems

Picture ID Card Systems

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Picture ID Card Systems

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Picture ID Card Systems

In order to create professional ID cards for your company or organization, you’ll need a complete photo ID system. There are several key components to such a system, including an ID card printer, ID card software, a digital camera, and the proper supplies such as plastic PVC cards and ribbon. Most ID card systems will work with your existing PC.


When choosing an ID card printer, it’s important to pull out a crystal ball and look into the future. How do you plan on utilizing your ID cards? Don’t just think about the present? Try to envision how your organization might develop or grow in the coming years. One factor is the number of cards you plan on issuing. If you foresee potential growth, you’ll want to go with a system that can handle the highest projected card volume in your long-term plan. Another key factor is functionality. Do you plan on implementing sophisticated features with your card program. A good number of today’s ID card printers are designed with a range of encoding options such as magnetic stripe encoding, smart chips, and proximity technology. These printers designed to be scalable so that they can adjust to your needs. It’s important to choose a printer with the ability to conform to your specific ID card solution.


The other major component of a picture ID system is the software. ID card software programs allow you to customize your cards, build out your design, and even store information in secure databases where it can be easily accessed and used for reports and more. As with ID card printers, the ID card software for your organization will depend on your individual needs. Programs range from basic entry level packages, to highly sophisticated software programs designed for the unique challenges faced by large corporations and other high-volume card issuers.

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