The Complete ID
Printer Buyer's Guide

This guide walks you through all the important considerations you'll need to know when selecting an ID card printer.

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Data Capture

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Data capture devices, from a basic barcode scanner up to an access control card door locking system, allows you to read and transmit the data stored on an encoded ID card. Each data capture devices is designed to work with specific types of cards.

  • Barcode Readers

    Barcode readers are small devices, often handheld, that scans and decodes the data stored on an ID card’s barcode.

  • Magnetic Stripe Readers

    Magnetic stripe readers are used to swipe and decode the information stored in ID cards with magnetic stripes.

  • ID Card Readers

    Smart card readers, which include readers for RFID and proximity cards, can decode and sometimes send data back to technology chips in ID cards.

  • Signature & Fingerprint Capture

    Signature and fingerprint capture devices do not scan or read ID cards; instead they are used to capture images of biometrics that can be printed on an ID card or stored in a database.