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HID launches entry-level direct-to-card printer

Model aimed at SMEs seeking to eliminate outsourcing of identity management

Security hardware, HID global (www.hidglobal.com/)

Secure identity solutions specialist HID Global yesterday announced it has added an entry-level model to its FARGO Direct-to-Card (DTC) printer line that provides a plug-and-play solution for printing credentials with low per-card issuance costs.

The new FARGO C50 printer is aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses, retail organisations and educational institutions that are keen on making a move away from the outsourcing of credential issuance.

"The C50 printer brings the trusted quality of HID Global's FARGO printer solutions to the market at a price point that enables small- and medium-sized businesses to enjoy Genuine HID reliability together with the easiest possible out-of-the-box experience," said Craig Sandness, vice president of product marketing, Secure Issuance with HID Global. 

"The printer includes everything that is required to quickly and easily create full-colour, personalised credentials, without having to buy or install any additional components, accessories or software.  Its affordable hardware and consumables make the C50 direct-to-card printer the ideal introductory solution for emerging markets and smaller organisations, while enabling virtually anyone to print their own credentials whenever, wherever they desire."

The compact C50 printer includes features such as an all-in-one printer ribbon and card-cleaning cartridge, and HID Global's Workbench diagnostic utility that automatically monitors printer health and reminds users when routine maintenance must be performed.  The printer's built-in Swift ID badging software is designed to simplify the creation of personalised IDs, and the printer is also interoperable with HID Global's Asure ID card personalisation software for additional design, database management and technology card encoding capabilities.  The C50 printer can also be used with the company's EasyLobby Visitor Management Software, which enables users to create and issue secure guest badges.