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Direct-to-card printer with many options

October 18th, 2018
Built on 20 years of proven direct-to-card printing expertise, the HID® FARGO® DTC1500 card printer/encoder offers the convenience and lower cost of high-throughput consumables along with a comprehensive feature set – enabling organizations to routinely issue highly secure cards and IDs at a fraction of the cost without tradeoffs in terms of quality. Designed for ID projects of governments, universities and colleges, primary and secondary education, healthcare facilities, and small-to-medium businesses, the DTC1500 boasts distinctive security features that are ideal for these organizations.

A built-in custom watermark overlay function allows for application of a customized transparent security image such as a logo, symbol, or text – to be integrated as a permanent watermark within the printed card’s overlay panel –, making duplication virtually impossible. The DTC1500 custom watermark provides organizations with a cost-efficient way to significantly increase card security and thwart would-be-counterfeiters without additional investment into holographic overlaminates or foil cards. 

The DTC1500 also comes equipped with a unique resin-based scramble data protection feature – providing an additional layer of security by hiding any information printed with a resin panel – rendering the panel unreadable. Standard password protection and AES-256 data encryption provide additional peace of mind.  

Beyond robust security, the DTC1500 offers innovative printing features such as the resin threshold. The resin threshold allows for true “K-panel” printing when desired by allowing printer operators to manually set and adjust precisely when the resin K panel is utilized based on color concentration. As a result, text and barcodes are darker and more crisply defined. What’s more, built-in dual-side printing can be activated with the simple use of an RFID tag making after-purchase upgrades virtually effortless. Due to its modular, scalable design, optional lamination or encoding modules can also be added at any time. Security, lower cost, innovation, and versatility – it all comes standard with the DTC1500. 

Excellent optional features 

There are several prominent options for the DTC1500: The built-in dual-side printing can be activated with the simple use of an RFID tag making after-purchase upgrades virtually effortless. The card lamination module for applying overlaminates to produce highly secure and durable cards can also be integrated. A technology card encoder allows easy migration to contact and contactless smart card technologies (including but not limited to iCLASS SE® or MIFARE®) or simple magnetic stripe and proximity cards as needed, and a Wi-Fi® accessory allows to conveniently print anywhere, anytime.



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