HID Global Launches Industry Leading Line of Advanced-Generation FARGO® Direct-to-Card Printer/Encoders

IRVINE, Calif., August 31, 2010 – HID Global, trusted leader in solutions for the delivery of secure identity, today introduced a new line of industry-leading direct-to-card (DTC®) FARGO® printer/encoders for organizations of all sizes that require personalized identity badges. The new product line, encompassing three new models designed to meet the needs of small organizations to global enterprises, provides the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of color printers for secure identity cards.

The line consists of the cost-effective DTC1000 entry-level printer for small organizations; the professional-level DTC4000 printer for small- to medium-size organizations with greater security and scalability requirements; and the advanced, DTC4500 professional printer for large corporations and government organizations with high-volume needs.

All three new printers were engineered to be extremely reliable and easy to use, with intuitive graphical interfaces and innovative features such as the industry’s first Swift ID™ embedded badging application and a single-port (USB or Ethernet) connection for advanced inline printing and encoding.

The modular design of the new DTC FARGO line also ensures that organizations can protect their investment by adding functionality as their needs grow. Depending on the printer model, options include technology card encoding (iCLASS®, Mifare, DESFire), dual-sided printing, dual-input card hoppers, lamination capability and more.

Additional features of the new FARGO DTC printer/encoders include:

  • The capability to print and inline encode technology cards in one pass through one physical connection (USB or Ethernet) ideal for organizations needing a streamlined card issuance solution
  • Enhanced security features, including printer password protection, fluorescent printing for cost effective and dynamic security and multiple custom holographic overlaminate options for added card durability and security
  • Flexible footprint to fit a variety work-area configurations
  • A reliable and intuitive design that requires minimal maintenance and training, featuring cartridge ribbon loading, color status indicators and SmartScreen ™ graphical displays similar to photocopy machines
  • Interoperability with Genuine HID technology guaranteeing compatibility with all HID solutions
  • 2 year global warranty

Based on previous generations of solid and extremely reliable design, the new printers are the first FARGO models to be introduced as part of the HID Global family.

“Our advanced generation FARGO printers offer flexibility and more importantly the quality and reliability that FARGO customers have come to trust, said Alan Fontanella, senior director of product marketing identity and access management, HID Global.  We are proud to launch the new FARGO line under the HID Global portfolio.  This enables customers to benefit from complete interoperability with other Genuine HID secure identity solutions as well as access to HID’s worldwide service and support network.”

Availability
All FARGO DTC printer/encoders are available immediately through HID Global’s worldwide network of distribution partners and system integrators.

Supporting Quotes:

Alan Mendelson, President, Plasco ID, USA

“The addition of the new FARGO printers to the HID Global product line significantly enhances our ability to meet our customers' security needs.  HID offers the most diverse and advanced range of card printer and security products available from any individual manufacturer.  These printers reinforce HID’s position as the market leader in the delivery of secure identity solutions.”

Axel Berns, Managing Partner, Intraproc GmbH, Germany

“The new FARGO secure ID printers represent the most comprehensive product line available from any manufacturer. There is a printer for every type of organization we support, from smaller companies to high-volume and high-security organizations. And the modular design enables us to scale to meet the specific needs of each customer.”