Datacard Group, the world leader in secure ID and card personalization solutions, today announced at the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Seminar and Exhibition that Datacard Certified Supplies have generated more than a billion digital photo ID cards with exceptional quality and reliability.

We consider this a significant milestone as Datacard Group revolutionized the market by becoming the first to introduce direct-to-card printing of color photos in 1993, said Kent Shields, senior vice president of marketing and technology for Datacard Group. Prior to that, ID cards primarily consisted of low quality, low resolution paper pictures laminated between two pieces of plastic, which could be easily tampered with and altered, he said.

Datacard Group offers critical components such as card printers, identification software, digital image capture systems, supplies, custom security solutions and global services required for successful card programs. They are developed, fully integrated, tested and supported together, allowing end users to configure them to best meet their specific needs. These highly secure solutions play prominent roles in a variety of card programs worldwide, including national IDs, drivers licenses, employee IDs, school IDs and loyalty cards.

In addition to desktop ID printers such as its best selling Datacard SP Series card printers, Datacard Group offers high volume card personalization systems, passport systems and a variety of professional services. When also considering the number of color ID cards issued on its central issuance systems, Datacard Group expects to exceed the two billion mark within the next 12 months.

The upcoming two billion milestone reflects the broad range of proven technologieswe offer and the diverse customers we serve, said Shields. Our customer base, which includes corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, hospitals and schools, looks to Datacard Group for the most comprehensive portfolio of secure ID and card personalization solutionsthe technologies, services and suppliesavailable to the market, he said.

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