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Programmed vs Non-Programed ID Cards: What’s the Difference?

Programmed vs Non-Programed ID CardsAs the identification industry evolves, many organizations are developing an interest in managing and programing their own organizational ID cards.

Previously available technology was designed for more of an ID card information reading solution rather than encoding. However, further development of the technology is allowing organizations the ability to encode ID cards in-house on a large scale. With that said, let’s take a look at the requirements and if it’s worth it for you to pull the trigger.

What are the Requirements for Printing & Encoding ID Cards?

The first order of business would be to acquire a mid to high-level ID card printer. Depending on what you purchase, you can then add the appropriate encoding chip which will allow the printer to correspond directly with the ID software. Additionally, you may want to speak with a representative for support in getting set up properly and to ensure that you’re purchasing the correct non-programmed ID cards for your printer.

Is it Worth it for You?

Whether or not this move would be worth it for you really depends on your organization. If you’re looking to only print a few cards per year, the pros may not outweigh the cons. However, if you plan to print hundreds or thousands of cards on a yearly basis, then this may be a worthwhile investment for you. Either way, it’s up to you. But, ultimately being able to print and encode your ID cards in-house gives you absolute quality control and that may just be the reason to do it no matter what.

If you would like more information about printing and encoding ID cards, give us a call. We would love the opportunity to speak with you! Call (866) 610-4308 

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