Schools in Cincinnati’s largest public school district are trying out a new card technology to help parents and schools keep track of children. When students get on or off the school bus they swipe an ID card with an RFID chip, and a computer program instantly texts the child’s parents. This new ZPass program can also be used to track and report on bus rider numbers, traffic problems, and missing children.
Other schools around the country are also implementing new ID card programs with RFID chips for everything from checking out library books and buying lunch to tracking attendance and student locations within school buildings.
While many schools are not using ID card programs like these, a basic student and staff ID card program can still add security to your district. Shop DisountID.com ID systems now!
Instead of using ink like an inkjet printer, ID card printers use special ribbons with color panels. The three colors that make up all colored ribbons are yellow, magenta, and cyan, but do you know the different types of ribbons ID card printers can use?
YMC ribbons contain the three basic colors, with no black or overlay panel.
KO ribbons contain just a black panel and a clear overlay.
YMCKO ribbons have the three colors, plus black and a clear overlay.
YMCKOK ribbons are for dual-sided cards, and print color on the front and black on the back.
In addition, there are ribbons with holographic images, ribbons designed for cards with signature panels, scratch-off ribbons, and much more! If you aren’t sure which ribbons you need for your ID card printer, our Ribbon & Supply Finder will quickly find all your printer’s compatible ribbons.
If you need to add visual security elements to your ID cards but don’t have a laminating printer, hologram stickers may be the perfect solution. These self-adhesive stickers come in a variety of designs and sizes to work with any card design, and can be applied to any ID card after printing.
Visual security like holograms makes it easier to identify authentic cards, improving security and deterring would-be counterfeiters. Sticker holograms can be added to cards that were already printed, making it easy to upgrade the security on older cards without having to re-print them.
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