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Are ID cards right for you?

ID cards can be used across multiple applications to improve efficiency and productivity, and most importantly, to protect and secure your organisation – whether Corporate, Government, Education, Healthcare, Transport and more. But are ID cards right for you? Firstly, in what circumstances would you need to prove you are who you say you are? There are a number of scenarios: Visual identity – you...

Transforming states’ road transport

When a government mandate was issued to transition from paper-based travel documents to Smart Card-based Driving Licences and Vehicle Registration Certificates, the idea was to curb malpractice such as forged licenses and unauthentic entries in vehicles’ registration books. It was a mammoth project that would completely transform the states’ road transport scenarios. It would increase...

What is a National Identity?

Today, passports and other forms of national ID might seem ubiquitous to those of us living in a globalised world, where we’re often asked to present some form of valid national ID to confirm “who we are” and “where we are from”. However, this hasn’t always been the case. It is only 500 years ago that King Henry V of England introduced the Safe Conducts Act 1414 which inscribed into law what can...

What is “Identity”?

What is Identity? Arguably, not just a photo on an ID card. It’s made up of so much more – from the way someone walks, to their voice and style of dress – not to mention individual characteristics such as fingerprints, irises and teeth. It is one of the most fundamental building blocks of communication, collaboration or commerce while at the same time, protecting...

Identity in Healthcare

Unfortunately, in the healthcare industry worldwide, a lack of automation accentuated by the use of old systems combined with a dependence upon manual processes means most medical facilities are highly vulnerable to data breaches. A global ‘2018 Cost of a Data Breach’ study conducted by Ponemon Institute says that for the eighth year running, healthcare organisations had the highest breach...

Fake IDs and how to spot them

Fake IDs are a lucrative business, fuelled by the anonymity that the internet and social media afford. A good quality forged document with secure elements, such as a hologram and UV features, of a genuine ID can be obtained at a reasonable price, at the mere click of a button.   A fake ID can be any of the following: Genuine document which is being used by someone else, e.g. a child using...

Built-in security – now and looking ahead

Identity and security go hand-in-hand. We at Magicard are already known for developing our pioneering HoloKote® technology to apply a secure watermark to each ID card during the printing process. This feature exploits the wavelengths and lens effect of the film to fluoresce under UV lighting conditions. Then came the Custom HoloKote® which allows for the registered creation of a personalised...

Pioneering compliance security in new ID card printer from Magicard

Today marks the release of the Magicard 600, the most detailed and secure addition to our direct-to-card printer family. Digital shredding(TM) Developed in response to GDPR and the worldwide growing demand for regulation around personal information, the Magicard 600 is not a repository for data like other ID card printing devices. Once information has been used for the print job, it is...

Applications for ID cards #4: Corporate

In the last in this series where we explore how ID cards are used in different industries, we consider the Corporate world. Here, challenges range across: Improving security: make it harder for people to gain access to places they’re not entitled to Protecting data: keeping customer information and intellectual property secure Improving efficiency: Issue accurate proof of identity quickly and...

Applications for ID cards #2: Education

Following on from our previous post in this series surrounding Healthcare, today we’re looking at how ID cards can be used in the Education sector to best effect. The main objective in this industry is to protect staff and students. ID cards help to reduce risk and allow people to study and work in a safe and secure environment without unnecessary distractions. They help increase efficiency in...

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