HID Global announced that it has been selected to supply its Fargo HDP5000-LC printer/encoders to the U.S. Department of Defense Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC).
As part of the DMDC’s migration to the next generation of ID card printers, the HDP5000-LC units will be utilized throughout the DMDC. The primary use of the Fargo HDP5000-LC printer will be to support the DOD’s Common Access Card (CAC) program, which annually produces over 3 million technology cards. The FIPS 201-compliant printer will be offered as a solution via a contract recently awarded to Telos Corporation of Ashburn, Va. This one-year contract has four single-year extensions.
The initial order of HDP5000-LC printers for shipment in the third quarter of from Telos Corporation is the largest single order in the history of HID’s Fargo printer line. The HDP5000-LC printers will be deployed worldwide beginning in the fourth quarter to support fixed ID card systems installed at more than 1,000 sites. A follow-on order is expected later this year to complete the update of the remaining DMDC mobile and shipboard CAC systems that are deployed.
The HDP5000-LC includes advanced security features and light-weight, modular components. Based on High Definition Printing technology, the HDP5000-LC prints images onto the under side of a special film that fuses to the surface of a card through heat and pressure. Since this process transfers dyes and resins directly onto a smooth, flexible film, the printhead never comes in contact with the card surface itself. As such, print quality is not affected by card surface imperfections that are not even with the card surface, such as smart chips, ridges caused by the internal antennae or debris. Similarly, smart chips or antennas are unaffected by heat from the printhead.