Fargo Electronics has introduced a DESFire encoding option for its card printer/encoders that will produce a secure contactless card capable of a high speed connection between the card and reader. This industry first for a desktop printer is ideal in areas where speed and security are important, such as in access control, government, financial and healthcare applications, the company says.
Fargo is First in Desktop Card Printer Market to Adopt Advanced, Highly Secure Technology
MINNEAPOLIS–Fargo Electronics, Inc., a global leader in secure technologies for card identity systems, today announced the availability of a DESFire encoding option for its card printer/encoders. DESFire, a highly secure contactless smart card technology based on the industry-leading MIFARE platform, will offer the speed, functionality and convenience of a contactless card while maintaining a high degree of security.
DESFire allows high-speed, triple-Data Encryption Standard (3DES) RF encryption between the contactless card and the reader. It is used wherever high-speed, highly secure data transmissions are necessary such as access control, government, financial and healthcare applications.
“The key advantage of the DESFire card is the strong security provided by the smart chip technology,” said John Ekers, Fargo’s director of product marketing for systems and software. “The DESFire card encrypts the information stored on the chip as well as the communications between the chip and the DESFire reader.
“There are a number of ID badging project opportunities developing as a result of government initiatives like HSPD-12 and HIPAA where the operational security and privacy characteristics of the DESFire card are ideally suited. With Fargo as the first to market with this technology in our card printer/encoders, it gives us a competitive advantage,” continued Ekers.
Beginning immediately with the HDP600 Card Printer/Encoder, the DESFire encoding option will be available with the full range of Fargo’s High Definition Printing(TM) and Direct-to-Card product lines.
Founded in 1974, Fargo Electronics is a global leader in the development of secure technologies for identity card issuance systems, including secure card printer/encoders, materials and software. The company has sold more than 100,000 systems in the U.S. and over 80 other countries worldwide. Fargo card issuance systems reduce vulnerabilities and potential for loss of time, money and lives by continually improving the security of identity credentials. Fargo provides physical, information and transaction security for a wide variety of applications and industries, including government, corporate, national IDs, drivers’ licenses, universities, schools and membership. Based in Minneapolis, Minn., Fargo markets its products through a global distribution network of professional security integrators. For more information about Fargo, visit www.fargo.com.
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