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 user 2005-09-07 at 11:13:00 am Views: 45
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    State and Defense departments order high-tech printers
    The departments of State
    and Defense have ordered high-definition printers capable of creating
    identification cards for National Guard members and embassy employees.

    The Pentagon order of 290 laminating card printers and encoders will go
    to the National Guard Bureau, a joint agency of the Army and Air Force,
    some time this year. The printers will create IDs for active and
    reserve Guard personnel as part of the military’s Common Access Card
    program, a project of the Telos Corp. in Ashburn, Va.

    The printers have the capability to encode the cards with the type of electronic data that is embedded in smart cards.

    A second order for 100 of the printers by the State Department will be
    used to provide embassy employees with smart cards for secure access to
    buildings and computer systems. The initial order of 50 was shipped in
    June 2005, and the second order of 50 will be delivered by the end of
    the current fiscal quarter.

    Printers for embassy employees will include a special clear
    high-definition printing film that prints photos and holograms — an
    advanced form of photography that allows an image to be recorded three
    dimensionally. The data–photo, bar code, employee identification
    number–is then printed on this film.

    Traditionally, a photo is placed on the card then a hologram printed on separate film is placed over it.

    “You have a very high level of physical security that is a deterrent to
    fraud,” said Alan Fontanella, Fargo’s product director for its secure
    materials business, “so you can physically damage the card itself by
    trying to counterfeit it.”