An increasing number of companies have moved from standard plastic badges to more sophisticated and secure smart cards. They want to combine the visual and electronic personalization of their cards. This can be done via contact (ISO7816) or via contactless (Mifare, DESFire, Hitag, HID iCLASS, i-code, Legic) interfaces.
To program integrated circuit cards (ICC) a printer must be equipped with a smart card contact station and a smart card programmer. This is a device very similar to a smart card reader/writer that is adapted to work as an encoder for memory cards and CPU cards. Smart card encoders are also referred to as card couplers.
CardWerk can upgrade your existing printer with our encoder kit or assemble and test a smart card printer with integrated contact station and smart card encoder.
Our smart card printer/encoder package is a powerful smart card programmer for:
smart card personalization
smart card application loading
smart card customization
The resulting system can then combine the printing and the encoding processes.
CardWerk can also customize commercial card imaging software to enable a coordinated personalization process that embraces card encoding and card printing.
With their modular design, the encoder kits are easy to install. The complete package (serial cable, installation guide, demo software, and DLL file with programmer's references) integrates smoothly into any software and hardware environment via PCSC.
If you don't already have smart card programming software, CardWerk can write the program for you.