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New from HID Global, the US identity product company, is vanGO. It’s described as a visual security solution for universities, businesses and government to create and issue personalised, secure IDs that can be issued on-the-spot via a desktop solution.

With vanGO, cards are hot-stamped with a square metallic patch that can be written with the card holder’s facial image just before being issued using a laser writer module and the high-performing, FARGO HDP8500 printer from HID. This image creates a unique relationship between card and cardholder that makes the card nearly impossible to counterfeit, the makers claim. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of inspections are still undertaken by the naked eye rather than an electronic reader. The “at-a-glance” vanGO security of each card makes it easy to visually identify and authenticate the cardholder’s identity without electronic readers or access to databases, it is claimed.

Craig Sandness, Vice President, Secure Issuance Business with HID Global, said: “Our focus is to develop creative yet pragmatic solutions that address the security concerns felt by today’s many organizations, from college campuses to state agencies to global enterprises. With this latest breakthrough in our visual security offerings, HID Global is enabling our customers to issue more advanced and secure ID cards than ever before, in the same easy-to-implement and cost-effective way that they have come to expect from us.”

By adding a personalised, counterfeit-resistant image of cardholders to cards in higher educational settings, vanGO ensures that facilities and campuses are safeguarded against counterfeiters who shouldn’t have access to those areas. For government agencies such as parks and recreation departments, state offices, public safety centres, and weapons or land management bureaus in the United States, the authentication offers “eye-readable” security that was previously unavailable, according to the company. Each image created is unique to the card and to the cardholder. Enterprises can issue secure IDs to employees and contractors cost-effectively, the makers say.

In developing vanGO, HID Global used the company’s LaserCard Optical Security Media (OSM) visual authentication. Deployed in the US Green Card, the OSM platform has never had an instance of counterfeiting and has virtually eliminated mass counterfeit cards where used, HID says.


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