Zebra Announces the P630i Dual-sided Printer

Zebra Technologies has announced the Zebra P630i desktop plastic card printer/encoder, the most affordable addition to Zebra's security line of card printers. The P630i prints full-color ID cards and applies a 1.0-mil laminate to one side of each card, creating tamper-resistant credentials that last five years or more. Zebra's patented liner-less lamination reduces the cost of laminate material, is highly reliable and environmentally friendly.

Zebra security card printers have printed tens of millions of secure IDs for government and commercial organisations in more than 50 countries. Building upon this proven performance, the Zebra P630i utilises customisable printing features and supplies to dependably meet the secure ID needs of government agencies, corporations, educational institutions and retail environments.

To provide high card issuance security for the entire card printing process, the Zebra P630i has printer security features. Zebra's optional ID/key feature prevents unauthorised printer usage, and the ID Log software builds a customisable record of card transactions in the printer's host computer, inhibiting access to the database to create fraudulent cards. For the ID cards produced on the P630i, the level of card security (tamper resistance and counterfeit resistance) is determined primarily by the choice of which Zebra secure supplies (ribbons, laminates and cards) are used.

A wide range of card encoding options is available with the P630i. Users can encode magnetic stripes and encode/read ISO 7816 contact smart chips (the most common contact smart card standard) using factory-installed encoding options. Integrated contact-less smart card encoder options will be available later in 2007.

In addition to the standard USB interface, the P630i offers built-in Ethernet connectivity as a factory-installed or field upgradeable option, allowing remote printing and remote card encoding.

For IT compatibility, Zebra i Series Windows drivers work with Microsoft Windows 2000, 2003 and XP to provide plug-and-play operation.

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