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Zebra Printers Enable Intelligent Badge Printing With HF, LF Tags
With the company's ZC300 and ZC350 printers, businesses will be able to print badges, either in batches or on demand, that will allow them to identify mustering individuals during emergencies, count students and faculty attendance at schools, or better manage exhibits at trade shows based on attendee traffic.
May 11, 2018—
Schools, exhibit planners, office complexes and other organizations are employing a new generation of intelligent card printers from Zebra Technologies that are designed to print and encode cards with high-frequency (HF) or low-frequency (LF) radio frequency identification. The new printers, known as the ZC300 and the ZC350, can operate with the company's next-generation software (a companion product), known as CardStudio 2.0.
The new offering, released last month in parts of the world, is intended to make badge printing easier, while requiring a relatively small footprint. During the coming three to six months, Zebra expects to release an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF)-enabled version of the card printers as an additional option.
The ZC300 and ZC350 versions are each designed to meet those requirements. The ZC300, expected to be released in the coming months, will be sold in all global regions and will not come with RFID encoding. The ZC350, meanwhile, is already being sold in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It comes with a built-in RFID encoder and operates with the CardStudio 2.0 software. The ZC300 series comes with an encoding option in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.
Moreover, the ZC350 includes three new ribbons for improved print quality. One ribbon extends the life of the image, while the other two offer other enhancements in terms of print quality and security. The printers all come with a color LCD screen and can support up to 10 languages. Companies can upgrade their printers if they want to print both sides of a badge. Resellers or solution providers are, in some cases, also employing Zebra's Android-based software developers kit (SDK) for use with mobile devices. CardStudio 2.0, a Microsoft Windows-based application, does not require the SDK. The software platform manages the card-issuance process by integrating pictures from a webcam and prompting the printing of a smart card.
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