Choosing an Event Printer

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Introduction

In the event management industry, printers are often used to print attendee passes for admission into events. Certain printers are only capable of printing standard sized CR80 cards; whereas others are able to print postcard sized cards. Some can only print on paper, whereas others can print on the more durable PVC cards. Speeds, resolution, and tracking capabilities are also important factors to take into consideration when choosing a printer.

When choosing a printer, it can be challenging to determine which qualities will be the most valuable for managing events. There are certain aspects to be aware of when searching for the right fit. Choosing one with the ability to encode UHF RFID based credentials creates the opportunity to collect data, as well as increase security. It helps to pick a printer that will be able to print in less than five seconds, in order to avoid pre-printing prior to the event which will save time during the event planning process. To increase visibility and add to the consumer experience, it is best to choose a large format printer, which will create VIP sized passes. Printing cards with high quality images on PVC instead of paper increases the durability of the passes. With so many different options to consider, it is important to compare your choice to other large format printers on the market, in order to make a well-educated choice.

The Challenge

Finding the right event card printer can be challenging. It is important to find one that will fit the needs of the company holding the event, ease the stresses of planning it, and help determine the return on investment, or ROI of the event. Event managers are often looking to create large event passes quickly, on-demand, and in high resolution. The passes can also be used for security purposes, data tracking, and access control. All of this is possible with the right printer.

Benefits of a Printer with UHF RFID Capabilities

SwiftColor’s SCC-4000D is capable of encoding ultra-high frequency, or UHF, radio frequency identification, or RFID based credentials, which allows items to be labeled and tracked via radio waves from up to around 30 feet away.

Security

UHF RFID badges can be used for access control purposes. By utilizing UHF readers at gates or entrances to the event or specific areas, the badges can alert event management or security in a hands-free manner whether or not each person is allowed into the event, or into certain areas of the event. The cards also are labeled with the identity of each attendee, which can help for security purposes if they were to attempt to enter into an unauthorized area.

Data on Interests of Attendees

Tracking the most frequented locations of attendees while at the event can give a company an insight into the areas of the event that attendees were most commonly at. This helps companies to establish the interests of their consumers, which can help them to determine the ROI for each aspect of their event.

 

Duration of Event Attendance

Using the UHF RFID badges to track attendees will also tell companies how long each person stayed at the event. It will show if they stayed for the entire duration of the event, or if they simply picked up their badge and left. Some events require that people who attend are there for a specific length of time. For example, some seminars require members to attend the event for a certain amount of hours in order to receive some sort of certification. UHF RFID cards are a great way to determine exactly which members met this requirement. Tracking attendance duration will also help companies to see how interested each person was with the event overall, which can also help them to determine ROI.

Ease of On-Demand Printing (No Pre-Printing Required)

Event management often calls for identification or passes to be printed quickly, on-demand, at the rate of arrival of the attendees. The SCC-4000D prints large format event passes in less than three seconds, which gives event managers the opportunity to add a photo of the attendees upon arrival. The large card printer does not require pre-printing, meaning that the cards do not have to be printed in advance, which saves time during the event planning process.

Large Format Event Card Printers Vs Regular Sized Card Printers

Visibility

Larger cards can be seen from farther away which can help with event management and security. At large events, printing different colored large credential cards can help to separate people into groups and guide them to the correct area. The visibility of a large credential card assists event managers in detecting when an attendee is in the wrong area. For security details, having a larger sized credential card allows people to see their identification from further away.

Memorabilia

Having a printed card from an event serves as a nice token for attendees to hang onto. For large events, such as sport championships or concerts, a large event pass adds to the excitement of the event. Attendees wearing the passes will be seen in crowds, and it adds to the feeling of the exclusivity of the event, which can help to generate new leads or encourage people to attend the event again in the future.

Comparing Other Large Format Printers in the Industry

 

Resolution

 

As with dots per inch, or dpi, the higher the dpi is, the greater quality of the print will be. Other large format printers on the market currently print at only 600dpi. The SCC-4000D prints at 1200dpi, meaning the printed image will come out sharper and in greater detail, at twice the dpi of the other printers.
 

Materials to Print On

The SCC-4000D Oversized Credential Printer prints on SwiftColor Paper or PVC cards, whereas other large format printers are only able to print on paper. PVC cards are ideal for events because they are more durable and create a keepsake for attendees of the event.
Printing Speeds The speeds of the large format Event Printer by SwiftColor outmatch those of other oversized card printers in the market. It has the ability to print 3.5” x 5.5” cards in less than three seconds at 1200dpi. Other printers, printing even at their lowest dpi of about 203, can only print at a speed of 14” per second. At 600dpi, half that of the SCC-4000D, other printers can only print at 6” per second. The specific printing speeds are listed below.
  SwiftColor SCC-40000D Large Format Printer Z Large Format Printer N
Speed • 100 2.2”x3.6” cards per minute

• 45 3.9”x5.8” cards per minute

• 28  9.3”x4.7” cards per minute

• 60 4”x14” tags per minute at 203 dpi

• 60 4”x12” tags per minute at 300 dpi

• 60 4”x6” tags per minute at 600 dpi

• 3 cards per minute in color

• 23 cards per minute in monochrome

 

Max Print Area 4.24”x11.69” 4”x150” 3.37”x2.125”
Materials to Print On Paper /PVC Paper PVC 

Conclusion

With many different types of printers in the market, finding the right one to fit the needs of the event managers, as well as the companies holding the events can be a challenge. Having a printer with the capability to print passes with UHF RFID will help to manage the event, as well as maintain security and collect data for the company. A printer that does not require pre-printing will cut time from the event planning process. On-demand printing with the ability to print high resolution, large cards in less than three seconds is important when event managers need to be able to print passes as attendees arrive, especially when they want to put a picture of each person on the card. Printing passes on a larger sized card helps to increase visibility of the passes, and contributes to the exclusivity of the event, as the pass can serve as a token or keepsake. Overall, the SwiftColor SCC-4000D is the fastest large format event card printer on the market with the ability to print at 1200dpi on PVC with RFID UHF printing capabilities making it ideal for event managers.

Additional Resources

More information for the SwiftColor SCC-4000D Oversized Credential Printer

http://ttsysrfid.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SwiftColor-SCC-4000D-Data-Sheet.pdf

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Upgraded FEIG RFID Reader Ideal for Vehicle Access Control Applications

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The FEIG OBID® RFID long range reader LRU1002 now offers greater receiver sensitivity for an even longer reading range, thanks to a new firmware version. The upgraded reader delivers full support in all operating modes for the EPC-compliant UCODE DNA from NXP, enabling high anti-collision rates, long read range and a wide frequency range for worldwide applications.

FEIG’s upgraded LRU1002 reader works with UHF RFID V2G2 tags using AES encryption, preventing counterfeit attempts while protecting users privacy, to deliver greater security for pedestrian and vehicle access control systems.

The upgraded firmware enables distinction between moving transponders and static transponders for vehicle gate control, as well as an automatic signaling feature when no transponder has been detected within the specified trigger active time. These features help to save energy costs and increase the efficiency of the overall system.

In addition, FEIG delivers enhanced immunity to interference with this firmware adaptation offering consistent high performance and sensitivity in all environments, whether only one reader or multiple readers are active simultaneously.

The OBID RFID Long Range Reader LRU1002 with integrated 4-port antenna multiplexer offers an excellent price performance ratio and compatibility with RAIN RFID systems.

Learn more about FEIG long range reader solutions.

 

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Print Large Format Event Cards in Under 3 Seconds

The SCC-4000D Event Card Printer from SwiftColor prints high volume, on-demand, large format cards for major events, such as concerts, tradeshows, music festivals, sporting events, college/university seminars, and more. With RFID UHF encoding capabilities, the SCC-4000D can print and encode event cards that are perfect for tracking personnel, managing events, and collecting data on attendance. Companies can use this information to gather insight on the attendees of the event.

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Today’s market often calls for high speed, on-demand, great quality badges. The Oversized Credential Printer has the ability to print anywhere from the size of standard CR80 cards to envelope sized cards in a single pass. In as quickly as 2 seconds, it can print sizes of 3.5” x 5.5”, CR100, 3.5” x 4”, 4” x 6”, and more, in high-quality 1200 dpi.

Instead of printing on paper with a standard oversized card printer, the Event Card Printer can print on PVC to create a more durable, lasting card that helps add to the experience of the event. Pre-printing is not required, and although it has oversized printing abilities, the printer itself measures in at only 23.3” x 16.1” x 18.2”.

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TRANSTECH SYSTEMS INC. JOINS INVENGO’S INPOWER PROGRAM FOR NORTH AMERICA

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Singapore, 24 May 2016 – Invengo Technology is pleased to announce that TransTech Systems Inc. (Oregon, USA) has joined the Invengo InPower Channel program as an authorized distributor for North America.

TransTech Systems, Inc., established in 1994 and located in Oregon (USA), is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Visualant, Inc., a technology company in the business of identification, analysis, and authentication. TransTech Systems is the leading specialty distributor of Identification Solutions in North America. TransTech Systems works with a network of integrators, installers, and software developers across the North American continent to fulfill user requirements and provide local support. The company services a nationwide dealer network, providing same-day product shipment for the manufacturers it represents, as well as consultation, design, integration, technical support, warranty and training services.

Jeff Kruse, General Manager of TransTech Systems, comments: “We are very proud to become a part of Invengo’s channel strategy for North America. Invengo offers a well-rounded and complete line, bringing additional flexibility which strengthens our product offering for applications including asset tracking, event management, access control and the ever expanding uses in the Internet of Things.”

Hans Witt, Vice President Global Channel at Invengo, comments: “We are very pleased to have TransTech Systems on board as our InPower distributor for Invengo’s RFID product portfolio for the North American market. TransTech Systems is the leading specialty distributor of Identification Solutions in North America and provides a very high level of customized pre-sales design and support. We are confident that TransTech Systems can deliver the added value that our customers demand.”


ABOUT INVENGO TECHNOLOGY 
Invengo – the global RFID technology provider – is a leading developer and manufacturer of high quality, intelligent RAIN RFID (UHF), HF and NFC inlays, tags and connectivity solutions utilized in the Internet of Things (IoT). With a focus on RFID innovation, Invengo has created a leading product line in retail, library, (industrial) laundry,  pharmaceutical, healthcare, (public) transportation and many other industries. With over 20 years of experience in RFID, Invengo is fully dedicated to enabling efficiency in applications such as ticketing, identity management, supply chain management, authentication, asset management and brand equity.

Invengo Technology Pte. Ltd, located in Singapore (with subsidiaries in the US and Europe), is the international headquarters of Invengo Information Technology Co. Ltd, listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE: 002161.SZ). Employing over 600 people worldwide, Invengo is one of the largest publicly traded, RFID-oriented companies in the world, with design and manufacturing plants located in both the United States and China and sales offices spanning all major geographies.

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Transtech at RFID Journal Live!

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BAP RFID Makes People Tracking Possible

TransTech Systems’ partner, the RFID Network developed an excellent video demonstrating the use and advantages of the TTS-C-BAP RFID tags in personnel tracking applications.

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Omni-ID Flex LP On-Metal Thin Tag

TransTech Systems recently had a chance to review the Omni-ID Flex LP and AI on-metal tags. Their thin form factor, printable surface and on-metal performance were all impressive for this class of tag. Able to be read up to 5 meters on-metal along with a strong off-metal read yeild make this tag a good choice for any mixed item application.

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Personalized Kiosk Experience Powered by ThingMagic RFID

At RFID Journal LIVE! in 2011, attendees got a firsthand look at how RFID can be integrated with social media with Facebook “Check-in” and “Like and photo” kiosks developed by ODIN in partnership with ThingMagic.

The kiosks, powered by the USB Plus+ RFID Reader, allowed attendees to directly post to their personal Facebook pages with us the scan of an RFID ID badge.

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Here is an excerpt from ThingMagic’s case study on the project:

 “Attendee interaction with the kiosks was fully automated through the use of RFID badges, which were distributed upon registration and used for other event purposes including personalized communication via smart signs and conference session attendance monitoring. Attendees received an email in advance of the show and, in less than 30 seconds, could connect their RFID badge information with their Facebook account. There were also on-site registration kiosks for late registrants. By waving their conference badges in front of a kiosk screen – outfitted with ThingMagic’s UHF USB RFID Readers used in conjunction with ODIN’s EasyConnect Software – conference attendees were able to connect with and update their Facebook accounts in real time, successfully merging their real-world and online communities.”

The ThingMagic USB Plus+ is ideally suited to this sort of application, as it is comprised of the Mercury5e Compact reader and a high performance antenna enclosed in a small ruggedized case, which uses a single USB cable for power and data transmission.

ThingMagic USB Plus+

These kiosks are a perfect example of how this easy to use, all-in-one RFID reader/writer can be put to use connecting companies with consumers, and vice versa.  Similar uses can be seen across multiple channels:  Events and attendance tracking, personalized check-in for hospitality and gaming, loyalty and rewards, interactive stations for entertainment/museums, or any number of situations where kiosks can be utilized.  RFID enables a quick, simple and fast way for self service kiosk manufacturers to engage with users in a personalized direct way.

Read the full case study HERE.

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Read and Write RFID Tags over USB with ThingMagic’s USB Plus+ Reader

The USB Plus+ RFID reader from ThingMagic is unique in that it is powered over USB, needing only a PC or laptop to read and write tags.  This makes the USB Plus+ a perfect fit for single tag issuance or reads at a desk, standalone kiosk installations, or other autonomous applications.

ThingMagic USB Plus+

This small, sturdy reader measures in at approximately 4″ x 2.5″ x 1″, and features a high impact plastic case.  Powered by ThingMagic’s tiny Mercury 5e-Compact RFID reader (pictured below,) the USB Plus+ reads and writes of EPC Global Gen2 tags, has a software-adjustable read distance of up to 3 feet, and can read up to 200 tags/second.

The high performance internal antenna is ideal for both high memory tags and small sized tags.  One Type-A USB plug provides power and signal, the other provides additional power if needed.

A development kit is also available, containing the USB reader with integrated antenna and interface cable, sample tags and instructions for obtaining the SDK/API.  As with all ThingMagic readers, it is compatible with the Universal Reader Assistant.

Click here for more information on the ThingMagic USB Plus+

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PipelineTrack RFID for Oil & Natural Gas

TransTech Partner PipelineTrack shows how simple, fast and effective RFID tracking can be for the ONG industry. Using Fixed and Handheld RFID readers and tagged pipe, PipelineTrack delivers the critical information regarding pipe sections while increasing reliability and lowering man-hours required to manage inventory. See the video below for their system in action.

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