Fargo Electronics Introduces DTC300 and DTC400 Card Printer/Encoders

Fargo Electronics Introduces DTC300 and DTC400 Card Printer/Encoders

Next-generation technology launched in Direct-to-Card platform

Minneapolis, September 27, 2004–Fargo Electronics, Inc. (NASDAQ–FRGO), a global leader in secure technologies for card identity systems, today announced the introduction of the DTC300 and DTC400 Card Printer/Encoders. The DTC300 and DTC400 are based on Fargo’s proven Direct-to-Card (DTC®) technology.

“These printer/encoders signal a breakthrough in making card identity systems both secure and easy to use,” said Kathleen Phillips, Fargo’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The market is expanding to include organizations that haven’t previously used a card identity program or are ready to step up to a more advanced program. These new systems offer sophisticated security that’s affordable and simple to use.”

New user conveniences

The DTC300 and DTC400’s next-generation technology features user conveniences that make card production simple. Fargo’s SmartLoad™ Ribbon Cartridge is a pre-loaded, disposable cartridge with a one-way installation that eliminates improperly loaded ribbons. Users simply slide the cartridge in and close the front panel. This unique feature eliminates fumbling with ribbon spools and tearing ribbons.

Also integrated into the Ribbon Cartridge is Fargo’s patent-pending SmartClean™ roller, which automatically removes potentially damaging dust and debris from each card before it’s printed. With each ribbon change, a new cleaning roller is installed, ensuring clean cards for the life of the printer. Clean cards result in better quality prints and also help protect the print head, a critical component of ID card printers.

“The all-in-one ribbon and cleaning cartridge is a significant step forward in user convenience,” continued Phillips. “Anyone who’s operated a card printer before knows the challenges users face: the ribbons can be difficult to load and the separate card cleaning mechanisms are often changed infrequently or not at all. This new design eliminates both those problems and can save time and money.”

Fargo’s SmartScreen™ LCD Control Panel adds additional user convenience. This two-line display replaces confusing indicator lights with easy-to-understand prompts and commands, providing the user constant updates on the status of print jobs.

A number of options will soon be available with the DTC300 and DTC400. Magnetic stripe encoding and an E-card docking station will be available on both models as either factory-installed or field-upgradeable options. With these options, users can encode magnetic stripes, and encode or read up to three types of smart card technology: ISO 7816 contact smart chips (the world’s most commonly used contact smart card standard); MIFARE® and iCLASS® contactless smart chips; and HID proximity (“prox”) cards (read-only).

Also available soon as a factory-installed option on the DTC300 or a factory- or field-installed option on the DTC400 is dual-sided printing for greater flexibility in card design.

The DTC300

The DTC300 was designed for small corporations, parks and recreation facilities, health clubs, ski resorts and general loyalty applications. It comes complete with user-friendly photo ID software and a standard two-year warranty. It carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $2295.

The DTC400

The DTC400 offers Fargo’s new Print Security Suite as an additional upgradeable feature. This user-friendly software provides up to five powerful applications to help control the issuance and help ensure the authenticity of ID cards. Fargo SecureMark™ technology powers the suite, creating a new, higher level of security among the printer/encoder, software and materials.

The DTC400 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $2895 and is available exclusively through authorized Fargo Professional Series distribution partners. It has been designed for a number of markets including small to medium corporations, K-12 schools, police and fire departments and state and local government facilities.

“Each of these printers holds unique options for the marketplace,” said Phillips. “The DTC300, with its software and warranty is ideal for an entry-level application. The DTC400, with the Print Security Suite and field-installable options is ideal for mid-level applications looking for both ease of use and security. There’s flexibility built into this product line that will meet the needs users have today and as their programs expand in the future.”

About Fargo

Fargo is a global leader in secure technologies for card identity systems. The company manufactures and markets systems that include secure card printer/encoders, materials and software. Fargo helps organizations reduce security vulnerabilities and potential for loss of time, money and lives by continually improving the authenticity of identity credentials. More than 80,000 Fargo systems have been installed in the U.S. and in over 80 other countries through Fargo’s global distribution network of professional security integrators.

Personalized ID cards produced by Fargo card identity systems provide physical, information, and transaction security for a wide variety of applications and industries including corporate, national IDs, drivers’ licenses, universities, schools, government and membership. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA, a suburb of Minneapolis. For more information, visit Fargo’s Web site at http://www.fargo.com.