HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, today announced the introduction of vanGO®, a visual security solution that enables universities, enterprises and state and county government agencies to create and issue personalized, secure IDs with higher levels of protection. HID Global’s vanGO portfolio sets a new standard in One-2-One™ personalized security that is cost-effective, counterfeit resistant and can be issued on-the-spot via an easy desktop solution.
With the vanGO solution, cards are hot-stamped with a special square metallic patch that can be written with the cardholder’s facial image just before being issued using a special laser writer module and the high-performing, FARGO® HDP8500 printer from HID Global. This image creates a unique relationship between card and cardholder that makes the card nearly impossible to counterfeit. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of inspections are still undertaken by the naked eye rather than an electronic reader in the field. The increased “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.
“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,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President, Secure Issuance Business with HID Global.
“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 personalized, counterfeit-resistant image of cardholders to cards in higher educational settings, vanGO ensures that facilities and campus communities 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 centers, and weapons or land management bureaus, the ease of authentication offers cost-effective, “eye-readable” security that was previously unavailable.
The vanGO solution also surpasses the effectiveness of conventional alternatives on the market since each image created is unique to the card and to the cardholder. Enterprises can now instantly issue secure IDs to employees and contractors easily and cost-effectively.
In developing its vanGO solution, HID Global leveraged the company’s proven LaserCardÒ Optical Security Media (OSM) visual authentication solution. Deployed in some of the highest-security government-to-citizen ID programs in the world such as the U.S. Green Card, the OSM platform has never had an instance of counterfeiting and has virtually eliminated mass counterfeit cards in programs in which it is used.
The vanGO portfolio of One-2-One™ visual security features includes two options. The standard vanGO option provides an affordable off-the-shelf solution in a single configuration. vanGO Custom offers a more customizable solution that allows the customer to modify the shape and location of the vanGO patch on the card or add other visual security features, such as a hologram surrounding the patch.
The vanGO visual security solution is created using a complete, easy-to-use desktop personalization solution consisting of:
- PVC/PET composite cards featuring the vanGO patch.
- HID Global FARGO HDP8500LW laser writer module, now available with the FARGO HDP8500 high-definition, industrial-grade ID card printer and
- encoder already used in many high-security applications.
- HID Global Asure ID® 7.6 Card Personalization Software, which includes custom templates for placement of the vanGO patch on HID Global cards.