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New high security card printer may end card counterfeiting?
17-11-2009 IT/Zebra Technologies source: PeppeR
ZXP Series 8 addresses industry’s need for higher print speeds and quality images at lower costs

Zebra Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: ZBRA) announces the immediate availability of Zebra ZXP Series 8™ which produces photo-quality cards at nearly twice the speed of other retransfer printers that are currently on the market, This new model offers a host of options for smart card encoding and networking, making it ideal for applications such as high security ID cards, driver’s licenses, gift cards and financial cards.

The ZXP Series 8 printer delivers photo quality, over-the-edge, high speed printing on many different types of cards, including those with uneven surfaces such as smart cards, polycarbonate cards for security applications, and biopolymer cards. The printer is available in single- and dual-sided printing configurations with a full portfolio of magnetic encoding, smart card encoding, single- and dual-sided lamination, and connectivity options.

“Industry adoption of retransfer printing has been slow, in part, because of slow print speeds and high costs," said Árpád Halász, Regional Sales Director. "Zebra developed the ZXP Series 8 printer to respond to the industry’s need for an on-demand retransfer printer capable of delivering higher print speeds at lower costs without sacrificing the image quality. We believe our new printer will be especially interesting for the various authorities, for the companies employing a workforce of several hundred or thousand people as well supermarket chains honoring their best customers with personal cards."

Designed to significantly improve enterprise scalability and reliability, a XML-based software development kit is available to support a broad array of features and technologies, making it easier and faster to integrate the ZXP Series 8 retransfer printer with host of enterprise applications.

Some of the ZXP Series 8 retransfer printer features include:
· Photo print quality
· Best in class throughput for printing, encoding, and laminating
· True over-the-edge printing
· Ability to print on smart cards or cards with uneven card surfaces
· Ability to print on non PVC cards such as polycarbonate and biopolymer cards
· More durable and abrasion resistant cards
· Some fraud protection since the film is inherently tamper evident
· XML-based SDK for easier application integration

Standard and optional features of the ZXP Series 8 retransfer printer include: magnetic stripe encoder; combination smart card contact and contactless encoders; contact station; USB or Ethernet connectivity; and security mechanical locks. Planned future options include support for UHF Gen 2 RFID encoder, single- and dual-sided laminator, and 802.11g wireless connectivity.

About Zebra Technologies
Zebra Technologies Corporation improves customers’ business performance through products and solutions that identify, track and manage assets, transactions and people. In more than 100 countries around the world, more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use innovative and reliable Zebra printers, supplies, RFID products and software to increase productivity, improve quality, lower costs, and deliver better customer service. Information about Zebra and Zebra-brand products can be found at


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