Although a plastic corporate ID card is not a credit card, nevertheless it can be the passport into highly sensitive areas of the building or give access to confidential data, so it needs to be resistant to copying or fraud. Obviously, including the card holder’s photo is a first step, but what other security features can be incorporated into an ID card?
The design may incorporate a fine line guilloche design, such as the type seen on banknotes. It’s also possible to use UV ink visible under only a special lamp and extra small printing visible under a microscope.
Magnetic stripe and blocked barcode
The card may include a magnetic stripe, and the barcode can be hidden.
A custom design embossed onto holofoil is a measure that prevents reproduction through photocopying or scanning.
This is when the cardholder’s image is replicated and ‘ghosted’ into background.
Smart Card/Memory Card/Contactless Smart Card (RFID)
Mifare cards (memory) are the kind used to store personal data, and iCLASS (contactless smart cards) are programmed to control access and can store biometric templates and other personal details.