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Datacard Group Expands Passport Issuance Portfolio to Include Datacard® PB500™ Passport Printer with “Close Match” Output

The new passport printer complements Datacard Group’s high-volume passport issuance systems to offer instant passport personalization in a compact footprint

MINNETONKA, Minn.—(June 11, 2012)—Datacard Group, the world leader in secure ID and card personalization solutions, today announced the newly launched Datacard® PB500™ passport printer – offering the exceptional reliability and versatility issuers need to deliver high-quality passports quickly and easily.

Designed specifically to provide “close match” output to Datacard Group’s high-volume passport issuance systems, the standalone PB500™ passport printer offers a compact footprint for desktop issuance and personalization and can serve populations in remote areas, or for instant replacement passport programs. 

“With more than 40 years of secure ID experience, Datacard Group understands the importance of offering a versatile product portfolio that is designed to fit the various needs of our customers – whether it is high-volume systems, desktop solutions or a combination of both,” said Josh Jabs, vice president of government marketing for Datacard Group. “Offering a desktop passport printer with ‘close match’ output to our central issuance passport systems allows issuers to have a flexible and scalable passport issuance program that reduces overall cost of ownership and responds to ICAO recommendations for higher security.”

This high quality passport printer features speeds of up to 80 passports per hour and includes rapid change-out ink cartridges that measurably speed production and reduce costs. In addition, it offers options such as Datacard® Clear-RF™ RFID technology that helps integrators ensure rapid deployment to the field, and a camera that supports print alignment applications. The compact footprint and solid industrial design also contribute to exceptional reliability and low total cost of ownership.

Every day, Datacard® solutions personalize and deliver more than 10 million cards, 5 million smart cards, and issue hundreds of thousands of passports worldwide. The company offers a Secure Issuance Anywhere™ platform, which offers the broadest portfolio of solutions that include best-in-class personalization, identity management software, supplies and service that have been implemented in more than 400 government programs in over 100 countries.

For more information about the new passport printer, please visit http://www.datacard.com/passport-issuance/pb500-passport-printer.

About Datacard Group

Datacard Group is building on a 40-year heritage of innovation and customer success.  Our portfolio of solutions, backed by expert service and support, enable card and secure ID programs for financial, government and other markets worldwide. With an unmatched commitment to customer satisfaction, Datacard remains the industry’s leading brand of secure ID and card personalization solutions. For more information about Datacard Group, visit www.datacard.com.Follow us on Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.