Access Credential Form Factor Tutorial

By Brian Rhodes, Published Feb 10, 2020, 09:58am EST (Info+)

Deciding which access control credential to use and distribute, including form factor, can be a difficult task.

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Comments (9)

If you are considering using a clamshell card and intend to affix a printable CR79 label on it, (just a tad smaller than the CR80 cards, and thinner), please note that not all card printers can print to a CR79 decal. Be sure to check the specs of your printer.

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Thanks for added insight Lynn!

I also wanted to add how crucial it is that you/your customer/whoever is printing the cards uses the correct printer ribbon. A mainstay problem with printers universally, really, but hot damn if I didn't have a ~2 hour service call one day at a city center for an access card printer problem.

Long story short, turns out the (rather large) facility had a "similar" badge printer, only whoever stocked the ink got the wrong flavor for the one I was troubleshooting. Live and learn I suppose.

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Very true - everyone learns the hard way about the "YMCK"s of badge printer ribbons.

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Hello Lynn, Good evening from NYC, impressive LinkedIn profile. :O amazed at how many certs you currently possess, lol truly amazing.. On my way to obtain my first one to become an Axis certified professional, looking at your profile really inspired me to aim higher, thanks from the heart.. :)

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Thank you Luis, you are too kind. Axis is a great place to start. You might also consider some of the coursework available right here on IPVM, and then decide if you want to concentrate on a particular technology or become a physical security generalist. Best of luck!

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Hello Lynn, good evening from NYC, thanks for taking the time to reply, and I really appreciate your advise, Id like to take the opportunity since your vastly knowledgeable about the industry to kinda guide me as to what is the best approach for me since i'm still learning you could say, only 4 years or so doing this type or work, doing camera installs & basic access controls I work in NYC but the company is based in white plains, Here's my contact email : luxtarwind@gmail.com

Thanks again Lynn

Luis Rodriguez jr

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Great info, thanks!

I'd also note that clamshell cards typically have thicker and better performing LF coils over standard size cards, thus better range. Also a card of one technology will get better range than a fob of the same technology, again due to coil size.

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There are many options as to the different types of credentials available out there.

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good stuff

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