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The degree to which a label surface — including printing and protective coatings — is able to resist being rubbed or worn away by friction.

Plastic cards used to gain access to a restricted location or piece of information. Access control cards usually make use of magnetic stripes and proximity chips.

Pressure?sensitive or heat activated coating used to bond a label to the application surface.

A device that electronically records the driver duty status and automatically transmits the duty logs to a fleet management provider.

An image containing a pattern of vertical bars and spaces, which represent characters of data that are readable with barcode scanners.

Tests the quality and readability of printed barcodes.

The amount of force required to separate joined surfaces.

This is a GPS record of when and where a particular tracked item or person has been over a selected period of time, essentially allowing you to view a history of their movements.

A term used to describe the capability of micro-controllers and devices within a vehicle to directly communicate with each other during certain applications, without the need for a host computer.

Software used to design and print ID cards, gift cards, visitor badges, or any other card requiring specific images.

The resistance of a material to the deteriorating effects of exposure to various chemicals under specified conditions.

The internal strength of an adhesive and its ability to resist splitting caused by external forces. It is measured by its resistance to forces parallel to the surface. Good cohesion is necessary for clean removal.

Contains a single embedded circuit chip that contains memory and/or a microprocessor. Contact smart cards must be inserted or swiped through a device containing pins attached to the reader, which make contact with the surface of the card to read and store information.

Fan-folded labels manufactured form a continuous web of label stock which is not cut into units prior to execution. Continuous labels are mostly used for data processing applications.

Sometimes called a Proximity card or “Prox” card, a Contactless Smart Card contains a chip that is connected to an antenna rather than contact pads, as used with contact smart cards. The communication between the chip and the reader is wireless, making direct contact unnecessary within a certain range of the card reader.

The process of using dies or sharp steel rules to cut any shape for labels.

The process of scanning or capturing images which can then be edited, saved, and printed on a plastic card.

A specialized printing technology using rapidly heated pins that selectively activate a heat sensitive coating applied to the face stock thus forming the desired image.

The process of printing digital images directly onto any plastic card with a smooth, clean surface.

Impressing an image in relief to achieve a raised surface, either by overprinting or on blank paper in a process called “blind embossing.”

Refers to the maximum printable area on a card. Printers and encoders with edge-to-edge printing capability can print to the very edge of a card, resulting in printed cards with virtually no border.

EMV stands for “Europay MasterCard Visa” and refers to a global industry standard for credit and debit payment cards based on chip card technology. Already popular in many European countries, EMV was created as a more secure means of processing credit and debit card payments and its use is rapidly becoming widespread across the United States as well.

The process of electronically “writing” information on magnetic stripes or smart card chips.

A record of how long a particular vehicle?s engine was running, even when idling or otherwise not moving.

Acetate, polyester, polyethylene vinyl and other polymeric. Face material manufacturing from synthetic high molecular weight polymers.

The surface property of a paper or film determined by its texture and gloss. A gloss finish, for example, can be shiny and highly reflective, while a matter finish is generally dull and reflects little light.

The process of reproducing full printed images. The image must be converted to sea set of halftone screened negatives which are a series of dots of various sizes. A halftone negative is made for each of the separate color components of the images (cyan, magenta, and yellow, black). These color separations are made into printing plates, one for each color and when printed, the overlapping dots of the color components reproduce a full color image.

A virtual perimeter set within the GPS tracking program for a real-world geographic area.

A system of satellites and receiving devices (i.e. GPS enabled cell phones) that compute locations on Earth. Designed to provide precise positional and velocity data and global time synchronization for air, sea, and land travel.

This is the property of a material which inhibits the occurrence of physical or chemical changes caused by exposure to high temperatures.