Features and Benefits of IDeal32
- Batch Printing
provides for collecting cardholders and printing all these cards in the
one batch. This feature is essential when printing generic batches of
cards in bulk e.g. Visitor Cards. It also saves a lot of laborious work
when printing runs of cards. Due to internal system security it is
possible to allow a low-level logon operator to issue batch-printing jobs,
as the system will only print the default Pass for the pass holder. It
also logs who printed the pass, date, time etc.
- Batch printing can be
performed via manual selection of the batch via simple mouse click from
the auto-printing browser.
- Batch printing can
also be perform from automatic collections of all passes due to be
re-issued based on validity dates or auto-validity based on when the
passes where issued. Whilst the system produces printable reports of all pass
holders due to be re-issued with new passes it also collects these for
automatic processing. Cancelled passes and inoperative personnel will not
have passes automatically printed.
- On the main personnel
window graphical information is included in the browse view. This makes it
easier to observe conditions which are YES/NO TRUE/FALSE by displaying
graphical tick boxes inside the browser.
- Information like if a
signature and image exists for the cardholder is displayed graphically
from the browsers main screen. This negates having to enter deeper into
the system to check these details and saves a lot of time.
- When in browse view,
any cardholder who is rendered inoperative or who has been rendered
inoperative in the past, will be highlighted in red background with white
text. No Card can be produced for an inoperative person.
- When a cardholder is
made inoperative a checkbox is enabled for Pass Returned to Security
Section for Destruction.
- Holographic Overlay
of Generic type or personalised are available. Here the longevity and the
quality of the security hologram depend on the printer model selected.
- Any database field
can be used for collecting data into groups. This process is managed via
SQL type internal commands without the user having to type out long-winded
SQL Queries. A simple mouse click at the top of any column will sort the
view on the column selected in either ascending or descending order. These
powerful sorted views can be accessed in browse view or on prepared data
forms. If the operator desires they can print any of these collected
tables directly to the report printer.
- Re-Issue reports can
be printed or displayed. This utility enables operators to search for pass
holders whose expiry date will expire with the search time selected. Batch
re-issuing can then be planned ahead of expiry of pass.
- Each pass holder can
hold multiple pass types without changing the default pass type in the
database and without keeping multiple records. This functionality is
reserved for high-level operators only.
- Pass expiry periods
can be automatically inserted at print time based on supervisor selected
expiry time. The user may also manually stipulate a unique expiry date.
The supervisor can also select expiry based on time since production of a
- Security Access
Levels on the IDeal Card System are broken into discreet groups.
Supervisor, Full Pass Issue, Limited Pass Issue and View Only. The
encrypted operator password determines the number of menu items available
to the user. So if the user does not have access to certain functions then
they simply do not appear on this operatorís screen.
- Image formats can be
a variety of file types or restricted to certain types. While the system
can cope with various images the generic default for images is BMP. This
was chosen due to the portability of this image type.
- Images can contain
time date or other details within the image. This within image
verification information can be turned on or off and the colour of the
text is user selectable. (This is not the main image capture routine but
an additional one that has been included for secondary images, logos and
general image capture where within image verification is required).
- IDeal Card 32 Pro is
fully LAN/WAN ready so that location of database station, issuing
stations, print stations, and verification stations can be anywhere or
simply on a single PC.
- Separate operations
for image and Signature Capture ensures against accidental overwrites of
image when capturing signatures. Also it allows video input from 4
separate sources to be saved as an image or a signature or in a user
choice resolution and file format for capturing logos or secondary images.
- If the operator needs
to capture a full colour image from the signature camera there is no need
to change plugs and sockets on cameras etc. The operator simply selects
keep as an image instead of keep as signature.
- Signature capture is
a totally different type of capture technology. The New IDEAL CARD 32
automatically quantises or posterises the signature. This ensures
extremely good quality signatures that will have perfect white backgrounds
with good resin black writing instead of composite signatures.
- Most ID systems have
inadequate and poor quality signature capture that rely on double handling
and touch up procedures. IDeal Card has the best signature capture with
the best quality signatures at a single click of the mouse.
- There is context
sensitive Online Help. Operators rarely access this as the system is
- ToolTips exist for
extra assistance to operators on some items.
- Most ID systems allow
single data fields only for any pass design. This means that there is a
problem for preferred names and surnames being of differing lengths. IDeal
Card allows concatenation of data fields so that both preferred name and
surname can be written on the same line and differing lengths are not an
- Cards that are to
have back printing can be produced in the one single operation. Cards may
be back-printed separately if required. The back print in one operation or
duplex feature depends on the printer selected.
- Bar codes are
available for all pass types. The bar code source data may be any database
field or any text element from the pass design.
- Smart Card
programming may be added to the pass production process if desired. This may
consists of SIMM Style Cards or contact less smart cards. While this is an
option for the printer and the software it is not immediately available as
this functionality requires user input and has to be designed around this
- Magnetic Swipe
encoding in either high coersivity or low coersivity is automatically done
when a pass is produced that has this feature within it template. While
magnetic swipe is not a high security technique it can be a useful
addition for asset borrowing and library services. It can also serve as low-level
access control. The read write capacity for magnetic swipe is a printer
- Lost and / or Stolen
Passes are recorded by the system. These can be retrieved and viewed by
the operator for any particular pass holder.
- Individual Pass
History is recorded and can be viewed by an operator.
- Fixed data entries
utilise dropdown lists for data entry. The content for fixed data is
editable by the supervisor. Once entered these become the only choices
available for the field. The supervisor has full modify, add new and
delete available. The fields have default values and are also frequency
sensitive so that the most common selection is closest to the mouse cursor
for ease of selection. This also means that modification can be achieved
without the need re-compile the application.
- Most subsystems in
IDeal Card are user definable. The location of database directories, image
directories, signature directories, initialisation files are all user
- Standard image size
is not adequate for ID pass photos. Standard images are rectangular and
have a lot of wasted space in then. The image most suited for ID purposes
are closer to being square. Most systems get around this via getting the
operator to reprocess, resize and crop the image. This adds extra time
into the production process. IDeal Card shows you the actual image that
will appear on the pass and with one click of the mouse all is done. There
is no extra processing.
- When the image is
being captured there may be variations in the ambient light levels caused
by changing amounts of natural light coming in from windows. While the
camera can adjust for most of these variations it is also possible for the
operator to adjust for this from the capture screen via software controls.
There are controls for brightness, contrast, saturation and hue.
- Software settings for
control of brightness, contrast, saturation and hue are remembered by the
system so that there is no need for adjusting these each time the operator
wants to capture an image.
- There is also an
image enhancement screen that allows the enhancement of images that have
been already captured. There are controls for brightness, contrast and
gamma. The original image is also displayed so that the enhancement can be
compared with the original image.
- The speed of printing
a full colour ID using IDeal Card is about 23 seconds if you use the P310
printer. If you use the professional P500 with 1mil laminate this time will
be 5 seconds for monochrome or 35 seconds for full colour plus laminate.
- Printer cleaning will
automatically occur after every 1000 cards are produced. This will extend
the life and quality of the printer and the product. (Applicable when
supplied with the P310 Printer)
- Printer can be
directly controlled from the PC e.g. eject card, resynchronize ribbon.
There is also a printer maintenance and test program.
- Printer ribbon types
are automatically selected by the printer. This avoids the problem of printing
with the wrong ribbon type selected. (Applies when supplied with the P310
- Most Pass and ID
systems use the standard windows default printer. IDeal card used both a
pass/card printer and a report printer. These printers exist as printer
objects that are programmable or selectable but in running the application
the operator does not have to select the appropriate printer for the job.
The appropriate printer is automatically selected for the job. This means
that you do not get the situation of sending material with an incorrect
driver to a printer and then trying to purge this job from the printer
buffer and the print manager.
- IDeal Card also
incorporates a Temporary Pass issue management system. This records the
issue and the return of Visitor/Contractor and Temporary Passes. It
enables guards and management to be able to trace non-returned passes from
anywhere on the IDeal Network. There is also allowance for documenting a
supervisor or escort person along with other details. There is no
requirement for entering all the data, only the essential is required and
you may use or not use the other fields available.
- There is a special
Museum feature within the software. The purpose of this is to enable a
full historical record of personnel through out their time with the
organisation. When the operator is about to take a new photo or change a
person's status they can send the old record to the museum. When you visit
the museum you can call up an individual any see their images and all records
for each museum entry. The data can also be printed out for hard copy.
- When in the pass
design section the placement of pass elements can be achieved with mouse
clicks onto the pass window. This allows easy positioning and
repositioning during the design phase. Also the pass design window feeds
back co-ordinates to the user for their information.
- When printing from
the various report fields if the user marks selected fields then only
these marked fields will be sent to the report printer.
- There is no messy
default printer selection when printing cards or reports. The software is
printer alert and will automatically print to the correct printer. This
avoids the nasty situation where you accidentally send a print job to the
wrong printer and have to empty the spooler and the print buffer on the
- If the supervisor has
designed a complicated pass template and then wishes to create another
pass which is very similar then all that needs to be done is to select the
copy template button from the pass type window. A new pass type is created
which is a clone of the previously high- lighted pass. This template is
then modified e.g. change of background colour and the new template is now
complete without the need of entering all the other elements.
- Before a pass is
printed the user can display a preview on the screen. This means that the
operator can check that all essential information is present on the pass
and that the pass type is correct and proceed to print without wasting
valuable card stock.
- When a card is
printed the system records when who for who by what type for all passes
whether they are issued or deemed to have failed by the operator.
- The Software Licence
allows for a single instance of the software on a PC. This doesn't mean
that you can't have multiple systems on the one PC. The structure of the
system allows for multiple databases which are laid out in what is called
the bureau directory structure. So if you wanted to bureau an ID
production service then you can have all your customers in their discreet
databases, which not only keep order but makes reporting much easier.
- The IDeal Card System
will collect photos into a collection for printing photo boards. There is
a choice here also for adding text into the photo for internal or external
reference to the image.
- Since the system
tries to cater for all our clients the main data entry screen has data
fields that may never be used by some clients. AGS Number is a field that
wouldn't be used in private enterprise for instance. To make it easy for
lower level operators the supervisor has the ability to render unused
fields disabled so the tab sequence will jump to the next valid data field.
- The IDeal Card 32
Professional Photo Identification software is an easy to use system with
powerful features. It is very easy to use and it creates professional high
quality photo Identification.
- The IDeal Card System
allows for complex graphical manipulations to be formed automatically at
the time of pass production without user intervention. The pass type
template stores these procedures for you. E.G. The system will print good
quality signatures over the top of complex images like logos, background
pictures or images. This allows the use of complex backgrounds which
interact with extra images, logos, cardholders image and signature.
- †The system also incorporates a Lobby
control system for logging who comes in and out of a building. This means
there is monitoring of foreign traffic and gives the user full control
over visitor, contractor and temporary cards. This is all a part of the
networkable side of IDeal32. It gives security officers the ability to
monitor unreturned cards and to account for these in a proper manner.
- IDeal32 also contains
a physical key register. Again it is graphical as it uses colour to
distinguish keys that are returned and keys that are still out. If any
person is made inoperative the system checks for out standing physical
keys before the process is complete.
- The system also has
an other card or item register. Many security officers are responsible for
the issue of other cards to their personnel. These may be Federal Airport
Passes, Parliamentary Passes or Qantas Club Cards. This register may also
be used for any asset that an organization or company has issued to an
employee. If a person is made inoperative then the system will check to
see if there are any outstanding items in this other card or asset
register and will warn the operator of the number of items outstanding.
Also this register also uses the colour to distinguish items out and
returned and therefore a history.
- Case forcing on names
is programmable and can be either None, Mixed or Capitals.
- There is an option to
use a special pan/tilt/zoom camera that has presets for Image and signature.
There is the provision to control this camera via the keyboard or mouse.
- The system also now
allows images to be procured from a remote capture station that doesnít have
the usual PC and operator. It is done with full voice, images and full
control over the camera. This solution can also be achieved with a variety
of connectivity including LAN, WAN, Dial Up and even Web or Internet.† This means that you can save labour
cost in both training and task as well as reduce the costs of maintaining a
full remote capture station.