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Dartmouth Finds Foolproof Method for ID Card Printing with the ZXP Series 7

Posted May 1, 2015

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Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. The school has approximately 4,200 undergraduate and 2,100 graduate students.

At Dartmouth, the DA$H card is “the most important piece of plastic” students carry. With their student identification cards, they access dorms and special classrooms, buy meals, check out library books, wash laundry, print documents, attend athletic events, and even pay for items and activities such as ski passes, canoe rentals or ballroom dance lessons. All on-campus establishments accept the pre-loaded DA$H card.

“The only things a student needs to carry on campus are a cell phone and DA$H card. It’s accepted everywhere so there’s no need to carry any cash,” said Heidi Bellimer, Card Office Manager and a 28-year staffer at Dartmouth.

Faculty, staff and thousands of people who attend summer camps also receive Dartmouth identification cards. In total, the university’s Card Office prints more than 10,000 cards annually – up to 300 on the busiest days.

As the university’s previous card printers aged, Card Office staff members were frustrated by slow printing and the amount of time operators spent changing supplies or fixing jams. Additionally, the printers didn’t always encode cards correctly, requiring a second step to verify encoding – adding significant time to producing each card.

But it was difficult to find printers that would work with the university’s Lenel access control system, which houses student information and photos. The Lenel On-Guard access control system has a limited list of approved printer models for use with the production of ID cards.
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