Brilliant Budget Offer – IDP Smart 51 Secure Card Printer

Plastic ID Card Printer Package created for GDPR – Keep your Data Safe – Just £699*

If you’re looking for an ID Card Printer that’s not too expensive, produces great quality plastic cards quickly and helps you meet GDPR requirements by keeping your data safe, we recommend the IDP Smart 51 Secure.

We classify the IDP Smart 51 Card Printer as a ‘mid-user’ printer, one that is easily capable of handling 5000+ cards a year.

It’s a little more expensive than an entry-level printer which you can snap up for around £500, but as you’d expect, comes with a whole load more capabilities – like speed, print quality, reliability and upgrade options; allowing you to add encoding capabilities on at a later date for example.

But what makes this bundle stand out in an increasingly crowded ID Card Printer market is its strength in GDPR compliance.

The IDP Smart 51 Secure Bundle works because it makes it very difficult for unauthorised people to access your data in the first place.

Don’t forget – when you print an ID card, membership card, loyalty card or visitor badge with an individual’s personal details or photograph, you have a responsibility for ensuring that data doesn’t become accessible.

Many people don’t realise that an imprint of the data printed into a plastic card is retained on the printer ribbon.

Card Printer Ribbon Sensitive data
Printer Ribbons retain an imprint of each individual’s data – it should be disposed off securely

If someone can access the printer ribbon, they have a record of every individual’s details that have passed through it. 

So not only is it crucially important to securely dispose of the printer ribbon when you’ve used it, you need to prevent access to it in the first place.

Read more about our Printer Ribbon Shredding Service.

What comes as part of the IDP Smart 51 Secure Bundle

It comes with a Ribbon and Card Lock which means only the person with the key can unlock and use the printer, preventing bogus use.

The included Kensington Lock  chains the printer to the desk. If you have a busy reception desk, or have print cards in a public area, this stops the printer going walkabout.

Also included is:

  • Extended Rear Output Hopper
  • Easybadge Lite Card Design Software
  • YMCKO Ribbon, 300 prints
  • 100 blank cards
  • Cleaning Kit
  • 5-Year Warranty.

No other manufacturer offers a 5-Year Warranty on their plastic card printers, which shows the faith IDP Smart have in their printers.

We find the IDP Smart 51 to be fast, efficient and reliable. It’s capable of printing up to 212 single-sided colour cards per hour, or up to 720 mono cards per hour. If you regularly print ID cards, membership cards or other plastic cards, it’s hard to beat.

We are have a special ‘end of budget- year’ promotion on this model – just £699 + VAT and Delivery. This price isn’t available on our website. Call 01244 526009 to speak to our friendly customer service team.

Read more about the IDP Smart 51.

Two of the best Plastic Card Printers from a GDPR perspective

If you print your own ID cards, loyalty cards or membership cards using a plastic card printer, or you’re considering doing so in light of the new GDPR, there are a few things to consider: Sample transport card

  • How are you keeping your data safe?
  • How are you preventing unauthorised users from accessing your printer or ribbon?
  • Are you securely deleting the data left behind after the cards are printed?

Two plastic card printers stand out as being ‘GDPR’ ready – and here are the reasons why.

The IDP Smart 51

Why it’s great for GDPR

The Smart 51’s strength lies in making it very difficult for unauthorised people to access your data in the first place. It comes with the option of 2 locks to keep your printer and cards protected from unauthorised use.

  1. Ribbon and card lock

As you’d expect, this lock keeps your ribbon and cards safe. Only the person with the key can unlock and use the printer – preventing bogus use.

  1. Kensington Lock

We’ve heard a few stories of card printers going walkabout from reception desks, particularly in colleges. The Kensington lock secures the printer to a desk.

What else has it got going for it?

The Smart 51 is fast, powerful and prints high quality cards (up to 212 colour cards per hour and 720 single colour cards per hour). Its state-of-the-art CPU display makes it easy to use and it’s entirely scalable – you can choose to upgrade to double sided print, add encoding capabilities or lamination later.

The fact that it comes with a 5-year warranty (the longest in the market) shows the confidence that IDP Smart has in its printers.

What’s the cost?

You can pick up a Smart 51 for around £700 + VAT. We currently have a special package available with a host of free extras, including software and the two locks for just £749 + VAT.

The package includes:

  • Smart 51 single sided card printer
  • Ribbon & Card lock (usually an extra £65)
  • Kensington lock (usually an extra £40)
  • Extended rear output hopper (usually an extra £40)
  • Easybadge Lite software
  • YMCKO ribbon, 300 prints
  • 100 blank cards
  • Cleaning kit
  • 5 year warranty

HID Fargo DTC1500

Why it’s great for GDPR

The HID Fargo DTC1500 comes with a host of distinctive security features that makes this plastic card printer the ultimate in data protection.

  1. Unique printer ribbon resin scramble renders all the personal information unreadable

Just what is a resin scramble anyway?

If you use a direct-to-card plastic card printer, you might not realise that all the personal information for each card remains on the printer ribbon after its printed.

When you print the next card, the ribbon simply spools forward, leaving the information behind.

The DTC’s resin scramble feature hides all this information within a resin panel – rendering it unreadable. Which secures your data from any potential breach.

  1. Standard password protection and AES 256 data encryption

Both features provide extra peace of mind and protection from any unauthorised use.

  1. Custom watermark overlay

This allows you to lay your own logo or customised security image over your cards as a transparent watermark, making duplication of your cards almost impossible.

These key features are some of the reasons the DTC1500 is favoured by government organisations, healthcare facilities, schools and colleges.

What else has it got going for it?

The DTC1500 is a powerful, robust card printer, capable of printing 225 high quality colour cards per hour.

One of its big claims is its Low Cost, high-capacity consumables. This basically means that the ribbons are capable of printing more cards – making your ‘cost-per-card’ lower than it would be with other printers.

What’s the cost?

The HID Fargo DTC1500 comes with a higher price tag than the Smart 51s, but then you get what you pay for.

We currently have a printer package on offer for £1049 + VAT. This includes:

  • HID Fargo DTC 1500 single sided card printer with USB and ethernet
  • YMCKO Ribbon, 500 prints
  • 200 blank cards
  • Built-in Swift ID® badging software (this software prints cards without saving records or databases, ideal for data security)
  • 3-year warranty (printer and printhead).

If you need your software to do a little more, for example connect to Office Excel or MS Access, you can upgrade to CardPresso XS card software for an extra £120, or CardPresso XM for an extra £200.

Whatever printer you choose, make sure you shred your printer ribbon securely

Unless it’s the HID Fargo DTC1500 with its built-in resin scramble, don’t forget to build the shredding of your card printer ribbon into your data protection plans.

Read more about the data you leave behind