Datastrip Ltd has released a 32-bit Windows development toolkit which allows companies to create ID cards rapidly and easily using a low-cost printed 2D symbology.
Known as a Datastrip, the 2D symbology will store around 1kbyte of data in a coded machine-readable form on a typical CR-80 card format, enough for text, photographic, or biometric information such as a signature or fingerprint. This is ideal for implementing a wide range of high-performance ID applications at very low cost. A printed Datastrip provides around an order of magnitude greater capacity than the typical magnetic-stripe card at the same kind of cost, or, comparable versatility to a smart card at perhaps a tenth of the price.
The new Windows Developer’s Kit is compatible with Windows NT and 95 and offers a suite of tools for creating Datastrip applications. To simplify development, the software provides users with an application structure offering pre-defined fields for storing different types of information such as text, a photo, and binary or user-defined data. A range of add-in utilities are available for handling specific biometric templates such as signatures or fingerprints.
The package also includes a ‘Datastrip Wizard’ utility which guides users through the software creation process, allowing novices to build applications without training.
Datastrip offers a full range of complementary equipment for Datastrip-based ID systems including card printers, card readers and computer peripherals. These allow users to produce cards, and configure working systems to perform manual or automated checks, or both. One peripheral, the DSView240T automatic card reader, offers what is believed to be a unique facility in the ID card market by integrating its own miniature LCD display. This allows data to be viewed manually, which is ideal for standalone ID applications. At security gates for example, cards could utilise the Datastrip for storing photo, confidential text or a biometric template such as a signature.
Any card-based data may be captured and logged, or verified automatically by connecting the peripheral to a PC or network.Details