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Zebra Technologies to Provide 3M with New Secure ID Card Printers for High Security Identification Programs

CampusIDNews Staff   ||   Feb 20, 2002  ||   

CAMARILLO, Calif., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Zebra TechnologiesCorporation (Nasdaq: ZBRA), a worldwide leader in bar code labeling solutions

and card printers, today announced that it has entered into an OEM agreement
with 3M’s Safety & Security Systems Division to supply the company’s new model S820i secure ID card printing and lamination system exclusively to 3M for sale as the 3M(TM) MAXSecure, Secure Card Production System.

The S820i design is a result of Zebra’s long-term technical collaboration
with 3M for printing identification cards at the point of issuance that
require superior tamper-resistance, image security and long-term durability.
It incorporates Zebra’s newly developed intelligent printing system, which
deploys RFID technology for the prevention of fraud and duplication of ID cards by unauthorized personnel.

Designed specifically to utilize 3M(TM) Secure Card material, the S820i
produces up to 90 cards per hour with edge to edge high resolution full-color
and either single- or dual-sided lamination that bonds protective layers to the cards through a unique fusing process. It prints on the underside of the 3M laminate material (instead of directly on the plastic card substrate as with conventional plastic card printers), which is then fused to a white card substrate. This process seals the printed images and personalized data inside the card. The layers cannot be separated without obvious damage to the card.

To ensure maximum card security, the 3M(TM) Secure Card features three
levels of image security 1) a visible security image that changes color and
intensity when the card is tilted; 2) a bright retro-reflective image visible
under focused light; and 3) a hidden security pattern embedded in the card
substrate that is visible only under ultra-violet light. Applications for
such cards also include national health, social security and voter
registration programs, badging for armed forces, law enforcement and
government agency personnel, and access and identification for educational
institutions, industry and transportation.

In addition to increasing dentification card security, the 3M(TM) Secure
Card material provides exceptional card durability as validated through
extensive testing and exposure to temperature, humidity, water soaking,
washing and drying, exposure to bleach and dry cleaning solvents, coin
abrasion, friction, bending and heat tampering.

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with 3M and look forward to
supporting high-security card applications such as driver’s licenses and other high security identification card applications,” emphasized Veraje
Anjargolian, VP and General Manager of Zebra’s Card Printer Business Unit.
“The high security segment of the card printer market demands such increased
tamper-proofing and extended card durability.”

“Using our Secure Card material, these printers create highly secure identification cards,” adds Peter Swain, vice president, 3M Safety & Security Division. “This contract is the result of an ongoing collaboration between our companies to build a reliable, highly secure identification printing solution.”

Steven Harrold, business director for the 3M Security Market Center, notes, “The integrity of ID credentials has become even more critical in light
of recent world events. Today, more than ever, issuers of key entitlement
documents need a secure production platform working seamlessly with advanced card security materials and technologies. 3M’s MAXSecure system was conceived with this important principle in mind.”

3M will exhibit the MAXSecure Secure Card Production System this week,
February 8-11, at the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Leadership Summit for Identification Security in the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA. The Illinois and Quebec driver’s license programs are among a number of governmental programs that successfully use Eltron secure ID card printers and 3M(TM) Secure Card media.

About 3M

St. Paul, Minnesota based 3M is a $17 billion diversified manufacturer
serving an array of commercial, industrial and consumer markets. 3M Security Market Center is a full-line supplier of security laminates and labels for document and product authentication, brand protection, asset management, theft prevention, personal identification and access control. For more information, e-mail [email protected] , call 1-800-328-7098, extension 5, or visit
http://www.3M.com/us/security . 3M is a trademark of 3M Company.

About Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies Corporation delivers innovative and reliable on-demand
printing solutions to businesses and governments in more than 90 countries
around the world. A broad range of applications benefit from Zebra(R)-brand
thermal bar code label and receipt printers and Eltron(R)-brand plastic card printers, resulting in enhanced security, increased productivity, improved quality, lower costs and better customer service. The company, with an installed base of more than two million printers, also offers software,
connectivity solutions and thermal printing supplies, including more than
1,000 label and ribbon combinations. Information about Zebra’s Eltron card
printers can be found at http://www.eltroncards.com . Information about Zebra
Technologies can be found at http://www.zebracorporation.com .

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