We have just finished a demo application for All Right Now, to show how a kiosk with webcam, card dispenser and card reader can be programme to perform auto-enrolment of (say) members of a club.
The application consists of the following steps:
- An introductory page
- A page that allows the user to enter his/her name and e-mail address
- A page that allows the user to take a self-photo with the webcam
- A page that displays a message while the card is dispensed
- A page that instructs the user to scan the card barcode with the reader
- A completion page, showing the photo and user information gathered
The application provides practical examples of how to work with the hardware using a browser-based application.
We previously assisted Windmill Computing in developing a card encoding application that worked with the Dai Nippon CX-330. As part of an integrated card printing and encoding process, the application moved the card to the coupler at the appropriate point, then performed the encoding using the attached card writer.
Following the customer’s decision to upgrade printer and use a different model of card encoder, we had to modify the application to work with the new hardware. We added support for the Zebra ZXP Series 8 Printer (working via the ZMotif interface), while we were able to use the standard SCard interface to encode the MIFARE cards.
We have just assisted OneLife iD with the launch of their new OneLife iD Card. This card is a combination of OneLife iD’s signature QR code, which links to a personal page on their website, and a traditional emergency contact/medical information card.
There have been several major components to the new product, which we have worked on in conjunction with Windmill Computing:
- We have added a custom product builder to the OneLife iD website, that allows users to see how the information they are entering will appear on their card.
- We have added an administrative utility that allows the details of cards to be downloaded.
- We have created a utility to generate the QR code images for the cards. This uses the card details download.
- We have created a vivID card project that contains the card design (front and back) and the associated database. The database is populated using the card details download.
The card printing itself is handled by Windmill Computing, who offer a bureau service to organisation that don’t see buying an ID card printer as economical based on their printing requirements.
We have recently developed some software used to encode Infineon SLE4442 contact smart cards as part of a large bureau job. Windmill Computing had taken on a customer that needed a means of printing and encoding hundreds of thousands of smart cards. The software we developed consists of two components:
- A converter program: This takes a file with the raw card data, and creates a file in a suitable format for importing into the card database.
- An encoding extension: This performs the steps required to encode the card. Firstly the card is moved to the coupler. Secondly the card is encode. Thirdly the card is moved out of the coupler so that it is ready to be printed.
The encoding extension is an extension DLL for Windmill Computing’s vivID Card software. This brings together the card design, database records and image files to manage the printing of the cards.
We have recently developed a utility for generating QR Code image files for Windmill Computing. This utility is used to generate the QR Code images to be printed on plastic cards as part of a bureau job. Each card has a different QR Code that points to an appropriate web page for that card. The name of the image file links it to the corresponding record in the card database.
The printing of the cards is handled by Windmill Computing’s vivID Card software. This brings together the card design, database records and image files to manage the printing of the cards.