Magicard ID Card Printers

ID Card Security

"Want to protect your identification cards from tampering, counterfeiting or physical abuse?"

HoloKote HoloKoteFlex HoloPatch

Download DatasheetWhatever the application, card security is always vitally important. Card security should never be taken for granted, and should be consciously built into every single application, right from the start.

The Magicard printer family provides high security features on all of its products, which means that even the most basic identification card application can be completely protected from the risk of card counterfeiting and card tampering.

Holokote Security

Too often in the past, the addition of effective counterfeit and tamper protection has been considered a luxury, and consequently it has only been used on high-budget projects.

Unfortunately this has meant a proliferation of easy-to-fake ID and Membership card. Anyone with a PC, a scanner, and a low-cost dye-sub printer can produce convincing fakes and gain access to whatever these unprotected cards are intended to safeguard.

Ultra's patented HoloKote and HoloPatch technologies bring complete identification card security at very low, even zero, cost to all card users.

For the ultimate in security, any of the above features can be used, together with an electronically encoded biometric signature using Ultra's Magstripe, Contact chip smart card, or Contactless smart card encoder options.

HoloKote: The No Cost Solution


The Magicard Pronto, Enduro+, Rio Pro, and Prima 4 printers are all equipped with a patented process which can put a unique, frosted, HoloKote "watermark" across the entire face of the card during the printing process.

Each printer is supplied with a selection of overcoat security logos already programmed into its memory during manufacture. This logo provides only a basic level of security protection because intending counterfeiters could be successful if they have access to an identical Magicard printer. It does however, provide complete protection from card alteration or tampering.

Used in this way, HoloKote costs absolutely nothing to use. No extra investment cost, no extra consumables to buy, and no extra time or significant complexity of use.

HoloKote with Custom Key

HoloKote Custom Key

For the highest level of protection, HoloKote should be used with a Custom Key logo which is unique to the card issuer.

This logo is created in a single List-X security location from customer supplied artwork and is encrypted into a "Flash-Card" size electronic key which can be inserted into a slot on the front of the Rio printers.

The lead-time for Custom Key programming is a week and the cost of supplying and programming a key is only £360. Remember this is a one-off cost and adds nothing to the cost per card.

A built-in encryption engine running the DES algorithm, completely preventing would-be counterfeiters from replicating a Custom Key, protects the data in the key.

Preventing unauathorised people from producing cards is easy. Just remove the Custom Key and lock it away. The printer still operates normally but without the customer's unique authenticating logo.

There is no custom laminate material to be accounted for and secured. Once again, Custom HoloKote involves no additional consumable costs, just that one-time Custom Key charge.

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HoloKote Flex with Custom Key

HoloKote Flex

HoloKote FLEX is a full size, secure custom HoloKote watermark. HoloKote FLEX imprints a logo watermark of any size and location on the card. Compared to custom holographic laminates, it's a mere fraction of the cost, and available in days, not months. For a modest set-up fee and no extra ongoing printing cost, you can print as many cards as you like with your HoloKote FLEX design. Printed with your Magicard Rio printer, HoloKote FLEX is customized to your design, and delivered on an encrypted memory card for total security.

Preview your custom HoloKote Flex visual security using our HoloKote Tool.

To order a custom visual security key, please download and complete online the Custom Key Data Form and email it to your Magicard dealer. The form provides you with useful examples and tips on how to design your security watermark.

HoloPatch : The Visible Edge


While HoloKote can protect all kinds of cards from tampering and forgery, the nature of the watermark image means that arms-length inspection is required to check that the frosted security logo is intact.

To make inspection easier at a distance, Ultra has invented a new process which is used alongside the existing HoloKote technology.

This new process is called HoloPatch. It is incorporated into all new generation Rio printers and can be selected via the driver when required.

HoloPatch involves the use of special card stock which features a gold "super diffuser" patch which is used to highlight one of the 24 separate HoloKote logos which cover the front of the card.

The end result, when used with the Ultra Secure or Custom Key logo, is a distance-visible security mark which gives a security guard or work colleague easy visibility of the authenticating mark from a distance of 6 feet or more.