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Entrust advances Sigma Instant Issuance Platform for cards

Entrust has announced an innovative new light curing module developed for its Sigma DS4 Instant Financial Card Issuance Solution. 

This unique card printing technology builds upon the foundation of the Sigma DS4 system's intelligent, simple and secure financial issuance platform to deliver flat card personalization with better durability.

Financial institutions are facing rising costs for payment card supplies, including EMV-compliant chips and the cards themselves. By adding more durable cards to their programs, they can extend the life of the cards and, as a result, reduce supply expenses.

Additionally, as more issuers have taken advantage of the increased flexibility of flat cards in recent years, financial institutions are looking for bolder colours and designs to personalize further and differentiate their brand. They are looking for additional levels of security as well. 

Durable flat text printing capabilities are needed in the instant financial card issuance market to help financial institutions increase card longevity while providing bolder personalization options to differentiate from the competition.

Entrust light curing technology has been used to personalize millions of the most modern payment cards in circulation today, issued by high-volume payment card providers. 

Entrust has now developed a unique, innovative light curing module for its Sigma DS4 systems, allowing instant issuance providers to deliver unmatched flat card durability from their on-site instant issuance fleet.

The new light curing module seamlessly integrates into existing Sigma DS4 systems and helps apply a unique, UV-curable, thermal-transfer, monochrome graphics ribbon to pre-printed card stock. 

This bright, bold and durable personalization option stands out for its clarity and sturdiness compared to other direct-to-card flat card personalization options available in the market.

The Sigma DS4 Instant Financial Issuance System empowers banks, credit unions, and retailers to provide instantly activated, permanent debit and credit cards in minutes. 

DS4 is a complete instant issuance solution that's easy to install and use right out of the box. It supports TLS/ SSL encryption and AES-256, and includes a Trusted Platform Module to manage certificates and keys securely.

The card issuers can add an optional multi-hopper for multiple designs or add an embosser unit to produce embossed cards with metallic tipping foil.

And with the addition of the all-new Light Curing Module, card issuers get up to 2x card life; four monochrome colours, including white; metallic gold and silver options; and support for the frontside, backside, horizontal, and vertical orientations.

“We have taken our experience in payment card issuance systems for high-volume clients and applied it to new innovations for our Sigma platform,” says Tony Ball, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Instant Issuance, Entrust. 

“Leveraging our expertise and technology of more than 50 years in the making, allows us to expand our direct-to-card instant issuance solutions to provide financial institutions the competitive differentiation they need.”

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