GLOSSARY OF TERMS

ABA

See American Bankers Association.

 

 

AC

See Alternating Current

 

 

ACK

Control character sent to acknowledge receipt of a transmission block or to indicate a device is ready to receive data.

 

 

ANSI

See American National Standards Institute.

 

 

API'

See Application Programming Interface.

 

 

ASCII

American Standard Code for Information Interchange. See ASCII Character Set.

 

 

ATM

See Automatic Teller Machine. Also, Asynchronous Transfer Mode

 

 

AVI

Audio Video Interleaved

 

 

Access Cards

Cards used for admittance to premises, equipment, systems, and services.

 

 

Access Control

The ability to govern admittance to an area. Typically a locking device is used in conjunction with a door, gate, or turnstile to restrict passage. Access is then gained by inserting an identification card with a magnetic stripe, bar code, or smart card on which the entrance code is stored or through biometric data collection technology.

 

 

Advanced Options

The advanced options enable a site to place a default value in the text production field of the CIS production window to save the operator from repeatedly typing the same data. Use advanced options in production fields for which the contents have a stable value among records.

 

 

Affinity Program

Cross-promotional loyalty programs involving two or more stores or brands. For example, a cereal brand may provide sports team memorabilia in exchange for a given number of proof-of-purchase seals. Smart cards often provide the means of storing and tracking points for awarding benefits.

 

 

Alphanumeric

A character set consisting of digits (0-9), letters (A-Z), and punctuation marks.

 

 

Alternating Current (AC)

Common electrical current that changes its direction at regular intervals.  Power is provided in a sinusoidal wave form typically of 50 or 60 cycles per second (hertz).

 

 

American Bankers Association (ABA)

A magnetic stripe encoding standard originally used in financial applications. The format allows a maximum of 37 characters on the middle of three magnetic stripe tracks (track 2). The start sentinel is a semicolon (;); the end sentinel is a question mark (?). The allowable characters are: 0123456789: i <=>? . See also Thrift Third Standard and International Air Transport
Association.

 

 

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

The national standards organization in the U.S.

 

 

Application

A computer program used for a particular type of task. QuikWorksTM is an application for producing identification badges.

 

 

Application Icon

In a graphical user interface, a unique symbol that represents the application when it is minimized.

 

 

Application Programming Interface (API)

The collection of functions and messages that allows the programmer to create Windows-based applications.

 

 

Application Window

A window that contains a running program.

 

 

ASCII Character Set

American Standard Code for Information Interchange 7-bit character set. The set consists of the first 128 (zero through 127) characters of the ANSI character set.

 

 

ASCIl-Delimited

A database file in ASCII format. The fields of each record are separated by a character, such as a comma.

 

 

Aspect Ratio

The relationship between the height and width of an image. An aspect ratio of 1: 1 means that the image will appear undistorted.

 

 

Assembly

A set of parts that are assembled to create a larger part. For customer documentation, avoid the word assembly in describing a part or set of parts. For service and manufacturing information, use the word assembly only in describing parts called assemblies in the bill of materials.

 

 

Audit Log

A function in an application that logs system activity.

 

 

Autoincrement

An automatic entry in the Production window that increments by a specified amount for each record added to the database. You specify the autoincrement for the production field in the link definition.

Autolink

A function in QuikWorks that automatically creates a link for you. It creates a production field in the link definition- for each variable text, bar code, image, and signature card field. If a database is specified, it also connects to database fields with common names.

 

 

Automatic Teller
Machine (A TM)

A machine that allows a user to transfer, withdraw, or deposit money.

 

 

BIF

See Bus Interface.

 

 

BIN

Batch Identifier Number

 

 

BIOS

Basic Input Output System

 

 

BMP

Bitmap (graphic format file with .bmp extension)

 

 

BOM

See Bill of Materials.

 

 

BPS

Bits per Second

 

 

Background

The surface area of the card design on which you place card fields. You can choose a single or tiled bitmap or a solid color.

 

 

Badge

An identification card that usually displays the card holder's photo, signature, fingerprint, or other identifying characteristics. It can be worn to show membership in a group, organization, or business.

 

 

Bar Code

An array of machine-readable rectangular bars and spaces arranged in a specific way to represent elements of data. The bars and spaces are constructed from a series of wide and narrow bands. They are organized into a specific pattern to represent letters, numbers, and other human-readable symbols.

 

 

Bar Code Card Field

A type of card field that prints a bar code. One of 14 types, or a custom bar code, may be specified.

 

 

Bar Code Data

Refers to the characters and digits that are interpreted into the bar code element. Also called "bar code message" and "bar code characters."

 

 

Bar Code Density

Bar code density refers to the thickness of the bars in the bar code. A higher density results in bars that are thinner and more loosely packed. (If you choose high density on the ImageCard II PLUS printer, you may obtain better results by adjusting the printer's mass transfer panel voltage setting for four-color ribbon to 8750mV.)

 

 

Bar Code Element

A single bar of a bar code. Bar codes consist of narrow elements and wide elements. See also Interpretation Characters.

 

 

Base Plate

The hardware plate that functions as a platform for other components.

 

 

Batch Processing

A data processing procedure in which similar input items are combined for later processing as a group.

 

 

Baud Rate

Number of data bits transmitted per second over a communications line.

Bill of Materials (BOM)

The list of parts required to assemble a product.

 

 

Binary

The mathematical scheme used by computer processors in which only two possible values exist: zero and one.

 

 

Biometrics

The automatic identification, or identity verification; of individuals using physiological or behavioral characteristics (fingerprints, voice, iris or retina, handwriting, etc.),

 

 

Bit

A single binary digit with a value of zero or one.

 

 

Bitmap

A picture image consisting of tiny dots, or pixels.

 

 

Bitmap Card Field

A type of card field that prints a graphic image on the card.

 

 

Blocking Region

A field type in Quick Works Card Designer usually used to mask out areas for magnetic stripe, smart card circuitry, or signature panel. The two purposes of a blocking region are to disable topcoat from being applied over a blocking region and to prevent a user from placing a print field over a reserved region.

 

 

Border

In a graphical user interface, a visual indication of the boundaries of a window.

 

 

Box

A rectangular area in a dialog box that contains textual or graphical data.

 

 

Buffer

A portion of memory allocated for temporary data storage during data transmission. For example, a memory buffer is used to hold data transmitted from a remote host until the receiving processor is ready to accept the data.

 

 

Buffer Size

The size of the internal buffer, in kilobytes, used to transfer data to and from the disk.

 

 

Bundle

The means by which cards may be gathered together in wrapped by rubber bands, paper bands, or color separators in sleeves.

 

 

Bus Interface (BIF)

Serial communication of controller to modules.

 

 

Button

In a graphical user interface, a round-cornered rectangle with text inside describing its function. Selecting the button causes that function to take place immediately. Button can refer to the button controls in a software application, such as the Cancel button, or to physical buttons on a printer, such as the Ready and Power buttons.

 

 

Byte

Ordered set of bits, usually eight, that forms a data unit in computer operations.

 

 

CAO

See either Computer-Aided Design or Card Acceptor Device.

 

 

CAN

Card Activation Sticker (label)

 

 

CAT

See Credit Authorization Terminal.

 

 

CBT

Computer-based Training

 

 

CD

Compact Disc; Compact audio Disc

 

 

CD-ROM

Compact Disc-Read-Only Memory

 

 

CDI

Compact Disc-Interactive

 

 

CE

Customer Engineer

 

 

CICPS

Central Issuance Card Personalization System

 

 

CIS

See Central Issuance System.

 

 

CO

See Change Order.

 

 

COS

See Card Operating System.

 

 

CPH

Cards Per Hour

 

 

CPM

Color Print Module

 

 

CPU

Central Processing Unit

 

 

CR50

A plastic card with the dimensions of 3.5 by 1.725 inches (88.861 by  43.796 millimeters).

 

 

CR80

A plastic card with the dimensions of 3.370 by 2.125 inches (85.60 by 53.98 millimeters).

 

 

CSM

See Card System Manager

 

 

CTF

See Card Template File.

 

 

CTS

Clear To Send

 

 

CYMK

Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, Black

 

 

Cancel

In a graphical user interface, this button closes the active window or dialog box without making any changes and returns the user to the previous window or dialog box.

 

 

Capture

The process of digitally recording cardholder data such as live video, scanned, or written images. The data and images can be printed and saved in a" database. .

 

 

Capture Board

A printed circuit board installed in the personal computer that converts images from the video camera to a digitized format.

 

 

Capture Station

A complete system of hardware and software for obtaining and saving personal data (photo or signature, for example) about an identification card holder .

 

 

Card

Refers to card stock.

 

 

Card Acceptor Device (CAD)

A device that reads and writes information on a chip card

 

 

Card Design

The layout of a card consisting of a background and card fields.

 

 

Card Field

An area on the card design defined to contain variable text data, static text, bitmap graphics, images, signatures, and bar codes.

 

 

Card Operating System

An operating system with instructions for a chip card.

 

 

Card Personalization

Placing unique user information such as name, address, and account number on a card through printing, embossing, magnetic stripe, smart card, or other method.

 

 

Card Preview Window

A secondary window in card production that displays a replica of the card for the current record.

 

 

Card Printer

The output device used to print cardholder data, such as the ImageCard@ line of card printers.

 

 

Card Setup

The setup file that defines how to place the data from the data file onto a card.

 

 

Card Template File (CTF)

A special file with data that defines the names and locations of data fields on the card for the screen display and card format.

 

 

CardGard

UV-cured Topcoat and 9000/7000 Series card issuance system module for coating the front of a card edge-to-edge with a durable and embossable topcoat.

 

 

Cardholder

The organizational recipient of a card-a member, customer, account holder, employee, or student.

 

 

CardSystem Manager (CSM)

A combination file server and workstation that helps customers streamline card issuance operations. The CSM can integrate up to 30 card personalization systems into a single network.

 

 

Carrier

A printed page form, such as a letter. Cards can be attached to the carrier form in line and it can also be folded, inserted into an envelope, and metered by components of the UltraForm and UltraPac modules.

 

 

Cash Card

Prepaid card with stored value that is decremented as purchases are made.

 

 

Central Issuance System (CIS)

The DataCard software system used by the 9000/7000 Series card issuance system.

 

 

Change Order (CO)

The DataCard mechanism for documenting changes to products.

 

 

Character

A letter, digit, punctuation mark, or symbol used to represent readable data

 

 

Charge Card

Similar to credit card except used only at local or specified merchant.

 

 

Check Box

A small square box that appears in a dialog box. When a check box has an "X", the option is selected or "checked." When the check box is empty or "cleared," the option is not used.

 

 

Check Digit

A value representing the result of a check computation performed on a string of data. Used on bar code values.

 

 

Cheque Guarantee Card

Used primarily in Europe, proof that bank has screened cardholder.

 

 

Chip Card

A card with an integrated circuit chip (a small piece of semiconductor material that is chemically processed to have a set of electrical circuits). See also Smart Card and ContactlContactless Card.

 

 

Chroma-Key

The technique that automatically changes the image background to a specified color without your having to change the physical backdrop. Refer to the manual that accompanies a video camera for more information about this feature.

 

 

Cleaning Roller

Component used to remove dirt and debris from card stock prior to printing to ensure quality printing and to increase the life of the printhead.

 

 

Cleaning Tape

Disposable adhesive tape used to clean the cleaning rollers once they have become overly dirty. See also Cleaning Roller.

 

 

Coercivity

The energy force required to saturate a given piece of magnetic material. Expressed in Oerstads.

        HiCo

High coercivity. This is a term used to describe a general mag stripe material. A HiCo material requires a high magnetic field strength to alter magnetic orientation so that recorded information will not be affected by most permanent magnets brought in close contact to the mag stripe. A HiCo stripe is visibly darker than the LowCo stripe.

        LowCo

Low coercivity. This is a term used to describe a general type of mag stripe material. A LowCo material requires only a low magnetic field strength to change the magnetic orientation. As a result, the recorded information can be erased by the most permanent magnets brought into close contact to the mag stripe.

 

 

Collating Sequence

The order in which a database sorts fields: ASCII or International.

 

 

Column

See Database Column.

 

 

Comm I/0

(Communications Input/Output) A system option that enables on-line input of data from another computer.

 

 

Comparison Operator

A logical, mathematical, or relational operator used to compare the value of a database field to the value expression of the search criteria. SOL comparison operators include:

Equal to

<> or != Not equal to
> Greater than

< Less than

>= Greater than or equal to

 

 

Composite Field

A type of production field that combines, merges, or manipulates text production fields, or sub fields, to create a field to print on a card.

 

 

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

Software that enables users to design a product visually.

 

 

Configuration

1) The hardware elements and their interconnection in a computer system.

2) A customization of a software program to work for a particular piece of hardware or to function in a certain way.

 

 

Configuration Values

Configuration values are the parameters in the firmware or a driver that can be set by the customer, service, or manufacturing.

 

 

Contact/ Contactless Card

A contact card-h~?-~ metallic contact pad used to write or read information on an electronlcchip-by passing a current between. A contactless card enables information to flow between chip on card and an interface device via radio frequency without actual contact. See also Proximity.

 

 

Context-Sensitive Help

The information supplied when you press the Help key that automatically references the specific subject or program area you are currently using.

 

 

Controller

The hardware module containing all the peripheral devices and operating software to run the system.

 

 

Cover Interlock

A safety switch used to interrupt electric current when the cover of an electrical device is opened.

 

 

Credit Authorization Terminal (CAT)

A device in a store for authorizing, recording, and forwarding electronic data for transactions.

 

 

Credit Card

Card used to charge goods and services for future payment.

 

 

Crop Box

A box that appears in the Crop Image window that selects the portion of image that will be captured (saved or printed).

 

 

Cupping

A magnetic stripe surface condition in which the surface is concave or depressed, causing a space between the read head and the stripe.

 

 

Currency Validation

A type of validation applied to a production field in the link definition that requires the operator to enter currency data in a specified pattern. See also validation mask.

 

 

Cursor

A blinking rectangle or underline below a text line to indicate the currently active position on a text-based screen. See also Pointer.

 

 

D2T2

Dye Diffusion Thermal Transfer. A DataCard process for color printing on plastic cards. Same as Dye Sublimation.

 

 

DBMS

See Database Management System

 

 

DC

See Direct Current.

 

 

DC2C Topcoat

Term for the standard holographic topcoat used with ImageCard II series printers. The image is highly visible from all angles and in a variety of lighting conditions, but it lacks depth.

 

 

DCC

DataCard Corporation

 

 

DCD

Data Carrier Detect

 

 

DCE

Data Communication Equipment

 

 

DDE

Dynamic Data Exchange

 

 

DFA

Design For Assembly

 

 

DL

Driver's License

 

 

DLL

Dynamic Link Library

 

 

DNP

DAI Nippon Printing

 

 

DOB

Date Of Birth

 

 

DPI

See Dots Per Inch.

 

 

DRU

Depot Replaceable Unit

 

 

DSR

Data Set Ready

 

 

DTE

Data Terminal Equipment

 

 

DVD

Digital Video Disc

 

 

DVT

Design Verification Testing

 

 

Data Compression

A digital process used to reduce the number of bits necessary to store or transmit data.

 

 

Data Input

A process that loads data into a system.

 

 

Data Match

The process of matching specified information on the card to the same information on the carrier.

 

 

Data Source

A data source defines the database files you access in an OD8C. format.  This definition communicates to your database driver the type 'of files you are using (Access files. for example) and how to access those files. You access a data source by connecting to it.

 

 

Database

A collection of data records kept in a matrix or catalog which can be searched and retrieved using various criteria.

 

 

Database Column

Sometimes called a field. A column represents the smallest unit of data that you can manipulate using a database management system.

 

 

Database Driver

Software that performs all of the work associated with the database. The database driver accesses. retrieves, inserts. updates. and deletes the information as you request.

 

 

Database Field

An item of data in a database. ' A group of related database fields compose a record. A database field is stored in a database column.

 

 

Database Management System (DBMS)

The software used to define, store, access, and manipulate information stored in a database.

 

 

Data Stream

The logical progression of data of a record multiple records.

 

 

Database Table

In relational database systems, database tables contain the primary data representing actual entities or relationships.

 

 

DataCard@ 7000 Series

A subset of the DataCard@ 9000 Series limited to a controller and no more than seven modules.

 

 

DataCard@ 9000 Series

The largest high-speed card issuance machine. It is designed and built around the concept of linking card processing modules to customize the machine for whatever card processing tasks the user wishes to perform.

 

 

Date Field.

A database field that contains a date value stored in a binary format. .Numeric fields are defined in the database table as "Date" and "DateTime." See also Date Validation.

 

 

Date Validation

A type of validation, applied to. a production field in the link definition, that requires the operator to enter dates in a specified format.

 

 

Debit Card

Card used to make transactions directly from a checking account.

 

 

Default

The original values or settings initially defined within an operating system or software. These values or settings are automatically invoked the first time the machine is turned on and a record is created.

 

 

Deferred Debit Card

Same as debit card except that money is still floated temporarily in the same way as when you write a check.

 

 

Delimiter

A character that separates items within a database record or other set of data. Also used to distinguish certain characters and words in a string.

 

 

Device Driver

A program that allows a specific piece of hardware to communicate with software such as Windows or QuikWorks.

 

 

Dialog Box

In a graphical user interface, a fixed size box containing instructions or comments for the operator, or used by the operator to respond to information displayed.

 

 

Die

A concave block in which plastic is shaped to form readable characters. Used with a mirror imaged punch.

 

 

Digital Imaging

Also called electronic imaging. An image is captured by scanning or using the output of a digital (video) camera. The subsequent image can be saved as a file on a PC and edited, displayed, or printed on an ID or credit card.

 

 

Digitize

To convert information to the digital format usable by a computer.

 

 

Dimmed

See Grayed.

 

 

Direct Current (DC)

Electrical current that flows in one direction only and does not pulse, as in batteries and some motors.

 

 

Direction Keys

Also called arrow keys. The four keys (up, down, right, and left) on the keypad used to control cursor direction on the screen.

 

 

Directory

An area for storing files. Directories are named for easier reference, except for the root directory which is represented by a backslash symbol (\).

 

 

Display Info

This output device can be assigned to a production field in the link definition to display the contents of the text production field in a message window while printing or encoding a card. For example, if you specify this device for the NAME production field, the cardholder's name will appear in the message window as the card prints or is encoded.

 

 

Dither

The process by which a device simulates shades of gray in an image by grouping dots into clusters to make digitized images appear smoother. The image processing software produces a new, perceived color by alternating the pixels of two colors in a pattern. For example, in a black and white image, black and white pixels are alternated in a pattern to produce gray.

 

 

Dot

The smallest unit that can be printed, scanned, or displayed on a monitor.

 

 

Dots Per Inch (DPI)

A unit of measurement that describes the resolution quality of a printer or monitor.

 

 

Double-click

Double-click refers to the action of rapidly clicking twice on an interface element. Refer to whenever double-clicking on the element is faster than clicking on the element and then on the OK button.

 

 

Drag

Moving or marking elements on the screen by holding down a button on the mouse while moving the mouse around.

 

 

Driver

See Device Driver or Database Driver.

 

 

Duplex

Printing on both sides of a form. See also Simplex.

 

 

DuraGardTM

Protective Overlay Film, applicator system, or 9000 Series module for covering the front of a card with a highly durable protective coat (patch).

 

 

Dwell

The amount of time (measured in milliseconds) required by a heated platen to transfer thermally a colored substrate of a coated foil to the tops of embossed characters.

 

 

Dye Sublimation

A printing method that uses a thermal printhead and a controlled spreading of the dye image to achieve a smooth blend of dyes. Same as D2T2.

 

 

E-Cash

Electronic cash, a smart card application.

 

 

EBCDIC

An acronym for Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code, a data format used by many IBM mainframes and minicomputers. The CSM and other systems require EBCDIC data to be converted to ASCII format.

 

 

EEPROM

Electronically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory, a memory technology that enables non-volatile data to be erased and rewritten.

 

 

EIA

Electronics Industry Association

 

 

ENQ

Enquiry (status poll)

 

 

EOF

End of Form

 

 

EOT

End of Transmission

 

 

EPROM

Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory

 

 

EPS

Encapsulated PostScript (graphic format file with .eps extension)

 

 

ETX

End of Text

 

 

Electronic Flash

A high-intensity light attached to the video camera and synchronized to illuminate when you freeze the cardholder's live video image.

 

 

Electronic Imaging

See Digital Imaging.

 

 

Electronic Purse

A debit card with stored value for convenience in making small purchases.

 

 

Electronic Wallet

Extension of an electronic purse; card is capable of credit, cash card, and other functions as well as debit function.

 

 

Embossing

Producing raised characters in relief on the surface of a plastic card.

 

 

Encoding

Converting source data to codes on magnetic media (such as the magnetic stripe on a plastic card).

 

 

End Sentinel

A character or code that marks the end of the data for a magnetic stripe track.

 

 

Entire Back

A term defining when the entire backside of a card is thermal imaged.

 

 

Entitlement of Benefits Transfer Card

Electronic benefits card where an account number is allocated a certain value at different times. Used for government programs such as food stamps, welfare, AFDC, etc.

 

 

Environment Variable

An environment variable specifies an automatic fill value. The value of the variable appears in the text box in the Production window. You can use this variable, for example, to insert the workstation name in a text box.

 

 

Error Correction Level

The error correction level indicates the maximum number of code words in a PDF417 bar code that can be missing or destroyed before the label cannot be read and decoded.

 

 

Event Handler

This advanced QuikWorks option allows you to invoke a customized function when an event occurs, such as the variable bitmap event handler.

 

 

Exit

To close or quit a process; in a graphical user interface a button that closes the active window or dialog box and all windows and/or dialog boxes associated with it.

 

 

Export

To send data files to another computer or storage medium or to convert data (such as graphics data) to another format.

 

 

Exposure Select

The QuikWorks feature that displays nine variations, differing in contrast and brightness, of the captured image to facilitate capturing images with diverse skin colors and tones. Refer to the manual that accompanies a video camera for more information about this feature.

 

 

Exposure Value

A value, as measured by the Checkout utility, that indicates the brightness of an image.

 

 

FCO

Field Change Order

 

 

FIFO

First In First Out

 

 

FIR

See File Identification Record

 

 

FMEA

Failure Mode and Effect Analysis

 

 

FRU

See Field Replaceable Unit.

 

 

Field

A set of data elements specified by type and length of entry (such as an eight-character numeric field).

 

 

Field Delimiter

See Delimiter.

 

 

Field Length

The length of a field in characters.

 

 

Field Replaceable Unit (FRU)

A single part or an assembly that may be replaced in the field to resolve a product failure.

 

 

Field Value

The contents of a field for a particular database record. A field's value may be alphanumeric, numeric, or an image.

 

 

File

A collection of related data records treated as a unit.

 

 

File Identification Record (FIR)

A job control record that contains information about the records in that job. A FIR has data fields that consist of 1) a data field name, 2) a two-character mnemonic that is assigned to the name, and 3) the alphanumeric data for the field. FIRs are treated as if they are always preceded by filemarks. A new card data file is started each time a FIR or filemark is encountered.

 

 

File Input

The QuikWorks feature that allows you to specify a file as input to a text production field. You assign the file input device to a production field in the link definition.

 

 

File Name

A specific name of a varying number of characters (depending on the operating system) that identifies a file on disk. Files are located in directories. Any file on a storage device can be located by giving the drive designation, the directory name, and the file name.

 

 

Filemark

A character that separates the files being stored on, or retrieved from, magnetic media (typically magnetic tape).

 

 

Financial Card

Any card used for a financial transaction; a credit card, bank ATM card, or other card representing eligibility for financial services.

 

 

Firmware

Resident non-volatile software residing in ROM, PROM, or EEPROM.

 

 

Flash Aperture

The knob on the video camera that controls the size of the lens opening when the flash is activated.

 

 

Flash Memory

Reusable semiconductor memory . An application can be loaded into the chip, which later can be erased and reloaded with a new version.

 

 

Floppy Disk

Also referred to as a diskette. A removable file storage medium.

 

 

Focus Box

A box in the Image Capture window that allows you to compose the cardholder's image before capturing it.

 

 

Foil

A roll of multi-layered material from which the colored substrate can be transferred thermally to the raised surfaces of embossed characters on a plastic card to make them more readable and attractive.

 

 

Font

A character set of specified design and size.

 

 

Form Setup

The setup file that defines how to place data and cards onto a form using an UltraForm module.

 

 

Format File

A file containing the information necessary to print digitized images, text, and bar codes on the surface of a plastic card. Also called Card Format File and Card Template File.

 

 

Four-color Process

A printing process that mixes the three primary colors (yellow, cyan, magenta) and black to reproduce any color.

Frequency Marketing Card

Used to track points and buying habits by the merchant. Usually the customer receives a reward based on point values.

 

 

Function Keys

The keys labeled F1, F2, etc. on the keyboard. The function of a particular key is defined by the application software, or in some cases, can be defined by the user. For example, pressing the F1 function key usually displays help information.

 

 

GB

See Gigabyte.

 

 

GIF

Graphic Image File format. A format widely used for Internet graphics.

 

 

GND

Ground

 

 

GUI

See Graphical User Interface.

 

 

Gain

The adjustment on a video camera that controls the brightness of the image. The higher the gain, the lighter the image appears.

 

 

Gigabyte (GB)

Represents 1000 megabytes of data storage capacity, or roughly one billion bytes.

 

 

Graphical User Interface (GUI)

Operating system or software that enables the user to communicate through a graphics display environment of menus, windows, icons, and dialog boxes.

 

 

Gray Card

A gray-colored card, shipped with QuikWorks, used for calibrating the video camera.

 

 

Grayed

Also "dimmed," a button-or option-in a menu-ordia1~g t30X that appears in gray type to indicate it cannot be selected at that point in the program..

 

 

Grid

A pattern of evenly-spaced dots displayed in rows and columns in the Card Designer window that is used to help align card fields.

 

 

Grid View

A view of retrieved cardholder records in the Production window in which the cardholder data appears in table format

 

 

Group

A Group is similar jobs combined at load time for processing together.

 

 

HSS

High Speed Scanner

 

 

HSUF

High Speed UltraForm

 

 

Hz

Hertz

 

 

Handle

A small black box that appears along the borders of a card field. You
select and drag a handle to size a card field.

 

 

Handshake

Authentication routine that validates a user, card, or message.

 

 

Hardware

Physical equipment such as mechanical, magnetic, electrical, or
electronic devices, components, assemblies, or machines.

 

 

Heated Roller

The roller in an overlay or topcoat station that applies heat to the card to affix the overlay or topcoat material.

 

 

Highlight

Used in the context of selecting an item from a menu or choice list displayed on a screen by moving a bar or pointer to mark the item.

 

 

Hologram

A unique photographic image that provides a three-dimensional effect on a flat surface. Used most often for security or aesthetic purposes.

 

 

Holographic Topcoat

A material applied to a card that incorporates the use of a holographic image for security. The topcoat material can be placed onto a card by DataCard equipment.

Host

A computer attached to a network to provide database access. (A computer may be a host to DataCard card processing equipment or other PC's.)

 

 

Hourglass

An icon in the shape of an hourglass, the presence of the hourglass typically indicates the system is busy processing a task and cannot respond to new input yet.

 

 

IATA

See International Air Transport Association.

 

 

IC Card

See Integrated Circuit Card.

 

 

IC II+

imageCard Pius

 

 

ICE

ImageCard Express

 

 

ID

Identification; Instructional Design

 

 

IH

Input Hopper

 

 

II

Instant Issuance

 

 

IMS

Image Management System

 

 

IPA

See Interactive Preassembled Animation File.

 

 

ISAM

See Indexed Sequential Access Method.

 

 

ISO

See International Organization for Standardization.

 

 

Icon

A symbol that represents an application, part of an application, or a session running in memory that is minimized on screen.

 

 

Image

Any graphical symbols, such as logos, signatures, bar codes, and alphanumeric fonts. Generally used to refer to the non-photo digitized images found in the Image Library that are used to create a printed card.

 

 

Image Box

A box in the Production window in which you view captured images.

 

 

Image Capture Service

A service offered by DataCard Corporation whereby company iogos or
other images are converted from camera-ready art to electronic media for
use by DataCard card printing equipment.

 

 

Image Capture Window

A window that appears when you tab to or click on the image box in the Production window. You use the window to capture, crop, and save the cardholder's live video image.

 

 

1mage Card Field

A type of card field for. printing an image.

 

 

Image Components

Representational images of text lines, digitized images, and bar codes that appear when you preview a card prior to printing.

 

 

Image Diffraction

The appearance of a multi-dimensional image resulting from light reflection .

 

 

Image File

A computer file that contains a compressed digitized element. This could be a photo, signature, and/or fingerprint file. Such files are used for badge issue/reissue and security access.

 

 

Image File Format

The digital format in which a graphic image is saved, such as gif, tif, bmp, and wmf.

 

 

Image Offset

Default X and Y coordinates stored with each image that define its location on a card.

 

 

Image Production Field

A component of a link definition that places an image box on the Production window.

 

 

ImageCard

A table-top card printing system from DataCard. The machine can print logos, bar codes, or tonal images on flat cards.

 

 

Import

To bring in data files from another source such as a PC or a remote host over a network; to bring a graphics format file into a document.

 

 

Indent Printing

The opposite of embossing. The characters are impressed into the surface of the card

 

 

Indexed File

A database file in which records are accessed by means of an index. The file is an indexed sequential file (See Indexed Sequential Access Method.) when the same field is used both in the index and for sequencing the records in the database file.

 

 

Indexed Sequential Access Method (ISAM)

A database access method for data that supports both sequential access and indexed access. See also Indexed File and Structured Query Language.

 

 

Initialization

Preparing a smart card by creating data fields that will receive data.

 

 

Input

Data coming into a file or program (typically from a host device) or data entered directly from a keyboard or other peripheral device.

 

 

Input Device

A peripheral device that inputs data into QuikWorks, such as a video camera, scanner, and signature pad.

 

 

Insert

Paper imprinted with text to be inserted into packaging with cards.

 

 

Insurance Card

A health care card that allows benefits within a certain program.

 

 

Integrated Circuit (IC) Card

Card fitted with an integrated circuit chip (smart card).

 

 

Interactive Preassembled Animation File (API)

A file that contains a computer animation (the file extension is avi).

 

 

Interface

The hardware component that electronically links two devices. Also, a software link between an application program and the user.

 

 

Interlock Relay

Electrical contact used to break the power supplied to motion control devices and disable the entire system from producing cards.

 

 

Interlock Switch

A switch that when tripped disconnects power to movable parts for the safety of the operator

 

 

International Air IATA

(Transport Association)

A magnetic stripe encoding standard originally used in transportation applications. The format allows a maximum of 76 characters on the upper of three magnetic stripe tracks (track 1 ). The start sentinel is a percentage sign (%); the end sentinel is a question mark (?). The allowable characters are: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYXZ 0123456789 !"#$%&' ()*+,-./:;<?>=@[\]^.

See also American Bankers Association and Thrift Third Standard

 

 

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

The body that publishes documentation standards including card standards.

 

 

Interpretation Characters

Human readable characters printed below a bar code. The characters may be turned ON (printed) or OFF (not printed) as desired.

 

 

JPG or JPEG

See Joint Photographic Experts Group

 

 

J-stripe

A DataCard internal term for the NTT.(Nippon Telephone & Telegraph); magnetic stripe format. See Nippon Telephone '& Telegraph.

 

 

Jigsaw

A transaction terminal.

 

 

Job

A unique name that identifies a series of records that contain the data for a card production run. The name is a combination of operator entered information and a 6-digit system-assigned number. The Job is created when you load and save data. The Job and the file are one unit unless you use the Split Job utility to create two Jobs linked to the same file.

 

 

Job Setup

Job Setups are created using the 4. Setup menu item on the DataCard 9000/7000 Central Issuance Systems main menu. A Job Setup defines how modules are used, what the card should look like, and how to use the data to run a Job. A Job Setup file ties together all the necessary module setups to produce a Job.

 

 

Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPG or JPEG)

A type of compressed image file format used for photos. QuikWorks cameras save captured images in this format.

 

 

Journal File

A file that logs all data records processed by the system during a specified period of time. The LOCAL journal file may be appended (attached) to the SYSTEM journal file at the end of the specified period, when it is saved. If it is not, the record of that run is lost when more cards are produced. The contents of the SYSTEM Journal File is kept unless Remake is used to delete the journal.

 

 

KB

See Kilobyte.

 

 

KMS

Key Management Server (9000 Series Smart Card decryption product)

 

 

Key Card

A card with a stored program that-allows a site to initialize or personalize a smart card. It "unlocks" or decodes the algorithms.

 

 

Kilobyte (KB)

A unit of measure for computer memory capacity. A kilobyte represents 1024 bytes of information.

 

 

LAN

See Local Area Network

 

 

LCD

Liquid Crystal Display

 

 

LED

Light Emitting Diode

 

 

LEP

Liquid Electrophotographic Print engine

 

 

LPI

Lines Per Inch (spacing between embossed/OCR indent lines)

 

 

LPT#

A line printer port connected to a local printer or other shared resources on a network. Typically uses a Centronics parallel interface.

 

 

LRC

Longitudinal Redundancy Check

 

 

Laminate

The process of attaching overlay to substrate materials using time, heat, and pressure.

 

 

Lease Meter

A device used to record the number of cycles or times a piece of leased equipment is used.

 

 

Link

The QuikWorks mechanism that creates the Production window and connects its fields to the card and database fields. You must create a link for each card design you want to use.

 

 

Link Definition

The link definition defines the attributes of a link. It consists of production
fields and their properties.

 

 

List Box

A list within a dialog box that names all the selectable items.

 

 

Live Aperture Knob

The knob that controls the size of the lens opening while displaying a live image on the monitor.

 

 

Load

To bring files into memory so they can be read and/or changed.

 

 

Local Area Network (LAN)

A connection of multiple computer systems located in close proximity with the ability to share files and resources such as printers. LANs require a topology (Ethernet or Token-Ring), a protocol (TCP/IP , IPXISPX) and a network operating system (Novel' NetWare, Windows NT, etc.).

 

 

Log In

The process of accessing a computer system.

 

 

Logo

A graphical symbol used to represent a company or organization. Usually stored on hard disk and located in a library of images.

 

 

Lot Number

A number that is imaged on a certain amount of cards so that the cards can be put into batches

 

 

MAPs

See Maintenance Analysis Procedures.

 

 

MB

See Megabyte.

 

 

Mbps

Megabits per second

 

 

MCB

Module Control Board

 

 

MCBF

Mean Cards Between Failure

 

 

MHz

See Megahertz .

 

 

MIDI

Musical Instrument Digital Interface

 

 

MOO

Market Opportunity Organization.

 

 

MPEG

Motion Picture Experts Group

 

 

MS

Magnetic Stripe; Mail Station

 

 

MTTR

Mean Time To Repair

 

 

Machine Mode

The 9000/7000 Series card issuance system can be configured to run in three special modes (other than the standard Cards and Forms mode): Cards Only, Forms Only, and UltraForm. See also UltraForm Machine Mode.

 

 

Machine Readable

A code or characters that can be read by machines.

 

 

Magnetic Stripe

Magnetic material applied as a strip on the surface of a card to encode with cardholder information.

 

 

Maintenance Analysis Procedures (MAPs)

Isolation procedures based on failure analysis data used by knowledge engineers to prepare knowledge bases that guide service personnel toward fast resolution of a problem in the field (as part of the Tech.- fx 2000 system).

 

 

Mandatory

A flag applied to a production field that causes the system to prompt the operator to enter data.

 

 

Mask

See Card Operating System.

 

 

Maximize

In a graphical user interface, the window is maximized to fill the screen. The maximize icon is at the right on the title bar. See also Minimize.

 

 

Megabyte (MB)

Represents 1000 kilobytes of data storage capacity, or roughly one million bytes.

 

 

Megahertz (MHz)

Measure of one million cycles per second.

 

 

Memory

Electronic circuitry used to store programs and data.

 

 

Menu

A list of options displayed in a window or from the menu bar near the top of a window.

 

 

Menu Bar

The horizontal bar below the title bar of a window that lists the names of the menus/options that can be accessed from that window.

 

 

Message

A sentence or short paragraph that may appear on the screen. The message may prompt the user to perform an action, warn of something about to take place, or report an error or the current status.

 

 

Microcomputer

A self-contained computer system that includes memory, a central processor, and input and output (1/0) devices.

 

 

Microprocessor/ Memory Card

A card with a microprocessor chip contains both memory and logic. (processing) capability. .A memory. card is capable of storing information .and fixed logic but cannot process data.

 

 

mil

A unit of length equal to one thousandth of an inch (0.0254 millimeter) used to specify the thickness of material.

 

 

Minimize

In a graphical user interface, the window is minimized when it fills only a portion of the screen or appears as an icon on the desktop. The minimize icon is usually at the right on the title bar. See also Maximize.

 

 

Module

One component of a 9000/7000 Series card issuance system that performs a specific card or form personalization or production task.

 

 

Module Aspect Ratio

Refers to the height compared to the width of a single module (line) in a PDF417 bar code. See also Symbol Aspect Ratio

 

 

Mondex

Electronic purse technology now owned by MasterCard Corporation.

 

 

Multitasking

The ability of an operating system to run more than one application or perform more than one process at a time.

 

 

MultOS

A multiple application, smart card operating system developed for Mondex.

 

 

NTSC

National Television Systems Committee video standard

 

 

NTT

See Nippon Telephone & Telegraph.

 

 

Networking

Connecting several machines (embossers, PC's, or peripheral equipment) physically or electronically to enable them to communicate with one another.

 

 

Nip

Point where transport rollers are closest together just before they touch.

 

 

Nippon Telephone & Telegraph (NTT)

A magnetic stripe encoding standard originally used in Japan. The format allows a maximum of 69 characters on a J-stripe magnetic track. The allowable characters are upper and lower case letters, numerals, spaces, and special characters (including 55 Katakana characters on a PC running the Japanese version of Windows).  See also American Bankers Association, International Air Transport Association, and Thrift Third Standard.

 

 

Numeric Field

A database field that contains a numeric value stored in a binary format.

 

 

Numeric Range

One of three preset ranges you can assign to a text production field with a numeric validation type to limit the value an operator can enter in the text box to a specified range, such as > 1000.

 

 

Numeric Validation

A type of validation applied to a production field in the link definition that requires the operator to enter a number.

 

 

OCR

See Optical Character Recognition

 

 

ODBC

See Open Database Connectivity.

 

 

OEM

Original Equipment Manufacturer

 

 

OLE

Object Linking and Embedding

 

 

OS

Operating System; Output Stacker

 

 

Offset

A configuration value that represents a deviation from a fixed point. Use offset to refer to any configuration value that describes a plus or minus deviation from a fixed point.

 

 

OK

A standard button in a GUI interface that causes the application to accept changed information, initiate an activity, or continue some activity.

 

 

On-line

The status of a peripheral device, such as a printer, when it is properly connected and ready to receive data.

 

 

Open Database Connectivity (ODBC)

The Microsoft strategic interface for accessing data in an environment of multiple, different relational and non-relational database management systems.

 

 

Optical Card

Cards read by an optical process. Low density optical cards include bar codes as well as high-density laser and photolithographic technologies.

 

 

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

Machine-scanning printed documents and converting the characters to editable electronic data.

 

 

Option Button

Also known as a radio button, a circular button in a dialog box that you can select to activate that choice. From a group of related option buttons, you can select only one; selecting one button deselects the others.

 

 

Origin Point

The top left corner of a card field that has not been rotated. The origin point serves as the axis when rotating a card field. The coordinates of the card field are measured from the origin point.

 

 

Output

Data exported by a computer system to another location for storage, processing, or printing.

 

 

Output Device

A hardware device that outputs data to the card, such as the magnetic stripe encoder .

 

 

Overhead Percent

The percent (0 through 99) of data code words to apply as error correction for a PDF417 bar code.

 

 

Overlay

A material thicker than a topcoat applied to the card to enhance durability. DuraGard is an overlay. See also Topcoat.

 

 

P2

Planning Process (a DataCard initiative to identify new and innovative
business opportunities, learn how to think differently about the world, and
identify and adopt behaviors that will enable us to realize our future)

 

 

PAL

Phase Alternation Line video standard

 

 

PAN

Personal Account Number

 

 

PCL

Printer Control Language

 

 

PDD

Product Definition Document

 

 

PEAQ

DataCard acronym for Product Excellence and Quality, a product and program development process with a thorough, definitive set of disciplines. It is a flexible process for continuous improvement.

 

 

PFN

Pulse Forming Network (CardGard module assembly)

 

 

PIN

See Personal Identification Number.

 

 

PIN Pad

A keypad for entering PIN values.

 

 

PLS

Pulsed Light System (CardGard ultraviolet-light curing components)

 

 

PM

Preventive Maintenance

 

 

POS

See Point of Sale.

 

 

PROM

Programmable Read-Only Memory.

 

 

PVC

See Polyvinyl Chloride.

 

 

PWA

Printed Wiring Assembly

 

 

Pack

A database management activity that purges deleted records from the database.

 

 

Pad Character

A character used to fill a sub field of a composite production field to its maximum length to ensure that the following sub field begins at a certain position in the composite field.

 

 

Page Timeout

The amount of time (in tenths of a second) that an unused page remains in the buffer before being removed.

 

 

Parallel Interface

Communication hardware that permits data to be transmitted in both directions simultaneously. See also Serial Interface.

 

 

Parity Bit

A bit added to a group of binary digits to make the number of bits in the group always odd or always even.

 

 

Parity Check

A method for determining whether the number of ones or zeroes in a group of binary digits is odd or even to test data transmission accuracy.

 

 

Part Number

The unique number that identifies each part, assembly, or subassembly.

 

 

Path

The route through a number of drives, directories, and subdirectories to a certain file name.

 

 

Peripheral

Any device connected to a computer system for input or output, such as a tape deck or printer.

 

 

Personal Identification Number (PIN)

A cardholder's code or password used in conjunction with a card to access an account or area

 

 

Pixel

The smallest definable element of a digitized graphic image (one data point).

 

 

Platen Roller

The large roller opposite the heated roller used for backup pressure as overlay or topcoat is applied.

 

 

Point of Sale (pas)

The point at which a card is presented to conduct a transaction.

 

 

Pointer

In a graphical user interface, an arrow used to select icons from the desktop, menus items from a window, and list items from dialog boxes.

 

 

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

The durable card surface material required by a DataCard badge printing device.

 

 

Port

The hardware link in a computer at which data may enter (input port) or exit (output port). See also Parallel Interface and Serial Interface.

 

 

Pre-set List

A feature that allows you to assign a predefined list of options to a text production field in the link definition. The operator must choose one of the items in the list as input for the field (and cannot type an entry).

 

 

Preventive Maintenance (PM)

Use this spelling (and not preventative) for all routine cleaning and inspection activities performed at intervals by service personnel.

 

 

Primary Table

The database table to which you connect in the link definition. You can insert and update data in primary tables via the production field in the link definition. See also Secondary Table.

 

 

Print Action Field

A type of production field you can create in the link definition to monitor and control card printing.

 

 

Print Manager Jobs Window

A window you can display from the Production window that shows the number of print jobs queued for printing.

 

 

Printer Control Language (PCL)

A document description. language typically used by Hewlett-Packard laser printers.

 

 

Printer Driver

Software that allows your computer or software system to communicate with a particular printer.

 

 

Printer Resolution

The intensity (in number of dots per inch) of the text produced by a printer.

 

 

Production Window

The window used to capture cardholder data or manage card issuance jobs.

 

 

Prompt

A request or statement displayed to the equipment operator that requires a response. Information supplied in the response is used to carry out the next set of tasks or instructions.

 

 

Proximity

Data is exchanged between card and reader by radio frequency, fiber optics, induction, laser or other non-mechanical contact technology. See also Contact/ Contractless Card.

 

 

Punch

A steel die faced with a raised character that is forced into the plastic card to form readable characters. Used with a mirror imaged die.

 

 

QFD

Quality Functional Deployment

 

 

Query

A database management function for retrieving cardholder records based on search criteria issued using SOL.

 

 

Quiet Zone

An area of white space preceding the start code and following the stop code of bar codes. The recommended minimum quiet zone is 0.25 inch. No printing should appear in the quiet zone.

 

 

QuikWorks

An image capture and badge creation software system from DataCard.

 

 

R&R

Removal and Replacement

 

 

RAID

Acronym for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks. A disk storage technology that uses a large number of small disk storage units operating in parallel. CSM offers RAI D technology for reliability and security.

 

 

RAM

See Random Access Memory.

 

 

RAS

Acronym for the Reliability I Availability, Serviceability standards used in designing and developing DataCard products.

 

 

RDB

Relational Database

 

 

RF

Radio Frequency

 

 

RISC

See Reduced Instruction Set Computer

 

 

ROM

See Read-Only Memory.

 

 

RS

Recommended Standard (see RS-232-C)

 

 

RSPL

Recommended Spare Parts List provided by service group.

 

 

RTS

Request To Send

 

 

Radio Button

See Option Button.

 

 

Random Access Memory (RAM)

The memory within the computer processor that stores all the commands and data for operation of the computer and its applications.

 

 

Read-only

A flag you can apply to a text production field in the link definition to make a text box inaccessible to the operator.

 

 

Read-Only Memory (ROM)

The non-volatile memory in a computer device. The hardware instructions are written into this type of memory on an integrated circuit board.

 

 

Reader

A device that can read the encoding on a card or badge.

 

 

Record

An related group of data fields combined for the purpose of performing a specific task or storing specific information about one entity such as the name, address, and account number of a cardholder.

 

 

Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC)

Computer technology that enables faster performance by using a smaller set of instructions.

 

 

Registered Hologram

Hologram that appears in the same position on every card produced.

 

 

Remake

Reprocessing a card due to a data error or equipment malfunction that resulted in a bad card on an earlier attempt.

 

 

Remake List

The list of cards that the system or the operator has determined need to be remade. The remake list contains references to all information needed
to reproduce the card (s).

 

 

Resolution

The dimension of the smallest element of an image that can be printed. Usually stated as dots per inch. The more dots per inch, the higher the resolution and the higher the image quality.

 

 

Ribbon

A roll of multi-layered material with a colored surface coating that is transferred to a card's surface by a striking force or thermal transfer. Dye sublimation printing uses a YMC or YMCK ribbon.

 

 

Root Directory

The primary , highest level directory on a disk; represented by a backslash (\).

 

 

RS-232-C

An Electronics Industry Association (EIA) standard for data and control circuits used between data terminal equipment and data communications equipment using serial binary data interchange.

 

 

RS-485

An Electronics Industry Association (EIA) standard for data communications that uses a 32-station, multi-drop, addressable network

 

 

SAM

Security Access Module. See Web site reference for chip card technology at end of this glossary.

 

 

SCSI

Small Computer Systems Interface; acronym is pronounced "scuzzy"

 

 

SECAM

Sequential Couleur A Memoire video standard

 

 

SI

System Integration

 

 

SME

Subject Matter Expert

 

 

SOH

Start of Header

 

 

SQL

See Structured Query Language

 

 

SRS

Software Requirements Specification

 

 

STX

Start of Text

 

 

SVGA

Super Video Graphics Array

 

 

SVT

Software Verification Testing

 

 

Save

To write information in memory to disk.

 

 

Scanner

A device that converts paper artwork into a digitized bitmap that can be displayed by a computer and printed from it.

 

 

Scroll Bar

In a graphical user interface, a bar at the right and/or bottom of a window or dialog box. The bar contains an element (elevator) that can be moved quickly to view additional information in a window. The bar also contains an arrow at either end to move the window one increment at a time.

 

 

Search Criteria

The conditions that determine which cardholder records a search or query function retrieves. Search criteria compares a set value you specify against .the actual value in the database fields.

 

 

Secondary Table

A database table, belonging to the same data source as the primary table, to which you can connect in the link definition. You cannot update . or insert data into a secondary table; you can only print and display it.

 

 

SELECT Statement

A type of SOL database query statement used to select and retrieve specific database records based on search criteria.

 

 

Select

To choose a menu item or task. In a graphical user interface, press and release a mouse button (once or twice) with the pointer on the item.

 

 

Selection Bar

The position of the cursor on a highlighted field that is usually moved with the arrow keys. Used to indicate an item on a choice list without initiating action.

 

 

Sensor

Term used for photocells, hall effect sensors, and other instruments used to collect information about the state of the hardware and materials.

 

 

Serial Number

Also called Control Number. A number that is one of a series and is used for identification.

 

 

Serial Interface

A communication method where one data bit at a time is transmitted. See also Parallel Interface.

 

 

Service Information CDs

The compact disks on which the Tech-fx 2000 product and service information is supplied. One CD contains the system. Additional CD's provide MAPS, documentation; training courses, and diagnostics utilities for one or more products.

 

 

Short Stacker

An output stacker converted with a special plate to accommodate an UltraForm module.

 

 

Signature Card Field

A type of card field that prints a captured image of a signature on the card.

 

 

Silent Partner

Thermal printer.

 

 

Simplex

Printing on one side of a form. See also Duplex

 

 

Skew

Any deviation from straight with respect to card travel or a magnetic data track.

 

 

Sleeve order

How the cards are placed sequentially in a sleeve.

 

 

Smart Card

Also called a chip card or IC card, a plastic card with an embedded integrated circuit (IC) chip. The chip may be used to store information about the cardholder or to record card transactions as they occur. Also, a module in the DataCard@ 9000/7000 Series that initializes a smart card.

 

 

SmartRec

Patient record system

 

 

SmartReg

Identification system

 

 

SmartTrack

Patient tracking system

 

 

Soft Keys

Keys set up within the application software or defined by the user that allow the operator to use a minimum number of keystrokes to perform frequently used or complex functions.

 

 

Software

The application programs and operating system needed to operate a computer.

 

 

Solenoid

A coil of wire surrounding a movable iron bar that causes the core to move when the coil is energized.

 

 

Splitting a Job

Specifying a starting and/or ending record for a job different from the original starting and/or ending record.

 

 

Start Code

A special code character that appears at the beginning of some bar codes. It serves as a signal that the bar code starts immediately after.

 

 

Start Sentinel

A character or code that marks the start of a magnetic stripe track's data.

 

 

Statement

Command used to select and retrieve specific database records based on search criteria.

 

 

Static Text Card Field

A type of card field that prints identical text on every card.

 

 

Step and Repeat Image

A set pattern on the topcoat ribbon that produces an image in any of several positions on each card. The number of images and image position will vary with each card. See also Registered Hologram.

 

 

Stop Code

A special code character that appears at the end of some bar codes: It- serves as a signal that the bar code data has ended.

 

 

Structured Query Language (SQL)

A high-level language for querying databases. SOL statements specify search conditions for retrieving and operating on database records.

 

 

Subfield

A text production field defined in a link definition as a component of a composite field.

 

 

Symbol Aspect Ratio

The height-to-width comparison of the entire PDF417 bar code symbol. See also Module Aspect Ratio.

 

 

System

The combined software, hardware, and peripheral equipment that make up a functionally complete machine.

 

 

System Configuration

The initial (default) setup that defines the operational parameters of the system.

 

 

TB

Terabyte (one trillion bytes or one thousand Gigabytes)

 

 

TCP/IP

Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

 

 

TDB

Technical Data Package

 

 

TIFF

Tag Image File Format (graphic format file with .tif extension)

 

 

TPH

See Thermal Printhead

 

 

TTS

See Thrift Third Standard

 

 

Take up

A verb to describe the motion of rolling up ribbon or other material. (The adjective form is spelled with a hyphen: the take-up spool.)

 

 

Tech-fx 2000

A virtual service system involving a PC loaded- with a knowledge tree of product-information that aids ill speedy field service and reports inventory and component reliability information.

 

 

Test Cards

Sample cards programmed with live data that are sent o the customer to make sure they are compatible with their systems.

 

 

Text

All printable characters including letters of the alphabet, numbers, punctuation marks, and symbols.

 

 

Text Box

In a graphical user interface, a box into which you type information.

 

 

Text Field

A database field that contains an alphanumeric value stored in a text format. See also Text Validation.

 

 

Text Production Field

A component of a link definition that places a text box on the Production window.

 

 

Text Validation

A type of validation, applied to a production field in the link definition, that requires the operator to enter alphanumeric data in a specified pattern. See also Validation Mask.

 

 

Textual Data

Text information that appears on the cardholder's card or is saved to the database.

 

 

Thermal Printhead (TPH)

An electronic device that uses-heat to transfer a digitized image from (TPH) special print ribbon and topcoat (overlay) ribbon to the flat surface of a plastic card.

 

 

Thermal Printing or Thermal Transfer

The process of creating an image on a card using a thermal printhead.

 

 

Thermocouple

The sensor on the heated roller that sends roller temperature readings to the module control board.

 

 

Third Thrift Standard (TTS)

A magnetic stripe encoding standard originally used in retail applications. The format allows a maximum of 104 characters on the lower of three magnetic stripe tracks (track 3). The start sentinel is an underline (-); the end sentinel is a question mark (?). The allowable characters are 0123456789: ;<=>?

See also American Bankers Association and International Air Transport Association.

 

 

Three-color Process

A color printing process that produces various colors and shades by mixing the three primary or three secondary colors.

 

 

Tile

Print a bitmap image on the card in a repetitive pattern.

 

 

Time Validation

A type of validation, applied to a production field in the link definition, that requires the operator to enter time data in a specified pattern. See also Validation Mask.

 

 

Tipping

Also called gluing. The process of affixing a card to a carrier.

 

 

Tonal

A black and white printing process used where true gray scale images can be printed. The ribbon is produced by mixing yellow, magenta and cyan colors.

 

 

Topcoat

Thinner than overlay, a layer of material applied to the top of a badge that protects the image underneath from chemicals and abrasion and adds a level of protection against card tampering. See also holographic topcoat.

 

 

Topping

Also referred to as tipping. The process of using heat and pressure to transfer a colored coating from the substrate of foil to the tops of embossed characters on a card. The characters are more attractive and easier to read.

 

 

UART

Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter

 

 

UC

UltraChek module

 

 

UF

UltraForm module

 

 

UG

UltraGrafix module

 

 

UP

UltraPac module

 

 

UPC

See Universal Product Code.

 

 

UV

Ultraviolet

 

 

15000 Ultima

Computerized card issuance system for personalizing cards.

 

 

UltraChek

The 900017000 Series card issuance system module that checks for card quality.

 

 

UltraForm

The DataCard trademarked term for a series of modules that handle forms.

 

 

UltraForm Machine Mode

The 9000/7000 Series machine'mode prompts. the operator to enter a . certain card based on the data selected into the card track beginning with the Sticker Applicator module. The system starts processing at the Sticker Applicator module.

 

 

UltraGrafix

The DataCard trademarked name for its equipment capable of printing images on a card's surface.

 

 

UltraGrafix 800

A graphics printing and encoding machine from DataCard.

 

 

UltraGrafix Printing

A DataCard printing technology which uses the heat energy of a thermal printhead to transfer all or none of the ink from a graphics ribbon to the badge. This is also known as !!lass transfer or thermal heat transfer.

 

 

UltraLabel

The 900017000 Series card issuance system module for attaching labels to cards.

 

 

UltraPac

Card delivery system with envelope insertion, sealing, and metering capability.

 

 

Unique Index

A database field that serves as an index field. It is also defined to contain a unique value for each record in the database.

 

 

Universal Product Code (UPC)

A bar code used to identify products that can be read by a laser/optical scanner.

 

 

User Definition

A site-defined component that specifies users' names, login names, passwords, and the functions available to them.

 

 

UV Coat PVC

A type of card made from a common thermoplastic resin, coated with an ultraviolet protection and used in a wide variety of manufactured products.

 

 

UV Coat Styrene

A type of card made from a form of Styrofoam called Styrene that is coated with UV protection.

 

 

Utility

A special software routine that performs non-production operations. File management, changing the appearance of the display, and defining keyboard characters are examples.

 

 

VGA

Video Graphics Array

 

 

VPD

Vital Product Data

 

 

Validation

A production field property that requires the operator to type specific data in a Production window text box. Validation types of text, numbers, currency, date, and time can be assigned.

 

 

Validation Mask

A series of characters that dictates the kind of data an operator can type in a Production window text box. The validation mask for a social security number, for example, would resemble: ###-##-####.

 

 

Value Expression

Part of the search conditions in the SELECT statement that identify the specific values to retrieve.

 

 

Variable

See Environment Variable.

 

 

Variable Text Card Field

A type of card field that prints a value personalized for each card or customer card set.

 

 

Varipower

The control that adjusts the brightness of the flash.

 

 

Vision

See UltraChekTM.

 

 

WAN

Wide Area Network

 

 

WMF

Windows metafile (graphic format file with .wmf extension)

 

 

WORM

Write-OnceIRead-Many memory

 

 

SG

World Service Group

 

 

WYSIWYG

See What You See Is What You Get.

 

 

Wait Cursor

See Hourglass.

 

 

Wand

A hand-held device used for reading bar codes.

 

 

Weigand Card

Also known as a sensor card. Short lengths of special alloy wire that induce a strong voltage output when passed through a series of magnetic fields. Used in access control applications.

 

 

Well

A term used for the vacant area in a pouch that is filled with an instant photo or badge. Also refers to the opening in a plastic card that holds a smart card chip.

 

 

What You See is What You Get

WYSIWYG. What is shown on the display screen is what will be printed by the output device.

 

 

WHERE clause

The portion of the SOL SELECT statement that specifies conditions for searching for and retrieving database records.

 

 

Wild Card

A special character that represents a character or a series of characters. Use wild cards (such as * and ? or - and %) when you do not know all of the characters in the value expression or you want to retrieve records that have similar values in a particular field.

 

 

Window

In a graphical user interface, the area of the screen with visible boundaries through which information is displayed. A window can be smaller than or equal to the size of the screen. Windows can overlap on the screen and give the appearance of being on top of other windows.

 

 

Windows Open System Architecture (WOSA)

Microsoft's standards for programmers developing Windows applications. Includes Win32, OLE, ODBC, and MAPI.

 

 

WorkBench

Troubleshooting application that leads service personnel through problem resolution. The DataCard version is part of the Tech-fx 2000 system.

 

 

Write to Log

A type of flag you can assign to a production field that creates an entry in the Audit Log.

 

 

XOFF

Transmitter (X) Off

 

 

XON

Transmitter (X) On

 

 

YMC

(Yellow, Magenta, Cyan) These three colors are mixed to produce a color photo image.

 

 

YMCK

(Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black) These four colors are used to reproduce color photo images by printers. Black is used where graphics black is needed, as for printing an infrared scanable bar code.

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