HoloKote® watermark vs Custom laminate overlays

Magicard holokote vs custom lamination watermarks for secure ID cards

An ID card is only as good as its inherent security. Without a unique visual security element, anyone with access to any ID card printer could make a convincing copy of the card.

For many secure card issuance applications, visual security is enhanced by the addition of a customised overlaminate onto the printed image, often with a holographic or OVD feature. In order to achieve this the issuer will have to have a unique film manufactured and add an additional process to their card issuance cycle. Custom laminates can be expensive, they take a long time to produce and actually their security is not infallible – they can be replicated.

All Magicard manufactured ID card printers have a built-in card security feature – HoloKote, this exclusive technology prints a secure watermark as part of the normal print cycle and at no extra cost per card.

We have taken a look at the two processes to make a direct comparison:

ComparisonCustom HoloKote watermarkCustom Overlaminate
Lead time24 hours12 weeks
Initialisation feeMSRP £500Up to £6,100
Minimum order quantity135,000 laminates
FlexibilityChange the design within 24 hours. Have multiple designs for the same printer.Unable to change the design without incurring new initialisation and lead time.
Print processPart of the standard YMCKO print process.Secondary lamination required at end of printing process
Consumable costNo additional cost per print£0.05 additional cost per print
AppearanceWatermarkHologram
Security vs fraudEach HoloKote is tied to an individual printer serial number so can only be printed on that specific printer.Overlaminates can be replicated and then be used on any laminating printer.