Template-based printing enables organisations with IBM i to avoid having to create work-arounds or write custom code, and allows users to integrate card printing into any network-accessible application by separating out the template from the variable data. By sending just variable data to PrintManager via XML text files, users can integrate network card printing without the need for SDK integration or native host printer drivers.
To get up and running, Holy Name installed the software, connected it to the server and created the badge template – all in less than one week. “From demo to deployment, Zebra was there supporting us to ensure it all went smoothly,” Skvarenina said.
Using Zebra CardStudio™ Template Designer edition, Holy Name configured the two-sided badges to include hospital name, logo, colour photo, and employee name, ID and title. Holy Name also colour codes badges based on type of role, such as clinician, security or administration.
“I’m not much of a graphic designer, but it was fairly easy to customise our cards,” said Hugo Cantor, developer at Holy Name.
Holy Name chose to use proximity cards for door access control for the security aspects; they can’t be easily photocopied or replicated. Prox card readers are also a more affordable option for the Haiti location.
Currently, Holy Name prints all badges for Haiti in its New Jersey location. However, with network-based printing, the hospital plans to take a ZXP Series 7 printer to Hôpital Sacré Coeur but continue initiating printing remotely from New Jersey over a secure network connection.
The hospital estimates it will print about 100 cards each month.