Card Encoding Engine

Card Personalization Software

Card Encoding Engine (CEE) is the ID card software personalization solution that encodes smart cards without requiring programming, scripts, or custom APIs!

  • All-in-one card ID credential solution—design, encode, and print quickly and easily!
  • Pre-configured encoding capability for the widest range of card technologies and types:
    • Smart cards (ISO 7816 & 14443)
    • 1D/2D barcodes, including QR codes
    • MRZs
    • Magnetic stripes (HiCo & LoCo)
    • M.O.S.T. Card® contact and contactless
    • MIFARE®
    • PIV-CTV cards (available with Federated Edition, coming soon)
  • Seamless data interoperability for end-to-end smart card solutions
  • Unique cost-saving utilities, such as the chip contact alignment utility
  • Organized Workspaces with user-friendly point-and-click user interfaces
  • Cornerstone to the idblox™ ID Credential Ecosystem

Issue High Security ID Credentials — Faster, Easier, Smarter

Card Encoding Engine™ (CEE) is the first ID card software to offer a no-programming solution for chip and magnetic encoding as well as card personalization on a wide range of ID credentials. Unlike other photo ID software solutions, CEE is pre-configured to automate smart card encoding without requiring programming, scripts, or custom APIs, saving a card issuer $5,000 to $15,000 per card type. This powerful all-in-one card personalization solution includes all the standard features found in standard ID card software plus so much more. CEE supports the widest range of card technologies while featuring unique cost-saving utilities, pre-designed security background templates, and support for automatic data collection and industry standard interfaces without programming. CEE seamlessly connects with card configuration tools, biometric and biographic enrollment software, vetting services, credential management systems, and end-use applications for complete ID credential solutions. Card Encoding Engine combines everything you need to design, personalize and issue your cards in four organized workspaces and intuitive, point-and-click user interfaces.

CEE is a Windows-based solution that enables the graphic, magnetic, and electronic card personalization of variable and static data on contact and contactless smart cards (ISO 7816 and ISO 14443 A & B), 1D/2D barcodes (including QR codes), ICAO compliant MRZs, and magnetic stripes. The program is built to import data from a variety of sources, and it is optimized for swift biometric credential issuance. The software is built around standardized data elements found across a variety of id markets including driver licenses, health IDs, enterprise badging, education IDs, and a wide variety of government IDs—including national, civil, voting, and military identification. CEE is a central hub in a credential issuance system, exchanging data from a number of sources, for diverse functions including vetting or background checks, physical access system notification and card management systems.

Card Encoding Engine includes:

  • Dual-Interface Reader
  • M.O.S.T Card® sample smart cards
  • Login cards
  • ReadyStart™ secure cards
  • Holofoil cards
  • Contactless test card
  • Magnetic stripe cards
  • License cards
  • User Guide, including a Quick Start Guide
  • Software installation disc

Card Encoding Engine is part of a larger smart card solution, the idblox™ Identity Credential Ecosystem. The idblox ecosystem enables true interoperability among card infrastructure components with the ability to create high-security, multi-functional smart card projects without depending on programmers, system developers, or even graphic designers to get the job done. With idblox, card issuers with basic computer skills can work with out-of-the-box components to create a wide variety of complete, end-to-end card solutions for a diversity of market applications. By using pre-configured idblox templates found in M.O.S.T. Toolz™ and Smart Toolz® card configuration utilities, CEE will not only encode your smart cards without programming, it will issue smart cards that are instantly ready to be used with your system's card application and terminal. Every product within the idblox framework meets specific security protocols and functions to be idblox certified.

For card issuers, resellers, integrators, or system developers, the idblox ID Credential Ecosystem enables the fastest, easiest and most affordable creation of high-security smart card and eID credential programs today.

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Automated Smart Card Encoding on ID Card Printers

Unlike other card printer software solutions that claim to encode smart cards but actually require extensive programming, Card Encoding Engine does exactly what it claims to do. CEE eliminates the need for programming, scripts or custom APIs on an extensive range of desktop ID card printers. Switching to CEE will save a company $5,000 to $15,000 in development costs per each card type.

Seamless Connectivity with Card Toolz™ and Enrollment, Vetting, and CRM Software

Card Encoding Engine is a central hub in a credential issuance system, exchanging data from a number of sources, for diverse functions including vetting or background checks, physical access system notification, and card management systems. Pre-configured and custom created Logical Data Structures (LDSs) are seamlessly imported from M.O.S.T. Toolz™ and Smart Toolz® to Card Encoding Engine's connection workspace using easy drop-and-drag features. The software includes a built-in, mid-range database while allowing imports from XML, MDB, ODBC, SQL, and other external databases and credential management systems.

Supports the Widest Range of ID Credentials

Card Encoding Engine is ideal for system integrators, credential service providers, distributed issuance solutions, and photo ID resellers who wish to expand their product listing and custom credential services. Whether a solution requires smart card chips, RFID, MRZs, barcodes, magnetic stripes, or combination cards, CEE does it all. The program is also built around standardized data elements found across a variety of ID markets including driver licenses, health IDs, enterprise badging, education IDs, and a wide variety of government IDs including national, civil, voting, and military identification.

Card Technologies include:

  • Contact cards (microprocessor and memory)
  • Contactless cards—RFID (microprocessor and memory)
  • Machine Readable Zones (MRZs)
  • 1D/2D barcodes (including PDF 417 and QR codes)
  • Magnetic stripes

Biometric Enrollment and Issuance in Just Minutes!

Card Encoding Engine is specially designed for swift, in-line biometric smart card issuance using an automated importing of standardized idblox data in XML. Corvus Integration's Raven™ enrollment platform is optimized for this task. Biographic and biometric data—including face, iris, and fingerprint modalities—are captured, stored, and exported via XML and EFT files to Card Encoding Engine quickly and securely. Now, customers can increase security with biometric enhanced smart cards and multi-factor authentication cost-effectively.

All purchases include updates for two years. The Single Station, Multi-User Edition includes free SQL and EFT importing features and Code 39 updates.

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Card Encoding Engine Technical Specifications Single Station Multi-User Edition Network Edition
(Coming Soon)
Federated PIV Edition
(Coming Soon)
Database Capacity
5 million records
15 million records
250 million records
Imports from External Databases
SAML Connections
Data Protection and System Security
AES 256 Data Encryption (At Rest)
Smart Card Authentication
Biometric Authentication
Administrator and User Management
Hierarchical User Design with Project Specific Access
Lock-Out Screen Protection
Support for both password and card log-on
Card Printer Compatibilty
Auto Icon placement for EU Driver's License Data Elements
Matica printers with encoders
Evolis printers with encoders
Supported Card Technologies
Contact Smart Chips (ISO 7816)
Contactless Smart Chips (ISO 14443 A & B)
CardLogix M.O.S.T. Card® C Series
EU Driver License
ICAO Passport Cards
Magnetic Stripe (1-, 2-, and 3-track)
Multiple 1D/2D Barcodes (Including QR code and PDF 417) ✓ (UPC, EAC)
Machine Readable Zones (ICAO MRZs)
EPC Gen 2
Project Management
Production log and audit files
Customer proof generation utility
Printing and Encoding
Printer Contact Alignment Utility for automatic contact chip alignment
Batch printing from CEE database
Front and back printing management
Auto import and printing options
Print and encode preview mode (pre-production test)
Biometric threshold settings
Pre-configured encoding with Evolis and Matica printers
Card Design
Text/Object Alignment, Resizing & Formatting Tools
Full support of Windows fonts and colors
Supports importing of standard image formats (jpg, bmp, tif, png, etc.)
Card ID Number Generator (with ICAO and ISO checksum options)
Expiration Date Generator
Mini ID photos with Secure Ribbons
Black and White Ghosting / UV Placement
Avatar Images and text displays for improved design visualization
Z-order object list for easy navigation
Simultaneous view of multiple image and text layers
Unique design visualization with Pre-printed cards & overlay designs
Pre-configured variable ID data elements for text, images and graphics
Guides, Grids and Rulers for improved design accuracy
Easy to use MRZ Generator
Full support for signatures, 1D/2D barcodes and magnetic stripes
Data Connections
Auto data field population for idblox logical data structures
Easy import of custom card file structures and logical data structures
Automated import of biometric and biographic data from idblox vendors
Drop and drag utility for populating custom LDSs with data fields
PACS & AFIS notifications utility
Card reorder notifications
Credential Management System notifications