Fargo Electronics Inc. has formed a global technology alliance to promote effective smart card solutions. Members of the alliance include Bull CP8, CardLogix and IDenticard Systems, among others.

Company officials say the program is designed to pull together a wide range of expertise and products, provide information on technology and markets, and create a network of relationships to promote effective business-to-business partnering. “With these alliance members working together with our distribution partners, Fargo is now able to provide a wider range of solutions for end users,” says Gary Holland, president and CEO. “The use of advanced technology, such as smart and proximity cards, is creating new opportunities for distributed card personalization systems.”

According to Holland, some marketing studies suggest that within the next five years, more than 50 million U.S. residents will carry chip-based smart ID cards.

The alliance is open to any smart card software developer or manufacturer whose products or services complement Fargo products. Fargo is a provider of technologies for desktop plastic card personalization systems.

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