How to differentiate your self-service kiosk offer to universities? Integrate a card printer too!

Card printers integrated in self-service kiosks have already been widely used in the education sector in recent years. This solution has already been adopted by major universities for issuing their student cards. For example, universities in Berlin, Germany, and Bologna, Italy now use self-service kiosks that integrate Evolis card printers. So that you don’t miss this business opportunity, we explain in this article all the advantages of integrating card printers in self-service kiosks, for you and your customers.

What are the benefits for universities of integrating a card printer into their self-service kiosks?

Each year, higher education applications represent a significant workload for university staff. Students are often faced with administrative headaches and staff must deal with multiple applications in a short space of time. It is therefore important for institutions to find a more efficient way to organising themselves, to maintain their image and the user experience of their students.

Of these many tasks, the creation and delivery of the student card is the most important and time consuming. So, how do you edit, print, and deliver the card to students quickly, without tying up the universities’ human resources? The card printer is an obvious solution, especially when it is integrated into a self-service terminal. Here are all the advantages:

  • Reduce staff costs: the use of self-service kiosks automates the issuing of student’s cards and allows staff to concentrate on higher value-added tasks.
  • Streamline student flow: the installation of self-service kiosks means that students are not dependent on office opening hours, thus avoiding long queues at the counter.
  • Offer students an available and instantaneous service: the younger generation is technology-oriented and instantaneous. Self-service kiosks are flexible in their installation, which makes it possible to increase their location.
  • Offer additional services, in conjunction with a multi-service student card: this card allows students to benefit from certain resources linked to the media library or to access the institution’s computer equipment or to use an electronic purse for university restaurants or vending machines.

Universities that deploy self-service terminals with card printers can issue student cards but also other types of badges, such as access badges for their staff (teachers, service providers, etc.). As you can see, this is a multi-purpose solution that offers many possibilities and provides satisfaction to both universities and their students.

What are the benefits for you, kiosk manufacturers and integrators?

The integration of an Evolis printer in your kiosks is a great opportunity to develop your business. Our solutions allow you to:

  • Increase revenue: through your customers’ recurring purchase of ribbons and cards to supply their printer.
  • Control your operational costs: with our low-maintenance, high-reliability products.
  • Diversify the use cases of your offer: thanks to the diversity of our products and solutions which cover many needs.

Which card printing solutions for your self-service kiosks?

The development of self-service kiosks has led Evolis to design modular solutions that can be directly integrated into these systems. They can thus be perfectly adapted to the different constraints of universities. This is the origin of our range of card printers dedicated to self-service kiosks. Thanks to this strategic development, we are now one of the few manufacturers of printers specifically dedicated to this use.

We also know that each of your kiosk projects is unique. Our organisation also allows us to respond to projects that require customised developments, thanks to a dedicated project team.

A modular range that covers most of our customer’s needs.

Evolis has designed a range of card printers specifically for self-service kiosks that includes 5 models: KC Essential, KC Prime et KC Max as well as the KM500B and KM2000B.

All these modules have been designed to:

  • Facilitate their mechanical integration into the kiosk

The models designed by our experts are aesthetically more suitable to adapt to the shape of the bollard.

  • Optimise security

They are all equipped with a retraction system and some models can have an optional anti-insertion system. This limits vandalism or theft.

  • Limit and facilitate remote maintenance operations

By sending notifications on the status of the modules, such as the level of consumables for example.

  • Offer customisation options

This range is easily customisable thanks to the various options available (insertion mouth, encoders for chips or magnetic stripes, modularity of card inputs/outputs, etc.) but also thanks to the expertise of our custom project team.

In addition to these common features, the 5 models are distinguished by some specific functionalities.

The KC models are known to be more compact so that they can be integrated more easily. They offer smaller feeders for up to 400 cards.

The KM models have a larger card capacity. These printers have feeders from 500 card for the KM500B up to 2000 cards for the KM2000B. This is a series that is particularly suitable for universities with large numbers of students.

To go further and meet the most specific needs, our team dedicated to customised projects allows us to design solutions for these needs.

A tailor-made project team for the most specific requirement.

Do your customers have a specific project that cannot be solved by our modular range? Our team can help.

Our tailor-made project solutions are a real strength at Evolis. Indeed, our dedicated team promises a flawless reactivity to the customer’s needs. Our team is motivated by the challenge of finding the best solution to meet your customer’s specific needs. Ur experts set up an entire development and testing process to complete the final project. It is a solution that leaves the customer free to make their own choices about the final use of their product.

Why choose Evolis card printing solutions?

The solutions offered by Evolis have enabled us to become the world leader in decentralised card personalisation systems. Indeed, we export our products to 140 countries world-wide and produce over 60,000 printer per year.

The Evolis teams are experts in their field. We analyse each customer’s request with precision to promise an efficient support in each phase of the project. Each team works together to successfully complete projects such as those implemented for the universities of Berlin and Bologna. The education market is a sector in which we know what is at stake and we know how to find the best solutions to ensure that the end customers are satisfied.