Case Study

Library Student cards

University of California, Irvine graduates in secure ID management

@ CI Solutions (Card Integrators Corporation) - CI Solutions (Card Integrators Corporation)

Since 1965, the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) has combined the strengths of a major research university, (receiving more than $348m in R&D expenditure in 2013), with an incomparable southern California location. UC Irvine has more than 30,000 students, 9,400 staff and 1,100 faculty members. Increasingly a first choice campus for US students, UC Irvine ranked among the top 10 US universities under the age of 50 in 2014 and marked its 50th year by a keynote speech from President Barak Obama. Respected for its high profile research activity, three of its researchers have won Nobel Prizes. It is Orange County’s second largest employer.

Matica Technologies’ partner

Based in California, CI Solutions (Card Integrators Corporation) is the definitive provider of fully integrated security, identification, and customized ID solutions, which are supported by dedicated sales, strategy and technical support teams. No newcomer to the integrated security market, CI Solutions has built a strong reputation with its impressive client list for an innovative, consultative approach and friendly customer service. With over 25 years’ experience they have built hundreds of clients in the education sector to transform photo ID management systems, from debit functionality to RFID and access control. CI Solutions enjoys a notable presence in numerous other industries too, such as corporate, health and fitness, event organization, wineries and golf, country and yacht clubs. For further information:


Faced with the growing demand to produce up to 10,000 ID cards every year with multiple design and credential requirements, the customer wanted to find a solution that could handle high volume and quick turnaround with minimal staff input but without compromising the overall quality look and feel of the ID card. In addition, UC Irvine needed to integrate electronic card data into the credentials in order to support access control, food service, transportation, library and recreation applications – both on, and off campus.

  • Matica pvc id card printer and XID580ie Retransfer Card Printers
  • CI Solutions CI Badge ID software
  • VALCam industrial high-resolution ID camera


Closer look at Matica’s XID8300 Retransfer Card Printer

  • Over-the-edge printing with glossy photo finish quality for clear colors and flawless tones
  • Fast throughput of up to 100 cards per hour
  • Combination of reliability, performance and affordability for printing durable and secure cards
  • Optional encoding (mag stripe / smart code encoding) and lamination
  • Single or double-sided option
  • Bend remedy
  • Electronic security locks to secure access to supplies and consumables
  • User-friendly front-loading systems with replaceable cartridges

After integrating the technical components, UC Irvine felt that CI Solutions listened thoroughly to their needs and delivered a solution that empowers them to deliver on all the demands of the business. UC Irvine can now produce a high volume of photo ID cards that reflect the prestigious brand of the university but without the need to draw down on extra human resource.

Implementing Matica Technologies’ XID 8300 Retransfer Card Printer

Built to manage challenging volumes and complex card requirements, CI Solutions recommended Matica´s XID8300 Retransfer card printer, a flexible solution for high quality smart card personalization. They knew that the industry proven and reliable XID retransfer engine would deliver on productivity needs, print quality and durability by providing ease of use for the busy team of staff during the annual registration period for new students.

Compared to the previous card solution at UC Irvine, CI Solutions was able to improve print durability with retransfer technology resulting in a longer print life and low operator involvement. Ribbon changes are only necessary after every 1,000 cards improving true card production time.

“I cannot speak highly enough of CI Solutions,” said James Trujillo, Operations Director, University of California, Irvine. “Mark Cole [President of CI Solutions] and the entire team at CI has always been the pinnacle of professionalism. Their customer service is second-to-none and they have come through for us on short notice time-and-again.”

CI Solutions was quick to recognise how Matica’s products complemented their own high standards.

“It is always a proud and vindicating moment when I receive such great and important feedback from an organization as we have from UC Irvine about our card printing technology and our partner, CI Solutions. “Matica’s products continue to gain even more popularity around the world as more and more companies seek ID solutions that deliver an excellent product. “But we are doing this with the help of our global partners, like CI solutions, because they are experts in their field and recognise the value of our products and our customer service and ethos, which enhances their own respected brand.” Sandro Camilleri, CEO, Matica Technologies


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