IDville Blog | July 2010

HID Cards Make You Look Smart

by todd 26. July 2010 10:31
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Security is important to you and your organization, so you’ve outfitted your employees with all the necessary identification. The only problem is they have to carry multiple ID cards everyday, and outfitting new employees with ID badges has become a cumbersome process.  While you could outfit the entire team with Mutli-Card Badge Holders and call it a day, we suggest streamlining your photo ID needs into a single multi-purpose HID card.

Using an ID card printer and HID cards, you can create an ID card with all the functions you need. If your employees use a HID card to enter a parking garage or building, you will want to print the visual identification card on an adhesive plastic card. Most HID cards cannot be printed on directly, so the adhesive plastic cards provide a simple option to streamline your ID cards. Attach the printed adhesive plastic card to an existing programmed HID card to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing photo ID card. 

Efficiency. Streamlining your ID card uses into a single proximity card has many advantages, the greatest of which is increased efficiency. Instead of printing multiple cards for each employee, you’ll print only one. Not only will you reduce time designing and printing the ID card, but you’ll also be able to give ID cards to new employees more quickly.

Cost Savings. Combining all your ID card uses into one HID card will also save your organization money. You won’t need to replace printer supplies as often since you will significantly reduce the number of cards you’re printing.

Professional Appearance. Your employees will appear more professional with a single well-designed ID card displayed on a lanyard or strap clip. Be sure to decide the orientation of your ID card before ordering your HID cards to ensure your card design will have the optimal display. 

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Todd is an identification expert at IDville with over seven years experience. Around IDville, Todd is known for his excessive coffee drinking, beautiful daughters, and impressive ping pong skills.

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July Identify Newsletter Now Available

by david 21. July 2010 09:20
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Our monthly newsletter, Identify, was released today. This is a great issue, and I urge you to read it! You can read the complete IDentify newsletter here. In this month's edition, we share a workplace security checklist you can use in your organization to evaluate your security strategy and policies.

In our expert’s corner, I share some tips for adding enhanced security features to your ID card using ID Maker software.

Finally, the case study this month profiles a transportation company that made its building more secure by creating ID cards on site for new employees and vendors.

We send out Identify every month, and we packed it with information and tips about doing identification in your organization. Don’t miss a single issue by signing up for the Identify newsletter. Sign up today!

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David is an IDville identification expert with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a recent IDville catalog!).

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How to Display a Photo ID Card

by david 19. July 2010 14:03
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Once you implement a photo ID card system, you need to consider your ID card design and how ID cards will be displayed. ID cards are an important part of a facility security strategy, but they must be displayed properly to have their full impact.

First, determine whether your ID card will be displayed horizontally or vertically. This will depend on your ID card design and what features you include. For more information on an excellent employee ID card, visit our Knowledge Center.

Once you have decided the ID card’s orientation, you can review your ID card display options.

Protect your ID cards with a Badge HolderI always recommend customers use badge holders to protect and preserve their ID cards. After all, an ID card is an investment in your organization’s security, and you want to protect that investment. A badge holder protects an ID card from the elements and natural wear and tear. It will reduce the number of replacement cards you need to print throughout the year.

Now that your cards are protected by a badge holder, you can shop ID card attachments. Lanyards, ID strap clips and retractable badge reels are the most popular.

- Lanyards are the ID card accessory of choice for schools. Lanyards are easily customized for different buildings, grades and classrooms, and they keep ID cards in sight.

- ID Strap clips keep ID cards close to the body and are ideal for manufacturing settings where safety is a concern. Right now, you can save 10% on your order when you purchase ID strap clips. Just like IDville on Facebook to get the special offer.

- Retractable Badge Reels are great for organizations that use proximity cards and require employees to use their card to enter the building. Some badge reels extend up to 3 feet, so the ID card is easily accessible for scanning.

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David is an IDville identification expert with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a recent IDville catalog!).

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Custom Lanyards Improve Photo ID Card Wear-ability

by david 13. July 2010 08:00
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Once you design and print your photo ID cards, you need to provide a method for your employees, students or staff to display them. Lanyards are one of the most popular ID card display accessories, and many customers prefer to create a custom lanyard for their organization.

Around IDville, our employees use lanyards to express their individual style. Employees get to pick the lanyard of their choice from our sample wall, and many change their lanyard on a regular basis depending on their mood or outfit. Most employees prefer our premium theme lanyards because of their fun and colorful designs. 

I recommend giving your employees the same choice and flexibility when it comes to their everyday lanyard. Get a bundle of different lanyard styles, and let individuals pick the one they prefer. When employees like their lanyards, they’re more likely to wear their photo ID card.

If you want to have a more uniform look to your employee lanyards, create a custom lanyard for your organization. IDville’s Lanyard Wizard walks you through the process to choose the lanyard style that best fits your organization’s needs and budget. You’ll need to know if you want a full color lanyard, like our themed lanyards, or a one color imprint on a colored lanyard.

The next step in creating a custom lanyard is selecting an attachment. The attachment connects to your ID card and impacts how it is displayed. Take your card’s orientation, whether it is one sided or two and its most frequent uses into consideration when you select your attachment.

After that, have fun designing your lanyard! I recommend incorporating your organization’s logo, mascot or corporate values into your custom lanyard design. Since employees will wear their lanyards around the office, in front of customers, visitors and when they go out to lunch., you should utilize the custom lanyards to promote your organization’s image.

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Visitor Identification Important Even in the Summer

by todd 6. July 2010 13:40
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During the summer in Michigan, things tend to be a little more relaxed around the office. After all, we only have about three months of beautiful weather to enjoy our local lakes, parks, and beaches. However, a more relaxed work environment shouldn’t lead to relaxed visitor identification practices.

Visitor identification is important year round. Schools are a great example of maintaining diligent visitor management practices. Most schools require all visitors to register at the main office before entering the building. Even though students aren’t at the school during summer months, schools still keep their visitor identification system active.

Visitor identification protects staff, students and employees from unwanted visitors and can prevent theft and vandalism. Most programs are incredibly easy to use and provide the visitor with an ID to wear. This makes it easy to know who has properly registered as a visitor.

There are several different visitor identification options available, and choosing the right system depends on your organization’s building and amount of visitors.

Small organizations that experience few visitors can implement a simple visitor PVC ID card system. Visitors wear a specific visitor ID when they are in the building. They can write their name on the card or wear a standard visitor badge with visitor lanyard. This system gives employees a visual indicator that a visitor is in the building.

Large organizations that have a lot of visitors on a regular basis find it helpful to keep a record of visitors. A record equips you with the knowledge of who is in your building at any given time. Visitor log-in systems are easy to use. A visitor simply provides some information upon his arrival. The registration process creates a personal name badge for the visitor to wear and makes a record of the visit at the same time.

If you’re interested in a more sophisticated visitor identification program, Visitor Express Software is for you. The visitor identification software allows you to create a visitor badge template, enter the visitor’s information on the spot, and print badges as needed.

Regardless of your organization’s size, maintaining a visitor identification program keeps everyone safer.

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Review Fireworks Safety Before Fourth of July

by david 1. July 2010 09:13
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At IDville, our primary focus is the identification of your employees, students and staff because we know that identification leads to a more safe and secure work environment. We also keep our eye on other safety and security issues. With the Fourth of July happening next week, we thought we’d shift our focus briefly to share some fireworks safety tips.

The National Council on Fireworks Safety has an entire website dedicated to fireworks safety that we recommend you review before you put on any big fireworks shows for your family and friends. Here are a few of their tips:

  • Use fireworks outdoors only.
  • Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them.
  • Always have water handy. (A hose or bucket).
  • Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.
  • Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter and the shooter should wear safety glasses.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."
  • Only persons over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers of any type.
  • Do not ever use homemade fireworks of illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July from your friends at IDville!

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July from your friends at IDville!

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