IDville Blog | February 2011

Paper or Plastic ID Cards?

by david 23. February 2011 16:20
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The Case for Upgrading Your ID Cards

So you're ready to invest in a photo ID card system. You've got plenty of choices when it comes to print capabilities, quantities and security features. But have you thought about the actual ID card?

Paper ID cards have their advantages, especially in cost, but did you know that using a plastic ID card saves time AND money in the long run?

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Let's take a look at the plastic card printing process versus printing and laminating ID badges.

First, take the picture with the web camera. Second, use the software to design your card and import the image. Third - print the card in less than 30 seconds!

Finish with a slot-punch to make your IDs wearable in minutes using a lanyard, retractable badge reel or strap clip, or slip it in a badge holder. If you decide you need dual-sided ID card printing down the road, no need to buy a new system. Simply use the one-time printer ribbon upgrade and you'll be printing dual-sided ID cards in no time!

Choose an ID Card Laminate System for Affordability

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Using an ID Maker Laminate System is more cost-effective up front, but think about the paper laminate ID card making process.

First, take the picture with the web camera. Then use the ID Maker Express software to design the ID and send it to your printer. Print the ID badge using the paper stock, then feed it through the laminator using the laminating pouches, making sure to line them up properly for a wrinkle-free finished product. Sound easy enough?

Think about that process for over 1,000 IDs as a gymnasium full of children waits. Not so simple. And loud.

Not only that, using your existing printer to produce ID cards requires color ink - a cost factor not included in the laminating system.

For a side-by-side comparison of Paper and PVC ID cards, read the rest of this article in the IDville Knowledge Center.

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David is an IDville Identification Specialist 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 previous IDville catalog!).

ID Maker ID Card Systems: Thinking Outside the Box

by todd 22. February 2011 09:09
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When it comes to ID card systems and solutions, we think outside the box. That’s how we came up with the original ID Maker ID card system. We wanted to provide you with a simple solution that would work…immediately out of the box. With all our ID Maker ID card systems, you can print ID cards after 5 simple set-up steps and about 15 minutes of your time.

Our new ID Maker ID card systems offer you more choices and features to help you select the system that is right for you and your organization without sacrificing the ease of use you’ve come to expect from an IDville product.

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For Low Volume Use: ID Maker Value System
 High quality ID card system at a great price
 FREE holographic overlays
 Available as 1-sided printer only
 Great for small businesses
 Perfect solution for printing low volume of ID cards

For Everyday Use: ID Maker Advantage System
 2-year unlimited printer warranty
 Free holographic overlays
 Available as both a 1-sided and 2-sided printer
 Great for printing 100-1,000 cards per year
 Best cost per card!

For Advanced Security: ID Maker Secure System
 Meets local and federal ID guidelines
 Available as both a 1-sided and 2-sided printer
 Free flex holographic overlay
 Free custom holographic overlay
 Free Enterprise software upgrade
 Prints at 23 seconds per card

All systems include basic necessities to help you start printing ID cards and maintain your printer:

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For more information about ID Maker systems, request our free system selection guide. The guide includes feature-by-feature comparisons, case studies, sample accessories, and software details. Request your system selection guide today!

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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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IDentify Newsletter: New ID Maker ID Card Systems

by david 16. February 2011 10:12
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Our monthly newsletter, IDentify was published today with lots of valuable information about our new ID Maker Systems .  I've included an excerpt from IDentify below. To read the entire newsletter, click here. To have IDentify delivered to your inbox, sign up on IDville.com.

New ID Maker ID Card Systems 

Your organization has been using the same, tired laminated ID cards for years, and you’ve been on your manager’s case to improve security at your organization.  Now you’ve been put in charge of getting new ID cards for everyone, and you don’t even know where to start. After all, you’re not a security expert – you work in human resources!

With over 8 years experience in the photo identification industry, IDville provides all the expertise you need to select the proper photo identification system. Our experts have designed three different systems that are so easy to use you can set them up in five steps and print new ID cards in 15 minutes. Don’t believe us? Watch this video.

Our ID card systems come in three different variations that are sized and priced to meet your organization’s unique needs. Each ID card system meets our high standards for ease of use, affordability, and security.

For the small organization: ID Maker Value System
If you have a small team that won’t require more than 100 ID cards a year than the ID Maker Value System is right for you. It prints 1-sided ID cards that you can design yourself with the ID Maker Pro software.

For everyday use: ID Maker Advantage System
A great choice for schools and large businesses, the ID Maker Advantage System is our favorite! This system is available with either a 1-sided or 2-sided printer, so you have more card design options.

For advanced security: ID Maker Secure System
The ID Maker Secure System is the optimal choice for municipalities and government offices. It meets local and federal ID guidelines and has increased security features, including custom holographic overlays.

To find the right ID Maker system for your organization, request a System Information Pack today from our ID experts.

Product Spotlight: ID Maker System Components

The goal of the ID Maker Systems is to make photo ID card creation simple for your organization. To make the identification process easier, ID Maker Systems arrive with everything you need to create professional and secure ID cards all in one box. Each ID Maker System includes:

 ID Maker software
 PVC card printer
 High grade PVC cards
 USB web cam
 Full color printer ribbon
 Standard white backdrop
 Holographic designs
 Printer cleaning kit

 Click here to read the rest of February's IDentify Newsletter.

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David is an IDville Identification Specialist 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 previous IDville catalog!).

New Healthcare ID Card Accessories Meet Industry Requirements

by david 15. February 2011 10:24
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At IDville, we’ve worked closely with our customers to understand that different industries have different security needs. Education, healthcare, and manufacturing especially have varying photo ID card requirements to keep their staff, patients, and students safe. We recently launched new healthcare ID card products and education ID card products to help all organizations display their ID cards correctly. Here are some of our new products and old favorites that you should consider using in your organization:


Healthcare Identification ResourcesHealthcare
Hospitals, doctor offices, nursing homes, and other healthcare organizations all have a responsibility to protect their staff and patients from both external and internal threats, including germs! ID cards can collect germs and bacteria over time and transport them from room to room. For a healthier alternative, use antimicrobial lanyards that prevent the spread of germs, and request staff display ID cards in sealable badge holders to protect cards from germs

Healthcare ID card accessories:

Antimicrobial lanyards - Avoid the spread of germs
Fun shape badge reel lanyards - Perfect for pediatric specialists!
Medical badge reel with plastic clip - Allows for comfortable wear against skin
Sealable badge holders - Protect cards from germs, keeps card clean
Medical position identity cards - Fit neatly behind ID cards, make positions readily visible to patients, visitors, etc. Cards say Doctor, LPN, RN, and Staff.

Education Identification Resources Education
Security should always be a top priority at schools, so equipping staff, students, and teachers with the proper identification is important. To ensure your school members are properly displaying their ID cards, give them the right accessories to wear.

Education ID card accessories:

USB lanyard – Teachers can carry important data with them.
Pedia pals badge reels - Children will enjoy this fun alternative to a basic badge reel.
Child size and adjustable lanyards – Keep children safe with the proper sized lanyard.
Breakaway lanyards – Available in several lanyard designs, the breakaway option prevents choking or injury.  
 

Manufacturing
Manufacturing facilities need special security to ensure the safety of their people, facility, machinery, and investments. You can identify manufacturing employees safely with the right ID card accessories that won’t get caught in machinery or get in the way.

Business Identification ResourcesManufacturing ID card accessories:

Heavy duty badge reel - A durable and long lasting option for the roughest of environments.
Metal belt clip – A functional and sturdy display option.
Arm band badge holder – Displays ID cards and keeps them out of the way.

 

 

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David is an IDville Identification Specialist 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 previous IDville catalog!).

New Website, Features, and Content at IDville.com

by todd 8. February 2011 08:37
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We recently revealed an entirely new website for IDville! IDville.com now has enhanced search capabilities, more organized navigation, and expanded product details and views. The new website was created to help our customers better search, shop, and learn about identification. The site has many new features that you will want to take advantage of!

 

Visit the New IDville.comMore Content – Our new website is home to two new white papers from our identification experts. You can download them both for free in our Knowledge Center. “Secure ID Card Systems for the Healthcare Industry” is full of valuable information for healthcare professionals seeking to create a safer work environment. “ID Card Systems: Why Identify?” outlines the basics of photo identification and the return on investment.

Expanded Product Views –  Get a better view of our products with new product photos and close ups. All product information is now at your fingertips with the information organized by tabs. Click on the different tabs for product details, sizes, and reviews.

New Videos – We added to our popular ID Maker 2.0 software video tutorials to bring you additional video resources to make photo identification easier. Our website now features product demo videos that provide you with a closer look at how ID card systems and accessories work. You can watch our Badge Reel video to help you determine the right badge reel for your organization. For an overview of photo identification, watch our ID Maker and Security videos on our homepage.

Increased Social Media Participation – In addition to our new website, we are also increasing our social media participation. For the last year, we’ve been active on Facebook and our blog. Beginning this month, we’ve also launched a Twitter account you can follow for exclusive deals and security news and information. You can follow us on LinkedIn for company updates, too. When you connect with us on social media, you have access to exclusive discounts, sales, and deals. Join the conversation today!

We hope you enjoy our new website and find it easier to use. If you have any comments or suggestions – features you like, suggested changes or new content ideas – please send them to us! You can send us your thoughts on Facebook, through Twitter, or via email.

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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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