IDville Blog | July 2012

College ID cards open doors, save money

by Admin 31. July 2012 12:04

In addition to helping acquire a free ride on a bus or checking out a book from one of the bigger libraries, student ID cards from the University of Kansas do so much more, according to a published report.

The KU ID also scores its bearer reduced costs and expenses at an assortment of retail stores, restaurants and recreational activities, The University Daily Kansan reports.

But that knowledge might not be very widespread among the student body.

"I only know of the SUA student discounts, not much else," sophomore Tori Schmuz from Milwaukee told the news source.

Various restaurants offer discounts for people who flash their KU ID, a fact that is lost on junior Ammara Siddiqi - despite the fact that she eats out as many as five times in one week.

The Wichita native said she did not know of the student discount afforded to bearers of the ID card but noted she would probably capitalize on that money-saving perk simply by showing the card.

"I'd probably frequent them more often," she told the news source.

One such perk is offered by Domino's Pizza, which is offering a medium pie for $2.99 during the first 14 days of school.

The perk of cheaper eats for people who show their KU ID cards also eluded junior Sam Thoenen from Missouri. He enjoys eating at Dempsey's but was unaware of the specials available for him.

"I have eaten there a decent amount of times but wasn't aware they had half price burgers on Tuesdays," the Jefferson City native told the news source. "I am more inclined to go there on Tuesdays now that I know."

Clothier Charlotte Russe affords KU ID cardholders a discount of 10 percent. Discounts also are available at stores like J. Crew, Ann Taylor Loft and Banana Republic.

Students who hold KU ID cards also may receive discounts while enjoying recreational activities at places such as Alvamar Golf Course, where weekday discounts are $10 off the $45 fee.

The student ID card used by collegians in Iowa also opens many doors, The Associated Press reports.

They can gain access to dinner, purchase snacks, wash their clothes, borrow library books, make copies of their homework, show some school spirit at the football game, enter a computer laboratory on campus and open doors that are locked.

"Students really enjoy that convenience of being able to use one card for everything," interim executive director Carol Petersen with the University of Northern Iowa told the news source.

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It’s Time to Order Supplies!

by david 31. July 2012 09:45
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You’ve bought a photo identification system and now you need to purchase printer supplies. Where do you begin? Right here with IDville’s Printer Supplies Locator! Whether you own an ID Maker printer, Zebra printer or an Evolis printer, we have all the supplies you need; from printer ribbons, ID cards, to cleaning kits to keep your printer in tip top shape!  
 
 
 
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ID Cards: There are endless possibilities when printing on ID cards. You can choose from PVC cards with varied thickness, colors, and encoding options, paper ID cards that are perfect for creating laminate IDs, meeting name tags, or special event name badges, and even HID cards that are encoded with proximity badge functionality to integrate with your door access or time and attendance system.   
 
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Opportunities remain for Pennsylvania residents to acquire ID cards for fall elections

by Admin 30. July 2012 10:39

Voters in Pennsylvania will have to present identification cards with a picture when they go to cast ballots in the November general election, according to a published report.

Some registered voters who are perfectly valid for the democratic process might not have an identification card but there are many ways of acquiring cards, according to Erie TV News. These ways of acquiring the cards also will help voters in time for the elections in the fall.

Voters are required to have a social security number and a birth certificate or passport. Proofs of residency, such as an invoice for a utility or a payment remitted for a mortgage also are needed. This documentation then may be taken to Photo Identification Centers, from where they may acquire non-license photo identification cards prior to leaving the premises.

But, so as to prevent a last-minute rush, officials with the State of Pennsylvania are advising people in need of identification cards to act sooner rather than later.

"As of right now, we haven't seen a big rush, it's sort of business as usual," Jim Carroll with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation told the news source. "But you never know how that's going to go. So give yourself a little time. I mean why wait until the last minute?"

The agency is driving toward making the procedure as simple as possible for the sake of voters' abilities to seamlessly cast ballots in a few months. For that reason, the agency has eliminated the fee that normally would have applied to a voter identification card if the person can demonstrate that there is no other form of valid photo ID.

Despite a hang up in the courts regarding the state's Voter I.D. law, a leader within the state Democratic party is telling people to still get photo I.D.s.

"We're going to work as though you have to have voter I.D.," chairman Bill Cole with Erie County Democratic told the news source. "We have an awareness campaign going on. There have been several meetings with groups around the city and throughout the county with public officials. So we're going to go as though it's going to be affected for November."

The Times Herald reports Pennsylvania has become the ninth state in the U.S. to mandate voter identification cards as a method of staving off the threats posed by voter fraud. Montgomery County Community College conducted an informational panel discussion on Thursday night, which included a question and answer period.

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Student ID programs exist in all educational levels

by Admin 27. July 2012 08:40

In an effort to enhance physical security on school grounds, administrators from educational facilities around the country are beginning to implement programs that require students have more advanced ID cards. This trend is happening on all levels, including high schools and college campuses, around the nation.

The Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona, for example, requires students wear ID cards at all times.

"Being able to visually identify our students will help distinguish them from others who may not belong on our campuses," SUSD chief security officer James Dorer said. "Scanning student IDs will increase the accuracy of our accounting systems and also increase the safety and accountability of our students while riding the bus."

The new program will require middle school and high school students to wear clearly visible ID badges so teachers, staff members and administrators can easily identify an individual on the bus, in the cafeteria line or other common areas on the grounds. The initiative will be launched at the local high school at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year with the middle school's similar strategy going into action several weeks later.

Similar initiatives are happening on a college level

ID cards are an important part of a college student's life, as they often hold information that allows users to obtain a meal plan, do laundry and take final exams. For these reasons, the University of Iowa is upgrading its existing Iowa One identification card to make it more convenient and to boost safety in the long run, according to a report by the Daily Iowan.

The additions include the ability to store money on Iowa One cards, turning them into debit cards issued by Hills Bank, as well as enhanced features that turn the cards into keys for access control systems located on buildings throughout campus, the news source said.

"Everyone - students, faculty, anyone on staff - is more likely to keep better track of these cards because they'll be using them more often and I think we'll see fewer lost and replaced cards," Ann Rosenthal, the associate director of building and landscape services for UI facilities management, said, according to the Daily Iowan.

ID cards are and will continue to be an important aspect of student lives, as they have multiple purposes intended to enhance security and convenience for all users.

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ID cards required of Oklahoma voters during elections

by Admin 27. July 2012 06:35

Oklahoma citizens who wish to partake in the democratic process and cast votes during elections are mandated to present a government issued ID card, according to a published report.

As required by a 2010 vote, the law specifies that IDs hold the name of the voter and must match the name under which they are registered to vote, The News-Star reports. The ID must hold a photograph of the bearer and the card also must have an expiration date that is beyond when the election occurs.

But there are several exceptions.

ID cards for seniors ages 65 and older do not have expiration dates. Voters are permitted to use their voter registration IDs, which might not include a picture of the bearer.

The state election board presents voter registration cards free of cost.

Voters who refuse to display their ID cards or if they are not in possession of an ID card may be permitted to cast ballots by provisional ballot. However, they will be required to complete an affidavit that provides an explanation as to why their vote should be included as part of the democratic process.

That provisional ballot then would be isolated in an envelope that is sealed until the election is over. Those ballots are then probed as methods of ensuring they were cast by a registered voter whose eligibility is valid. Should those provisional ballots be determined as valid, they are included as part of results for the certified election.

Secretary Paul Ziriax with the Oklahoma State Election Board said mandating voters have ID cards has not proved to reduce the pace of the election process.

"We haven’t seen instances where requiring IDs has slowed things down," Ziriax told the news source, noting fewer than 200 provisional ballots were probed for the primary in late June, almost all of which were validated.

The election laws mandating the use of ID cards were passed as a strategy of staving off election fraud.

But executive director Ryan Kiesel with American Civil Liberties Oklahoma said the ID cards have made voting more difficult.

"We haven't seen this issue of fraud that people have hyped up," Kiesel told the news source. "I think the real problem is a lack of voter participation, not fraudulent participation."

A recent election in Oklahoma saw voters in Shawnee choose Wes Mainord, who unseated incumbent Linda Peterson late last month, The Tecumseh Countywide News & The Shawnee Sun report.

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BART widens availability of Senior Clipper Cards

by Admin 26. July 2012 11:11

The transportation authority of San Francisco is set to expand the number of places that accept applications for and distribute transit cards to senior citizens, according to a published report.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit system's motive is making Senior Clipper Cards more accessible to users. The ID cards also are poised to become an all-in-one transit card.

Eight MyTransitPlus kiosks at BART stations in downtown San Francisco are prepared to assist the visits of senior citizens. Those stations are Embarcadero, Montgomery Street, Powell Street and Civic Center; and in the East Bay, the Richmond, Coliseum/Oakland Airport, Bay Fair and Walnut Creek.

Acquisition of the Senior Clipper Cards is possible for senior citizens by completing an application form and presenting a photo identification to one of the kiosks. The Clipper website holds the applications and acceptable forms of ID include a driver's license, a state ID card, a passport, an alien registration or permanent resident card, a matricula consular ID card, a San Francisco city ID card or a birth certificate. The ID also must demonstrate a proof of age.

"Discounted Clipper cards can still be obtained at various transit agency ticketing and administrative offices as well as the Concord Police Department, but now seniors have more options that may be closer to home," BART Board President John McPartland said.

Senior Clipper Cards do not have stored cash value on them but they may be stocked with added cash at one of the MyTransitPlus kiosks located throughout the city.

Rossmoor News reports Senior Clipper Cards also are being issued to senior citizens at the County Connection office in Concord, the Embarcadero BART station in San Francisco and the pass office at Lake Merritt in Oakland. The Walnut Creek BART station changed its hours for selling BART Tickets to Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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New Jersey county hands out 200th military ID cards

by Admin 25. July 2012 12:07

A New Jersey county clerk's office has helped enable veterans to capitalize on benefits due to them with the distribution of identification cards, according to a published report.

M. Claire French, clerk of Monmouth County, has handed out 200 of the cards, The Freehold Patch reports. Bearers of the ID cards may have discounts while shopping that will remain in place after they complete their military service.

The 200th veteran to acquire the card, John A. Cohen of West Keansburg, served from 1965 to 1968 in the U.S. Army. His deployment was at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook.

The clerk said helping and recognizing the contributions of retired veterans is a moral responsibility of people in this nation. She said that she hopes other regions will follow suit with what Monmouth County has done.

"I believe it is our duty as Americans to do everything we can to honor our retired military," the clerk told the news source. "That is why Monmouth County began issuing the veterans identification cards to Monmouth County veterans. It is my hope that all counties will provide this service for the veterans in their area."

Veterans must submit their discharge paperwork and a copy of their driver's license to acquire the identification card from the clerk's office. The procedure takes roughly 15 minutes, French told the news source.

Identification cards for veterans and individuals actively serving in the military have the potential to fulfill myriad beneficial purposes as the nationwide discussion continues about voter identification laws.

Many states have legislated or are in the process of enacting laws to accept veteran and military IDs for voter purposes.

State officials in neighboring Pennsylvania announced last week that they will be releasing ID cards late next month for voters to meet the state's new Voter ID law, The Morning Call reports.

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New Haven marks fifth anniversary of ID cards

by Admin 24. July 2012 14:47

A Southwest Connecticut city is marking the fifth anniversary of being the first in the U.S. to issue municipal ID cards, according to a published report.

July 24, 2007, was when New Haven city officials unveiled the Elm City Resident Card program, The New Haven Independent reports. Despite anticipations of widespread controversy, the card strengthened the community.

But a new challenge has arisen: preserving the ID card's relevancy and usefulness as compared to it being merely a symbolic item for those who are in possession of it.

Part of New Haven's goal with the Resident Card was to protect immigrants while welcoming them to the community. Events scheduled to mark the card's fifth year in operation include a press conference, a photo exhibit hosted by city hall and a panel discussion slated for later in the week at the public library.

Cardholders also will be entitled to special discounts at particular restaurants.

Mayor John DeStefano helped create the card five years ago and said the city is gearing up to continue the program and expand upon it.

Each Resident Card holds a picture, the name, address, birthdate and signature of the bearer. The card has been used by many people to open bank accounts and gain access to public places.

Numerous additional cities have taken cues from New Haven, the publication reports. Metropolitan districts in New Jersey and California have employed the use of or are developing identification cards.

The mayor lauded the ID card and said fears of negative byproducts never manifested.

Rather, those who needed an ID were able to capitalize on its use.

"It wasn’t the end of the world. And the American nation did not collapse," the mayor said. "It was just an identity document. That's all it was. It's an effective tool for people who want to use it."

In addition to helping people get bank accounts, the card also helped bearers acquire memberships at Costco, cash checks at Western Union, acquire jobs, secure health insurance, gain entry to a food pantry and solicit a bus pass, according to a city spokeswoman.

At least 10,000 of the identification cards have been distributed since the program first began five years ago, according to The New Haven Register.

The photo exhibit at city hall is entitled: "My City, My Card."

The panel discussion at the New Haven Free Public Library will circle around the card's recent past, what's happening with it now and what sort of future prospects are likely, according to The New Haven Register.

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Protect K_ _s.

by Kayla 24. July 2012 09:00
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Smart card market is expanding, report says

by Admin 23. July 2012 13:15

The market for ID cards has evolved during the past several years, changing from traditional accessories with only a picture on them to smart cards embedded with a microelectronic chip used to store sensitive information on the cardholder. The smart card is currently the most sophisticated technology used for making purchases and authentication purposes in advanced access control systems, according to a report by Electronics.ca Publications.

The study revealed that more than 6 billion smart cards were shipped in 2011. This number is forecast to increase in the coming years as more possibilities for smart card applications are discovered and leveraged across industries. Electronics.ca Publications forecast smart card shipments to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 10 percent between 2012 and 2017, with sales eventually rising from 6.8 billion units in 2012 to more than 11 billion in 2017.

The report also noted that today's smart card industry can be segmented into three categories: contact, dual interface and contactless ID cards.

What's happening in the smart card industry

The conventional contact card is the most commonly used device across all verticals and is forecast to remain the dominant player in the coming years until the other segments mature and are adopted on a grander scale. Electronics.ca Publications noted that roughly 4.5 billion contact cards will be shipped by the end of 2012 and eventually increase to nearly 6.6 billion in 2017, at which point they will account for nearly 68 percent of the smart card market.

Dual interface ID cards represent a smaller section, as only 1.5 billion units will be shipped by 2017, accounting for only 13 percent of the market. Contactless cards, on the other hand, are growing at a rapid rate with more than 3 billion units expected to be shipped in 2017, up from only 1.4 billion in 2012. In five years, contactless cards will make up more than 18 percent of the smart card market.

Contactless smart cards are particularly useful for access control systems, as the devices can increase convenience and data security by keeping large volumes of sensitive information safe on the embedded chip. Access control readers in government, transportation and other industries can benefit from contactless technologies because of their advanced protective capabilities.

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