IDville Blog | October 2012

Custom lanyards let you be choosy!

by Kayla 30. October 2012 09:05
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Does your company currently use lanyards to display ID badges? If not, the variety available should make you reconsider!

Custom lanyards are a great way to tell your organization’s story – share themes, branding, and company logo consistently! They’re also a great way to ensure employees don’t damage, misplace, or lose their ID cards, which can be costly to replace. 

Custom lanyards aren’t just for employee ID badges, though! Specialized lanyards are a great addition to a company outing or event. Many associations and trade groups use them for conferences and shows. Include them in employee gifts or give them out to build buzz around special promotions throughout the year. A custom lanyard is a versatile part of a new employee welcome package.

Personalized lanyards need not be expensive, either! Check out our line of quality custom lanyards for as low as .35 each! What an inexpensive way to encourage company branding and promotion among employees!
Be choosy about your lanyard!

To get custom lanyard ideas or see IDville’s selection, click here. Don't foreget to 'Like' us on Facebook and receive access to exlusive discounts! 
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Kayla is a Marketing Specialist with over three years marketing experience. As a new addition to the IDville team, she is eager to share her social media savvy side and crazy affection for cats with IDville customers and co-workers.  

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Excuse me, I lost my ID card!

by david 23. October 2012 09:56
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If you don’t currently print ID cards onsite at your office, hearing “I’ve lost my ID card” from your employees is probably a nightmare. When employees lose an ID card that means you have to not only wait days or potentially weeks to receive the ID, it also means that you have to reach to your outside vendor and send out information for the new ID. This can be a cumbersome process but can easily be avoided with an onsite ID card system. 
 
The ID Maker suite is an ID card system packaged with all of the components you need to be up and running and printing IDs within 15 minutes.  With new and improved software and capabilities, it’s easier than ever to design professional IDs from your own desktop. You no longer need to wait days or weeks to receive your employee IDs! 
Ensure the safety of your students!
 
Find out which system is right for your organization by requesting our free system selection guide. It contains detailed information about each system and the software it comes with. 
 
Education
  • Print replacement ID cards whenever a student, staff, or faculty members needs one.
  • Eliminate the time students and staff go without an ID card.
  • ID Maker Advantage. Learn more about this system.

Healthcare
  • Print ID cards in 23 seconds to identify visitors, vendors, and maintenance crews on-the-spot.
  • Maintain a safe and secure facility where everyone is clearly identified.
  • ID Maker Secure. Learn more about this system.

Government
  • Add custom holographic overlays to ID card designs.
  • Create your own secure ID cards that meet local and federal ID guidelines.
  • ID Maker Secure. Learn more about this system.

Small Business
  • Design and print as many or as few ID cards that you need to identify your entire team.
  • Put your best foot forward with customers and vendors when employees wear professional looking ID cards.
  • ID Maker Value. Learn more about this system.

Click here to read more of our October IDentify Newsletter.  Questions? Comments? Feel free to post them here or call one of our customer service reps at 1.866.498.4557. 
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Ensure student safety all year long

by Kelli 16. October 2012 03:45
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Fall is in the air and children across the country have recently returned to school. Elementary schools in particular are where children spend a large portion of their day for several months of the year – and yet, are you familiar with the safety measures your institution takes when it comes to your child? Do you know the systems that your school has in place to protect against child predators and abduction?
 
Visitor Express: School Edition is a system that offers peace of mind for parents, children, and school administrators. The system uses the following features to ensure security for children within the school building:
 
• Instantaneous sex offender check and mapping                
• Customizable unwanted visitor lists 
• Approved pick-up list                                                 
• Mass-alert in event of an emergency
• Emergency response reporting
• Time-expiring visitor ID badge technology
    
Ensure the safety of your students!
Visitor Express enables secure visitor check-in in less than 30 seconds. Simply scan your visitor’s state-issued ID, check it against the database, print their badge and go! The barcode scanner makes check-out a breeze and quick reports show who is in the building, who they’re visiting, and their location! 
 
When it comes to children, you can never be too careful. Learn about Visitor Express: School Edition and gain peace of mind when it comes to the security of students.
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Contactless technologies used in safes, lockers

by Admin 10. October 2012 14:51

Contactless ID cards are gaining momentum across a number of industries. While the accessories are becoming well known to educational facilities and access control, the list of possible uses is nearly limitless. In addition to being used for traditional building entry, many lockers, safes, cabinets and other storage containers are beginning to be incorporated with electronic access control systems that can be opened with proper credentials.

The Unified Fire Authority in Salt Lake City recently implemented such devices when the organization needed to securely store and track the narcotics carried by its firefighters and paramedics, according to a report by Contactless News.

"We know who enters the safe, when they open and close it, so we have exact documentation of everybody who goes into and out of the safe," said Mike Bohling, captain of the Unified Fire Authority, according to Contactless News.

In addition to ensuring only authorized individuals can open sensitive storage containers, access control tools using ID cards also make it so decision-makers don't have to worry about losing keys, contactless access control expert Mike Mahon told the news source.

"Replacing lost master keys can cost thousands up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the size of the facility," Mahon said. "With these, you never have to rekey the facility and you can control and restrict zones 24 hours a day."

A separate report by Global Industry Analysts forecast the market for worldwide electronic access control to generate more than $14 billion in revenue by 2017. As the technology continues to mature and evolve in the coming years, it will likely be leveraged in a range of industries, enhancing the security of physical assets in a wide variety of ways.

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Princeton University adds access control to individual dorm rooms

by Admin 10. October 2012 14:49

Princeton University in New Jersey recently implemented a new access control system throughout dormitories that gives individuals the ability to use their contactless student ID cards to gain entry to their specific rooms. Previously, pupils used the same program to enter the building, but this will be the first time it is used for access to their bedrooms, according to a report by CR80 News.

"The housing department wanted something more robust," said Keith Tuccillo, system administrator for life safety and security systems at Princeton, according to CR80 News. "This is to avoid students choosing 1-2-3-4 as their PIN."

The ID cards are unique in another fashion, as the devices communicate directly with the lock to determine if a specific badge is permitted entry, which eliminates the need to connect with a centralized database during transactions, the news source said. This also allows the cards to carry data from one reader to another, so if an individual's access privileges are taken away, he or she cannot use the device anywhere.

This revoking technique is different from traditional access control systems that would communicate with readers online and, as a result, may not be able to prevent entry in locations that are temporarily offline, CR80 News noted.

A separate report by Blackboard said that contactless ID cards are becoming increasingly popular in colleges and universities around the country, as the devices are more convenient and easier to use for students, faculty and staff members. By implementing an advanced access control system using these accessories, decision-makers may be able to make communities safer, which is always among their top priorities as administrators.

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New Hampshire works to equip voters with valid ID

by Admin 9. October 2012 10:20

Officials in New Hampshire are preparing for the early November presidential election by ensuring all goes smoothly with the new voter ID law, according to a published report.

People who are eligible to cast ballots and whose names are on a checklist of voters but do not have the appropriate form of identification now are able to pick up a voucher that enables them to acquire a complimentary voter ID card at the office of their city or town clerk, The New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

With Election Day being four weeks from today, the voucher can be swapped for a special voter identification card at motor vehicle offices in the state.

"This is an opportunity for those voters whose names appear on the checklist but do not otherwise have an acceptable form of photo ID to be able to obtain one at no charge from the state of New Hampshire," deputy attorney general David Scanlan said while announcing the voucher program, according to the publication.

Earlier this year the New Hampshire Legislature passed new election law changes that require use of the vouchers.

Following a visit to the motor vehicles office, the voucher is swapped for a temporary identification card. Sometime within the next 14 days the actual photo card will arrive, which underscores the importance of acting quickly in order to enable voting on November 6.

There is a difference between non-driver's license photo identification cards and the voter ID cards; their appearance and purposes are different.

"The intent is that this card be used only for voting purposes," the deputy attorney general said.

The Associated Press reports New Hampshire accepts driver's licenses; a non-driver photo identification card issued by the state; a valid photo identification distributed by the federal, state, county and municipal governments; and a photo identification card termed valid by election officials.

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by david 9. October 2012 09:57
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Most of us get satisfaction from saving money or knowing that we can cut down costs for our company. Who doesn’t enjoy getting a coupon, discount, or promotion of some sort? Well, did you know that at IDville we send out exclusive email and Facebook offers just for you? 
 
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Voter ID issue centers on Minnesota vets

by Admin 8. October 2012 10:18

Efforts are well underway in Minnesota to present veterans on the forefront of the proposed voter identification issue – both for and against the debate as the general election is roughly four weeks away, according to a published report.

Supporters of the measure are relying on veterans as the public face of preserving integrity during elections, Minnesota Public Radio reports. But those who resist the proposal are noting the challenges that veterans are likely to face when they attempt to vote.

A 91-year-old veteran of World War Two is cited in an advertisement of Protect My Vote, an organization that supports the measure. Robert McWhite was a prisoner of war in Europe and discusses defense of the U.S. and what it stands for.

"Nothing is more central to America's success than the right to vote," the Minneapolis resident says during the 30-second advertisement, according to the news source. "That's why I'm supporting the effort to protect that right by showing photo ID."

But opponents of the measure say it poses a threat against soldiers' capacities to cast ballots.

Spokeswoman Greta Bergstrom with the anti-amendment campaign Our Vote Our Future said the ad with McWhite makes the issue sound simpler than it actually is.

The ad also does not inform voters that it could assemble procedures that serve as obstacles for voting by service members.

"We know that there are over 11,500 military and other overseas voters that are in this position overseas that absolutely rely on and depend on mail-in balloting," the spokeswoman told the news source. "If this amendment actually were to pass, their ability to self-certify their absentee ballot will actually go away."

Minnesota Daily reports a debate late last week at Metropolitan State University featured individuals who argued both sides of the issue.

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Process of acquiring ID cards simplified for U.S. service members, families

by Admin 5. October 2012 11:49

Members of the U.S. military and their loved ones should have an easier time acquiring identification cards, according to a published report.

The American Forces Press Service reports the Defense Manpower Data Center has unveiled Real-time Automated Personnel Identification System, which is a self-service method of permitting members of the service and the reserves who are equipped with a common access card to apply for identification cards.

More colloquially known as RAPIDS, the program also allows for easy updates to online status of dependents.

As many as 3.7 million members of the service are eligible to use the new program, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

"The idea is to try to make life easier for our military members, their families and for veterans," director Mary Dixon with RAPIDS told reporters during a conference call. She said the center "has been working for some time now to try to improve and transform our whole ID card application process so people can do things online and not spend long hours going to a site and waiting to be seen."

She said some people have greatly suffered while waiting in line to get identification cards.

Prior to the new program, members of the service, retirees and their families had no choice but to go to a Defense Manpower Data Center together to solicit an application form.

They then had to patiently wait during construction of the identification card.

"This is big project," the director said. "It takes away time from your work, and if you are separated - maybe the spouse is out on a ship or on deployment or your child is away at college - it makes it a huge problem."

A military identification card helps people get on base, enter the commissary, access child care and get healthcare, according to military.com.

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Texas academic system works toward generating new student IDs

by Admin 4. October 2012 13:50

Texas schools have laid plans to upgrade student identification cards, an administrator with the system told a news source on Wednesday.

Additional features like attendance verification and the capacity to access GoPrint Services are under exploration and forecast to cost $106,000, finance and fiscal services associate vice chancellor Pamela Ansboury with Alamo Colleges told The Ranger.

The system will have to generate identification cards for roughly 65,000 individuals. The newly released identification cards serve as a replacement for Alamo Cash cards and enable students to get to their money by pulling money from an ATM.

The student identification cards presently in use have the encoding of students' Banner numbers, which permits confirmation as to if the student is enrolled in the school. The Banner number also enables a student to borrow books from libraries in the college system.

The use of the ID cards will aid the district with requirements outlined by the U.S. Department of Education, district comptroller Ann DeBarros told the news source. The federal agency decides how to award aid to the district.

"So if we had an attendance method of tracking attendance, we could more clearly track when a student stops attending, withdraws, all their classes, and adjust the financial aid accordingly," the district comptroller told the news source.

The associate vice chancellor said the student identification cards are projected to be used for GoPrint services. But she noted that process has not advanced very rapidly thus far.

She also said that it remains unclear when this step will be implemented.

"It is on the project plan," Ansboury told the news source. "We haven't rolled that out yet because we need to stabilize some things before we add other functionalities."

The five colleges of the Alamo System include San Antonio, St. Philip's, Palo Alto, Northeast Lakeview and Northwest Vista, according to the website. The schools offer associate degrees, certificates and licensures in occupational programs.

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