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School Security Put to the Test

by Kelli 3. March 2014 10:49
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Many schools have recently implemented policies requiring that visitors stop at the main office to sign in and receive a visitor pass. This helps faculty around the school be cognizant of who is allowed in the building. A local news team in Michigan sent undercover staff members into six schools to test effectiveness of school security measures. 

This recent school security test revealed some frightening results regarding ease of access to the school and our children. The schools tested included two elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. 

The undercover testers entered each of the six schools simultaneously. They were coached to walk in the front door, past the main office without stopping to sign in or get a visitor pass

While some schools did a better job of noticing and approaching the “undercover intruder” other testers were allowed to wander for an unsettling amount of time, one even turning himself in to the office administrators after strolling through almost the entire school. 

Three testers walked past an empty security guard table and three testers walked through the school halls undetected for four minutes or more. 

In one specific instance, the undercover tester was allowed to walk school halls for a full 15 minutes and wasn’t stopped until a teacher noticed him strolling in the halls in between class periods. 

The results weren’t all negative with these school security tests. When the testers attempted to enter through a back or side door each and every one was locked, forcing them to enter through the front door and walk past the main office. 

At three of the six schools tested, the intruder was approached by a staff member in two minutes or less, with one tester confronted by a secretary within 30 seconds of entry. Another tester was stopped only 50 feet inside the door by a physical education teacher who respectfully but firmly insisted the tester go to the main office to register as a visitor. 

For the school district’s superintendent, while the results in many cases were disappointing, he believes this was a learning experience and an opportunity to highlight areas of improvement in school security. This will also emphasize to local parents the importance of approving a bond, of which a portion of the funds would be used to implement new security measures as well as improve existing school security policies.  

While this particular instance is focused on one school district, the implications affect schools nationwide. One security oversight or five minutes away from your workspace may have potentially tragic and disastrous repercussions.  

At IDville we’re very passionate about keeping students safe from the potential dangers of having an open campus and allowing intruders to gain access to school hallways and classrooms and, ultimately, our children. We offer a full line of visitor management solutions to do ensure students are kept safe.

With our affordable and affective Visitor Express: School Edition® system, schools can check in visitors and issue a visitor badge in 30 seconds or less, while making sure students are kept as safe as possible in the process. We also have visitor login books and bundles for your visitors to sign in at the office available for schools who use this policy for their visitor management. With so many visitor management options, there’s sure to be something for your school!

Simple & Secure Visitor Check-In

by david 17. February 2014 14:40
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Is your school looking for a new secure visitor management solution to ensure students and staff are kept safe from unwanted visitors? Our Visitor Express: School Edition® is an easy-to-use complete visitor management system that comes with everything you need to track, label and screen visitors in 30 seconds or less. 

This complete visitor management system includes our Visitor Express: School Edition® software, driver’s license scanner, web camera, thermal badge printer with 250 self-expiring adhesive visitor badges, sample frequent visitor tags and a barcode scanner.  

Visitor Express: School Edition® software allows for customizable unwanted visitor lists and approved pick-up lists as well as instantaneous sex offender checks and mapping with 1,500 look-ups with the national sex offender database. Also featured are emergency response reporting and mass alerts. 

IDville includes FREE and FULL lifetime technical support for the first year so if you have any questions about the system, we’ve got you covered. 

Because Visitor Express: School Edition® was designed with security and simplicity in mind, you’ll just need to follow a few quick and straightforward steps to check in school visitors and/or volunteers in 30 seconds or less. 
 
1. Scan the visitor’s driver’s license, pulling the needed information into the visitor program on your computer screen 
2. Check it against a national sex offender database 
3. Input who and where they’re visiting 
4. Print a self-expiring badge and they’re on their way to their destination

If you still have questions, our team would love to set up a time with you for a free demo of our Visitor Express: School Edition® software so you can make your decision with ease.

Protect K_ _s.

by Kayla 24. July 2012 09:00
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For just a moment pretend that you’re a Principal at an elementary school. It’s Friday afternoon. Do you know which of your students have permission to be picked up at the end of the day? Does the visitor waiting in the front office pose a threat to your students? 
 
ID is key to easily identifying unwanted visitors in your school.
ID is key to school safety.
ID is key to knowing when a child should or shouldn’t be picked up. 
 
I’m excited to announce that IDville launched their Visitor Express: School Edition visitor management system today! Whether your students are high school age or pre-schoolers, it’s never been more important than it is today to ensure the safety of each and every student in your building. 
 
Visitor Express: School Edition makes it quick and easy for anyone on your stuff to reliably operate the system and identify threats of any kind to the safety of your students.  
  Ensure the safety of your students!
      ID is key to student and school safety.  
 
Safe and secure: Did you know the US is home to more than half a million registered sex offenders and has the highest divorce rate on the planet? These factors have led to an increased amount of safety precautions. IDs scanned with Visitor Express: School Edition are referenced by the National Sex Offender Registry. 
 
Quick check-in: It takes less than 30 seconds for first time visitors to check-in and 15 seconds for returning visitors. How quick is that? The reliable technology keeps track of visitors and checks them out in less than 5 seconds! 
 
Easier, on everyone: The process to purchase and set up is made extremely easy thanks to our system experts. They will install the system and train your staff to use the hardware and software. 
 
Be sure that you really know who’s visiting your school and that your students are safe. To learn more about Visitor Express: School Edition call one of our system experts today at 1.866.38.4553 and schedule a quick 20-minute demo.  
 
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Last Day to Save on Visitor Management Solutions

by Falon 30. January 2012 15:34
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It’s hard to believe, but the end of January 2012 is already here! IDville has started the year strong, and we have lots of exciting new products and promotions coming your way next month.

Before we start talking about February, don’t forget your special Visitor Management offer is about to expire! Use IDville coupon code FB12VISIT to save 10% on your purchase of visitor management solutions. Hurry because this offer expires on January 31, 2012.

If you want some more information about implementing visitor management in your organization, visit our Knowledge Center for Best Practices for Implementing Visitor Management . We offer seven steps to starting a visitor management program in your organization.

A visitor management program provides further security for your organization by identifying and tracking all visitors to your building. It’s especially important for schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and manufacturing facilities.

Shop now for Visitor Management programs and save 10% on your order with coupon code FB12VISIT!

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What Visitor ID Solution is Right for my Organization?

by david 16. January 2012 07:00
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Whether you work at a business, school, or hospital, tracking visitors is very important. Visitor management provides you with knowledge about who is in your building and why they’re visiting. It also helps your coworkers to identify visitors who may be unfamiliar to your building, policies, and procedures.

Visitor identification solutions come in a variety of sizes, so you can implement a program that fits your organization’s needs and budget. 

Find the Visitor Management Solution for Your OrganizationVisitor ID Solutions for Small Organizations: For small organizations, one time visitor name badges are an affordable option. This program is also very easy to implement, so you don’t have to conduct in-depth training.  Simply have the visitor write their name on the badge and wear it while in the building for easy identification.

Visitor ID Solutions for Mid-Size Organizations: In a mid-sized organization, additional visitor information may be necessary to understand the purpose of the visit. A visitor login book requires the visitor to provide additional information about their visit and creates a wearable adhesive visitor badge in the process. 

Visitor ID Solutions for Large Organizations: Large organizations often have multiple entrances and welcome lots of visitors every day. Streamline your visitor management program with a visitor software program that includes an automated process, tracking and reporting capabilities, and custom badge creation.

Start a visitor management system now and save 10% on your order from IDville. Get the IDville coupon code for 10% off visitor management products when you like us on Facebook

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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!). 

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4 Reasons for a Visitor Identification System

by david 28. September 2011 08:52
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When it comes to building security, most organizations take precautionary measures to ensure that both their people and their property are protected. However, we recently conducted a survey that found 46% of organizations don’t identify building visitors, and 34% don’t track building visitors.

Today, visitor identification is a no-brainer. Regardless of organization size, identifying visitors is an important and simple method which safe guards your people. Having a working knowledge of the visitors in your building is a simple safety measure that can make a big difference in times of crisis.

IDville Visitor Identification SolutionsTo ensure your organization and people are protected, equip your organization with the hassle-free visitor system that fits the needs of your organization.

 If you’re a small organization with visitors few and far between… Outfit your front desk with Rewriteable Visitor PVC cards . Visitors can write their name on the badge when they enter the building and wear the ID for the duration of the stay. Your visitors will be clearly identified, and staff will be able to easily greet visitors with a personal ‘hello.’

 If visitors must receive vehicle access to an area… Keeping a concise record of visitors and clearly identifying visiting cars can make a difference in effective building security. Record visitor information in a log-in book and use hang tags to clearly identify vehicles.

 If you want to track building visitors…  Implement a log-in book system  to maintain records of all building visitors. Visitors simply sign the book when entering the building. Your log-in book  will help you to better understand the number of visitors you receive each month, and can help you justify a more comprehensive visitor system.

 If you want to protect the privacy of your visitors… Visitor log books are a popular way to track building visitors, however they have little discretion. To keep visitor information confidential, try a Secure Log-In System . This system, hides the previous visitor’s information, tracks visitor activity and creates wearable visitor badges all at once.

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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!).

Lanyards Keep ID Cards Visible for Back to School

by david 23. August 2011 08:08
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Back to school preparations are underway, and before you know it teachers, students, and staff will be headed off to school in the morning. Get your school ready by outfitting everyone with the proper ID badge accessories. Not at a school? Our lanyard recommendations can still help you determine which style is right for your organization!

The different schedules and responsibilities of school personnel requires different kinds of ID badge accessories to ensure ID badges are properly used and displayed. Lanyards are the most popular ID badge accessory for schools because they keep ID cards visible at all times, making visual recognition of students, staff, and visitors simple.

Create your Custom Lanyard at IDville.com” width=Here are our identification experts’ recommendations for school year lanyards:

Stock Lanyards for Students. Student identification is crucial to school security, but making sure students display their ID card can be a challenge. Stock lanyards are an affordable option you can choose to give each student a way to display their ID card. Be sure you add the breakaway function, however, to protect students from possible choking hazards.

Theme Lanyards for Visitors. Schools are a hub of activity, and visitors are constantly in and out of the building.  Protect your students and staff by requiring all visitors to wear a themed lanyard when they are in the building. The themed lanyards help adults in the building easily identify approved visitors.

Fashion Lanyards for Office Staff. Give the office staff some creative liberty with their lanyard choice. Allow staff members to select the beaded lanyard in their favorite color scheme or several different lanyards to coordinate with their outfits.

USB Lanyards for Teachers. Welcome teachers back to school with a USB lanyard they can use to both display their ID card and carry important data. The USB lanyard has 1 GB storage and detaches from the lanyard for easy use. To make a special gift for the school year, customize your USB lanyard with your school name and the year.

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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!).

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Visitor Login Books Increase School Security

by todd 22. March 2011 12:10
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Focus on School Security. For the month of March, the IDville team will be focusing on school security. All this month, we’ll blog about different ways to improve school security. Have questions? Email us or request a System Information Pack for more info.

Schools have countless visitors in any given day. Parents, teachers, volunteers, community members, and sales people all present themselves at a school for one reason or another. Visitors can throw a wrench in even a sound student and staff ID card policy by being in the building unidentified. To safety identify school visitors, implement a visitor login book at your visitor entrance.

Schools should always track visitors with a visitor login book. Keep your book in the main office and require all visitors to register before going to a classroom. A secure visitor login book will create a record of all visitors and assign visitors with a self-expiring visitor adhesive ID badge. Visitors wear the badge while they are in the building, but it changes color after 24 hours. This feature prevents visitors from reusing badges and re-entering the building at a later date.

Implementing a visitor login book into your security plans will have several benefits for your school: Shop Visitor Login Books

Make a good first impression. Your visitor login book should be kept in a central location where all visitors enter the building. Other entrances should be locked and marked with a sign to direct visitors to the correct door. Put an individual in charge of welcoming visitors and instructing them to complete the sign-in process when they first arrive.

Create a record of visitors. A visitor login book creates a record of who is in your school building. Most visitor login books record the visitor’s name, their organization or purpose for visit, and the date. Keep this information in a safe, discreet location on hand for three months before safely discarding it.

Visually identify visitors. Visitor login books equip visitors with an adhesive name badge to wear while in the school. Visitors who wear an ID card send a clear message to your employees and staff, which is especially helpful in a large school building.

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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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Visitor Management System at Community Hospital

by david 18. January 2011 08:49
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This month, we’ve been talking about ways you can make your facility more secure in 2011.  A visitor management system is an important part of a secure facility because it gives you the knowledge of who is in your building. Community Hospital, an IDville customer, added a visitor management system to its security procedures to keep staff and patients safer. Here’s how they did it:

Visitor Login with Self Expiring BadgesCommunity Hospital is a 58-bed hospital in rural southwest Michigan that recently implemented a visitor management system. Even at its modest size, the hospital takes patient and employee security very seriously. To improve facility security, the hospital’s security committee created a visitor management policy to identify the numerous vendors, visitors, and contractors that visit the hospital on a regular basis.

Previously, visitors were announced at the reception desk and permitted into the hospital without any form of identification. When creating the visitor management policy, the security committee wanted a Visitor Login System at each of the two public entrances. All visitors who enter through the front or emergency room doors must pass by a receptionist who asks them to sign in. The other entrances into the hospital require an HID card that is given only to employees.

The visitor management system at the hospital now requires all visitors to sign-in and wear an adhesive name badge. The name badge changes color after 24 hours to indicate that the badge has expired. More importantly, the login process creates a record off all visitors, so the hospital can track vendors and visitors in the building.

 

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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!).

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Keep Identification a Priority during Halloween Celebrations

by david 27. October 2010 14:07
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Halloween is on Sunday, and many workplaces will be having Halloween parties this Friday to celebrate. At IDville, our employees can wear costumes and their kids trick-or-treat around the office.

With so many people coming in and out of the building for Halloween festivities, it’s important that identification remain a top priority. This week, put your visitor identification system to work to ensure the safety of both your employees and your visitors.

Here are a few tips that will keep everyone safe and improve your Halloween celebration:

1. Ask guests to RSVP.
If you’re inviting guests to your facility for a Halloween party or trick-or-treating, ask employees to RSVP their guests ahead of time. This way, you can create ID cards for guests with your photo ID card printer.

2. Register visitors at the entrance.
You may not be able to collect RSVPs for everyone, so be prepared to register visitors when they arrive. A visitor system can help you keep track of everyone who is in your building.

3. Create name badges for visitors.
In addition to creating a record of visitors, a visitor identification system will also create an adhesive name badge that visitors can wear in the building. Since both children and adults will be in costume, it may be difficult to identify individuals by sight. Name badges will make sure you know who is in the building.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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Even well-known Star Wars characters wear visitor IDs!

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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 recent IDville catalog!).

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