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Happy International Customer Loyalty Month!

by david 14. April 2014 13:13
david April is “International Customer Loyalty Month”! To show appreciation for our loyal customers IDville is offering 20% off orders of $300 or more! This offer expires on April 30, 2014 and excludes systems, software and warranties. Simply enter coupon code 20BLOG14 at checkout to take advantage of this great offer. Happy shopping!

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Minimize ID Badge Reprints!

by david 8. April 2014 11:00
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Are you constantly replacing lost or damaged ID badges for your employees or students and staff? Not only will protective ID badge holders save you time, they’ll also save money spent on frequent ID badge reprints. 

From healthcare to manufacturing to education, ID badge holders are a great way to extend the life of your ID badge and protect the data on your badge. Wearing your ID badge inside a badge holder will protect that badge from spills and cracking or peeling. Choosing the right holder and attachment style for your employees or students and staff will also minimize the chance that they’ll lose their ID badge.   

Badge holders are a useful way for your team to display their ID without having to punch a hole in their ID badge. Giving your employees or students and staff a convenient and valuable way to wear their ID badges will increase the likelihood that they will keep their ID badge accessible – which is always a bonus! ID badge holders will also help to easily differentiate between departments or grade levels by using different badge holder colors or styles.  

Badge holders can be found in vinyl, silicone, plastic and many other durable materials. From holders that strap around your arm to those that zip shut for added security, there’s sure to be something for your ID badge needs, no matter what industry you’re in! Even if your company policies require that an ID badge is swiped for door access or to log on to a computer, we have badge holders that accommodate that need as well. 

IDville features several different ID badge holder options with several colors, styles, attachments and for both vertical and horizontal badges. No matter what your badge holder needs are, you’ll find what you need at IDville!

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It's Supply Management Month!

by david 17. March 2014 09:39
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March is Supply Management Month! What a great time to make sure all of your ID badge printer supplies and accessories are all stocked up for the year ahead! 

Running out of your blank ID badgesID printer ribbonscleaning kits or any of your ID printer supplies renders you helpless if a staff member or a student needs a new badge. Having people in your building without ID badges can create a security risk in your office. Also, if you rely on your ID badges for time and attendance purposes, you’ll definitely want to ensure you’re always fully stocked so that you can avoid the hassle of payroll editing. 

IDville features a full line of ID badge accessories and ID card printer supplies for every major ID card printer manufacturer. Buy more and save more with our quantity discounts on ID card printer supplies!

Keep It Clean...

by david 25. February 2014 13:21
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If you own an ID card printer, regardless of what brand or manufacturer, it’s important to make sure your printer is being cleaned on a consistent basis. Most ID card printer manufacturers suggest a cleaning every 700-1,000 prints to keep your printer running smoothly. 

Much like getting the oil changed in your car, this routine maintenance on your ID card printer will help keep it running efficiently and will ultimately extend the life of your printer. Using a printer cleaning kit will remove the dust, dirt and lint from the inside of the printer. 

Not cleaning an ID card printer regularly can lead to a buildup of debris on the print head, which may damage it and leave white streaks across your ID cards. The typical cost to replace that print head is around $500. On the other hand, a printer cleaning kit will likely cost less than $50 and it will only take a few minutes of your time to get your printer cleaned, protecting the valuable investment you made in your ID card system

IDville has printer cleaning kits for every major ID card printer manufacturer. In comparing the cost of maintaining your printer through using our printer cleaning kits to the cost of buying an entirely new ID card printer, the solution is obvious. We also feature quantity discounts on our cleaning kits so you can stock up and save. 

If you’ve never cleaned your printer and need some assistance, you can contact our system specialists at 866.438.4553 and they’ll help you protect your investment by walking you through the cleaning process.

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.

Need Help Deciding?

by david 3. February 2014 10:00
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While the benefits of an ID badge policy are fairly obvious, learning how the software and tools work is a whole different ball of wax! IDville has several informational tools to help you decide which system is right for your school or company. 

We offer FREE System Information Packs which will give you the important information needed to decide on what ID badge system is right for your organization. All you need to do is fill out the request form and we’ll mail your information right to you. 

If you’d still like more guidance, one of our Systems Specialists would love to walk you through a free demo of our ID Maker® Software  so you can see just how easy it is to create your photo ID badges

Looking into Visitor Management for your school? Request a free 20 minute demo of our Visitor Express: School Edition® system which allows for secure visitor check-in in under 30 seconds. 

Visit our Knowledge Center to find press releases, white papers, FAQs and much more to help you decide on your ID card system or visitor management system

Remember, if you still have questions, you can always call us at 1.866.438.4553 and we’d be happy to assist in any way we can!

On a Tight Budget? Shop Clearance!

by david 22. January 2014 10:14
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If you’re looking for ID badge printers and supplies  and you’re on a tight budget, check out our clearance options. Featuring gently-used clearance printers, cameras and signature pads, you’ll save some extra money while getting many items needed to print ID badges. 

Looking for an entire ID badge printer system? Check out our ID Maker® Systems that include everything you’ll need to start printing ID badges within 15 minutes!

School Safety in the Spotlight

by david 30. December 2013 09:59
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As parents, we’re endlessly concerned with our children’s safety, especially while under someone else’s supervision. Reasonably, the focus of many parents and school administrators, especially in the past year, has shifted to beefing up security in school districts nationwide.
 
Despite recent economic and government financial struggles parents, school staff and communities have been pushing for stronger security measures in schools. Not only has more attention been paid to this, in many school districts more funds are being allocated to this very important cause. As part of the overall academic mission, an increase in funding dedicated to school safety allows schools to maintain a peaceful and beneficial environment for their students.
 
According to ReminderNews in Connecticut, the state has released grant monies totaling $21 million to the state’s school districts to ramp up security. A total of 604 schools in Connecticut will benefit from these funds. Many other states are following this same course and requesting more money be allocated to the prevention of violence and tragedies by increasing school security measures.
 
Security enhancements some schools are looking to make or have already made include bullet-proof glass, security cameras, computer-controlled locks, buzzers and entry alarm systems, panic alarms, visitor management and photo ID badges used for identification and door access.
 
Not only is keeping students safe essential to their physical well-being, it’s also very important to their learning – how safe students feel directly and significantly impacts their ability to learn.
 
One effective way to improve school safety is to implement an ID badge policy. IDville features many simple, one-box ID card printer systems which include everything your school needs to get started printing photo ID badges within 15 minutes.
 
Another great safety element IDville offers is visitor management. With solutions ranging from visitor badges to the complete Visitor Express: School Edition® system, there are secure visitor options for any school’s needs.
 
Visitor Express: School Edition® protects your campus with features including instantaneous sex offender check and mapping, customizable visitor lists, emergency mass alerts and response reporting along with time-expiring visitor ID badge technology. This is a comprehensive system to improve safety and security by monitoring who’s in your building, who they’re visiting and their location. Visitor Express: School Edition® allows for secure visitor check-in in 30 seconds or less.
 
Whether or not there are increases in the security budget at your school, IDville’s complete ID card printer systems and visitor management solutions are affordable additions that – when paired with the right policies and staff to carry out those policies – will improve your school’s security, allowing students to feel safe and focus on their education. 

Benefits of Photo ID Badges

by david 10. December 2013 08:35
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Have you been considering the implementation of an ID badge policy at your organization? Below are several benefits of requiring your team to wear ID badges while at work that might help tip the scales toward ID badge use.

 

 

1. Safety & Security

2. Visitor Management

3. Time & Attendance

4. Improved Team Morale 

5. Customer Service

6. Student Services Combination 

7. Company Branding

Safety & Security-One of the most obvious and most important reasons for team members to wear ID badges is safety of the people and security of the assets in your building. Whether in a business, hospital, school or warehouse, safety should be a huge priority. ID badges are an uncomplicated way of identifying and safeguarding students, staff, visitors or customers. ID badges can also be used for external and internal door access to keep your building, assets and paperwork secure and determine who will have access to which areas of your company. Without policies to show who should be in the building and where they should or shouldn’t be, people will be able to just come and go at will. 

Visitor Management-The use of ID badges in schools or businesses by all staff and/or students allows you to know who’s in your building and what the purpose and duration of the visit is. Requiring your students and staff or employees to display an ID badge will ensure that you can distinguish who should or shouldn’t be on property. For added visitor control, IDville’s Visitor Management solutions will benefit any industry. 

Time & Attendance-ID badges can also be a great tool for time clocks. This allows team members to clock hours efficiently while avoiding the hassle of maintaining a time card. Simply adding a barcode to your ID badge design for your time and attendance system will result in less paperwork and filing due to more efficient and streamlined timekeeping processes.

Team Morale-Having all team members wear an ID badge will improve everyone’s sense of inclusion. It will also allow a great opportunity for employees to recognize each other by name when passing by, even if they don’t work together regularly. Customizable ID badge accessories can also help to create a sense of unity among your team, regardless of position or department. Some companies have even begun setting up programs with local businesses where their employees will receive discounts by showing their ID badge – what a great way for your team to really feel important! 

Customer Service-If you’re in the service industry, requiring the display of ID badges allows customers to easily identify employees and put a face with a name, both building a rapport between the customer and employee and increasing employee accountability. Customers will be more apt to be able to address employees by their first name and because their name is prominently displayed, employees will be more likely to “be on their best behavior” while at work. Also, when customers can easily locate an employee when they need assistance this will improve the customer experience – boosting your company reputation. 

Student Services Combination-There has been an increase in schools using student ID badges for more than just student identification. Several schools have added functionality to ID badges for library check-out, meal credit, access to residence halls, equipment check-out, student sporting events and activity admittance, lab access or even for discounts at local businesses. 

Branding-Having an appealing, memorable ID badge is a great way to promote your company brand to both current and potential customers. By designing attractive, full-color ID badges prominently displaying your company name, logo and brand colors, you’re creating a great branding tool and customers will easily recognize your brand in the future. 

Whether you’re looking for a simple photo ID badge to identify people on property or you want a badge with “the works”, a simple decision to implement an ID badge policy will open numerous doors to future possibilities with those ID badges. Advances in technology create increasing uses for ID badges and the possibilities will continue to grow. With the security, convenience and improvements in customer service and team morale, an ID badge system pays for itself many times over.

It's Child Safety and Protection Month...

by david 11. November 2013 10:14
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Keeping our kids safe is hard. While we can’t put them in a bubble to avoid all harm, we can be an active participant in their safety and security both inside our homes and outside.

November is Child Safety and Protection Month – the goal of which is to create awareness about potential dangers children face in everyday situations and to use new information to prevent possible hazards.

Although the main focus of this month’s observance is to remind people to take steps to keep their children safe while at home, they spend 6-7 hours or more every single weekday at school. That should be cause enough to shine a light on school safety this month.

All kids should have a safe school environment, free from worry of any violence, so the main focus can be on their education. As a parent, you can take an active role in school safety. This is your opportunity to brush up on the safety and security policies at your child’s school so that you can make sure your child has a firm grasp on them and reiterate the importance of those regulations. 

Although many schools do require staff to wear and display an ID badge every day while on school property, as of 2010, there were still less than 10% of public schools requiring students to visibly wear their badge at school. Many students are already required to have an ID badge so many schools are changing their policy to require them to display that badge – a very small price to pay to make our students a whole lot safer.

ID badges are a great way for staff to easily identify whether someone should be on school grounds or whether they need to be asked to leave. It’s also a great way for staff to quickly identify a student by name. Let’s face it: while it would be nice for all staff to know each and every student walking the halls, it’s just not realistic, especially in larger schools.

Visitor management solutions are also a simple way to be well-informed about who is entering a school on a daily basis. This simple policy implementation requires that all school guests check in at the office before entering the building. Some even require that those guests wear a visitor tag or badge for the entirety of their visit.

IDville’s Visitor Express: School Edition protects your campus with the ability to scan a visitor’s ID and instantaneously run the information through the sex offender database. You can also create a customizable unwanted visitor list, an approved pick-up list and utilize time-expiring visitor badge technology. This visitor management solution is security for students and peace of mind for parents.

With such uncomplicated solutions to help in making our children safer at school, Child Safety and Protection month is a great time to re-evaluate all that’s being done. With increased school safety, the primary focus of both students and staff will be on education.

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