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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.

ID Badges Increase School Security

by david 30. September 2013 14:12
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Given today’s society, which seems to be plagued with horror stories of child abduction and violence in schools, it seems we should do all that we can to ensure that our children are protected. In particular, we should make sure that they are safe in the place away from home where they spend a majority of their time – school.

Although teachers and school officials make an effort to know their students, it’s increasingly difficult – especially in larger schools – for every single staff member to know every single student on campus. Therefore, it’s crucial that school staff have a quick and simple way of identifying who belongs in the building and who doesn’t without the need for detailed questioning.

An increasing number of schools are requiring all staff and students to wear photo ID badges. These requirements are all about safety and security in schools – something that should never be compromised. In making sure that our schools are as safe as possible, the focus will be on education, as it should be.

Creating ID badges can be extremely simple, as soon as you have everything you need to do so. IDville is dedicated to ensuring you have all the tools you’ll need to implement and maintain ID badge requirements at your school. We offer one-box ID card printing systems with which you’ll be up and running, ready to print IDs, within 15 minutes! We offer several options for all school sizes and needs so that you are sure to find a printer that suits your needs as well as your budget. 

We also feature several ID badge clips, lanyards and other accessories so that your staff and students can easily wear and display their ID badges. Designed with simplicity and security in mind, all of our accessories are easy-to-use and will keep your ID badges safe, secure and looking great!

Trade shows: my secret to understanding customer needs!

by david 7. August 2013 08:53
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After attending over 40 tradeshows within the past year I have seen my fair share of the country.  What I have really noticed is that almost everyone wears an ID badge!  From the contractors used at the exhibit halls, to my taxi cab drivers,  to the baggage handlers loading luggage onto the plane, everyone is wearing an ID badge!   

The one ID accessory that I see being used the most by women is our new Rhinestone lanyard. These new, sparkly lanyards have made it fun and stylish for woman to wear their IDs.  We recently gave these lanyards away at the SHRM conference in Chicago and our booth was almost overrun by human resource professionals wanting these shiny gems!

The most popular ID badge accessory I see being used by men are our carabiner badge reels.  These badge reels are sturdy and dependable and allow you to wear your ID badge on your belt loop and then clip onto your keys so that you don’t forget the ID the next day.  Make sure to check our carabiner badge reel supply as we also have reels that have a measuring tape and flashlight built into them!

One of the most rewarding things about being on the road promoting IDville is running into current customers who have one of our ID Maker ID systems. It’s great to hear them rave about their ID Maker system being easy to use while allowing them to make a professional badge that no other system can create.  Customers are always quick to flip open their purse or wallet to show me their ID and how they designed it with their logo and artwork.  Many of the customers that I worked with as they chose an ID printer use the custom card design that I originally made for them per their request!

Interested in an ID system and want to see a custom ID card design with your logo?  Fill out your info here and one of our sales reps will contact you ASAP.

I will be at the following shows over the next couple of weeks.  Stop in and say hello!

International Association of Fire Chiefs – Chicago 8/16 & 8/17

Midwest Security & Police Show – Tinley Park 8/20 & 8/21

Made in USA ID Badge Accessories

by david 2. July 2013 09:48
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The 4th of July is right around the corner and will be here and gone before you know it. That doesn’t mean you have to put away your red, white, and blue though! We have a product line of ID badge accessories that are made right here in the USA. From lanyards to badge reels we have something for you and your organization- all year long.

If you order on behalf of a school, government agency, or even a business office, made in USA products might be a requirement. Made in USA accessories have always been an important part of our product offering and now you can shop them all in one place. Click here to start shopping now!  

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At IDville, we are committed to supporting USA companies and offering made in the USA products to our customers. Call us today at 1.866.438.4553 to place an order or to request a sample!

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Scratch and reveal...

by david 7. May 2013 10:16
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During the month of May, we have a special, limited time offer just for you! Simply click the image below, scratch the ticket to reveal your discount, and use your code on any order before 5/31/13!  
 
Shop ID Systems  >>> Our 1-box ID Maker Systems will have you creating and printing ID’s in minutes! 
Shop ID Supplies  >>> Stock up on ID supplies you need for every manufacturer. 
Shop ID Badge Accessories  >>> Once you print your IDs, make sure your employees are wearing them with a full complement of badge accessories. 
       Reveal your discount!
Click the image above to reveal your discount! 

Call one of our customer service reps today at 1.866.438.4553 to request some free ID badge accessory samples!  

Printer Protection Bundles extend the life of your ID printer

by david 9. April 2013 10:12
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Making the decision to implement employee photo IDs and an ID printer system is a big step for any company or organization to take. It’s crucial that you protect your investment with an extended warranty or printer protection bundle to ensure you’re creating and printing the best IDs possible!  



Printer protection bundles include:
3 additional years of extended warranty coverage
FREE protective printer case ($250 value)
Cleaning kit (recommended every 700-1,000 prints)

Our ID Maker extended warranties allow you to choose from 1, 2, and 3-year extensions and includes a HOT SWAP loaner printer that is shipped to you in 2 days. When you purchase an extended warranty for your ID Maker printer, you are also getting additional support beyond the manufacturer’s warranty.
Printer Protection Bundles!

ID Maker warranties and printer protection bundles bring you peace of mind when you need it most!  

To learn more about our HOT SWAP loaner printer service, call one of our system specialists today at 1.866.438.4553 or email me today. 

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IDville goes on the road again!

by david 26. March 2013 10:03
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We have some exciting news to share- IDville plans to go on the road again and travel to 23 tradeshows across the United States this year! We plan to focus on the education, government, and healthcare industries. If you plan to attend any conferences in these industries this year, you may just happen to see us at the next show! 

At each tradeshow, ID card system and visitor management system demos will be performed on-site to demonstrate the ease-of-use of these products. The demonstration walks attendees through the card creation process, including photo taking, card design, and printing.

Attendees who visit our IDville booth will receive a free gift and the chance to win a Visa gift card. At last week’s International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association show in Las Vegas, we raffled off 2 Cirque Du Soleil tickets. Congrats to Michael from the New England Fitness District- we hope you enjoyed the show! 

         Congratulations Michael!
Congratulations to Michael- our Cirque Du Soleil ticket raffle winner!

If you can’t make it to an upcoming tradeshow- don’t worry. I’d be happy to schedule a demo to show you how easy it can be to create employee ID badges or track visitors. Email me today or call one of our System Specialists at 1.866.438.4553. 


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Is your ID card secure?

by david 26. February 2013 09:29
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Did you know that 1 in 20 Americans are at risk for identity theft? That means that today's world demands more security. Identity authentication is a regular part of our daily lives to protect ourselves and our proprietary information. 

One way to enhance security is to implement a photo ID requirement. What you may not know is that there are a variety of features available to prevent the duplication of your ID card. 

Let’s look at some of the ways to guard against ID forgery:

Barcodes- A feature for time and attendance use or any tracking system you choose to integrate with your ID card. 
Ghost Photos- Make an ID one-of-a-kind with a mirror screen image of your picture. 
Fingerprinting- Especially useful in government agencies and schools for child ID card programs.

Sample ID card with barcode feature!
   Sample ID card with barcode feature! 


Click here to read the full article. 

If you have any questions regarding additional features for your ID cards, call one of our System Specialists at 1.866.438.4553 or email me today! 

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