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Badge Holders Protect and Preserve ID Cards

by todd 7. December 2010 08:56
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ID cards are an investment in the safety of your people and the security of your building. You can prolong the life of employee ID cards and reduce the number of reprints by displaying ID cards in a badge holder.

There are many advantages to displaying ID cards in a badge holder, and all of them result in a longer life for your ID card:

 Badge holders protect ID cards from the elements, making the ID card look newer, longer.
 A badge holder can prevent an ID card from being damaged, for instance by being shut in a door or creased in a purse.
 Ensure ID cards always display the necessary information by using a badge holder.
 Complement your ID card design and promote your brand with a colorful badge holder.
 Protect ID cards from water and spilled beverages.

To ensure employees display their ID cards in a badge holder, always present the completed ID card in a badge holder. Explain to employees that they’re expected to wear the ID card in the badge holder whenever they’re in the building.

Your team will have great looking ID cards that are long lasting, making your facility more safe and secure!

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Badge holders come in a variety of options.

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The Benefits of a Dual Sided ID Card

by todd 16. November 2010 08:56
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Not all ID card printers print on both sides of an ID card. Dual-sided ID card printers have a mechanism that prints on the front side of the card, flips the card over and prints the back. Single-sided ID card printers lack this function.

The primary difference between these two types of printers is the amount of printing space per card. A one sided ID card has very limited space whereas a dual-sided card provides more room for more information.

With dual-sided capabilities, information you don’t want displayed can be added to the back of the card. Some organizations print individual’s personal information, barcode or magnetic stripe on the back.

The back side of an ID card can also be used to display valuable information such as emergency contact information, mission statements or an address where a lost card can be returned.

If your ID cards will be displayed on a lanyard or a badge reel where they can easily be turned around, you may want to duplicate the card design on each side so the proper information is always displayed.

If you’re not certain you will need dual-sided ID cards, choose an ID card printer that is field-upgradable and can be converted from a one-sided to a two-sided printer without major expense, like our ID Maker Printer. Otherwise, you may have to purchase a new printer at a later date.

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Dual sided ID cards have many benefits and increased capabilities. 

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Protect Information on RFID Cards

by todd 3. November 2010 12:06
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Many organizations now use contactless access cards and ID cards to allow employees, vendors or regular visitors into buildings. Information is stored on these cards thanks to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

While it can be convenient to store information on ID cards, it can also be easily stolen with a common RFID reader. Since colleges and employers often store individual’s personal information on ID cards, protecting yourself from identity theft should be a top priority.

To protect yourself or your employees from identity theft, always wear your ID card with RFID technology in an RFID Secure Badge Holder.

The RFID Secure Badge Holder blocks RFID signals that are necessary for a reader to access the information on your card. The badge holder prevents identity theft, and you can easily slide the card out to gain access into a facility. The badge holder can accommodate 2 cards, so you can also protect a credit card or drivers license.

If you require employees to wear an ID card with an RFID chip, provide RFID Secure Badge Holders  and badge reels as well to protecting their identity and personal information.

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Use ID Cards to Spice up Your Events

by todd 6. October 2010 09:35
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ID cards can add to the success of an event. Regardless of the occasion, you can make a memorable and professional impression at corporate meetings, training sessions, special events and conferences with a custom PVC ID card.

Personalize it. Tailor the badge to the specific audience. If you are hosting a small event with attendees from multiple organizations, create a unique badge for each by adding their logo to the ID card. The attendees will be pleased to have the branding opportunity, and it will help the attendees visually recognize the represented companies.

Apply a theme. For special events or conferences with a theme, print the artwork and slogan on the badge. When you incorporate a theme on the ID badges, it becomes a souvenir for the attendees. One company shared with us their practice of creating special themed ID badges for their holiday party. Many of the employees still display previous years’ badges at their desks! If you use ID Maker 2.0, utilize the design templates and artwork to create a unique ID card that’s perfect for your event.

Make it fun. To add an interactive element to your event, create photo ID cards on site. This not only provides an opportunity for you to entertain your guests, but it will also impress them with an inside look at your streamlined identification process.

Accessorize it. Don’t forget to consider accessories for your ID cards. Badge reels and lanyards can both be customized with a logo or organization name. If your goal is to reinforce a particular message or offering of your company, create a custom lanyard. The attendees wear them throughout the duration of the event and are constantly reminded of the message by their peers.

For more information on using ID cards at events, see our Event ID Guidelines in the Knowledge Center.

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Custom Lanyard Options

by todd 21. September 2010 09:55
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Custom lanyards are a popular and affordable way to get your employees and students to wear their ID cards, but the creation process can be overwhelming! There are many decisions to make for even a simple lanyard, and it can be difficult to know what features are best for your needs. This post will be a guide for your custom lanyard order and provide valuable insight into lanyard creation.

Create Custom Lanyards for All Occasions

  • Quantity. How many lanyards do you want to buy? This will quickly narrow down the number of choices at the Lanyard Wizard.
  • Budget. How much do you want to spend? The prices are per lanyard, but quantity discounts are available. 
  • Timeline. When do you need the lanyards? Our Quick Ship Lanyards ship to you in just one day, but the Smart Buy Lanyards take 4-6 weeks. Be sure you choose the lanyard that will deliver your custom lanyard order in time.
  • Style. Do you have a lanyard style preference? I personally like the Vivid Color Lanyards because you can match colors and the fabric is very soft. We also have Embroidered Lanyards and Recycled Lanyards if an eco-friendly option is important. 
  • Size. What width lanyard do you need? If the lanyards will be used for a long period of time, I recommend our thicker styles for long lasting comfortable wear. 
  • Breakaway. The breakaway feature on a custom lanyard is for security purposes. This style is typically used in manufacturing environments and elementary schools. You can read more about the breakaway in our Knowledge Center.
  • Attachment. Standard metal attachments are available for all of our custom lanyards, and it includes a split ring, j-hook, and bulldog clip. Consider how you want the ID card displayed before making your selection. If you have a one-sided ID card, I recommend the bulldog clip because it won’t turn your ID card around.
  • Length. Are you buying custom lanyards for children? Then you will want the child-size lanyard length.
  • Design. What do you want your custom lanyard to say? You have many color, font and graphic choices, or you can add your own logo. This is the fun part!

That’s it! You’ve now created your custom lanyards!

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The Differences between Paper and PVC ID Cards

by todd 2. September 2010 16:00
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Before transitioning to an ID card printer and PVC ID cards, many organizations create ID cards on paper stock. The paper ID card may be the inexpensive option for ID cards, but it’s less secure, less professional and has a shorter life span.

Security. ID cards made out of paper are primarily used for visual identification since they don’t store any data. On the other hand, PVC ID cards can be used for control access and include RFID technology, a magnetic stripe, barcode or holographic overlay. These features allow your ID cards to have multiple functions and make employee information more secure. 

Professionalism. Paper ID cards don’t convey a professional image. Today, anyone can create a paper ID card using a word document program and perforated paper. For a more professional appearance, companies should create PVC ID cards using identification software. The specialty software provides more design capabilities and features. 

Life Span. Paper ID cards are easily torn, wrinkled and stained through normal everyday use. You may need to replace paper ID cards every year, if not more often, depending on how the IDs are used by your employees. For a long lasting solution, create PVC ID cards using an ID card printer. PVC ID cards can last over 5 years and be displayed in badge holders, on lanyards, badge reels or strap clips.

If you’re making the change to PVC ID cards, you can save 15% on your order now by liking IDville on Facebook. Check the page each week for offers to save on your IDville purchases!

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PVC ID cards have increased design, data and security capabilities compared to paper ID cards.

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Find the Right ID Card Printer Supplies

by todd 17. August 2010 09:25
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Each ID card printer is different and uses slightly different printer ribbons and cleaning kits. Using the proper ID card printer supplies is an important part of keeping your printer healthy and active for a long time.

You can find all the ID card printer supplies you need at IDville by using our System Supply Wizard. We have Evolis printer supplies, Datacard printer supplies, Fargo printer supplies, Magicard printer supplies and Zebra printer supplies to outfit many different ID card printers. Using our System Supply Wizard, you select the make and model of your ID card printer, and our website displays all compatible supplies.

This makes it easier for you or anyone in your office to replace printer ribbons, order new PVC cards or select a cleaning kit for your ID card printer.

An ID card printer is an investment for your organization, and you want to maintain your investment. I recommend you clean your printer every 700-1,000 prints using the printer cleaning kit made for your printer model. Cleaning kits vary in cost and most are in the $30-$60 range. It’s well worth the investment! Cleaning your ID card printer will result in better colors, improved printing, and a longer lasting ID card printer.

Find Your ID Card Printer Supplies at IDville.com

Refer to your ID card printer manual or use our System Supply Wizard to order the correct supplies for your printer.

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HID Cards Make You Look Smart

by todd 26. July 2010 10:31
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Security is important to you and your organization, so you’ve outfitted your employees with all the necessary identification. The only problem is they have to carry multiple ID cards everyday, and outfitting new employees with ID badges has become a cumbersome process.  While you could outfit the entire team with Mutli-Card Badge Holders and call it a day, we suggest streamlining your photo ID needs into a single multi-purpose HID card.

Using an ID card printer and HID cards, you can create an ID card with all the functions you need. If your employees use a HID card to enter a parking garage or building, you will want to print the visual identification card on an adhesive plastic card. Most HID cards cannot be printed on directly, so the adhesive plastic cards provide a simple option to streamline your ID cards. Attach the printed adhesive plastic card to an existing programmed HID card to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing photo ID card. 

Efficiency. Streamlining your ID card uses into a single proximity card has many advantages, the greatest of which is increased efficiency. Instead of printing multiple cards for each employee, you’ll print only one. Not only will you reduce time designing and printing the ID card, but you’ll also be able to give ID cards to new employees more quickly.

Cost Savings. Combining all your ID card uses into one HID card will also save your organization money. You won’t need to replace printer supplies as often since you will significantly reduce the number of cards you’re printing.

Professional Appearance. Your employees will appear more professional with a single well-designed ID card displayed on a lanyard or strap clip. Be sure to decide the orientation of your ID card before ordering your HID cards to ensure your card design will have the optimal display. 

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Visitor Identification Important Even in the Summer

by todd 6. July 2010 13:40
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During the summer in Michigan, things tend to be a little more relaxed around the office. After all, we only have about three months of beautiful weather to enjoy our local lakes, parks, and beaches. However, a more relaxed work environment shouldn’t lead to relaxed visitor identification practices.

Visitor identification is important year round. Schools are a great example of maintaining diligent visitor management practices. Most schools require all visitors to register at the main office before entering the building. Even though students aren’t at the school during summer months, schools still keep their visitor identification system active.

Visitor identification protects staff, students and employees from unwanted visitors and can prevent theft and vandalism. Most programs are incredibly easy to use and provide the visitor with an ID to wear. This makes it easy to know who has properly registered as a visitor.

There are several different visitor identification options available, and choosing the right system depends on your organization’s building and amount of visitors.

Small organizations that experience few visitors can implement a simple visitor PVC ID card system. Visitors wear a specific visitor ID when they are in the building. They can write their name on the card or wear a standard visitor badge with visitor lanyard. This system gives employees a visual indicator that a visitor is in the building.

Large organizations that have a lot of visitors on a regular basis find it helpful to keep a record of visitors. A record equips you with the knowledge of who is in your building at any given time. Visitor log-in systems are easy to use. A visitor simply provides some information upon his arrival. The registration process creates a personal name badge for the visitor to wear and makes a record of the visit at the same time.

If you’re interested in a more sophisticated visitor identification program, Visitor Express Software is for you. The visitor identification software allows you to create a visitor badge template, enter the visitor’s information on the spot, and print badges as needed.

Regardless of your organization’s size, maintaining a visitor identification program keeps everyone safer.

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June is Safety Month…Have You Reevaluated your Safety Strategy?

by todd 23. June 2010 11:02
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Each June, the National Safety Council encourages businesses to pay special attention to safety issues at their organization during National Safety Month. I agree that it’s important to look at your organization’s safety strategy on a regular basis. It’s easy to set and implement a strategy and never reexamine it as long as no major issues arise.

However, getting complacent in your safety strategy can lead to oversights occurring at your organization.

For example, have you looked at your visitor management policy lately? How are visitors admitted to your building? Are they identified at all?

What about employees? At what stage in the onboarding process do new employees receive ID cards? How are they identified around the building before that?

Identifying the people in your facility is a key component to maintaining a safe and secure workplace for your employees, staff or students. Implementing a photo ID card policy as part of your safety strategy can be critical to ensuring you permit the correct people into your building.

If you’d like to reevaluate your safety strategy, we have a free resource in our Knowledge Center to get you started in the process. Read and apply our Workplace Security Audit Checklist as part of your observance of Safety Month!

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