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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.

Tips for Taking a Great ID Badge Photo

by Kelli 4. November 2013 09:51
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If you’re anything like me, you don’t necessarily look forward to having your picture taken, especially for things like the dreaded driver’s license photo. Right up there with that (or possibly worse) is a picture for an ID badge. Think about it – your driver’s license stays in your wallet, tucked away from the eyes of your friends and coworkers. On the other hand, many companies require that team members display their ID badge, for all eyes to see!

There are a few simple things to keep in mind that will make having a photo taken for an ID badge as painless as possible. Given that fellow team members, customers and other company partners will be seeing the photo on your ID badge on a regular basis, you’ll want to make sure to looking your best in that photo.

Below is some advice for you and your ID badge “photographer” that will help you to put your best foot forward in your ID badge photo. 

For the Subject:

    Make sure to wear a flattering top that will look great in the photo. Avoid bright colors, big patterns and anything taupe, bright white or nude – these selections may wash you out or be distracting in a photo, especially when taken under fluorescent lights. I suggest sticking to darker colors (black, navy or dark blues and greens) or softer tones (soft whites, blues, greens, purples, etc.).

    A large part of looking your best for your photo is ensuring that your hair is neatly styled and away from your face. 

    You may want to make sure no one is watching you, but be sure to practice your smile in the mirror. You’ll want your smile to be natural and relaxed – don’t smile too big or too small. If you decide you don’t want to smile at least relax your face to avoid looking tense or angry.

    This seems like a no-brainer, but make sure to look at the camera. You’d be surprised how many ID photos are taken with the subject looking to the side or above the camera.

    Relax yourself – especially your face – when “posing” for your photo.

For the Photographer:

    Look for a place that has good lighting to take your team’s ID badge photos. The photo subject’s face should be seen clearly and any lights you use should be at least 3 feet away from the subject. This way the light isn’t in the picture and doesn’t cast a shadow or cause the subject to squint.

    A plain background, such as the one provided with our ID Maker Systems, is always best for any ID badge photos. A wall that’s painted in a neutral tone or a backdrop in white, beige or light blue will result in the best photos. Your subject should then stand roughly one foot in front of the wall/backdrop to avoid shadows.

    Talking to your subjects before taking the photos will help them relax, resulting in a better ID badge photo.

    Turning on autofocus and auto flash in your camera settings will help you take the best possible photos of each team member with ease.

    Consider investing in a tripod to steady the camera – keeping it still and level while taking ID badge photos.

    Adjust camera height and angle as necessary so that just the subject’s head and shoulders are framed in the photo.

    If you don’t like the photo you take, the team member probably won’t either. Review each photo after it’s taken so you’ll know before printing the ID badge if you should take another.

IDville offers full ID Card Systems, which include an ID card printer and software, a USB web cam and a white backdrop along with all of the other necessary supplies so you’ll be up and running ready to take those great ID badge photos in just 15 minutes!

Hopefully these tips and tricks will put you at ease when getting ready for an ID badge photo. For some great ID badge design ideas visit our Sample ID Card Library to get your creative juices flowing. Who knows, you might even end up liking your photo!

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Set Yourself Apart With Great Customer Service

by Kelli 23. October 2013 11:50
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Coming down from the recent high of Customer Service Week, I’ve started to think a lot about the impact great service has on our everyday decisions about where we’ll spend our money. Although I am a bargain hunter, I’m willing to pay a little extra if it means getting better customer service.

This brings to mind a disappointing experience at some jewelry stores a few years back. As my husband and I walked into the first store, not one associate looked up from what they were doing to even say hi or let us know they would be right with us. Being advocates of receiving great service where you spend your money, we promptly left that store and entered a second, only to receive the same treatment – no treatment.

Understandably, we were beginning to get frustrated until we walked into the third store. Although each associate was assisting a customer, one looked up and said hello and yet another let us know that she would be with us in just a few minutes. This was more like it! Once our associate finished up with her current customers she came right over and gave us her undivided attention (with the exception of saying “hello” to other customers) for over an hour! My husband ultimately had the final say and a few months later, I was happy to learn that he had chosen to purchase a beautiful ring from the jeweler “with a personality”.

Every single jewelry purchase since has been from the same company and I can honestly say I don’t think we’ll ever go anywhere else! Each time I visit for a jewelry cleaning or inspection, I’m greeted with the same warm smile and kind greeting. I’ve recommended this jeweler to several friends simply on the grounds of their attentive customer service.

Even a couple of words spoken – or in some cases not spoken – to a potential customer can be the deciding factor in that customer’s decision to spend their money with you. It can also impact word-of-mouth about your company. If word gets out you’re treated like royalty each time you visit or contact a company, people will be begging for you to take their money. Well, maybe not that extreme, but they will be much more content with forking it over for your products if they’re treated well when connecting with your company.

IDville maintains best-in-class customer service and unmatched technical support. We answer every call in 15 seconds or less – a real person, no recording! You won’t find service like that anywhere else in the industry. We offer same-day shipping with frequent communication so you know when your order is packed and shipped. All customers who buy ID Card Systems can call and receive unlimited free support from one of our tech experts – you’ll never be directed to a manufacturer number or online manual. We stand behind our products with a satisfaction guarantee so customers can shop with confidence!

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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!

ID Card Design - What Are Your Options?

by Kelli 24. September 2013 09:12
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While a company policy requiring team members to wear ID badges daily is a necessity for safety, great customer service, and several other reasons, deciding on how to design your company’s ID badges can be a bit daunting. IDville’s sample ID card library has many different design options for your ID card. Below is a guide to some different options you may use for the design of your company’s ID cards.

  • Single-Sided vs. Double-Sided – depending on your ID card needs, IDville offers printer systems which feature both single- and double-sided printing on your ID cards.
  • Card Orientation – Although card orientation seems like a small detail, it will affect the overall design and layout of your ID badges. You’ll need to think about how your team’s ID badges will be used. Card orientation will also have a large impact on how the badges are displayed by team members.
  • Data Encoding – You may utilize barcodes, magnetic stripes, RFID tags and smart chips in your ID cards which will include information about the user.
  • Team Member Photo and Name – Including a team member’s photo and name on an ID card is great for visual identification. Management and other team members will recognize that this person is cleared to be on company property. Not to mention the morale booster of everyone being able to address each other on a first-name basis!
  • Team Member Signature, Company Title and ID # – Including each team member’s signature on his/her ID card will add to the security of the badge and will make it even more difficult to duplicate. You can also choose to include each team member’s title and ID # – this is especially helpful for organizations that have limited building access based on departments or job classifications.
  • Company Logo – Including the company logo on an ID badge is a great way to enhance brand recognition. Customers will see the logo when they’re at your establishment and will likely remember it when they see it outside of the company. 
  • Custom Holographic Overlay or Ghost Photo – For increased ID card security, add a holographic overlay or a ghost photo to your ID badges, this will make unauthorized replication of ID cards nearly impossible.
  • Building Image – Several organizations add a full color graphic of their building to their ID cards. This makes for a nice visual and sets the tone of your organization. Having a great beauty shot of your company makes for a professional display; add your logo and people will really remember you!

Depending on your industry and security needs, the possibilities for ID card design are (almost) endless. IDville has everything you’ll need to get started…in one box! Our ID card systems are packaged with all of the components you need to be up-and-running and printing IDs within 15 minutes! With our systems, you’ll receive our ID Maker Software (which will make designing the perfect ID card for your company a breeze), photo-taking tools and, of course, enough blank card stock and printer ribbons to get you through your first run!

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I'm Looking for an Affordable ID Printing Option......

by Kelli 29. August 2013 10:30
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If you’re like most people, you love a great bargain! More than ever, people are looking to do more with less, and make the most of their investments. On top of that, shopping on the internet has never been easier and enables all of us to make sure we’re not overpaying for our business products.
 
That being said, IDville has great options to offer value AND high quality ID card printing. While it might be natural to gravitate toward the least expensive model of ID card printer – remember that this technology is a valuable part of your business operations, and keeping your employees and building secure. Ask yourself what you’re willing to sacrifice to save a few dollars.
 
Our ID Maker Value system is a terrific printer for small businesses or those companies printing a lower output of cards. This system starts at $1,499 and comes with absolutely everything you need to design and print high quality, professional, and durable IDs. Along with the printer itself you’ll get a Logitech C920 HD webcam with mini tripod & white backdrop, FREE Standard Holographic Overlays, and our proprietary ID Maker Essential 3.0 software – which is a best in class program for ID printing. Not only that, this system comes with 100 PVC Plastic cards, 100 print YMCKO printer ribbon & 1 printer cleaning kit.


At IDville, you won’t just get a stand-alone ID card printer (although we do offer those too!). Our systems are truly one-box solutions backed by free and full lifetime support and the most knowledgeable staff in the industry.  There is an ID Maker system for every business and every budget. Click here to learn more about the system that makes sense for your company – based on both business needs and your budget.

One Box, One CD, One Simple Solution

by Kelli 21. May 2013 10:25
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What exactly is an ID Card System? An ID card system is packaged with all of the components you need to be up-and-running and printing IDs within 15 minutes- guaranteed! Every ID Maker System comes with our intuitive, full-featured ID Maker Software, photo- taking tools, as well as enough blank card stock and printer ribbons to get you through your first run. 

What’s included in ID Card Systems? Each system included an ID card printer, ID card software, high grade PVC ID cards, USB web cam, full-color printer ribbon, a standard white backdrop, and a printer cleaning kit. 
       Learn more about ID Maker Systems!
ID card systems include everything needed to print IDs within minutes.  

Don’t forget the add-ons! 
-ID card slot punch
-Printer protection bundles
-Extended warranty
-ID card accessories 

Request your free system information packet today! Questions? Call one of our System Specialists at 1.866.438.4553 today. 

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