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Proper Display of ID Cards Improves Security

by todd 24. January 2011 09:21
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Photo ID cards are an important part of a secure facility. But if ID cards aren’t displayed properly, they provide little if any help to your security efforts. To encourage students, staff, and employees to properly display their ID cards, you need to provide the necessary ID card accessories.

Carabiner Badge Reels – This badge reel is designed with a twist-free base that will keep your ID card facing forward at all times.

Strap Clips – The most popular (and affordable!) ID card accessory securely attaches your ID card to anything without permitting it to spin. Clipped to a shirt pocket or lapel, a strap clip will keep the ID card facing forward and easily visible.

Magnetic Badge Holders – Using magnets to display your ID badge is another way to ensure ID cards are always facing the right direction.

If you are still working through the ID card design process, consider making a two-sided ID card. Duplicate the most important information on both sides of the card, so it can be properly displayed even if it twists.

 

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Increase Security in the New Year with Photo ID Cards

by david 4. January 2011 09:59
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Welcome to 2011! Do you have any New Years resolutions? This year, IDville made a resolution to help more companies create safe and secure work environments where learning, productivity, and innovation thrive.

Photo identification is a critical component of a safe work environment. In fact, it’s very common for schools, hospitals and businesses to have a photo identification card policy. If you already use photo ID cards at your organization, do you have a policy in place?

A photo ID card policy clarifies for employees, students and staff what the expectations are regarding an ID card. For instance, are ID cards used for buying lunches or checking out materials? Are individuals required to display their ID card with them at all times?

Start the New Year off right by putting a formal photo ID card policy into place. It doesn’t have to be long or elaborate. Follow our guidelines to craft your own policy for your organization.

An ID card policy should:

 Provide guidelines for information and design elements that must be included on ID cards.

 Outline the expectations for wearing and displaying the ID card.

 Describe how replacements can be obtained and the cost, if any.

 Explain all the ways ID cards are used. For instance, access control, time and attendance, making purchases or checking out materials, etc.

For more ID card policy ideas, look at similarly sized organizations in your industry. Their policies will provide a good benchmark for your own.

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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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Promote your Organization’s Culture with ID Cards & Accessories

by david 20. December 2010 09:07
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ID cards are an important part of an organization’s safety and security plan, but they can also be used for the “lighter” side of business: promoting your culture.

This month’s Identify Newsletter introduced our sister company, Baudville, and how to combine its employee recognition products with identification and safety for a better work environment. You can read the complete newsletter here, and put a few of the following tips in to practice in the new year!

Promote your culture with ID cards:

 Use your ID card design to show off the personality of your organization. Incorporate a picture of a favorite spot within your facility, use lots of color and allow individuals to have a little fun with their ID picture.

 Equip all employees or students with fun accessories for ID card display. Create custom lanyards for your organization. You can even personalize each lanyard with staff names! Themed lanyards and themed badge reels can also promote your culture and bring a little fun to every day at work.

 Maintain a small inventory of themed lanyards and badge reels, and give employees access to it. Encourage employees to select a new item on a regular basis. This will help to keep them motivated to wear their ID card.

 Have employees, staff or students display their recognition and award lapel pins on a specialty badge holder. Pin Display badge holders hold both your ID card and lapel pins.

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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!

Shop Badge Holders 

Badge holders come in a variety of options.

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Customer-Focused ID Maker Printer

by david 1. December 2010 10:20
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ID cards can be used to improve relationships between frontline employees and customers by displaying helpful information to customers. They also reassure customers they are working with an official and knowledgeable company representative.

An IDville customer from Cleveland, Ohio, recently shared how his organization is using the ID Maker printer to provide more useful information to customers at several quick oil change locations.

Learn more about ID Card Printers“This is the first ID Maker we have ever purchased. After doing extensive research, we found the ID Maker very affordable while producing a professional ID card. Our customers see these cards everyday in all 37 of our quick oil change locations and have commented on how good they look.

Instead of having our uniform company put names on the shirts, we can now display name, title, hire date and technical certifications. This is much more information presented to our customers in a clean, credit card sized ID card. Our team members are proud to wear them, as it fosters a level of accomplishment as they complete training certifications”

In addition to using ID cards to provide more information to customers, the ID Maker software was also based on customer feedback. The software program is designed to be as simple to use as possible.

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Strap Clips: An Affordable Display Option

by david 23. November 2010 15:09
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ID cards provide valuable visual identification. They make it easy to know who does and does not belong in your building. Once you create your ID cards, you must provide ways for your employees and staff to display them.

If you have a tight budget for ID accessories, strap clips are an ideal display option for you and your organization. As low as $0.18 each, strap clips can attach an ID card to anything!

Strap clips are commonly used to attach ID cards to shirt pockets, belts and even purses. The strap clip and ID card should be worn so the ID card is easily visible and accessible.

In order to attach an ID card to a strap clip, the card must have a slot punch. Otherwise, you have no way to connect the ID card and strap clip.

You have several strap clip options. You can order strap clips:

- In a color that coordinates with your ID card design
- To hold more than one ID card with extra length.
- With a rubber tip grip so you don’t damage clothing.
- To be worn on a belt.

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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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Best of Badge Reels

by david 9. November 2010 12:50
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Badge reels are a fun and convenient way to display your ID card. They are especially useful if your ID card is used to gain access to your building. However, there are lots of many badge reel options available, and you can want to provide the best options to your employees, staff and students.

We’ve provided short descriptions about our favorite badge reels to help you choose the right design for your organization.

Flashing Badge Reels 1. Flashing Badge Reel
Spice up your traditional identification with this exciting ID card attachment. The Flashing Badge Reel has a hard translucent cover, so you can see through to the circuit board. Lights flash red, yellow and green every time you pull the retractable cord.

Great For: Getting kids and teens excited about security and identification and drawing attention to your ID cards.

2. Carabiner Badge Reel
This badge reel is convenient to display. The carabiner easily clips onto a belt loop, buckle or purse for easy accessibility. Plus, the twist free base keeps the ID card displayed forward, so you always have visual identification.

Great For: Work sites where visual identification is a high priority for safety.

Themed Badge Reels 3. Themed Badge Reel
Promote an important value or theme in your organization by equipping every member with a themed badge reel. Available in a variety of themes, you can provide the design that best represents your organization’s priorities, like safety.

Great For: Organizations that want to promote safety. Also great for organization where employees work with children.

4. Carabiner LED Badge Reel
The Carabiner LED Badge Reel has the convenience of the carabiner attachment with an additional safety feature. The badge reel houses an LED light that is handy for using keys or access control in the dark. The LED light turns on with a slide button.

Great For: Employees who come to work or go home in the dark.

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New Identify Newsletter Shares DIY Identification Tips!

by david 21. October 2010 10:36
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The latest issue of our Identify Newsletter was released today. This month, we share do it yourself (DIY) identification tips that will save you both time and money. Read the full newsletter.

To receive our monthly Identify Newsletter plus special offers and new product announcements, sign up for the IDville emails.  

If you’re looking for exclusive IDville discounts, deals and offers, like us on Facebook! We post special deals for our biggest fans on a regular basis. Act fast and you can get a free Accessories Bundle with your order of $150 or more. That’s a $69 value!

Another great way to connect with our identification specialists and learn more about identification is through the Knowledge Center. Watch videos, read industry case studies, past issues of the Identify Newsletter and more in this section of our website.

Check out our identification resources and become a DIY identification expert yourself!

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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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