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Is Your Building Safe?

by david 12. May 2014 10:33
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It’s Building Safety Month! There’s no better time to focus on the safety of your school, office building, warehouse or any other building you’re responsible for. When people think of building or workplace safety they typically think about preventing workplace injury on the job. But what about workplace violence committed by unwelcome guests gaining access to your building? There are 7 easy steps your company can take to keep your employees safe in the workplace and below are a few policy tips to keep your employees or students feeling secure. 

Restricting door access at your facility is one of the key ways to ensure your employees or students are safe. Issuing photo ID badges that double as access cards is a great solution. With photo ID badges you can make sure each person in the building has access to the appropriate areas and anyone without a company or school ID should be questioned.  

Enacting a policy for visitor management is another great way to keep your employees or students secure. All visitors who enter the building can be required to sign in and possibly even receive a visitor ID badge . This will show team members that not just anyone can come into the building whenever they want. Having guests sign in is also a great way for administration and/or management to remain cognizant of who’s in the building at all times.

What better time to really take stock of your building’s safety than during Building Safety Month? The identification experts at IDville will be more than happy to give you more information about the importance of identifying students, employees and visitors. 

School Security Put to the Test

by Kelli 3. March 2014 10:49
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Many schools have recently implemented policies requiring that visitors stop at the main office to sign in and receive a visitor pass. This helps faculty around the school be cognizant of who is allowed in the building. A local news team in Michigan sent undercover staff members into six schools to test effectiveness of school security measures. 

This recent school security test revealed some frightening results regarding ease of access to the school and our children. The schools tested included two elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools. 

The undercover testers entered each of the six schools simultaneously. They were coached to walk in the front door, past the main office without stopping to sign in or get a visitor pass

While some schools did a better job of noticing and approaching the “undercover intruder” other testers were allowed to wander for an unsettling amount of time, one even turning himself in to the office administrators after strolling through almost the entire school. 

Three testers walked past an empty security guard table and three testers walked through the school halls undetected for four minutes or more. 

In one specific instance, the undercover tester was allowed to walk school halls for a full 15 minutes and wasn’t stopped until a teacher noticed him strolling in the halls in between class periods. 

The results weren’t all negative with these school security tests. When the testers attempted to enter through a back or side door each and every one was locked, forcing them to enter through the front door and walk past the main office. 

At three of the six schools tested, the intruder was approached by a staff member in two minutes or less, with one tester confronted by a secretary within 30 seconds of entry. Another tester was stopped only 50 feet inside the door by a physical education teacher who respectfully but firmly insisted the tester go to the main office to register as a visitor. 

For the school district’s superintendent, while the results in many cases were disappointing, he believes this was a learning experience and an opportunity to highlight areas of improvement in school security. This will also emphasize to local parents the importance of approving a bond, of which a portion of the funds would be used to implement new security measures as well as improve existing school security policies.  

While this particular instance is focused on one school district, the implications affect schools nationwide. One security oversight or five minutes away from your workspace may have potentially tragic and disastrous repercussions.  

At IDville we’re very passionate about keeping students safe from the potential dangers of having an open campus and allowing intruders to gain access to school hallways and classrooms and, ultimately, our children. We offer a full line of visitor management solutions to do ensure students are kept safe.

With our affordable and affective Visitor Express: School Edition® system, schools can check in visitors and issue a visitor badge in 30 seconds or less, while making sure students are kept as safe as possible in the process. We also have visitor login books and bundles for your visitors to sign in at the office available for schools who use this policy for their visitor management. With so many visitor management options, there’s sure to be something for your school!

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.

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!

Are you ready for the upcoming school year?

by Kayla 14. August 2012 10:15
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It’s been three weeks since we launched Visitor Express: School Edition and our Sales Reps are busy performing demos and setting up systems around the US. You don’t have to work in the education field to know how easy it is for an unwelcome visitor to enter the building without a visitor management system in place. It’s more important than ever to ensure that school staff and administration knows who is picking up children and that their property is free of sex offenders. It’s nearly impossible to do this without a secure visitor management system.  
 
Ensure the safety of your students!
Give us a call & learn about Visitor Express: School Edition  
 
Not only does Visitor Express: School Edition provide quick check-ins, a safe and secure facility, and ease of use, there are also some features that come in handy when monitoring your visitor traffic.
 
Instant Alerts: Instant alerts allow you to notify the proper authorities and school officials that a registered sex offender is trying to gain access to the school grounds. Send alerts to notify the approved personnel via text or email for quick and easy delivery. 
 
Tardy Passes: Put an end to students being late. Print tardy passes that students must wear to class as well as log student’s attendance for tracking purposes. Tardy passes print with the date and time to ensure that students return to class on time. 
 
Quick Reports: Want to access data quickly? With quick reports you can easily access information regarding visitors and volunteers on site and who has not logged out. Quick reports also have the ability to track student pickup information and student tardies. 
 
“Safe” School: Is your school safe? Visitor Express: School Edition allows you to market your school as a sex offender free school. Utilizing the National Watchdog database ensures you’re getting the most current information. 
 
Call one of our IDville identification specialists today at 1.866.438.4553 for a free 20 minute demo and receive more information on how easy it is to implement a visitor management system in your facility before the new school year begins!  
 
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Protect K_ _s.

by Kayla 24. July 2012 09:00
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For just a moment pretend that you’re a Principal at an elementary school. It’s Friday afternoon. Do you know which of your students have permission to be picked up at the end of the day? Does the visitor waiting in the front office pose a threat to your students? 
 
ID is key to easily identifying unwanted visitors in your school.
ID is key to school safety.
ID is key to knowing when a child should or shouldn’t be picked up. 
 
I’m excited to announce that IDville launched their Visitor Express: School Edition visitor management system today! Whether your students are high school age or pre-schoolers, it’s never been more important than it is today to ensure the safety of each and every student in your building. 
 
Visitor Express: School Edition makes it quick and easy for anyone on your stuff to reliably operate the system and identify threats of any kind to the safety of your students.  
  Ensure the safety of your students!
      ID is key to student and school safety.  
 
Safe and secure: Did you know the US is home to more than half a million registered sex offenders and has the highest divorce rate on the planet? These factors have led to an increased amount of safety precautions. IDs scanned with Visitor Express: School Edition are referenced by the National Sex Offender Registry. 
 
Quick check-in: It takes less than 30 seconds for first time visitors to check-in and 15 seconds for returning visitors. How quick is that? The reliable technology keeps track of visitors and checks them out in less than 5 seconds! 
 
Easier, on everyone: The process to purchase and set up is made extremely easy thanks to our system experts. They will install the system and train your staff to use the hardware and software. 
 
Be sure that you really know who’s visiting your school and that your students are safe. To learn more about Visitor Express: School Edition call one of our system experts today at 1.866.38.4553 and schedule a quick 20-minute demo.  
 
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5 Tips for Designing School ID Cards

by david 17. April 2012 10:20
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School ID cards are an important part of a school safety strategy. ID cards not only help to identify students and staff, but they also identify visitors in the building. To design school ID cards that will keep students safe and create an engaging learning environment, use our five tips in your design process.

1. Incorporate a prominent name and picture.
School ID cards identify individuals in your building. Your school ID cards should be designed to prominently feature the individual’s name and picture. This way, you’ll be able to spot fraudulent cards and quickly recognize if students or visitors are where they are supposed to be.

2. Design school ID cards with the display method in mind.
School ID cards are most effective when they are worn by students and staff every day. It’s important that you think about how the ID card will be worn during the design process. Will students receive lanyards to wear or are they more likely to attach the ID card with a strap clip? Your design will depend on how you recommend students wear their ID cards. For more information, read our Ways to Wear Your Badge article in our Knowledge Center. Learn More about Creating School ID Cards

3. Integrate your lunch and library programs.
To encourage staff and students to wear their school ID cards, make the card vital to their daily routine by integrating it with your lunch and library programs. The ID Maker software allows you to add a bar code to the ID card and sync the ID card activity with your database. Students will be good stewards of their school ID card when it’s required for buying lunch!

4. Color code school ID cards by grade, class, or building.
Improve safety in your building by color coding student and staff ID cards by grade, class, or building. This makes it even easier to visually identify students and where they belong in the school.

5. Create visitor ID cards.
Visitor identification is a very important part of a school safety strategy. When designing school ID cards, create a different design that can be used for visitors. The visitor ID cards should be obviously different than student and staff versions to eliminate confusion. You can also purchase a ready-to-use visitor identification program that can be implemented immediately at your school.

Are you interested in creating school ID cards for your school building or district? Learn more about how our ID Maker ID card systems  can simplify the ID card creation process by requesting free information from our identification experts.

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