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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. 

Keep Your Team Safe

by Kelli 1. April 2014 11:06
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According to recent statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, otherwise known as OSHA, 2 million working Americans become the victims of workplace violence each year. Because of this, workplace security has emerged as a key concern for both businesses and employees in recent years. 

More and more companies across the country, no matter their size, have been shifting more focus and attention to what they can do to reduce the possibility that employees will become victims of workplace violence. One of the most crucial steps businesses can take to ensure their employees are kept safe is to secure the building both inside and out. 

Prevention is a much better alternative to waiting to react until after a violent incident occurs in your building. Restricting door access for building entry and admittance into various areas and rooms is a great way to protect both your team members and your company assets. 

Not only will requiring the use of photo ID badges restrict building access for your employees, it also provides a simple form of visual identification so fellow employees can be easily identified. Requiring all visitors to sign in with a team member as a visitor immediately upon entry into the building is another great way for employees to know who belongs in the building. 

IDville is a great resource for any and all of your company’s identification needs. With solutions for your photo ID badgesvisitor management and simple and stylish ways to display ID badges, you’re sure to find something perfect for you!

These two simplistic preventative measures allow employees to quickly identify who should or shouldn’t be in the building, given that everyone who belongs should be wearing their ID badges or visitor tags. Safeguarding your team from any possible threats of violence is a huge responsibility. And we assure you, the minimal cost of your photo ID system or visitor management tool is well worth the peace of mind.  

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by Kelli 25. March 2014 09:49
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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.

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!

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. 

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by Kelli 23. December 2013 10:03
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There’s only about a week left to save 20% on any order of $200 or more! Are you running low on ID badge accessoriesprinter supplies or visitor management badges and login books?! Now is the perfect time to stock up on what you need from IDville. You’ll receive 20% off your order of $200 or more, excluding ID Maker® systems, software and warranties. All you have to do to take advantage of these great savings is use coupon code CYBERMON2013 at checkout. This offer expires on December 31, 2013 so make sure to order soon! 

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.

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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