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What’s the Difference Between PET and PVC Cards?

10-16-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

What’s the Difference Between PET and PVC Cards?

You may have wondered what’s the difference between PVC and PET cards used for identification purposes. Here are a few quick guidelines for selecting the appropriate card for your needs and budget.

PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride, an inexpensive plastic material that standard ID cards are made of. It is the generally accepted ID card material for most printing needs. Specifically, if you have a dye sublimation ID card printer, you’ll get the best quality and professional-looking results by using PVC cards for your identification needs.

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What is Dye Sublimation Printing?

09-28-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

What is Dye Sublimation Printing?

A dye sublimation printer actually heats a solid directly into a gaseous state, bypassing the liquid state. Both the dye and the PVC card are heated, and the gaseous dye penetrates the plastic. When the card cools, the dye has been chemically bonded with the plastic card.

To achieve photo-quality pictures on an ID card, the secret is in the size and density of each color dot. The ribbon in a dye sublimation printer consists of cyan dye, yellow dye, and magenta dye, and each color diffuses into the card depending on the amount of heat applied by the printhead.


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3 Reasons to Use Expiring Visitor Badges

09-18-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

3 Reasons to Use Expiring Visitor Badges

If you have visitors to your facility or are restricting attendance to your event over a period of time, self-expiring visitor badges are an ideal solution to know at a glance who is a valid visitor and who isn’t. A self-expiring visitor badge cannot be reused, making them an effective visitor management solution for many reasons. First, though, let’s talk about what a self-expiring badge is and how it works.

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Uses for and Types of Lanyards

09-14-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Uses for and Types of Lanyards

Lanyards may not be considered a high-profile item. Most people would be surprised at the many uses and styles available. They are most often worn to carry key cards and ID badges. A properly equipped lanyard can carry other things and are surprisingly versatile.

Nearly everyone has seen lanyards worn by students, factory employees, retail clerks, and office workers. The lanyards usually hold ID badges that are necessary for school or workplace security. They are versatile enough to be used for other purposes.


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Using Watermarks Can Increase Your Security

09-11-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Using Watermarks Can Increase Your Security

When you issue ID security cards or badges, you want the most effective and secure form of card possible to ensure your security measures are being met. Whether you issue student ID cards, driver’s licenses, membership cards, or security badges for employees, it should be easy for you to verify the identity of the holder while incredibly difficult for someone else to forge or copy an ID security card you issue.

Watermarks are an inexpensive, simple way to add an additional layer of security to your ID security cards or badges.


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How To Choose The Right Type Of Badge Holder

09-05-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

How To Choose The Right Type Of Badge Holder

ID cards are always used for identification purposes, but sometimes they have additional purposes. A badge can be used to help customers easily identify employees when they need help. Some badges need to be quickly presented for identification, and other are swiped or scanned for time tracking or access purposes. All of these uses require different badge holders.

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Comparison and Potential Usage of Photo ID Systems

08-31-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Comparison and Potential Usage of Photo ID Systems

This comparison is meant to provide information that will answer those questions. An informed buyer will be more satisfied with a purchase than one who does no research or comparison. There are advancements in photo ID technology that are revolutionary. Use this information to compare three printers.


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ID Card Printing Guide

08-29-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

ID Card Printing Guide


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Why You Should Use Breakaway Lanyards

08-21-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Why You Should Use Breakaway Lanyards

A lot of companies and organizations use lanyards as an easy way for employees and students to display their secure ID badges and cards. They’re convenient, they’re accessible, and they come in a variety of colors and styles. But sometimes, lanyards can be dangerous.
When you think about the situations that lanyard might become a hazard, it becomes obvious they would be dangerous for those who work close to heavy machinery and large equipment. Anything in your production line or in your factory that a lanyard could become entangled with can cause injury or harm to your employees.

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How to Protect Your Proximity Cards

08-17-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

How to Protect Your Proximity Cards

All proximity cards use similar technology to create the functionality that you need for access control. This includes an antenna connected to an electronic chip that contains all of the cardÙs information. Both the antenna and the chip are embedded into the proximity card at the time of manufacture.

Because the ID card is picked up by the proximity reader at a distance, there’s no physical contact between the card and the reader, which should make proximity cards last longer and require less maintenance for your readers.


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What Do All the Options Mean When Ordering Proximity Cards?

08-14-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

What Do All the Options Mean When Ordering Proximity Cards?

If you’re new to proximity cards or in the process of researching if they’re a good fit for your company’s ID security system, you may have run across the acronym LGGMN and wondered what that was all about.

Each of the letters in LGGMN stands for an option you must choose when ordering your proximity cards. LGGMN itself is a standard proximity card most often ordered by companies for their ID security needs. 


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When Should I Consider Adding Loaner Coverage?

08-07-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

When Should I Consider Adding Loaner Coverage?

You might be wondering if it pays to add loaner coverage if you’re considering buying an ID card printer system for your business. There are pros and cons to adding this extra coverage to your system that you should consider carefully before making the decision to buy.
When your ID printer needs serviced or maintained by IDSecurityOnline’s expert technicians, if you have loaner coverage, you’ll get a spare printer so that you can keep operations rolling back at your office. Say your printer breaks or requires an annual maintenance check and you bring it to IDSecurityOnline for a service visit. You could be without a printer for several days up to several weeks while your printer is being worked on.

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Back To School Promotion: Save Big!

08-01-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Back To School Promotion: Save Big!

It's this time of the year! Save big with our 2017 Back To School promotion. 
 
Buy a ScreenCheck printer and get a FREE color ribbon, 100 cards and a $10 Starbucks Gift Card with promo code BACKTOSCHOOL. IDSecurityOnline is the exclusive US distributor of ScreenCheck’s ID card printers. 
 
Offer ends on August 31, 2017.

 



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College ID Card Printing: The Need for  Speed

07-28-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

College ID Card Printing: The Need for Speed

Imagine you have 500 new incoming students and staff who are waiting in line for their school IDs to be issued.

Now imagine your ID card printer only prints 100 cards an hour. That’s a long time standing in line and an even longer time for your staff who have to process each ID card.

While the need for speed is sometimes a paramount concern when issuing student ID cards, there are some other factors you need to consider before selecting the fastest printer on the market.


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Why School ID Cards are a Good Idea

07-26-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

Why School ID Cards are a Good Idea

Identification cards keep a school or campus safer for students and faculty because it’s easy to instantly identify who belongs and who doesn’t. Visitors are usually issued some form of temporary ID card to make them readily recognizable. In this way, it’s immediately noticeable when someone doesn’t have a valid reason for being in the school or on the campus.

There are few schools today that don’t issue some kind of ID security card to staff and/or students, from elementary schools to large university campuses. Usually a security precaution, ID solutions run the gambit from a simple photo ID badge to a smart card with imbedded technology for multiple functionality.


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What You Need to Know About Adding QR Codes to Your ID Badges

06-21-2017  |  By: IDSecurityOnline

What You Need to Know About Adding QR Codes to Your ID Badges

There are few companies who use only a photo ID badge as a security access point to their facilities. Most have migrated to some type of additional information contained on the card, such as bar codes, QR codes, magnetic stripes, or smart chips that offer additional information. These types of technologies help you gain instant access to more detailed information about the holder of the card, and greatly aid in adding another layer of security to your building’s system.

Adding a high-tech option for storing additional data on an ID badge doesn’t need to break the bank, however. QR codes are a high-tech, low-cost option for companies with varying levels of access or who require additional information to verify the card holder’s identification.


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