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PassagePoint Visitor Management Software Integrations

The maker of PassagePoint Visitor Management Software ó STOPware, Inc. ó announced a few weeks ago several new integrations for its visitor management software. In particular, theyíre adding new capabilities to deliver powerful improvements to managing visitors in schools, hospitals, government agencies, and other businesses.

Said Paul Terschuren, CEO of STOPware, Inc., ďThese innovative technologies are the result of working closely with both end users and reseller partners to identify the features and functions customers need to stay in compliance with changing security requirements.Ē

How to Choose the Best ID Card Software

ID card software programs all have the functionality to design and print cards and badges, but thatís where the similarities end. The following will help you narrow down which program will best meet your needs.

Basic, Design Only Software

This is the entry-level software needed to print ID cards with no need to maintain a database. It connects to a single workstation through a USB connection, and doesnít talk to any outside databases. Cards are printed one at a time with no batch printing possible. You can add a 1D barcode or encode magnetic stripes on an ID card with this software.

How to choose the right ID card software

If you have already implemented an ID card program, you know how important your ID card software is. Not only does it help you design professional badges but it also manages your cardholdersí data and adds various features to your cards.

Before making a buying decision, identify your needs and consider these key features:

  • Database functionality: some programs come with an internal database, which allows you to save your cards and cardholder data for easy reprints. Entry-level software typically does not have this option so check the specs of your software carefully.

Photo ID System and Supplies

A photo ID system is an integral component of creating an effective ID program.  In our modern high tech world, photo ID cards are found far and wide with many different uses. Driver's licenses or passports are no longer the main focus for photo ID. With the sophistication and convenience of a photo ID system, companies are able to easily integrate photo ID into their organizations and enjoy the benefits they have to offer. 

Photo IDís Help Reduce Medical Mistakes

On June 5 2012, Reuters published an article about the usage and proposed integration of photo IDís as part of a hospitalís patient records. The point of the article was to cover both minor and major medical mistakes that occur in hospitals and on the operating table due to human error and/or when checking in patients. The article suggested and provided evidence for the fact that including photo IDís in patient records significantly reduced such errors.

ID Card Systems Reduce School Clutter

One of the keys to smooth running in a school is getting students into the building and to their classes in an easy, quick and if possible, comfortable manner. Add in hallway traffic congestion and social chattering factors and you quickly be left with traffic jams. The good news is that the merger of ID card systems and system software can easily reduce hallway, lunchroom and library clutter.

For example, various process take place in a typical school on any given day, such as signing for lunch programs and purchasing lunches, checking out library books, attending schooling events and other annual events, such as buying year books.

Integrating ID card systems with good ID card software programs is an optimal way to streamline school-related processes and to ensure reduced stress and increased student body flow. By issuing student ID cards laden with embedded mag-stripe encoding or barcodes, students can easily pass their cards through a scanner when signing up for lunch programs,  purchasing food or checking out library books.

Aside from moving along these processes in a more efficient manner, students will potentially appreciate the efficiency of being able to wear their IDís  - making it harder to lose, and thus safer with regards to identify theft. Such cards can also be used to issue students lower bus fares, a policy adopted by both private and public schools in Baltimore Country and Baltimore City.

What is ID Card Software?

ID card software is any software that provides secure identification, barcode and asset tracking and visitor management. The following post gives a brief overview of each of the basic elements central to an ID card software program.


Secure Identification

Secure identification is the bread and butter of ID card software and is the process by which professional-looking and good quality ID cards are created. These cards, which are created for and issued to a building visitor upon entrance, are typically printed on the spot and can be used for a variety of purposes, such as corporate and student ID cards, government credentials and driverís licenses. Identification badges usually display the picture of the individual on the front and function either through a barcode printed on the front or back of the card, through a magnetic strip embedded alongside the back of the card (as with a credit card), or through biometrics, which is the recording of biological characteristics such as fingerprints or DNA.


Barcode and Asset Tracking

An asset is defined as any permanent piece of equipment or item used by a business on a regular and fixed basis. Assets can generally be split into two categories: tangible and non-tangible. Thus, computers, phones, desks, hardware, computer files and data are all considered assets and a company must be able to track them on a regular basis.


Asset tracking is integrally related to asset protection, or retail loss prevention, which is an investigative method into the occurrence of workplace theft. According to the 2006 National Retail Security Survey, company losses and their percentages are split into 5 main categories:  46.8% from employee theft, 31.6% from shoplifting, 14.4% from administrative error, 3.75% from vendor error, and 2.86% from unknown error. While there is no way to determine how much revenue goes unaccounted for yearly through retail loss, failure to properly track business assets can lead to very high costs for the company, estimated at billions of dollars a year.


Some of the main problems associated with asset tracking are the amount of time needed to locate missing items, repurchasing lost items and the complexity involved with substantiating asset inventories, all of which contribute to revenue loss. Jolly, an asset tracking software provider, allows a company to track their assets by connecting to existing databases such as MS Access, MS SQL Server, MySQL, Excel spreadsheets, CSV or text files.


Visitor Management

Visitor management refers to the system used to track public building traffic by recording the identity, location and number of people entering and exiting the site on a daily basis. Visitor management software typically focuses on three basic elements: visitor registration, badge printing and creating reports from collected data.


After the Oklahoma Federal Building was bombed by Timothy McVeigh in 1995, which took 168 lives, injured more than 680 people and cost approximately $652 million in damages, a report later determined that he carried out preliminary walkthroughs of the buildingís lobby. Investigative access to a corporationís visitor management data reports, which record an individualís whereabouts and visitor frequency, are instrumental in preventing similar events.


Usage of a typical visitor management software system requires that a person entering the building register for a company-issued identification badge, usually printed on the spot, which he swipes every time enters or exits the building. The badge is also used to gain access to different parts of the building, in some cases including elevators. At the end of a given period the information amassed regarding the traffic of all building visitors is created into a report and stored.


ID Card Software Categories

Different vendors divide their software options in variant ways. For example, Asure ID divides its software features into 4 different software packages (Solo, Enterprise, Express and Exchange), while Jolly categorizes them as Standard Edition Software and Premier Edition Software.

ID Security Online is Proud to Announce the Arrival of Asure ID 7

HIDís already popular ID card printing service just got better. With the arrival of their newest product, Asure ID 7, clients are now able to have a simpler and faster card printing process. The new software includes some great new features and functions that transform the ID card printing process from a tedious task to an exciting lightening fast high quality experience.

Here are just some of the features that Asure ID 7 has to offer:

  • Instant notifications of free updates
  • New and improved keyboard shortcuts
  • Compound field enhancements Asure ID (Express, Enterprise and Exchange)
  • Improved filtering (Asure ID Express, Enterprise and Exchange)
  • Additional custom report capability (Asure ID Express, Enterprise and Exchange)
  • A new iDIRECTORô wizard to cater to your unique needs such as cashless vending (Asure ID Exchange)
  • iDIRECTOR enhancements for defining custom iCLASS and MIFARE applications (Asure ID Exchange)

Enjoy these new features in addition to the classic functions available on all Asure ID software products (Solo, Express, Enterprise, and Exchange). These editions are designed to accommodate ID card programs of various size and complexity. This has made Asure ID a popular pick with all types of industries.

Some of the classic features include:

  • The ability to design your own single or dual sided ID cards with a pre-made template or with your own design Import images from your computer
  • Add linear barcodes and/or a magnetic stripe to your ID to create a more secure ID card
  • Connect to an internal or Microsoft Access database

Asure IDís more advanced editions also give clients the option to:

  • Communicate with both external and internal databases
  • Create, save, and export standard and custom reports
  • Add 2D barcodes and/or encode smart cards to create a maximum security ID card
  • Enable password protection and access privileges for your ID software
Already have Asure ID software? Current users of Asure ID 2009 are eligible for a free upgrade to Asure ID 7. Find out how by visiting ID Security Onlineís Asure ID 7 upgrade program page.

As always, ID Security Online provides a range of resources that our clients can utilize in order to make their ID Card software process run smoothly and pleasantly.

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