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Considering Contactless Cards

If you’re considering migrating to contactless cards for your employees or students, you might have heard about the versatility that a contactless card gives both the users and the issuers. Not only can they accurately and securely verify a user’s identity, but they can also be programmed with a wide array of applications that make them highly functional for uses well beyond that of an identity card. (Click here for more information if you’re not sure what type of card you need.)

What Size ID Card Should I Choose?

Most people nowadays have a collection of plastic cards in their wallets, of which the majority are the standard “bank card” size—3.370 inches wide by 2.125 inches high. Many customers ask “why, then, if the industry has a standard sized card, are there different sizes and when should I choose them?” This post gives you a little guidance on the different sizes and their uses.

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.

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 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

When to Use ID Card Services or Print Your Own

There are many reasons why you need ID cards or badges. You may need security access cards for employees, ID badges for visitors or conference attendees, or you need loyalty cards to hand out to your best customers. Once you’ve identified a need for ID cards, the next step is to decide how to get those cards.
It’s a question we get asked often: Should I have my ID cards pre-printed or print my own? But the answer to that isn’t as simple as you’d like. It really depends on several things. The following questions will help you narrow down the best option for your situation.

How to Get the Most Out of School ID Badges

Universities and colleges use ID badges and access cards to help control student population, provide access to facilities, and even pay for on-campus purchases of food, laundry usage, and printer or copier use. Here’s one way a K-12 school district, University or college campus can put school ID badges and access cards to excellent use.

How to Take Your Best Photo ID Badge Picture

Whether you’re the subject of the photo or the person behind the camera, there’s an art and science to taking the best photo ID pictures for use on security badges, driver’s licenses, passports, and other forms of photo ID. And whether you’re the subject or the photo taker, you want to present the best possible photo. Especially for company IDs that employees are required to wear, you want your company represented professionally, and that starts with a professional head shot for your photo ID badges.


What Proximity Card Should I Choose?

Proximity cards give you an easy and affordable way to get secure access control for employees, students, contractors, or vendors. They’re read-only devices with an embedded antenna that allow card reader devices to pick up the data from a range between 2.5 inches to 20 inches, depending on the reader you choose. IDSecurityOnline offers you plenty of choices in proximity cards, which might make it difficult to decide. We’ll walk you through your options here to help you narrow it down to the best solution for your needs.


Are You Ready to Switch to Contactless Cards?

If you are using magnetic stripe data in your ID security card system, there may be many advantages to switching to contactless cards, safety being the primary benefit. Especially for campuses, moving to a contactless card can give you the option of storing volumes of information and making global updates and changes to that information from a central location. In addition to ID cards, contactless technology can be used in keychain fobs, watches, and cell phones. 


 
 
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