IDSecurityOnline blog https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/ en-us Copyright 2008 - 2020 IDSecurityOnline Idsecurityonline.com Blog sales@idsecurityonline.com IDSecurityOnline blog 10 The Power Of Great Id Badge Accessories https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/the-power-of-great-id-badge-accessories.htm -1the-power-of-great-id-badge-accessories Tue, 22 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0400 The value, utility, and security of an ID badge—and the success of your ID card program—is significantly enhanced by the many badge accessories available.

Having the right accessories is a must.

Accessories ensure your ID cards are durable, easily accessible, displayed properly, and not lost. Get the most out of ID cards and badges and maximize their impact and service to your enterprise by ensuring that everyone you issue ID cards to has the right tools to use ID cards effectively and conveniently.

WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR VISITOR-BADGE ACCESSORIES?

The most common and useful accessories are lanyards, retractable badge reels, badge holders, and strap clips. Let’s take a quick look at these and other common ID badge accessories:

Lanyards are the most popular and quickest way to display visitor badges. What’s a lanyard? It’s simply a cord or strap worn around the neck, shoulder, or wrist with a clip or hook to carry items like keys or identification cards. They’re typically an over-the-head attachment that presents an ID badge on an individual’s chest. For visitors, they’re the most convenient way to wear/display badges—easy on, easy off. They’re also another way to distinguish visitors from other personnel.

Easy to spot, lanyards also enhance the organization’s image and make a great first impression. Importantly, lanyards can be customized (in a full range of colors) with logos, designs, or other pertinent company- or visitor-related information, further delineating the user and reinforcing brand image. With a huge variety of colors and models, well-selected lanyards promote your company, enhance your brand image, and display your ID badges with style!

Retractable badge reels attach badges to clothing for easy access, and a quick reveal, swipe or pass as needed. A retractable badge reel’s unique ‘pull’ system can be used in tandem with a lanyard or can be worn individually on an individual’s belt or clip on to an article of clothing. The retractable feature works great for technology cards that require individuals to swipe their badge. They’re especially useful for regular or long-term visitors. Available in various styles and colors, badge reels help visitors show or swipe their visitor badges effortlessly and securely.

Badge holders are the go-to accessory to display badges and attach them to clothing or to a lanyard, reel or clip. Made of flexible vinyl, they durably protect regularly used visitor badges, extend card lifespan, and are even suitable to protect proximity cards. Vinyl and rigid ID badge holders are easy to carry and protect your photo ID either inside of a clear vinyl or plastic protective material while still allowing you to display your ID badge or card inside.

These holders are water resistant, protect RFID chips, are designed to work with lanyard and badge-reel clips, and contain prepunched holes for quick attachment. They’re available in a variety of horizontal and vertical configurations, and in multiple colors. Transparent zippered vinyl card carriers allow cards to be legible even without taking the cards from the case, which is both convenient and practical for those who need to IDs on their person at all times during job activities and in environments where cards must be kept safe from the elements.

  1. Locking Badge Holders: A locking badge holder is just as it sounds—it’s a badge holder that locks the card inside of the holder so it can’t be easily removed or tampered with. Not only do they increase card durability, the locking mechanism maintains badge authenticity.

Strap clips offer visitors the simplest most inexpensive way to attach their badges directly to their clothing, bag or other carried item. Available in plastic or vinyl, clips are a clothing friendly way to attach your cards to your bag or clothing.

Clips, Pins, Magnets secure your ID cards and badges to anything.

Neckwear and Wristwear are another great way to display badges. Neck chains are a stylish alternative to lanyards while wrist bands simplify card swiping.

Luggage Accessories like luggage tag straps and holders protect your belongings. From plastic to genuine leather, many options are available to secure your assets in style.

CUSTOMIZATION

Personalizing/customizing an organization’s badge accessories helps promote products or services and enhances brand image—and exceed expectations for visual appearance, performance, longevity and affordability. Unique lanyards or badge reels can feature your logo or other company information to promote your company, identify different personnel groups or security clearances, and give your visitors and personnel a sense of community.

Customized lanyards, badge holders and reels are a great way to ensure your company knows any visitor’s status—quickly and easily, even at a distant visual glance. They’re also perfect for your next meeting, trade show, or event.

All these important badge accessories can be customized, which helps promote an organization and its products or services. Custom badge accessories are powerful tools to reinforce brand identity. Potential customers can easily identify your company by knowing at-a-glance who you are—especially when you’re off company premises and in public (e.g, convention) event spaces.

  1. Custom Lanyards: The options to customize a lanyard include material color options, attachments, and print. Adding a customized printed logo or name of your company is a great way to improve the overall security of your organization.
  2. Custom Badge Reels: A badge reel can be customized by adding text or a logo to the pad or rim of the badge reel providing a visually pleasing accessory and increasing the overall security of the credential.
  3. Custom Badge Holders: Customized badge holders provide the ability to put a logo or text on the badge holder itself adding an additional level of protection to your ID badge.

Tools That Strengthen the Visual Security Elements on Badge Accessories—Color-Coded Cards and Accessories

To enhance enterprise security, cards and badges can incorporate visual security elements—both on cards and on card accessories like lanyards. Did you know you can buy blank ID cards and accessories like badge holders and lanyards in specific colors? In addition to presenting branding opportunities, color-coded cards and accessories can serve as a security feature for your ID cards.

By assigning unique colors to the ID cards, holders, or lanyards of users with different security clearances, you can quickly identify anyone who does not have the appropriate privilege. This is particularly useful for properties with multiple buildings, warehouses with different types of employees, and at big events with hundreds of attendees and the need for access control in certain areas.

What is a visually secure ID card? One that incorporates enough visual security features to ensure the ID card accomplishes enterprise security objectives.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT ID BADGE ACCESSORIES

When you’re ascertaining how to choose the right badge accessories, keep a few things in mind. Deciding whether lanyards, badge reels, or badge clips are best for your application depends on the answers to several questions?

  • What safety concerns and issues affect your intended usage of badges and accessories? It’s important to understand and anticipate the physical environment within with accessories will be used (e.g., lanyards may be inappropriate in certain industrial environments). While displaying your badge professionally is important, safety can be even more critical when deciding what's right. In fact, each industry’s circumstances and needs impact how their personnel and visitor badge usage practices are suited for specific badge accessories.
  • Is customization necessary or appropriate, and can it assist in supporting identification practices? E.g., weaving “visitor” into a lanyard instantly identifies the user.
  • How readily accessible does the ID badge need to be? What’s the ease-and-speed-of-access factor for users? E.g., will the badge need to be passed by a card reader?
  • How visible does the ID badge need to be and from what distance? Must the badge appear on the user’s person at all times?

Get some helpful advice on how to choose the right ID badge holder, lanyard, or badge reel for your specific needs from the professionals at www.idsecurityonline.com.

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Why Visitor Management is a Big Deal in Today’s World https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/visitor-management-big-deal.htm -1visitor-management-big-deal Thu, 13 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0400 In today’s world, managing people within controlled areas is a key to health, safety and security throughout the premises. From Fortune 500 organizations to the local library, all enterprises and institutions need a visitor-management system that works. Everyone wants to know they’re safe and secure—and in the right place—when they enter any controlled or unfamiliar space. And it’s every facility manager’s responsibility to make it so.

For most organizations that regularly receive visitors, visitors’ presence within an operation is essential to pursuing organizational missions. Properly accommodating, directing, tracking, and documenting visitors serves both the visitors and the host to mutual advantage.

But, there’s more. It goes beyond security and safety to convenience and the ability to easily book rooms/spaces for groups, avoid conflicts and confusion about where groups are located, and give your workforce peace of mind.

What’s the objective of a visitor-management system?

The visitor-management objective boils down to maximizing health, safety, and security, minimizing risks, avoiding liability, and complying with laws/regulations. A visitor management system allows you to sign visitors in and out, track numbers of visitors in a particular space, and know who’s on premise at all times. In the event of a fire drill, an evacuation, or the need for an audit log for compliance reasons (like ITAR), you can ensure all personnel coming in and out of the facility are accounted for.

Regardless of your facility type—financial, commercial, governmental, educational, meeting/convention, sports, etc.—identifying who is and how many are authorized to be in designated/restricted areas, for what purposes, for how long, and under what restrictions is key management information that easily distinguishes staff, essential workers, and visitor types, and their status and privileges.

Tracking this information enables facility managers to know the facts, improve control, and minimize enterprise risks. It also permits managers to manage visitors for safety and security and ensure compliance with applicable security standards.

What Kinds of Visitor-Management Tools Comprise a Visitor Management System?

Hundreds of products supporting effective visitor-control practices and informed management of visitor-related risks are available today. In combination, these tools comprise an effective visitor-management system. Product examples include:

  1. Digital Signature Pads — Signature pads are the quickest way to reliably capture and digitize handwritten signatures quickly and securely in high resolution and apply them to temporary visitor badges and digital consent forms—while securely transferring data to your computer using AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption. Requiring a signature (and storing it) as proof of identity or to represent informed consent ensures all persons entering a controlled space accept terms/conditions of entry.
  2. Visitor-Management Software — Facility managers find visitor-management solutions/tools are critical assets in ensuring security and public safety, helping visitors understand their status and proper location, and conforming to emerging public-health mandates, standards, and policies. Scalable visitor-management software gives you convenient, speedy visitor registration and data control. It’s the quickest and most reliable way to register, badge and track visitors.
  3. ID Badges and Status Labels — From self-expiring badges, security seals, parking permits and wristbands to and public-health emergency response status labels and identifiers, these products can be custom configured for reliable and compliant visitor control in all kinds of facilities. With the right ID badges, isolation labels, and screening status labels during these times of concern over transmission of infectious diseases like Covid-19, key information can easily identify healthcare staff, essential workers, and visitor/patient types, and their screening status.
  4. Visitor Badge Printers — Specially designed to support and streamline your visitor-control and security ID programming and practices, scalable visitor-badge printers quickly produce the IDs you need to handle daily visitor activity. Visitor-badge printers are the quickest way to issue reliable temporary badges for tracking visitors. Quickly and reliably produced temporary visitor ID badges a are primary tool in efficiently ensuring the safety and security of visitors, volunteers, employees, and vendors, while ensuring compliance with security policy and standards.

Risk Management for Meetings and Events

Most companies see visitors every day on premises. Whether it’s a delivery driver dropping off packages, an interviewee to see HR, a salesperson from another company, a vendor completing rounds, or a hired contractor to complete a job, enterprise lobbies host a constant stream of people moving in and out. A visitor-management system provides a digital visitor check-in process that requires quick answers to critical and easily customized questions ascertaining status, purpose and privileges. The questions and answers are logged and empower your enterprise to readily determine the terms and conditions of entry. Know instantly if a visitor doesn’t meet your criteria for entry, and promote a healthy workplace.

A solid visitor-management system relieves much of the burden for visitor managers, by making it far easier to check visitors in and out, print visitor passes, inform employees of visitor-related activities and space assignments, and oversee who is or isn’t in the building or a given space at any given time.

Visitor Management in the Covid-19 Era

Today we live with the threat of Covid-19 transmission and the persistent need to ensure safety and contain or minimize the risk of transmission of infectious disease. The worldwide COVID-19 crisis has established new cultural standards of personal responsibility concerning visitor management and social distancing, and prudent awareness of transmission risks.

Responsible visitor management includes proactively minimizing the risk of infectious disease transmission. Part of this requires that visitors not be permitted to assemble in such a way that overcrowding increases the risk of transmission.

When it comes to being workplace ready for COVID-19 (the newest strain of coronavirus), having a visitor-management system in place is the most advanced technology today to help prevent worldwide outbreaks from penetrating further into your enterprise’s facilities.

Visitors today are increasingly screened for health-related status (e.g., temperature, Covid-19 test status, wearing a mask), which can be documented into the visitor-management system. New COVID-19-induced standards and protocols require that individuals sharing any common environment—especially those in which disease transmission risks are high—understand as many facts as possible concerning infectious disease risks and management. The more facts available/shared, the better able people are to govern themselves wisely and effectively to minimize transmission. The more facts documented about a visitor, the better able facility managers are to ensure they’re tracking data relevant to safety and security on site and to ensure compliance with data-tracking standards and compliance with health standards.

System Integrations

An effective visitor-management system depends on how easily it connects to software applications already active in your enterprise’s operational ecosystem. The system should be able to effortlessly capture data and push it to digital partners’ software. Your choice of visitor-management system should help you meet the unique requirements of your business or enterprise.

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Surviving and Controlling COVID-19 Depends on Effective ID (Visual) Communication https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/surviving-ccontrolling-covid-19-depends.htm -1surviving-cControlling-covid-19-depends Thu, 11 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0400 Today we live with the threat of Covid-19 transmission and the persistent need to ensure safety and contain transmission of infectious disease. The worldwide COVID-19 crisis has established new cultural standards of personal responsibility concerning social distancing and prudent awareness of transmission risks. Responsible people everywhere want to do their part to not just “get through” but “beat” infectious disease—and prevent its re-emergence.

New COVID-19-induced standards and protocols require that individuals sharing any common environment—especially those in which disease transmission risks are high—understand as many facts as possible concerning infectious disease risks and management. The more facts available/shared, the better able people are to govern themselves wisely and effectively to minimize transmission.

Safety Reminder: Always Wearing Your ID Badge Helps Others Understand Your Covid-19 Risk Profile

Hospitals, healthcare systems, and other essential businesses continue to serve during emergency-response situations like the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic—and any epidemic (a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time) impacting broad populations and causing a rapid increase in patients needing medical care—communities must be prepared to quickly and authoritatively transmit key information about patients, personnel, access, infection status, control measures, and special precautions.

Isolation labels, screening status labels and wristbands, specimen labels, and essential employee labels all help reduce transmission risk by keeping identified groups separated effectively and by keeping all staff members and others visually informed of the nature and scope of those separations.

Essential workers in healthcare environments should be prepared to feature unique COVID-19 badge accessories that visually identify a worker’s COVID-19-related safety status (e.g., screening). Identification badges let patients, visitors and coworkers know a person is an employee, and their name, title and role—and their risk profile. Healthcare institutions’ ID badge protocols typically require employees to wear issued badges when working in campus buildings. In healthcare environments, wearing ID badges visibly above the waist by all employees is essential to establishing their safety profile while on the job.

Many institutions now require that screening-station staff enforce ID badge requirements, and that they not permit entrance to employees who do not have their badge, or whose badges lack required supplemental labeling concerning infection disease risks and status. Since initiation of COVID-19 screening stations, many employees either don’t wear, or do not have on hand, their ID badge when entering the facility. With the cost of supplemental employee identification so low, no organization has an excuse to permit staff members to be on the job without prescribed badges and labels.

COVID-19 related IDs let staff and guests know that your organization is serious about health security. Also, having all employees, patients, and visitors wear ID badges that distinguish clearly a person’s COVID-19 status is a way to boost workplace safety and spot persons not conforming to COVID-19 policies and procedures.

In addition to a specific strategy for identifying suspected COVID-19 cases, there are general best practices that will improve both healthcare worker and inpatient COVID-19 screening. One of these best practices is screening, and another is ensuring that those screening outcomes/statuses are communicated to others in quick, readily understood ways. Supplementing standard ID protocols with additional screening status or essential employee IDs and labels enables all persons within an institutional or business setting to see at a glance that those they’re encountering are safe.

The right badge can quickly identify inpatients with suspected COVID-19, can foster safe interactive conduct, and guide infection prevention and control (IPC) strategies. And prevent or limit transmission COVID-19 in healthcare setting.

ID Badge for Essential Personnel

IDs that designate individuals as “essential” enables caregivers to demonstrate essential designation and bypass shelter-in-place and other restrictions imposed by governing authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Caregivers can access and present the badge to facilities and authorities to verify authorized entry into locations where clients are located during the pandemic. This feature enables caregivers to continue providing the care and services that clients need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure seamless care delivery and optimal client outcomes.

Essential ID Cards help institutions of all types identify staff who are necessary for certain aspects of operations during the COVID-19 National Emergency. These cards easily identify hospital workers, medical staff, warehouse employees, and other essential workers.

With the right ID badges during these times, key information about personnel can easily identify healthcare staff and essential workers and their screening status. It’s not enough today to merely identify an employee with name and title. Due to COVID-19, all workers must additionally be identified as having complied with screening protocols designed to ensure the safety of an institution’s visitors and patients.

There is no increased risked of transmission of COVID-19 by wearing an ID badge, but it’s always a good idea to clean your badge, especially if you’ve just been in contact with COVID-positive individuals.

Reinforce your ID policy with signs stating “All Employees/Visitors Must Wear ID Badges.”  

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Ultimate Guide to Introducing Visitor Badges for Your Business https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/ultimate-guide-introducing-visitor-badges.htm -1ultimate-guide-introducing-visitor-badges Sun, 07 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0400 Too many businesses trivialize the need for professional and functional visitor identification assets. However, visitor badges can play a significant role in the security and brand image of your company as well as provide a better experience for your visitors - whether social or professional.

Different businesses also have different requirements, and you’d be surprised at the breadth of visitor badge solutions that can cater to specific situations.

Why are quality Visitor Badges important?

  • Visitor badges will help form visitor’s first impression of your business
  • Illegible, unclear, or inaccurate printing on badges can lead to lead to awkward situations for visitors
  • Visitor badges are used for both convenience and security, so they need to fulfill both roles competently

What Information is Usually Printed on a Visitor badge?

Before you go any further, consider what information you are likely to include on your visitor badges. More isn’t always better, as too much information can impact the viability of your badges. Think about what you want to achieve and the purpose your badges will serve. That being said, here are common types of information businesses usually include:

  • Company branding: Not only does a logo make your badge appear professional and official, but it should also leave the visitor with no doubt that they are at the right place.
  • Visitor information: You might need to include various details, like name, birth date/age, occupation, or the reason for visit depending on your needs.
  • Visitor photo: A clear photo of the visitor will make identification swift and avoid any uncomfortable situations.
  • Check-in/out or validity date and time: Providing a period of validity will improve security as well as give the visitor peace of mind.
  • Visitor classification: Different visitors may need different classification based on security clearance or reason for visiting.
  • Wi-Fi password: If your facility provides internet access you might want to provide visitors with the password.

What Else to Consider When Using Visitor Badges?

Security

Depending on your type of business, you might need to subject visitors to different security measures. Visitor badges should be as tamper and fraud-proof as possible. Any information that can be encoded into the card instead of merely being printed should be to ensure authenticity. The specific model printer will determine whether you can have access to features like different encoding standards (smartchip or magnetic stripe), watermarks, and hidden UV printing.

Ergonomics or Ease of Use

Consider how visitor badges will be used before settling on a specific type of card/printer. For example, there are a number of methods for cards to be carried as:

  • Stickers on the body or clothing
  • Wristbands
  • Attached to a lanyard
  • With a belt/pocket clip

Different methods will affect everyday practicalities like how visible the identification is, the easiest method to scan the badge, the cost involved, and how longevity or durability of the badge. For example, a clip-on badge will be inconvenient to remove each time to scan; however, it’s an effective badge for quick visual identification.

Badges may also be made with the purpose of attaching to other objects, like luggage or briefcases, for example.

Badge Design

Take into account all the information you need to include on the badge before starting the design process. That will help determine the size of the badge and the possible design layouts you can use. Also, keep in mind that different printers have different capabilities.

With a dual-sided printer, you will be able to print on both sides of a badge, doubling your real estate. Retransfer printers can also print edge-to-edge, improving the aesthetics and rendering even more of the surface printable. On top of black-and-white or color printers, printers also support different types of color-film, which will provide sharper/higher-quality images.

If you require crystal clear images or small text, you will need to consider high-quality printers with high resolutions ( 300dpi or more) that can crisply render even the smallest details.

Some badge/printing equipment comes with free, easy to use, drag-and-drop design tools so that you don’t need a professional designer every time you need to create a new badge.

Visitor Badge Solutions to Improve Security and Visitor Satisfaction

Non-expiring Visitor Badges

Non-expiring visitor badges may be used for trusted individuals who regularly need access to your place of business. That might include employee spouses, frequent customers, business partners, or frequently used contractors. As the period of use may be indefinite, these visitor badges should be durable, and their printing should last a long time. The latter can be achieved with techniques like retransfer film printing or lamination.

Expiring Visitor Badges

Without relying on the date alone, certain badges can automatically expire after a certain period. Self-expiring badges like TEMPbadges or LIGHTbadges can expire immediately as soon as they’re exposed to light, ensuring single-use only. TIMEbadges can be used longer-term to expire after anywhere from 24 hours to 30 days.

While the former is suitable for one-time visitors, the latter is suitable for contractors, temporary staff, and vendors. Depending on the period for which a bad is valid, the quality and durability may vary. Once-off badges might be disposable paper-quality, while longer-term badges should be sturdy and maybe even laminated.

Sign-in Books

Sign-in books are an effective solution where a paper trail is needed, like schools, office spaces, or corporations. In light of recent events like the coronavirus pandemic, it can also be used for contact tracing, which could save lives. Individual cards can be filled out with a duplication sheet underneath, torn out, and handed to visitors, leaving both the host and visitor with a copy. Books can be ordered with custom branding.

IDSecruityOnline has Your Visitor Badge, and Card Printing Needs Covered

With an extensive catalog of Visitor Badge products, you’ll be sure to find something that precisely suits your requirements. Shopping around and seeing what’s available is part of the process of figuring out what the optimal solution for your business is.

So, whether you need an ID card printer, a photo ID system, a camera or accessories for existing equipment idsecurityonline has everything you need.

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COVID-19 Has Transformed Everyday Jobs into a Life or Death Matter https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/covid-19-transformed-everyday.htm -1COVID-19-transformed-everyday Sun, 26 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400 That is perhaps a headline that we never thought that we would have to create here at IDSecurityOnline, but alas, here we are. So much of the work we have done over the past 20 years has revolved around keeping unwanted and authorized persons out of places where they should not be. Now, our foe has gone microscopic and the top notch ID security system alone simply will not suffice. Fortunately for you, we do not give up so easily. We certainly understand the places like hospitals are on the front lines of this battle. So we have jumped to help them with products and labeling to help them stay safe. Hospitals may be on the frontlines, but the nature of this enemy means that groceries stores, gas stations, warehouses, and every workplace in America where two or more shall gather are now on the same battlefield. Sadly, it is true that the average work routine has become a life or death matter, but we will focus on the life part from here on forward. So if we have your permission, we would like to share a few tools to help you win the fight against COVID-19.

Identity Security is COVID-19 Security

Despite the rapid changes in workplace safety as a result of the virus, the one principle that continues to hold true is that only authorized persons should be able access the workplace. The slight qualifier that is not in place is that one’s health is a determining factor for that authorization. That’s why we have developed an array of wristbands in our COVID-19 Emergency Response Product line. This lets you know who has been screened and in combination with their ID, you can have confidence that only the right personnel are in the area.

You can have them pre-printed like these Short Stay Tyvek Bands or you can choose the blank write-on option that allows you to customize your message. The good news is that whichever option you choose, the priced to a point that bulk ordering is a budget friendly process. There are certain programs and industries where a mistake or lapse in workplace safety would be terribly unforgiving. We know about hospitals, but programs serving seniors like Meals on Wheels program or Home Care agencies must know with 100% certainty that those interacting with seniors have been screened for health concerns. There is no room for a mistake and that’s exactly why these supplies are vital.

Information is Vital to the Safety of the Workplace         

If your business was continuing to operate during the peak of the COVID-19 crisis, then you know just how hard it was to come by solid and up to date information. The crisis seemed to evolve nearly on the hour and many workers found themselves at a loss. Prior to COVID, we know that proper workplace signage is an effective tool for keeping employees safe. So in that light, we developed labels that offer quick and to the point precautions to consider in the COVID-19 era. While they are healthcare oriented, they can find use in any workplace.

The first one is a Droplet Precaution Label. This one highlights the steps one should take on top of universal and standard precautions to protect against droplets. Again, perhaps most applicable in a healthcare setting. However, humans project droplets wherever they may speak. We also have an additional Contact Precautions Label that has additional steps specifically for healthcare settings. These are the steps recommended by the CDC. Finally, we offer additional labels such as Biohazard Warnings and Isolation Labels as well.

Stay Safe America   

At the end of the day, every job in America is an essential element to our thriving economy. Those who are not working now will be returning soon and we want to do our part to keep the great American workforce safe. We still have our elite ID Security Systems available to you throughout this crisis. Now, we’ve just adapted to tackle this unseen enemy. Stay safe America and please do not hesitate to reach out to us during this time if we can be of help. Thank you to all of our frontline healthcare workers and thank you to all the workers who will get our economy going again. 

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Evolis Edikio Printers Create a New Visual Standard for Hospitality and Food-Service Displays https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/evolis-edikio-guest-access.htm -1evolis-edikio-guest-access Tue, 21 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400 The Edikio Printer — an all-in-one solution for printing information tags/labels on plastic cards. Built specifically for stores, hotels and restaurants, Edikio tag-printing solutions allow anyone to easily create professionally designed, aesthetically appealing and eye-catching price tags, buffet tags and practical tags on plastic cards. Perfect for most any food or other point-of-purchase display.

Edikio leads the industry by delivering real advantages.

STRENGTHEN BRAND IMAGE — BE MORE INVITING TO YOUR GUESTS

It’s the little things that enhance a hospitality establishment’s brand image. Display labels may not seem like a big deal, but they pack a punch when done right. When your service and retail display labels/tags are visually appealing, consistent, and high quality, your operation shines. Your guests feel the establishment’s professionalism. A solid brand image emerges as your display labels offer guests helpful information about your products and services.

A display label/tag that offers targeted, high-use information to guests/customers in an appealing format reveals your establishment’s integrity, concern for patrons’ well-being, and respect for discerning buyers. It lets customers see you as the well-organized, customer-oriented operation you are. Consistency in visual presentation of products and related information shows you’re on top of your game.

With the Evolis Edikio printer your restaurant, hotel, or other retail establishment can:

  • Accentuate its brand image by better managing food-service and other displays.
  • Make customers’ lives smarter by displaying product ingredients, health information right on the cards.
  • Customize original tags/labels with company logos and thematic artistic elements.
  • Attract customer attention with appealing graphics and information.
  • Create a sense of confidence among patrons in the quality of your product offerings by enhancing their presentation—with a consistently professional look.

Each of these capabilities makes for a better customer experience.

THE RIGHT INFORMATION—RIGHT WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE—RIGHT AWAY

By using an Evolis Edikio printer, you’ll eliminate confusion, save staff time, enable faster and informed patron choices, and trigger more sales by effectively providing key information clients need (in the right language) right at the point of sale.

Evolis Edikio tags/labels not only enable you to position your messages in just the right places, they afford you on-the-fly flexibility.

  • Tag/card placement accessories like stands, grippers and promo flags add even more presentation style, function, and options. These plastic card holders come in a variety of shapes, sizes and functional designs, formats and colours—making adaptability of presentation for any display need a cinch.
  • Clearly display product information (e.g., ingredients, allergens) on the right tag at the right moment for the right occasion, whenever your display, menu, or inventory changes.
  • You know your customers and what they want, and Evolis Edikio printers let you decide at any moment what detail they like to see to inform their product choices. You know how to draw your customers’ attention and can create just the right tags/labels for each item and occasion.
  • The right cards deliver the right look—a high-quality look with plenty of high-contrast options. Black tags printed in white letters convey an authentic slate-like appearance. With Evolis’s comprehensive line of consumables—ideal for use in food environments—your tags and labels will always look great and grab attention in the right way.

REAL-TIME CONTROL OF MESSAGING MEANS CONTINUOUS ACCURACY

The hospitality business is a fast-paced enterprise especially in food-service departments. Keeping up with changing menus, products, and day-to-day, hour-by-hour customer choices and labeling changes can be daunting—and can be impossible if you rely on an outside provider for labels.

But the Evolis Edikio tag/label printers liberate hospitality operators by creating high-caliber tags/labels on demand in minutes as business (and product) ebbs and flows throughout the day. In this manner the Evolis Edikio printers become a key element of your operation’s retail communication protocols.

This timely efficiency ensures your display tags/labels always convey the right information throughout the day. When a tag/label is needed, your team can create it onsite in just minutes. No need to risk customers seeing old or inaccurate labels.

  • Multi-Purpose — Beyond tags and labels, Evolis Edikio solutions also allow users to create many other cards regularly used in hospitality and restaurant settings, from employee badges and gift cards to events cards and entry cards.
  • Free Yourself — Regain your independence by eliminating set delivery times, content/style limitations, and minimum-order restrictions imposed by label suppliers.
  • Easy to Use — The Evolis Edikio software is simple to understand, allows you to generate highly customized labels in minutes, and provides the features and options needed to ensure you don’t miss a beat when generating just the right label at just the right moment. These compact printers have a minimal footprint, can work most anywhere, and print on credit-card-sized and long tags.

HYGIENIC AND HIGH QUALITY 

In food-service retail environments hygiene is important to customer safety and comfort, your organization’s professionalism, and compliance with applicable food-service sanitation standards.

Because the Evolis Edikio PVC cards are hygienic, durable, and easy to keep clean, they’re particularly well suited to food-service establishments.

  • The credit card format is small enough to give customers a clear view of displayed products, yet big enough to pack the right information and get noticed. These cards do not visually obstruct the products on display.
  • The long-card format allows your labels/tags to feature more information, and ensure better readability, for specific circumstances where more detail is helpful to customers, and when regulations require that more product information appear in labeling.
  • The Evolis Edikio PVC cards can withstand cold and moisture, which helps ensure your operations are in compliance with applicable health and safety regulations.

Examples of the information hospitality retailers can/should include on food-service tags/label include:

  • Logo
  • Product name
  • Allergens
  • Ingredients
  • Product Source
  • Calories
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COVID-19 outbreak https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/covid-19-outbreak.htm -1COVID-19-outbreak Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0400 The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting all of us in unprecedented ways. While we are currently in full operation, we continue to monitor this situation and have implemented precautions to ensure the health and safety of our staff and customers.

Some of these precautions include:

  • Advisories of personal hygiene and social distancing techniques;
  • Provisioning our workplace with sanitary supplies to inhibit the spread of the virus at work and in the community.
  • Work-from-home options have been instated where possible for our staff.

We anticipate more adjustments will be made as we monitor the guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We are dedicated to serve healthcare facilities as quickly as possible to help them get the supplies that they need in these difficult times. Some of the products that are available include:

  • Visitor management supplies such as visitor badges, sign-in books and expiring dot sets.
  • ID card printers and supplies, including card printer ribbons, films, and laminates.
  • ID cards and badges such as PVC cards, Proximity cards and HID cards.
  • Lanyards and badge reels – standard or custom.
  • Colored wristbands – standard or custom.

For more information, please call 800-897-7024 or email sales@idsecurityonline.com .

Thank you & be safe!

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Questions you should ask before buying the MAGiCARD Prima 8 https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/ask-before-buying-magicard-prima-8.htm -1ask-before-buying-MAGiCARD-prima-8 Mon, 09 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0400 The Prima 8 is MAGiCARD’s updated version of the Prima 4. It’s a high-end retransfer ID card printer with top-of-the-range encoding and printing technologies. In fact, it can print ID cards that meet some of the highest U.S. federal government standards. Like other MAGiCARD printers, the Prima 8 comes with a host of optional features to extend its utility.

However, that doesn’t mean it’s the best candidate for all applications. Here, you’ll find answers to the most critical questions you may have before investing in the Prima 8 for your organization’s card printing needs.

What can you expect from the Prima 8’s printing quality?

The Prima 8 utilizes retransfer printing technology. Retransfer printing involves printing on a transparent and flexible film. The film is then adhered to the card print side down. As the cutting-edge in printing technology, it has several advantages over conventional direct-to-card printing, for example:

  • Tamperproof: As the printing is underneath the film, the film will need to be removed to alter the visuals.
  • Durability: it takes longer for wear and tear to affect the actual graphics. The film also serves as an extra layer of protection for the physical card.
  • Flexibility: Retransfer printing is suitable for printing on uneven or irregular cards as a result of the versatile film.
  • Over-the-edge printing: Unlike direct-to-card printing, the film can apply right to, and over, the edge of the card. Not only does this look more professional, but it also protects your card better.

The standard Prima 8 prints in high-definition 300dpi, but a 600dpi option is available if maximum resolution is of the utmost importance. At 600dpi, you’ll be able to print CJK characters down to 1.3pt size.

With high-resolution and YMCK-color printing, you can expect top-quality graphics with crisp definition and sharp colors. This is vital for security cards with photo identification as well as a high-quality appearance.

Adherence to federal identification standards

The Prima 8 is FIPS certified, meaning it meets the U.S. federal government requirements for printing personal identification verification (PIV) cards. Featured on the GSA Approved Products list, you can rest assured that the Prima 8  will keep your business on the right side of compliance measures for security card issuance.

What is the Prima 8’s performance like?

The Prima 8 comes with both 100 card input and output hoppers to simplify the printing workflow. With a hopper-feed system, you won’t need to facilitate the printing process manually. In terms of speed, the Prima 8 can print up to 100 single-sided full-YMCK cards per hour. For double-sided cards, the speed will halve to about 50 cards per hour.

Without needing to be present for the actual printing, you could merely refill and empty your hoppers every hour for high-volume jobs. A printer lock will keep any unauthorized parties from accessing your already printed cards.

The latest in secure and practical encoding technologies

Prima 8 makes use of a range of the latest technologies to improve its utility and versatility in the face of the ever-expanding ID card printing needs of today’s businesses. The Prima 8 can produce cards according to MIFARE®, DESFire®, and iClass® smart card encoding technologies.

For magnetic stripe printing, the Prima 8 comes with ISO 7811-standard HiCo and LoCo encoders.

  • Single or dual-sided printing
  • Various encoding options:
    • Smart chip
    • Smart contactless
    • Magnetic stripe
    • And, any combination of the three
  • Holographic or UV film
  • EMV for inline personalization of payment cards

Other features you can upgrade your Prima 8 with are:

  • An inline laminator for single or dual-sided printing

Simple access logic can also be built into smart cards for more sophisticated security solutions.

The Prima 8 can also print invisible photographs or security stamps using special dye-sublimation Ultra-violet ribbons. This print isn’t visible to the naked eye and is an effective countermeasure counterfeiting of your high-security ID cards.

What type of cards can it print?

The prima 8 accepts ISO CR80 cards (85.6mm x 54mm or 3.375? x 2.12”), which is the industry-standard size for security, payment, or identification cards. The Prima 8 is also capable of printing on a range of the most common card materials, such as PVC, ABS, PET, PVH, and polycarbonate ISO blank cards.

As mentioned above, you’ll be able to create a range of different cards, such as contact, contactless, or magnetic stripe cards. Extra anti-counterfeit measures can be added using holographic or UV-film technology.

As such, the Prima 8 is ideal for producing identification within the enterprise, government, and payment spheres.

How do you interface with the Prima 8?

The Prima 8 comes with drivers and compatibility with most modern Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, 10 (32 and 64 bit) as well as Windows Server 2003 (R2 SP2), 2008, and 20012.

You can connect to the Prima 8 with either USB (1.1 or 2.0) or Ethernet cables. In the latter case, the Prima comes standard fitted with a secure IPSEC ethernet port. Via USB, the Prima 8 can support speeds of up to 480 Mbps.

In terms of physical dimensions, the Prima 8 has a height of 320mm (12.6?), width of 343mm (13.5?), and length of 330mm (13?). It also weighs 15.5kg (34.1lbs). The ideal operating conditions for the Prima 8 is 15ºC to 30ºC (59ºF to 86ºF), which goes well beyond the typical range for a temperature-controlled office.

Does it come with a warranty and after-sales support?

MAGiCARD is known for its excellent after-sales support. Each Prima 8 printer comes with a 3-year MagiCoverPlus warranty, which includes phone and online support. The warranty fully covers any replacement of the printhead for the duration of the warranty.

If your printhead does fail, they will ship a loan printer overnight until it has been replaced. This shouldn’t take long as the printhead consists of a field-replaceable unit that can be swapped in and out with ease by a trained technician.

What improved from the Prima 4?

In almost all regards, the Prima 8 is virtually the same product as the Prima 4. It features the same capacity, printing speeds, encoding technologies, optional features, and printing technology. It’s also compatible with the same operating systems and features the same interfacing technologies.

The dimensions, weight, and appearance are also unchanged while you get virtually the same 3-year warranty. However, the naming did change with MAGiCARD dropping the “Uno” and “Duo” monikers.

Is the Prima 8 the right printer for you?

Finally, how do you know whether the Prima 8 is the best solution for your ID card printing needs?

First of all, starting at over $4,000, the Prima 8 is a higher-end printer. If your organization doesn’t need top-of-the-range ID card security (e.g., with FIPS 201 adherence), you will be able to find cheaper MAGiCARD alternatives, like the 300 or 600.

The Prima 8 is also not the fastest MAGiCARD model. The 300 or 600 might also be more suitable if you regularly face tight deadlines or need to print at exceptionally high volumes.

However, if you have the budget, the Prima 8 features some of the most secure printing capabilities you can find. Invisible UV-film printing is an effective anti-counterfeiting measure, while FIPS 201-certified printing will put you in line with the strictest governmental standards.

The wide range of optional encoding technologies also makes it suitable for large enterprises with multi-tiered security protocols.

The Prima 8 is one of the best options for governmental agencies. However, it’s an equally suitable solution for corporate organizations or those in need of producing payment cards.

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Don’t Forget Your Retransfer Printer Supply Essentials https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/retransfer-printer-supply-essentials.htm -1retransfer-printer-supply-essentials Sun, 16 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0400 It might seem like a small matter to some, but the quality and security of your ID printing solution is of great consequence to government agencies and organizations where security is paramount. The line item is not the place you go to find budget savings and second tier solutions are unacceptable. If that sounds like your organization and you are tasked with procuring such a system, then retransfer printing is your end objective. If you are unsure if this is headed, then might we suggest you run through a quick checklist.

  • Do you need high definition printing for small and complex characters?
  • Is it essential for you to know if an ID has been tampered with?
  • Are you looking for laser engraving or the application of tactile security features?
  • Do you envision embedded electronics such as chips or antennae?

If the answer to any or all of those questions is “yes”, then retransfer printing technology is in your future. When you need to print high-quality secure IDs and do so by the thousands, you grab a retransfer printer like the Fargo HDP6600 Retransfer Single Sided ID Card Printer with Flattener. Sure, that’s a long name to say in one breath, but that’s just because it’s a magnificent machine with all the cool extras you will need. That being said, there are some additional components that you will need to secure along with your printer. So let’s get right to the point and offer a guide to everything you will need to keep your retransfer printer up and running.

Retransfer Printer Basics

For those that may be a little new to the printer industry, let’s cover a few basics first. ‘After all, you might be the new procurement manager who was tasked with ordering more printer supplies. You need to look like you know what you are doing, but you could use a little help to impress the boss on day one. When we say retransfer printer, it refers to the process of putting the image on the card itself.

Utilizing transfer film, the printer will print the desired image on the underside of the film. It will then apply the film to the surface of the card. This places the image between the card and film which offers a healthy layer of protection. You still get a stunning, high-quality image that will now last a little longer. It also allows for an array of security elements to be featured flawlessly.

In addition, retransfer printers like the Fargo HDP6600 mentioned above can print at blazing speeds  of 230 cards per hour (YMCK with transfer). Printers like the Datacard CR805 Single Sided Retransfer ID Card Printer are not quite as fast, but it can still print at a pace of 100 cards per hour (CMYKP). Both printers are capable of printing at resolutions of 600 dots per inch. Long story short, if you are the new procurement manager, then you can’t go wrong with a retransfer printer. Just click order and tell your boss you got it covered with confidence. We’ll then back you up with some amazing technology. Now let’s talk about the supplies you will need addition.

Quality Retransfer Film

Your high-tech retransfer printer is going to have a pretty hard time retransferring anything without an ample supply of Quality Retransfer Film. We’ve got a healthy selection, regardless of what printer you choose.  Remember, this is the essential element that not only secures the image to the card, but that also protects the end result. Depending on how many cards you intend to print, it is a good idea to have a healthy supply of film on hand. Essential organizations like healthcare institutions and government agencies can’t take a day off to resupply.  If you run out of film, your operation goes down.

Quality Color Ribbon

Look, you could print in black and white if you wanted to, but don’t do it. Printer technology has come too far for you not to embrace the vivid colors that it can produce. The color also adds an element of professionalism and high-end quality that you want to display. So you’ll want to sort through our array of Full Color Ribbons and decide which product matches your model of retransfer printer. Once again, this is an essential element so best to have plenty in stock at any given time. Beyond just aesthetics, color IDs are more difficult to forge due to the need to match the colors precisely.

Don’t Forget the Card Itself

This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how often companies spend a great deal of time on selecting a printer, but forget the cards themselves. Once again, if you are the new procurement manager, this is not a mistake that you want to make. We offer a broad selection of quality PVC cards that come in different depths and sizes. Now here is where you have to pay attention. Due to the high temperatures created by retransfer printers, we strongly recommend using composite PVC cards. These cards are 60% PVC and 40% PET which makes them more durable under the heat.

Retransfer Printer Cleaning Kit

Finally, don’t forget a printer cleaning kit to keep your printer at the top of its game. Your printer is a tool and any tool that gets a lot of work will need some regular maintenance. So it is important to show your printer the proper respect from time to time by keeping it clean. If you take care of the machine, the machine will take care of you. We offer comprehensive cleaning kits that come with everything you need. If you just need more any particular item, we sell individual pieces like cleaning rollers and cleaning cards on their own.

In Conclusion

A retransfer printer is a great tool and a great solution to your organization’s ID card needs. This is especially true where quality and security are placed at a premium. You’ll still need to decide which ID card software you want to use as well as other accessories like lanyards and more to complete your package. Don’t worry, we sell those too. However, if you stick to the above retransfer printer essentials, then you really can’t go wrong. If you still have questions, just reach out to us and we’d love to help. We have an elite team of customer support specialists ready to guide your organization down the right path. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our ID Card Printing Solutions and enjoy the rest of your day.

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In 2020, Secure ID Cards are more Important than Ever https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/id-cards/in-2020-secure-id-cards-more-important-than-ever.htm -1in-2020-secure-id-cards-more-important-than-ever Mon, 13 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers ID Cards The year 2020 has arrived and it is a new year full of new hope and opportunities. Unfortunately, if history is any indicator, criminals feel the same way. Those who would do you or your organization harm are working up new methods and tactics to commit some of the world’s oldest crimes. Theft, fraud, and acts of violence are nothing new, but the strategies behind them continually evolve with the times. That’s why secure ID cards are more important than ever, because what worked for your organization last year may not work in 2020. If you are in the market for a solution to make your organization a harder target for the bad guys, it starts right here with a secure ID card system.

Secure ID Cards Make a Harder Target

There are those who would muse that an ID card does not prevent certain acts of malice or thievery. They point out outliers and masterful capers as evidence for their claim. While it is true that a determined criminal will often find a way, the goal of individual and organizational security is to simply make yourself a harder target than the next guy. Criminals often flow towards the path of least resistance. A secure ID card system gives them a reason to skip you and go to the next guy.

A criminal is less likely to attempt forgery on an ID card system when they recognize that each card comes with its own unique holographic laminate. One is less likely to choose a location for acts of violence when they realize each door is locked down with its own proximity card access system. Simply putting a photo ID on the card means the criminal will at least have to make a basic attempt to look like the actual person. Criminals hate effort, so make them exert the maximum effort and they will move on.

Secure ID Card Solutions

Now that you’ve heard the justification for secure ID card solutions, let’s start discussing some of the actual solutions. The first step in securing your organization is to include a photo ID on the card. An ID card without a photo is not really an ID card, but more of a glorified and easily forged business card. Any of our ID Card Printing Solutions can pull this off and more. However, anyone can throw on a wig or a fake mustache. Including a photo ID really just scratches the surface of security.

Slightly more difficult than putting on a wig, the next step for a criminal is to attempt to forge the ID in their own liking. An excellent method to remedy this attempt would be to include a secure watermark or hologram on the ID. Printers like the Magicard Ultima Dual-Sided Retransfer ID Card Printer utilize up to 10 secure Holokote watermarks. It uses wavelengths of dye film to fluoresce under UV light for added security. This is extremely difficult to replicate and forge. Meanwhile, printers like the Fargo HDP5000 will put a durable layer of HDP film over the ID. If you try to separate the layers, the images become unusable. That’s a ton of added security for very little extra effort or cost.

Technologically Secure ID Cards

The next step in ID card security would be get technical with it all. Many organizations in the healthcare industry utilize HID Proximity Cards because it allows them to offer unique access to particular floors or departments. When the card is in range of the reader, it unlocks the door and gives authorized persons easy access. This type of technology can be of vital importance in hospitals or institutions of education where active shooters pose a significant threat. There is little effort needed to lock down the location as lockdown is its default setting.

In addition to proximity cards, one can add a magnetic stripe or even a smart chip the card that hosts an array of unique identifiable information. The data on these cards can be read at entry control points and offer a history of an individual’s access to sensitive locations. This type of technology is regularly employed by Government Agencies where security is paramount. Regardless of which ID card solution you pursued in the past, criminals are working hard to exploit it in the future. So take a proactive stance and survey the full array of ID card solutions we offer at IDSecurityOnline today and protect yourself against the threats of tomorrow.

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Accessories to make your organization's ID badges more efficient https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/organization-id-badges-more-efficient.htm -1organization-id-badges-more-efficient Mon, 09 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0400 If you’re considering ID badges for your organization, simple ID cardholders with lanyards are the first to mind. However, no work environment is the same, and you should consider the factors that can impact how ID badges are used in your situation.

Different types of accessories can change how to use ID badges. On top of speeding up identification and verification, they can streamline your workplace and even impact safety.

As these accessories are also inexpensive, they are a smart investment for organizations that rely on badges. Both your employees, your customers, and your bottom-line will thank you for investing in the right ID badge accessories.

Badge Holders

To protect your cards, make them harder to lose, and improve their lifespan, a badge holder should be the first accessory you get. However, you should carefully consider how the cards will be used before choosing the right kind of holder.

First of all, there are both horizontal and vertical badge holders, depending on the orientation of your card printing. Secondly, you can opt for flexible, semi-rigid, or rigid holders depending on how much protection you require.

Badge holders also come with different types of attachments. You can get armband holders, luggage tag holders, standard lanyard holders, keychains, and bulldog or swivel-hook clips.

Consider any special functions you need. There are cardholders for magnetic stripe cards, proximity cards, waterproof holders, or multi-card holders. Convertible or automatic badge holders can even adjust to accommodate different card types or sizes.

Lanyards

Lanyards are the default option for most when it comes to how to carry their ID badges. They are easy to wear/remove, can hang openly for quick identification, and are easy to use with a swipe or proximity reader. They are a great option when employees work in a customer-facing environment for open identification.

Lanyards also come in a surprising number of styles and functions. There are no-flip lanyards that always face the same way, adjustable lanyards, anti-microbial lanyards, etc. Lanyards can affordably be customized with brand visuals for a sense of professionalism and pride.

Although convenient, lanyards aren’t suitable for all situations. For example, where machinery is involved, it might become a choking hazard if it hangs freely.

Badge reels

Where lanyards may be unsafe to use, a badge reel can be a superb alternative. These accessories can be retracted so that the badge stays close to your personage until you need to extend it for identification or scanning.

Badge reels are a useful option for schools and students because they can be clipped to bags. Despite being easy to store, ID cards can also be openly displayed by clipping the badge reel to a shirt pocket or belt.

Badge reels come in various shapes and styles and can also be customized with your branding. Make sure to pick a badge reel with your preferred type of cord and clip, especially for sports or rugged environments. Carabiner, alligator, and magnetic clips are the most popular choices.

Strap clips

If you always want your ID badges to be closely attached to the body, then an inexpensive and effective strap clip is in order. The most common type of strap clip uses an alligator clip to grip the card with a 1 to 4-inch strap that can loop around and attach to clothing or other straps. The clips are usually an NPS-type clip with nickel plating and 1 or 2 holes.

They can easily be fixed to belt loops, lanyards, and bags, or briefcases. Because of their short strap, they always face in one direction, making them ideal for quick identification. Rubberized or vinyl coated tips reduce wear and tear on your badges or badge holders.

Luggage accessories

If travel forms part of your business and you regularly need to identify luggage, then you should look into luggage attachments. Because luggage undergoes rough handling and a lot of traveling, these attachments need to be tough and durable. Otherwise, employees might lose their identification or access cards on the way.

Leather luggage straps with brass or nickel-plated knuckles add a touch of class on top of being durable and adjustable. On the other end, simple elastic loops are inexpensive and can be obtained in a range of colors.

Adjustable plastic strips with T-locks fill the gap between these two. Make sure that you also get a badge holder that attaches to these types of straps. Rigid plastic cardholders with clear faces are popular because they offer easy identification, and cards can be easily removed/inserted on the go.

Neck or wristwear

If you’re looking for something different, there are other types of attachments for wearing badge cards on your wrist or around the neck. Beaded neck chains, like on military dog tags, give a certain aesthetic and are more discreet than lanyards. The same goes for thin elastic cords with alligator clips on the end.

For quick flashing of cards, wrist coils with keyrings are a versatile and handy option. They can quickly be worn, removed, or passed around and are always on hand for presenting.

Alternative pins, clips or magnets

Various types of loose clips or attachments are available to replace worn-out ones or two modify your existing cardholders.Pin clips are versatile because they can be used to attach your card to any material. Badge clips with a flat, square adhesive or clip face are useful for attaching to pockets or belts.

You can also opt for a ribbed or embossed design or different plating (like nickel, matte, brass) for aesthetic reasons.

Belt clips, pull-apart steel key rings, crimp pins, military ribbon bars, magnetic badge findings, and j-hooks all have their applications. Adjustable neck cord looks are great for locking the length of cords in place to suit your environment.

Don’t compromise when it comes to your ID badges

Although they seem inconsequential, ID badges can become a bottleneck in your operations if not properly deployed. With just a little bit of foresight and planning, you can choose the optimal ID badge accessories. This decision will improve your employees’ jobs, improve customer satisfaction, and lead to a more comfortable work environment. So, look over your options and choose wisely.


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Secure your company resources the easy way with proximity cards https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/secure-with-proximity-cards.htm -1secure-with-proximity-cards Wed, 04 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0400 When you manage a business how do you ensure that each of your employees only has access to the areas of the building and the equipment that you want them to be able to access? You could employ a team of security men to guard sensitive areas or patrol your building but that is expensive, labour intensive and not 100% effective. A much more effective means of controlling the physical access of your employees is through the use of proximity cards. By issuing each member of your staff with a proximity card you can be assured that access to your high-security areas or company equipment is not compromised. Everyone will be able to go where they need to go but no further.

What are proximity cards?

A proximity card can be thought of as a type of smartcard. The cards have a built-in antenna which enables them to be read when they come within range of a designated reader. The reader checks the ID of the proximity card to see whether or not a particular employee should be granted access to the area of equipment. Card readers can be easily attached to doors, computers or any other company resource, such as web access, email encryption, or even access to the company car park. They are ideal for use anywhere you might wish to restrict access.

Reading your proximity cards

Proximity cards will typically  work at a range of 2.5" to 20" depending on the type of reader you choose, this means that you don’t have to waste time inserting the card into the reader or pressing it against the reader, the card just needs to be in the general vicinity of the reader to operate. This flexibility has allowed the cards to find a wide range of uses. The majority of proximity card readers use rechargeable batteries, although others are fitted with a battery back up system meaning that you normally don’t need to worry about situating them near an electricity supply since they will work anywhere.

Getting started with proximity cards

If you are considering using proximity cards in your business then one of the first decisions you must make is what type of proximity card you wish to use. HID Proximity Cards are a good choice. They offer a consistent read range and provide a straightforward and affordable way of securing your company resources. These cards are not impacted by environmental conditions or body shielding. They will still work even if kept close to metal objects such as coins or keys. HID proximity cards are durable and available in either PVC or heat resistant composite construction. The cards are available in a range of ISO thicknesses between 0.027" to 0.033" and can include standard anti-counterfeiting and visual security features to help secure your business. Optional extras include logos, ultra-violet fluorescent inks, and holograms. If you wish you can create proximity cards that are thin enough to fit in a wallet, or you might prefer to combine your proximity cards and photo ID cards into a single piece of plastic.

Choosing the right format

When setting up your proximity card system you must get the technology side right as it can be expensive if you to change at a later point. The industry-standard format for proximity card readers is the 26-bit  (H10301) this offers 255 potential facility codes with each code containing 65,535 possible unique card numbers. However, there is a wide range of other formats available include proprietary 37-bit format, and Corporate 1000 format. Some of them are dedicated to access control systems and some will work with other formats. If you are in any doubt about which you should choose it’s important to check with your supplier before you make a purchase.

Consider using QuickShip for your proximity cards

When you need your proximity cards programmed quickly then the most effective solution is to use the IDSecurity Online QuickShip program. ID Security Online program all QuickShip proximity cards onsite which allows them to provide you with a rapid card delivery service. The service is designed to be very affordable and all QuickShip cards are shipped within two business days so you will be able to issue the new cards to your employees without delay.

Which cards are available as ‘QuickShip’

One of the advantages of using QuickShip to purchase all of your programmed proximity cards is that not only do they ship to you quickly but there is a full range of proximity cards available just waiting to be programmed and sent out to you. You can choose from cards made from either PVC or PET/PVC composite whichever is right for you. If you work with a retransfer printer then composite cards would be your best option while PVC cards are best used with a direct-to-card printer. In addition to the material from which the cards are made the QuickShip option also allows you to select cards with or without a magnetic stripe so you can be confident of finding exactly the cards, you need to affordably keep your business safe and secure. 


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Understanding the value of ID cards for manufacturing company https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/understanding-value-id-cards-manufacturing-company.htm -1understanding-value-id-cards-manufacturing-company Mon, 11 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0400 If you are responsible for the security of a manufacturing company or any industrial premises then you will understand how important it is that you know who is on the premises at any time. You must know whether your employees have arrived for work or if they have gone home for the evening. You will also want to be sure that anyone you find walking around the site is authorized to be there, and it not a member of the public who could be potentially be injured by the machinery, or be someone with criminal intent. The easiest way to achieve all of these aims is by issuing authorized people with photo ID badges.

Why ID badges are the right choice

You could choose to employ security guards to patrol your premises but unless your company is small they probably aren’t going to know every staff member by sight. You could rely on your employees to identify people who shouldn’t be on the premises or who access areas that they shouldn’t, but your employees can’t be everywhere at once, and there will probably be visitors or contractors who you want to enter, but who your employees don’t know. Without a simple way to conduct a visual or electronic check on any individual valuable time will be lost, and your company could be exposed to unnecessary risks. By introducing an ID badge program you can print a card which will allow you to know who is on the premises and whether they have a right to be where they are.

Designing your ID card system

Creating perfect ID card badges is not as complicated as you might think. There are at least three different uses to which you could put your cards. You could choose to print an ID card with a single function or you could combine all three functions into a single card. Printing your ID cards gives you the flexibility to build a system that is right for you. The right printing system will let you create a card that does exactly what you want without over-complicating your business systems.

Simple ID cards

Sometimes all you need is a basic photo ID card for your employees, visitors, and contractors so that you can be sure exactly who is on your site. Purchasing a photo ID printer system will enable you to quickly print all of the ID cards that you need so that everyone on your premises will know who your visitors are and what tasks they are there to do.

Access cards

How do your employees access your building? If they need to pass through a security check then equipping them with access cards is essential. Is the entrance the only location that needs a security check? Do you have different security levels for different areas of your building? Perhaps your building contains a secure research area, or somewhere where only specially trained personnel are allowed to enter? A smart ID card will provide a vital electronic record but it can also be worn to offer a visual check by which anyone can identify the wearer and know whether they are an employee, a contractor or a visitor and what their security level may be. ID photo printers make it possible for your cards to contain a photo of the individual, along with basic information in plain view. More extensive information including the right of access can be encoded directly onto the card.

Attendance records

Do your employees clock in each morning and clock out in the evening at the start and end of their shifts? If they do then you will be aware of how useful it is to know who has arrived, who is consistently late, and who has left the building. Clocking employees in and out of the building is convenient for calculating your payroll since you can tell exactly how many hours each person has worked but the tricky part for many employers has often been managing the clock cards. If you opt for paper punch cards then you need to manually enter the data into your computer system. You could try standard swipe cards but that can lead to problems such as the wrong card being swiped, or cards being misplaced. By combining a clock card with an ID card you can solve these problems. The card the employee swipes doubles as their ID card so that they will keep it with them at all times and it won’t get lost or swiped by the wrong person.

What do you need to start printing ID cards?

The most obvious part of a printing system is the printer but you will need more than that to get started. Alongside the printer, you can’t do without an ID camera to produce the photos for your cards. You will also need the appropriate software so that you can design your cards and integrate your printer with your existing systems. Finally, you will need a stock of consumables such as the blank PVC cards for printing, a ribbon for the printer, and perhaps film to cover the cards if needed. By purchasing all of this together your company can get the Photo ID system you need to protect your company.

Which printers could you use?

If you are thinking about starting to print your ID badges then you must choose a printing system that is right for your needs. At ID Security Online we stock a range of suitable printers. Here are three that could be perfect for your needs.

The Magicard Rio Pro 360 card printer

Featuring great print quality combined with a fast print speed the Magicard Rio Pro 360 boasts the all-new LYNK onboard CPU with a wide color spectrum to produce truly vibrant color printing with crisp, clear print and accurate photography reproduction. It is ideal for producing a high volume of cards at a reasonable cost.

The HID FARGO HDP6600 card printer

With a 600 dpi resolution, the sharper images and brilliant colors offered by the HDP6600 are immediately noticeable on your printed ID cards. There will be no more squinting to try and decipher the wording since it can be easily read at a glance.

This printer is the quickest desktop-based retransfer printer available for purchase. It can print up to 230 ID cards in a single hour, with simultaneous printer and retransfer ability.

For increased security, the HDP6600 comes with standard password protection and optional hardware locks so that only those personnel authorized by you can access the printer and no-one can print fraudulent cards and breach your company security.

The Datacard CR805 ID card printer

If you want the ability to affordably create great looking cards that stand out from those used by your competition then the CR805 may be the perfect choice for you. With 600 dpi over-the-edge printing and retransfer technology this printer offers great value for money. It allows two layers of retransfer film to be applied to create additional card durability. You can choose to purchase either a single or dual-sided model depending on which best suits your requirements.

Whatever type of ID card system your manufacturing company would like to implement ID Security has the perfect ID printer for your requirements.


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Seven steps to ID card printing success https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/card-printers/seven-steps-to-id-card-printing-success.htm -1seven-steps-to-id-card-printing-success Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Card Printers There are plenty of photo ID systems available and at times the choice can appear to be almost overwhelming. How can you work out what you need when faced with so much choice? Here are seven things that will help you to choose the most appropriate card printing system for your needs.

Check what’s included

With an ID card printing system, the printer is going to be the most obvious item that you need to purchase but it probably isn’t the only item. You should also think about the camera you want to work with the printer along with the ID software you will use to design and perhaps some supplies such as a ribbon and the cards which you will be printing. When comparing ID card printing systems it is always important to check that everything you need is included in the box. If you discover something isn’t included as standard you can then calculate how much extra it will cost to add it to the base price.

Think about the software you will need

Your software is an essential component of your chosen ID card badging system. You will need to consider whether your printer will have to interface with existing software and how that software is configured. Think about whether you have or require visitor management software, access control software, or badge creation software to complete your ID card system. Making your ID cards function correctly will depend not just on the printed words on the card but also on the data the card will contain and how that data is read. This information could be contained on the card or drawn from a database and brought in using the software, so it is essential everything works together properly to create the completed system.  

Decide how your system will be connected

Your camera will probably be connected to your printer via a USB cable, but how will your printer be connected to the network? You could use a USB cable but that isn’t always a practical option, particularly if your card printing system needs to be mobile at any time or must be situated away from a network connection. If you cannot be sure of always having a physical network connection available then the ability of your system to use an ethernet connection is vital.

Decide between single or dual-sided printing

It can be tempting to purchase an ID card printing system based on your immediate needs without considering any changes you might need to make in the future. Your ID card printer is an investment that you should plan to use for many years so it’s important that your purchase is fully future-proofed. While your immediate needs may only require plain cards printed on a single side what plans do you have for future growth? Will you want to introduce a magnetic strip or a chip to allow more data to be stored? Will you want to simply write on both sides of the card? It is always better to buy a printer that is going to be suitable for the longer-term, or which is at least capable of being upgraded if required. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can buy a single-sided printer and manually turn over the card and print on the other side. Flipping over cards rarely works and can result in distorted images and even damage to the printhead. It’s better to buy the right printer for your needs.

Calculate the volume of card production

One of the key considerations with any system will be the number of cards that can be printed and the length of time it takes to print them. ID card printers vary significantly in the volume of cards they can quickly produce so consider carefully how many cards you will need and how quickly you will need to produce them. There is no point opting for the cheapest system if it is unable to keep up with the amount of work required. The result is likely to be a broken printer as it eventually gives up under the strain leading to expensive repairs. If you want to print a large number of cards at one time then along with the speed of the printer you should also take into account the size of the hoppers since the capacity of the input and output hoppers will dictate the length of time that you can leave the printer unattended.

Consider the longevity of your cards

When planning your card printing system you will have to consider how long you require your cards to last. If your ID cards will only have a limited lifespan then you do not have to worry much about the durability of the cards but if you expect your printed ID cards to operate for more than 3-5 years without replacement or want the cards to be regularly swiped through a card reader then it is worth looking for printer systems which include options such as lamination to extend the card life. In addition to lamination, you might want to think about whether it is worth using a retransfer printer which prints the desired image onto a film which is then heat-rolled onto the surface of the card. With retransfer printing the final print is far more durable than with conventional card printing.

Ensure the security of card printing system

Plain ID badges for visual inspection require one level of security while an access card will need to be more secure. There is a range of security options that you could consider for your ID cards but they all depend on purchasing the right type of card printing system.

You could consider:

  • Tactile impression
  • Custom holography

When you are thinking through the security of your cards you will want to be certain that the cards are tamper-proof but you will also want to be certain that only authorized personnel has access to the printer so features such as password protection and locked ribbon access should also be on your list of priorities.

By carefully considering each of these points you will be able to find the perfect ID card printing system for your organization.

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What features do you need in your next ID card printer? https://www.idsecurityonline.com/blog/features-in-your-next-id-card-printer.htm -1features-in-your-next-id-card-printer Wed, 16 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Ensuring the security of your company is about far more than remembering to lock the door when you go home and posting a security guard to patrol the building at night. Securing your business should certainly involve those things but security must cover every aspect of your business from physical security measures to deny intruders access to enhancing your networking protocols and firewalls. One of the most effective ways of ensuring that only authorized personnel have access to your building and that visitors are clearly identified is the use of ID card badges.

How ID cards can secure your business

Perhaps the most obvious advantage of using company ID cards is that you can tell at a glance who an individual is and whether they should be where they are. However, the advantages of ID cards go far beyond that. ID cards can be used to grant access to different areas of the building, ensuring that only duly authorized employees can enter secure areas or access sensitive data.

Producing your ID cards

It is possible to purchase ID cards for your staff from a range of distributors but that approach can present many problems. In particular, it causes delays in issuing the cards and it limits the amount of customization that is possible. By producing your ID cards in-house you can create unique cards that are just for your company. You can adjust the cards any time you need to accommodate new data and change authorizations for members of staff as many times as you wish. Best of all you can do all of this in only a few minutes using your own printer.

Which features do you need?

Each business is unique and ID card needs can vary significantly. Some organizations will need to produce a high volume of ID card badges and so the speed of production will be a determining factor. For other organisations the amount of cards required will be much lower and so obtaining a printer at a competitive price becomes more important. Another company may want to include a lot of data on each card and therefore value the opportunity to purchase a printer that can print on both sides of the card simultaneously. Three of the most recent additions to the ID card printer market are the Magicard 300 ID card printer which comes in single and dual-sided versions. The Zebra ZC100 ID single-sided card printer and the Fargo HDP6600 printer. Let’s compare the features of each and see which organizations would benefit from using each of them. Each of these printers is fast and efficient but there are some important differences between them. The first two are intended small and medium enterprises while the Fargo HDP6600 would be more at home in larger enterprises or government departments.

Print quality

For any printer, the ability to create a high-quality printed card is the most basic consideration. All of these printers are capable of producing crisp, clear text and images on the card and using a wide color spectrum. The Magicard 300 is capable of printing at 300 x 300 dpi and the Zebra ZC100 prints at a print resolution of 300 dpi. However, the clear winner for print quality has to be the Fargo HDP6600 which can print both text and images at 600 dpi creating the highest image and text quality available. This high resolution means that even the smallest text or complex characters can be clearly reproduced and defined more crisply than ever.

Print speed

If print speed is important to you then the fastest of the three printers is the Fargo HDP6600 which can print up to 230 full-color single-sided cards in one hour. TheMagicard 300 can produce 160 full-color cards each hour while the ZC100single-sided card printer is capable of producing 150 color cards in an hour. If color printing is not a concern for you then the ability of the ZC100 to create to 700 monochrome cards in an hour and the Magicard 300 to print 720 cards per hour could be a deciding factor. If you use the Fargo HDP6600 to print double-sided cards then you will be able to print around 126 cards in an hour.

Encoding abilities

One of the most useful features of an ID card is the ability for each card to carry unique information, this information might relate to levels of security clearance, personal data, or financial records. There are several ways that this data can be encoded on to the card. The most common way is through a magnetic strip such as that commonly seen on credit and bank cards, more recently smartcard encoding has become a viable option.

The  Magicard and the Fargo HDP6600 offer both smartcard and magnetic stripe encoding. While the Zebra ZC100 offers these along with a third party contactless encoder integration kit.

Driver compatibility

Before settling on a new ID card printer you must be certain the printer can be seamlessly integrated into your network. The Zebra ZC100 and Fargo HDP6600 printers are compatible with the Windows operating system. They can be used on everything from Windows 7 upwards. The Magicard 300 has superior driver compatibility since it can be used not just on Windows but also on Mac OS X 10.9.0 upwards and Linux with CUPS support.

Software

Each of the three printers is supplied with software features that help to make using the printer straightforward. The Zebra ZC100 comes with CardStudio a feature-rich card design software that makes card design simple. The Magicard 300 is supplied with technology to print a HoloKote security watermark across the card surface to ensure the authenticity of each card. There are three standard designs and the ability to create three custom designs of your own. The Fargo printer comes with the Fargo diagnostic utility featuring Color Assist spot-color matching.

Card capacity

Sometimes when you are printing a batch of cards then the ability to leave the machine unattended for a short while is important. No-one wants to give their undivided attention to loading and unloading cards while there are other tasks to complete. In terms of card capacity, the Magicard 300 has a 100 card feeder and a 70-card stacker while the Zebra ZC100  allows for 100 cards in both the input and output hoppers. The Fargo printer has a capacity for 100 cards in the input hopper and 200 cards in the output hopper.

Which printer is right for you?

Ultimately the right printer for your organization will depend on the way you use the printer. If you require dual-sided printing then the Magicard 300 or Fargo HDP6600 would suit you. If you only want a small volume of single-sided cards then the Zebra ZC100 would be perfect, while if you need the highest possible quality of printing for a high volume of card production then the Fargo HDP6600 is an obvious choice. Before making your choice consider carefully the way you plan to use ID cards, how much use your new printer will get and how it will fit into your existing office environment.

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