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Holographic Laminate vs. Standard Laminate: Which Should You Choose?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

When choosing a new ID card printer, one of the more important decisions you'll make is whether you want a laminating printer or a standard printer without lamination.

Why? Because choosing one over the other drastically alters your next steps.

Laminating printers are more expensive and require more printer supplies, but the cards they create are going to last much longer than their non-laminated counterparts.

For this post, we're going to assume you decided to make a bigger up-front investment and went with a laminating printer, because you don't want to worry about replacing broken ID cards every few months.

Great!

However, your decision-making days aren't over: you still need to decide what kind of laminate you are going to use to protect your new ID credentials.

Holo or plain? The choice is yours.

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, government ID cards, laminated ID cards, employee ID cards, lamination

How Visitor Management Can Increase Security By Stopping Hospital Intruders

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 22, 2017 11:30:00 AM

When a surgical procedure is being performed at a hospital, it's common for there to be a half dozen or more people present in the operating room.

These people include the obvious, like the patient and the surgeon, but also include anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and students who are observing the surgery.

A person you don't expect to find in the operating room: a random woman who is posing as a medical professional and wandering around the hospital.

However, that's just what happened at a major, globally-respected hospital in Boston.

While hospitals, as a result of being large, open facilities, are inevitably going to deal with intruders, the security breach that occurred in Boston was particularly egregious:

A former medical student was able to gain access to a variety of different rooms and areas in the hospital, wearing the same scrubs as doctors, nurses and surgeons.

An intruder in the operating room? Believe it.

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Topics: Visitor Management, hospital security, healthcare Visitor Management, hospital tips, visitor management systems

Edge-to-Edge Printing vs. Over-the-Edge Printing: What's the Difference?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Printing ID cards can be a confusing undertaking.

While most people would love a simple solution that allows you to put a blank card in and get a printed one out without much thought, that's never the way it works.

People unfamiliar with ID card printers are often under the mistaken impression that these machines must be similar to standard paper printers; after all, printers are printers, right?

Wrong.

Choosing an ID card printer requires making dozens of small decisions.

Unlike the "color vs. black and white" debate that countless offices and households have when shopping for a new paper printer, the search for an ID card printer requires a more detailed discussion.

Here are just a few of the questions one needs to consider when buying an ID card printer:

  • One-sided printing or dual-sided printing?
  • Lamination or no lamination?
  • Smart card encoding or no?
  • Magnetic stripe encoding or no?
  • How many cards will you be printing on a monthly basis?

Overwhelmed yet? Hopefully not, because we haven't gotten to one of the most important questions yet: do you want edge-to-edge printing or over-the-edge printing?

Before you answer, let's take a closer look at what separates the two styles.

Living on the edge

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Topics: tech tips, ID cards, IDP printers, Zebra printers, ID card printers, Fargo printers, id card tips, printer tips

Would You Wear an ID Badge That Records Your Conversations?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 15, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In today's fast-paced business world, every organization is looking for a leg up on the competition.

Whether it's through optimizing processes or investing in emerging industries, the modern organization never stops looking for ways to get ahead.

One way organizations look to improve is by becoming more efficient.

This drive toward efficiency comes in many forms, like combining multiple departments that perform the same function into a single unit or selling off underperforming businesses to focus on more productive arenas.

The most obvious way to increase the efficiency of an organization is to increase the efficiency of the people performing the job functions: the employees. 

Increasing employee efficiency is a common goal at organizations of all kinds.

Business leaders want employees to be more efficient because it helps them run a leaner operation. Employees want to be more efficient to improve at their jobs and advance in their careers.

One company is taking an interesting approach to the idea of increasing employee efficiency: using of piles of data and analytical thinking.

That data, however, comes at a price.

Taking "smart badges" to a whole new level

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Topics: smart cards, employee badges, employee ID cards, office tips

4 Ways to Get Decision-Makers On-Board With Investing In Visitor Management

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In many large organizations, there can be a bit of a disconnect between the budget decision-makers and the "boots on the ground," the people working in various capacities around the organization.

Consider the following scenario, a common one with IT departments around the world:

An IT decision-maker receives a request for upgraded hardware, which isn't in the budget. IT sees that the employee making the request has a three-year-old laptop, the same as everyone else in the organization, and denies the request.

However, that decision-maker doesn't see that this employee's job requires working with graphics, video and high-intensity applications that cause the three-year-old computer to run at a snail's pace. 

IT sees a dollar amount, while the employee sees a problem that needs solving.

This isn't to pick on IT: the same scenario plays out in multiple departments across organizations of all kinds.

It's frustrating, but the reasoning behind it makes sense: someone needs to be in charge of the checkbook to prevent runaway spending.

Investing in a Visitor Management system is an undertaking that can meet resistance from the budgeting team or the upper-level decision-makers.

"You want to spend what?! Just to record people who visit? Why can't we just use the paper book?"

The reason for this reaction is usually related to the aforementioned disconnect. Decision-makers aren't at the front desk every day. They don't experience the headaches and hassles that the receptionists and security officers of the world deal with on a daily basis.

The best way to get a decision-maker on-board with a Visitor Management investment is to put the investment in terms that he or she will understand.

"Here's how we'll benefit from this investment."

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Topics: Visitor Management, business visitor management, visitor management systems, office tips

Secure Our City, IDenticard partner to offer a modern solution for a worthy cause

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Geva Barash has spent the better part of his professional career providing a range of access control and security solutions to corporations, government entities, schools and more.

In his more than two decades in the field, Barash has seen it all.

So when he was tasked with finding an access control solution to meet the particularly complex requirements of a well-known Boston non-profit, he knew there was only one company that could get it done: IDenticard Access Control.

Barash is the founder and managing partner of Secure Our City Inc, a Massachusetts-based company that provides security consulting services to organizations of all kinds.

He had offered his services pro bono to The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care and its signature endeavor, The Neely House.

Opened in 1997 by Cam Neely, a Hall of Fame professional hockey player for the Boston Bruins, The Neely House is a lodging retreat at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

The House provides a “home away from home” for families of patients undergoing treatment at the hospital, helping to ease some of the stress and financial burden felt by the families.

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Topics: access control, case study

How to Design Custom Name Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 3, 2017 1:00:00 PM

In any customer-facing role, employee name badges are essential.

From retail stores to banks, rental car facilities to fast-food restaurants, a good name badge helps increase professionalism and encourage friendly interaction between your employees and your customers.

After all, a customer is far more likely to remember an employee if he or she knows the employee's name, right?

When it comes to employee name badges, the "right" solution really depends on an organization's needs. Regardless, there are a variety of options to choose from. 

How do you find the right one?

PVC ID cards look professional, but often need to be bought in bulk or require the purchase of dedicated equipment to print the cards yourself.

Paper ID cards are affordable and simple, but aren't the most "easy-on-the-eyes" solution and often give off an amateur vibe.

The perfect solution is something that's high-quality, yet easy to acquire; professional, without requiring the investment in pricey equipment.

Fortunately, there's a product to meet those needs, and it's one that can be designed from the comfort of your home or office.

Add a logo, add employees and go!

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Topics: name badges, custom name badges, employee name badges, retail ID solutions

What Is an Expiring Visitor Badge? [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 1, 2017 1:00:00 PM

We've spent a lot of time in this blog talking about Visitor Management as a topic. We've covered things like why it's important, how to improve your system, what to look for in a solution and more.

Recently, we started focusing on our newly enhanced line of TEMPbadge® expiring visitor badges as well, discussing the enhancements and how much better these badges are than the previous generation.

Not sold on Visitor Management? Learn more about why it's important.

However, in all of the excitement about new badges and new technology, we never really stopped to answer a basic question:

What is an expiring visitor badge?!

This post will give a little more information on this innovative Visitor Management solution, and includes a free infographic that details what makes our expiring badges so unique.

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3 Signs It's Time to Get New Employee Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

At some point in its long, illustrious life, after thousands of swipes or hundreds of scans, an employee badge will need to be replaced.

No matter how well it's protected or how careful the wearer has been, no badge can last forever.

Organizations frequently try to put off re-badging their employees, coming up with a variety of different excuses:

  • "Oh, it's good enough."
  • "It's not in the budget right now."
  • "I already know you, who cares if your name is illegible?"

It's hard to fault organizations for trying to save money by putting off a re-badging program.

After all, issuing new employee badges can be a large expense, and is definitely one that an organization needs to plan for when budgeting.

However, it's also essential to security to not postpone a re-badging program indefinitely.

The longer an organization waits to re-badge employees, the more likely that organization is to encounter some kind of security breach.

So...how long is long enough?

How much mileage can you squeeze out of those ol' badges before it's time to upgrade?

While it's best (and easiest on the poor finance person who's trying to do your budget) to issue new employee badges at regular intervals, here are three signs that your re-badging program can't wait any longer.

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, employee badges, employee ID cards, custom id badges

Product Spotlight: Secure Closure Wristbands

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 22, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Product Spotlight is a feature designed to showcase individual products in our broad offering. We'll highlight key features, discuss how the product is used and more. Interested in seeing a particular product featured here? Let us know!

Product: Secure Closure Dye-Sublimated Wristbands
Product Category: Wristwear
SKU: Custom Product

Wristbands are a popular way to denote certain privileges at sporting events, concerts, nightclubs and conventions.

They can be used for a variety of reasons, from indicating that the wearer is of legal drinking age to granting access to certain "VIP" areas.

Many organizations are still issuing the same paper-like wristbands that have been used for years.

We've all seen them: they're frequently used to indicate that a bag has been searched by arena security or that a person at an 18+ concert is over the age of 21.

These wristbands work on a basic level, as they do a good job of identifying the wearer at a glance. However, these wristbands have what you could consider a fatal flaw: they're transferable.

While it's true that they're designed to be non-transferable, it's easy to peel apart the wristband without damaging it, if you're careful. This creates a serious security lapse, potentially allowing access to alcohol for underage youth or allowing an outsider into privileged areas.

On a visual level, our secure closure wristbands work a lot like the ones described above: they're printed with some kind of design to indicate the status of the wearer at a glance, making things easier on bartenders and security guards.

However, secure closure wristbands feature an added security benefit: once placed on the wearer's wrist, the only way it's coming off is with some kind of blade.

Same visual verification, but more security

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Topics: custom products, product spotlight

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