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What Are Access Wristbands?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 22, 2016 2:45:00 PM

Wristbands are everywhere!

These versatile accessories are used in a variety of different circumstances:

  • They're issued at music festivals to verify the wearer has access to a particular area
  • They're used at concerts and bars to verify that the wearer is over the age of 21
  • They're used for fundraising and awareness (think LIVESTRONG bracelets)

Yes, most people have encountered wristbands in some way, shape or form.

However, in recent years, wristbands have been adopted for a different kind of use, one that may have never crossed your mind: as access credentials in formerly card-based access control systems.

These wristbands look a lot like awareness wristbands, but are different in one key way: they can be programmed to perform a variety of tasks, including opening doors, making payments and recording attendance.

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Topics: access control, UBand, access wristbands, smart credentials

How to Quickly Add Security to Your ID Cards with Holographic Overlays

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 16, 2016 10:30:00 AM

When it comes to ID card security, many people take a pretty casual stance.

"Eh," they think. "It's not like I'm creating some top-secret government card or something. Why do I need security?"

While it's true that some industries require more security than others, any organization issuing ID credentials should take steps to protect those cards against counterfeiting.

The risks of not protecting certain kinds of credentials, like the aforementioned government cards, drivers' licenses, passports and bank cards, are pretty obvious: allowing those credentials to be counterfeited would be opening the door (literally) to some huge security risks.

However, even smaller, less strict organizations should be considering the harm that can come from a counterfeit credential:

  • If you're a small food market that issues loyalty cards to your best customers, how would they feel if anyone could duplicate the card and get the same discount?
  • If you're a high school that issues credentials that give students free entry to a local museum, what happens to your school's reputation if a non-student duplicates the card to get free entry, then causes trouble?
  • If you're a mid-sized organization that issues standard employee badges, how safe will your employees feel knowing anyone could copy their credentials?

From security, peace-of-mind and insurance perspectives, it makes sense to create secure ID cards. 

But if you're an organization that has already issued dozens of credentials, what are you supposed to do? Bite the bullet and reissue new cards to all employees?

Nope!

You can use a holographic overlay, a product that provides anti-counterfeiting measures without having to issue new credentials.

Holographic overlays offer effective, visual ID card security

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, card security, government ID cards, student id cards, employee badges, holographic overlays

What Do Cal/OSHA's Proposed Standards Mean for Healthcare Visitor Management?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 15, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Let's be honest: the East Coast of the United States tends to think of itself as a leader and a trendsetter.

After all, the East Coast is at work before the West Coast even wakes up.

The East Coast has leading cities in areas like finance and fashion (New York City), education and healthcare (Boston) and government (Washington, D.C.).  

However, there's a state on the West Coast that tends to start plenty of trends that head from west to east.

A state that features influential hotbeds like Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the Bay Area: California.

Most people know California to be a trendsetter in areas like entertainment and technology. However, California also tends to be a bellwether state when it comes to laws, rules and regulations.

There's a common line of thinking in certain industries: if something passes in California, don't be surprised if it eventually starts to filter across the country.

This tends to be particularly true with healthcare, where rules and regulations that are put into place in California often get mimicked by other states across the country.

For that reason, it's always worth keeping an eye on what's going on out in the Golden State, and the latest developments are pretty big:

California is taking huge steps towards reducing healthcare workplace violence, and the rest of the country should be paying attention.

OSHA and California's unions are working together to increase safety

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Topics: WhosOnLocation, Visitor Management, PassagePoint, healthcare regulations, TEMPbadge VMS, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management

Printer Ribbons: What does YMCKO mean?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 12, 2016 1:45:00 PM

There are all kinds of random acronyms and abbreviations in the identification industry:

PVC. DTC. ID. RFID. CR80.

With all of these letters and numbers, product titles and descriptions can sometimes look more like alphabet soup than actual sentences.

Many of the acronyms are fairly intuitive. Everyone knows what "ID" is, and "CR80" is pretty easy to understand once you read about it the first time.

However, one of the more common ID acronyms is a bit more difficult to fully understand: YMCKO.

No, YMCKO (unfortunately) isn't a new and improved version of the YMCA. Sorry, Village People!  

Instead, YMCKO is an abbreviation used to describe the color panels contained in a PVC printer ribbon

Confused? We'll explain.

It's fun to print with a Y-M-C-K-O!

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Topics: ID card printers, infographics, printer supplies

5 Ways an Access Control System Will Increase Safety at Your Site

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 10, 2016 1:25:00 PM

Physical access control systems can be configured in several different ways and can have a number of different components.

However, the main goal is always the same: to increase safety and security at a site.

Most people are familiar with the basic idea of access control, but oftentimes an access control system is viewed as just another way to lock doors.

After all, that's what they're supposed to do, right?Just let some people in, and keep other people out?

Well...not exactly.

While it's true that card readers and compatible locks are key parts of a good access control system, the truth is that an access control system is so much more than a series of locks and card readers.

Aside from managing access to doors, an access control system is able to enhance security at your site in a number of ways.

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Topics: access control, modern security, PremiSys, security tips, card access, building access control

How to Buy ID Cards: 5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing Your Card Type

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 5, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Your mission: You need to buy ID cards.

Your company has decided to start an identification program by issuing employee badges, and you've been given the honor of figuring out how to get it done.  

Where do you begin?

If you're like most people these days, you head to the Internet. However, typing "ID cards" into Google will present you with an overwhelming number of terms and options.

CR80, mils, CR100, composite, laminate, holographic foil, overlays...

You never knew there were so many choices for creating what you've always viewed as just a small piece of plastic.

Don't be overwhelmed!

Yes, there are tons of options when it comes to choosing the kind of card you'll be using for your ID program.

However, you can narrow your search down to the few cards that meet your needs by asking a series of key questions about what you're trying to get out of your ID program.

We've compiled a list of these key questions, which are designed to help you determine what criteria are most important to you. These important details are what will lead you to that perfect ID card, and to a sense of "mission accomplished."

ID cards? We've got questions, and you've got answers.

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

Product Spotlight: Vinyl Multi-Directional Badge Holder

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 4, 2016 12:15:00 PM

Product Spotlight is a feature that will run multiple times a week, 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: Vinyl Multi-Directional Badge Holder
Product Category: Badge Holders
SKU: 1815-1600

No two ID badging programs are exactly alike. For example, a college is going to do things a little differently than a nursing home. 

However, in some cases, the badging needs within a single facility can vary, creating what could be viewed as mini badging programs within one larger program.

Think about a place like a large industrial company: employees working in the office upstairs doing finance and marketing aren't going to need the same kind of ID credential as a worker down on the factory floor. 

 In a case like that, the upstairs employees may have standard employee badges with a name and photo, while the factory workers have smart cards that can be used to open loading bay doors or to access inventory supply rooms.

In these cases, getting the right card-carrying accessories can be tricky. You want something that meets the needs of both groups, but don't want to break the bank ordering multiple supplies at lower quantities. 

We've got a solution for those multiple-card programs: badge holders that can be used how you want!

With these holders, it's OK to flip-flop

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Topics: card accessories, product spotlight, badge holders

The 3 Hidden Benefits of Having a Visitor Management System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 2, 2016 7:30:00 AM

The main goal of any Visitor Management system is, of course, to properly and effectively process and track guests.

The impetus behind this goal can vary from site to site, but one main, across-the-board reason is that organizations want to take steps to protect their people and premises, and restricting access to facilities is a huge part of achieving that goal.

When purchasing a Visitor Management system, then, it stands to reason that you know what you're getting: additional safety for your site and a way to better track who's on your premises.

Is that all?

Nope!

Like a cheesy, late-night infomercial, "but wait — there's more!"

Aside from giving your organization a better way to track who's on-site at any given time and ensuring that only welcome guests are able to access your facilities, having a Visitor Management system installed at your site provides a number of additional benefits.

From making a strong first impression to covering your back in case of issues down the line, installing a Visitor Management system will have a positive impact on your site far beyond just issuing badges.

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Why Should You Laminate Your ID Cards?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 28, 2016 1:20:00 PM

Choosing between laminated ID cards and standard ID cards is one of the first decisions you must make when selecting new card stock for an ID program.

Why, you ask? 

Because the results of that debate are going to determine what you do with a variety of other important aspects of your program,  including:

  • What kind of ID card printer you need
  • Your cost for ID card supplies
  • Whether or not you need a card-carrying accessory
Initially, many people see the higher cost of a lamination-enabled card printer or see the burden of buying a laminating machine with pouches and are put off by the idea of lamination.

"We'll just be careful with the cards," they think.

However, laminating your ID cards offers a number of benefits to both your ID program and your organization as a whole. Some are obvious. Some are a little more obscure. 

But all three will have your organization wondering why it didn't make the switch to laminated cards sooner.

Learn more about how you'll benefit from using laminated ID cards

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, government ID cards, ID card printers, student id cards, employee badges, laminated ID cards, laminating pouches

3 Ways Badge Buddies Can Enhance Your Healthcare ID Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 22, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Modern healthcare facilities are busy places. 

Each facility has dozens of different staff members, from doctors and nurses to technicians and maintenance staff, on-site at any given time. 

It's no surprise, of course, that healthcare is one of the most heavily regulated industries when it comes to identification programs and visitor policies.

With that in mind, a post on how a hospital or clinic needs good ID cards would be preaching to the choir: if you're a healthcare facility with no identification program, chances are the government has already come calling for you.

Instead, we wanted to point out ways to make your ID program better: by using Badge Buddies!

Those in the healthcare industry are probably at least somewhat familiar with Badge Buddies, even if they aren't known by name. 

"Those things with the letters that go behind our ID badges," you say.

Yup! Those are them. And while Badge Buddies are perfect for simple, effective role recognition, they can also be used to do so much more.

How can Badge Buddies make your healthcare ID program better?

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Topics: ID cards, healthcare regulations, role recognition, healthcare, badge buddies

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