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Contractors, Employees and Assets: What is People Presence Management?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 27, 2016 3:00:00 PM

It's kind of a vague-sounding term, isn't it?

People Presence Management.

Managing presences? Is it making sure people are present?

Is it giving presents to people, just spelled incorrectly?

Yes, the idea of People Presence Management can be confusing, as it kind of sounds like a buzzword that doesn't really mean anything, like "moving the needle" or "value add."

However, in reality, you're probably already performing some kind of People Presence Management at your worksite, without even knowing it.

People Presence Management, as a practice, is a key aspect of increasing workplace safety, limiting billing discrepancies and ensuring that key insurances are recorded and up to date.

Like Visitor Management, People Presence Management is an emerging concept in the ID and security industries.

Solutions range from the basic to the comprehensive, but all of them have the same goal:

To increase control over what's going on at a worksite, thereby increasing safety and security for all.

You're probably already performing People Presence Management...

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Topics: WhosOnLocation, Visitor Management, employee attendance, contractor management, asset management, people presence management, insurance

End Fitting, Imprint Method & More: Understanding Key Lanyard Terms

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 23, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Lanyards are one of the most popular ID card accessories. Most people will have some idea of what a lanyard is, though they may know it as something else, like a card necklace, card carrier or even a shoelace (yes, we've heard that one before).

Lanyards are popular for a number of reasons:

  • They're easy to use: just put one around your neck!
  • They're customizable, making them perfect for brand enhancement.
  • They're versatile, offering dozens of end fittings, sizes and colors to meet any need.

Whether you're looking for a plain, affordable lanyard to issue at a convention or want to create a custom-branded solution to use as a giveaway item, you're going to run into a variety of new (and potentially confusing) terms when you're shopping around.

Finishing options? End fitting? Imprint method? 

We eat, sleep and breathe lanyards, so terms like the three listed above are second nature to us.

However, we also understand that not everyone is obsessed with ID like we are, so we wanted to provide a glossary of key terms related to lanyards.

Understanding the terms below is key to making sure you get the perfect lanyard to suit your needs. 

Consider this "Lanyards 101." Class is now in session!

Earn your bachelor's degree in lanyards

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Topics: custom lanyards, lanyards, card accessories

Product Spotlight: Custom Badge Reels with Variable Text

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 20, 2016 12:00:00 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: Custom Badge Reels with Variable Text
Product Category: Badge Reels
SKU: Multiple SKUs (view full list here)

Custom retractable badge reels are a popular ID card accessory. They're easy to use, feature custom graphics for brand enhancement and are able to carry multiple cards or keys at a time.

Plus, if we're being honest, they're kind of cool. Who hasn't had a badge reel and spent some time pulling the cord all the way out to watch it flail around? 

No? Just us? OK, moving on...

Custom badge reels are used in a variety of circumstances, like holding employee badges at offices or as giveaway items at marketing or promotional events.

On the surface, custom badge reels are pretty straightforward: take a badge reel, add your logo and POW! Custom badge reel.

However, we found a way to make custom badge reels even more "custom": by allowing the addition of different lines of text on each reel!

With variable text, it's OK to be different

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Topics: custom products, custom badge reels, product spotlight, badge reels, id accessories

4 Questions to Ask When Choosing ID Badge Holders

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

Your office is getting ready to launch its new employee badge program, and you need to buy new ID badge holders.

Where do you begin?

When it comes to choosing this common ID accessory, many people will have only a vague idea of what they need: "some plastic thing to carry the card, and then wear it too."

Accurate, but not very helpful!

In many cases, people are unaware of how many options there are for something as simple as an ID badge holder. Think of all the possibilities: Rigid. Flexible. Color. Clear. Shielded. Multi-card. Arm-band. Credential wallet. Premium vinyl.

The list goes on and on. It's enough to overwhelm, and definitely makes the buying process much more difficult.

However, it's a lot easier to zero in on the perfect badge holder for your needs if you're able to narrow down the list of options by asking yourself a series of questions.

We've got the questions, you've got the answers

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Topics: card accessories, custom badge reels, shielded badge holders, badge holders, ID tips

Product Spotlight: Vinyl Badge Holders with Color Bar & Neck Cord

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 13, 2016 12:00:00 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 Vertical/Horizontal Holders with Color Bar and Neck Cord
Product Category: Lanyards
SKU: 1860-2701, 1860-2702, 1860-2704, 1860-2705, 1860-2706, 1860-2709, 1860-2801, 1860-2802, 1860-2804, 1860-2805, 1860-2806, 1860-2808, 1860-2809

Your convention is in a couple of weeks, and you're running through your final checklist:

  • Gift bags? Check
  • Attendee badge printer? Check
  • Attendee badges? Check
  • A way for the attendees to carry those badges? Uh oh...

Not to worry!

Whether your convention or large meeting is expecting hundreds of guests or thousands, our vinyl badge holders with a color bar and neck cord are the perfect badge holders for conventions.

With several colors available, an adjustable neck cord for easy wear and a familiar size, these badge holders will take the stress out of the hunt for that perfect card accessory.

Color, convenience and role recognition

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Topics: card accessories, product spotlight, badge holders, color bar badge holders

3 Ways to Do More with Your Employee Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 9, 2016 3:00:00 PM

The majority of today's workplaces require employees to carry some form of identification card. These employee badges are often pretty standard: a name, a photo, a title, maybe a company logo.

There's a reason why such a format is so popular: it works.

Simplicity is king in many cases, with organizations settling for the basics because they're not aware of the other options out there.

However, if you're settling for a basic ID card for your employees, you're missing out on an opportunity to make your ID program even more powerful.

ID cards all perform one key function: they verify the identity of the wearer. However, you can also use your ID credentials to perform a variety of other tasks.

By simply changing the kind of card stock you use and adding some equipment, you can take your ID card program from "ID only" to "wow, this card does a lot!"

In doing so, you can make life easier on your employees, offer a better way to track attendance and more, taking your ID program to another level.

Keep the ID, but do more with it

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Topics: proximity cards, smart cards, ID cards, employee attendance, employee badges, employee ID cards, smart credentials

Product Spotlight: Polka Dot Lanyards

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 7, 2016 12:30:00 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: Polka Dot Lanyards
Product Category: Lanyards
SKU: 2138-7283, 2138-7284, 2138-7288, 2138-7289

Think about a standard lanyard. What words come to mind?

Reliable. Dependable. Plain. Simple.

These are all great words, sure. But they don't exactly set the world aflame with excitement

Custom lanyards, obviously, are a much different story.

With detailed graphics, bold text and a variety of colors, custom lanyards are designed to stand out and grab attention.

But custom lanyards come with a custom price, and some organizations simply don't need the branding that comes with a custom solution.

Does that mean you have to settle for plain lanyards?


Our latest lanyard offering brings you the colors and boldness of a custom lanyard at the price of a standard lanyard.

Your life could use more polka dots

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Topics: lanyards, product spotlight, polka dot lanyards

5 Ways an Access Control System Can Help Increase Safety in Schools

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 2, 2016 3:00:00 PM

In a perfect world, schools would be places where teachers could focus on educating young minds and students could focus on learning, unbothered by external threats or concerns.

Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world.

Today, having a plan for school security is of the utmost importance, whether at a neighborhood elementary school or a sprawling college campus.

We've touched on school security before, discussing how Visitor Management helps make schools safer by keeping certain threats outside. 

However, there's another way to increase safety in schools, keeping threats out and monitoring potential threats inside: installing an access control system.

How does access control lead to a safer school?

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Topics: access control, building access control, school safety, school security, PremiSys NDE, building security

Two New Features that Let You Do More with WhosOnLocation

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 31, 2016 11:15:00 AM

One of the best parts of WhosOnLocation is that it's a web-based program. There are no downloads, no CD-ROMs (remember those?!), no hassle...just open a browser and go!

A benefit of this web-based existence is that the WhosOnLocation team is able to quickly and efficiently push updates out to the program, everything from patches and bug fixes to new features.

It's new features that we have for you today, with WhosOnLocation releasing the Lone Worker Trigger and Photo Capture to their already-robust feature offering.

These two tools cover different ends of the people presence management spectrum (one is for employees and contractors, while the other is more useful for guests), but they come together to give you even more control and more security at your site.

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Topics: WhosOnLocation, Visitor Management, security tips, photo capture

How to Use Acknowledgement Notices to Increase Workplace Safety

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 30, 2016 10:45:00 AM

By nature, worksites are busy places.

From small offices to bustling construction sites, warehouses to office towers, there's always a flurry of activity.

As an employee, you get to know your worksite pretty intimately: you know that there's a fire drill on the first Friday of every month, or that you need to avoid the big conference room because the ceiling is leaking.

When you spend the majority of your day at the same place, you get pretty familiar with all of the ins and outs, and those in charge are able to effectively communicate any status changes.

For example, if the kitchen is going to be closed on Tuesday, a facility email is sufficient to inform all employees.

However, visitors to your facility have no way of knowing what's going on at your site prior to arrival, and will likely be unfamiliar with rules, regulations, tips and tricks.

Keeping your visitors informed is more than just common courtesy (obviously they should know that Monday is food truck day!); it also helps keep them safe, alerting them to potential hazards, facility policies and more.

So, how can you keep your guests in the know?

Sure, you could have your front desk personnel read each guest a few announcements, or could just put a piece of paper at the front door. 

But that would take time out of your employee's day, and signs often get overlooked.

There's a better way.

Acknowledgement notices: Digital confirmation of "yes, I understand"

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Topics: WhosOnLocation, Visitor Management, school visitor management, healthcare Visitor Management, acknowledgement notices, workplace safety, government Visitor Management

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