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4 Ways a Visitor Management Program Helps Increase Workplace Safety

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 26, 2016 3:45:00 PM

Think about a standard Visitor Management system.

What's the main goal any system should strive to achieve?

"Well, that's obvious," you think. "It should be able to tell you who is coming and who is going from your premises at all times."

Hey, you've been reading our website!

Sounds simple enough, right?

However, if you dig a little deeper, there's a larger root cause behind every Visitor Management system.

After all, most organizations aren't just a bunch of nosy people who want to know the names of strangers coming by.

No, the overarching goal of Visitor Management is to increase workplace safety for all on-site personnel, including both staff and guests.

And if you stop and think about it, it makes a lot of sense: Visitor Management systems try to identify threats, prevent unauthorized access and record any incidents, three key components to keeping a work site safe and incident-free. 

However, today's Visitor Management systems go far beyond simply recording a name when it comes to keeping your workplace safe from violence.

Visual deterrents, watch lists and more

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Topics: Visitor Management, expiring visitor badges, healthcare Visitor Management, education Visitor Management, office visitor management, business visitor management, workplace violence, workplace safety

Product Spotlight: Colored PVC ID Cards

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 24, 2016 3:40:00 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: Colored PVC ID Cards
Product Category: ID Cards
SKU: 1350-20xx (view full list)

Think about every ID card or employee badge you've ever had. What do they all have in common?

OK, wise guy: yes, they all have text on them. And some kind of graphic. Very funny.

If you're like most people, there will be another common thread connecting most of your ID badge experiences: all of your ID badges used plain white PVC card stock!

While most finished cards will have some kind of color photo or graphic, we're talking about the card itself here: white is the standard color for ID badges of all kinds, from basic student ID badges to corporate ID credentials.

It's easy to see why: white is easy to print on, understated and plain. White is ol' reliable, producing the same steady-but-unremarkable results, time after time.

However, if we're being honest, white PVC cards are also something else: a little...boring.

Add a splash of color to any card program

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, colored ID cards

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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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare Visitor Management

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