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4 Things You Need to Stop Doing With Your ID Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 9, 2016 4:00:00 PM

ID cards are pretty versatile, able to be used for a variety of different things.

An ID card can...

  • open a door.
  • pay for your lunch.
  • record your attendance at work.
  • log you into your work computer.

Yes, the tasks an ID card can accomplish (especially a smart card or a proximity card) go far beyond what you'd expect from a small rectangle of plastic or synthetic paper.

However, that doesn't mean an ID card can do it all.

Admit it: you've used your ID card, especially your employee badge, for non-ID purposes. We know your card didn't get that crack or those frayed edges from being worn on a badge reel all of the time.

We've all been there: we need a quick tool to perform a simple task. And when you're at work, your employee badge is right there at all times. It's tempting to reach for it...

But you have to resist! Using your ID badge for the tasks below may seem like a quick, easy solution, but it'll ultimately shorten the lifespan of your credential and cost your employer money down the line.

Put your hands up and step away from the ID badge...

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, employee badges, laminated ID cards, employee ID cards

Custom Lanyards 101: What Are Continuous and Positional Printing?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 7, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Custom lanyards are more than a great way to carry and display an ID card, employee badge or set of keys: they're also a highly customizable, brand-enhancing solution! With the release of our all-new custom lanyard tool, we want to shine some light on a few key custom lanyard terms. We hope these posts will help you better understand the world of custom lanyards.

When it comes to custom lanyards, "print type" can refer to more than one thing.

  • It can be the method used to print your custom design on the lanyard (e.g. dye sublimation, silk screen, etc.).
  • It can be the layout and alignment of the custom design itself.

In this case, positional printing refers the the latter: the actual alignment of the custom imagery itself.

When most people look at a custom-printed lanyard, they notice a few things right away: the custom graphic, the logo, the text, maybe the end fitting.

What most people don't notice is the way the custom design itself is printed. 

"I didn't even know you could print it more than one way," you think. 

Exactly!

But much like you can choose a variety of alignments when typing up a document, there is a difference between lanyard print alignments, and choosing one style over another will have a big impact on the overall look of your custom lanyard.

Don't get caught out of position

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Topics: custom lanyards, lanyards, custom products

8 Ways to Improve Your Lobby for a Better Guest Experience

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 2, 2016 4:00:00 PM

It's a place you probably breeze right through daily.

Maybe you say "hi" to the receptionist or pause briefly at your employee attendance sign-in station, but other than that, you pay it little mind.

However, your lobby is arguably the most important aspect of your site for one key reason: it's where your guests will get their official first on-site impression of your organization.

With that in mind, take a second to think about your lobby. 

  • What's it like?
  • What kind of impression or vibe does it give off?
  • Is it warm and welcoming, or distant and corporate?

Most importantly, ask yourself this:

"How would I feel waiting in this lobby?"

The easiest way to create the best guest experience possible is to put yourself in the guest's shoes.

Be our guest...

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Topics: Visitor Management, lobby tips, guest experience

3 Reasons to Get "Smart" & Ditch Keys for Apartment Building Access

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 30, 2016 4:00:00 PM

It's something most people will do more than once every day, most times without ever giving it a second thought: using a key to open a lock.

Whether it's to open a locker at the gym, start your car or get into your apartment at the end of a long day's work, keys have long been the standard for locking and unlocking doors.

The old adage states, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." However, the fact that something "ain't broke" doesn't necessarily mean it can't be made better.

Many people, particularly those who live in single-family homes or small apartment buildings, don't realize how much of a hassle keys can be, as they only have a few for their front door, back door and garage.

But for those who manage multifamily buildings like condo complexes or high-rise apartments, the stresses of life with hundreds of keys are all too familiar.

Keys getting lost. Keys getting duplicated. Outgoing tenants failing to return keys. The list goes on and on.

For the sake of convenience and security, now is a great time for multifamily apartment buildings to look into leaving keys behind and getting "smart" by using smart cards or other contactless access credentials for their access control programs.

Whether you're the head of a condo board at a complex in Key Largo or the building superintendent for a high-rise tower in Manhattan, there's a better way to give your residents convenient, secure access to their homes.

Reconsidering keys is the "smart" thing to do

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Topics: access control, access control for apartment buildings, multifamily access control, building access control, smart credentials

3 Guest Problems That Can Be Solved By a Visitor Management System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 22, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Every workplace wants to provide an optimal experience for each of its guests.

Whether you work at a small office that's hosting someone from corporate for the day or you're part of a large firm welcoming big shots from a potential client, creating that ideal guest experience is key to a successful visit

It's important, though, to be realistic: people are busy.

Many organizations don't even have the luxury of having a staffed front desk, let alone having a dedicated, concierge-esque staff member whose job is to ensure a smooth visit for every guest.

For most organizations, this is where Visitor Management comes into play: it's a tool that can be used to ensure that every visitor to your facility has a great experience.

But for a number of reasons, organizations brush off the idea of Visitor Management. Common excuses include:

  • "Our building is already safe."
  • "We don't have enough guests."
  • "Ah, we just don't need it."

The irony, of course, is that many of the organizations making these excuses suffer from the very problems a good Visitor Management system can solve.

Visitor Management identifies and addresses pain points for guests at your site

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

What Are Wireless Door Locks, and How Are They Used?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The "lock and key" combination has been an essential part of facility security for centuries.

From medieval dungeons to today's homes, using a physical key and metal lock to gain entry to a place is something the majority of people have done at some point.

The lock and key is classic. It's reliable. It's trustworthy.

However, technology marches on, and with the advance of computers and electronic components, card-based access control systems became common.

Particularly at office buildings, out went physical keys and in came access cards paired with card readers, controllers and other technology.

These card reader systems often have a few different components, including a wired card reader, a lock that takes orders from the reader and access control software that sets the rules and manages cardholders.

As these became more popular and the technology improved, a new alternative emerged as a complement to wired locks: wireless door locks.

Wireless door locks offer the same convenient functionality as wired locks, but with easier installation, lower costs and a wealth of management options.

See how seamlessly wireless door locks can fit in your system

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Topics: access control, access control for apartment buildings, multifamily access control, wireless lock systems, Schlage locks, building access control, PremiSys NDE, wireless door locks

Learn How One School is Getting Creative With Our Credential Wallets

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 16, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Let's be honest: badge holders can be boring.

It's not their fault! There just aren't many ways to get creative with a badge holder. 

Sure, you can add your logo for a cool, custom-branded solution. Maybe you can choose a shielded holder or an arm band holder to be different.

Other than that, badge holders kind of just go with the flow, doing their job without much fanfare.

There's nothing wrong with that! Badge holders may be a "no-frills" solution, but they're reliable, easy to use and affordable.

Did you know: our badge holders selector tool makes it easy to find the perfect holder for you! >>

However, we recently discovered that a school in the Pacific Northwest is using our badge holders (specifically our credential wallets) in a creative, kid-friendly way that promotes learning, responsibility and a supportive school atmosphere

All of that...from a credential wallet?!

What are Lion Leaders, and how do our badge holders help?

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Topics: badge holders, id accessories, school ID tips, badge holders for schools

Make It Yours: 2 Reasons to Choose Custom Card Accessories Over Stock Products

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 11, 2016 2:00:00 PM

When shopping for a badge reel, badge holderlanyard or other card accessory, you have a variety of things that you need to consider before making a purchase.

You'll ask yourself questions like:

  • How do I want these accessories to attach to the wearer?
  • What kind of accessory best fits my credentials?
  • Do I need to buy different accessories for different personnel?

These questions will help you zero in on the perfect card-carrying accessory for you.

However, there's another question that you should ask yourself that could have an even bigger impact than anything you choose above:

"Do I want custom card accessories or stock products?"

The "custom vs. stock" argument has been going on for as long as products like custom lanyards and custom badge reels have existed, and there's really no right or wrong answer. 

Stock products will be great for customers looking for something quick, with cost being a primary concern. For other organizations, spending a little more for an eye-catching custom product is worth the wait.

Click here to get an idea of what kind of custom products we can offer your organization >>

While we do think stock products are great, custom card accessories offer a few hidden benefits that stock products can't match, making it worth your while to make the investment in making something your own.

Enhance your brand with a unique card-carrying solution

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Topics: custom lanyards, lanyards, card accessories, custom products, custom badge reels, badge reels, employee ID cards, ID tips

The Blueprint for the Perfect Employee Badge [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 8, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Creating a great employee badge for your organization can be tricky. 

You want something professional, but not too expensive; something that looks cool, but won't be too hard to personalize and issue.

Basically, you want it all.

Fortunately, creating an awesome ID badge for your employees isn't as confusing as it may seem.

Today, ID cards can be completely personalized, from the inside out. You can add everything from custom ID card security features to pre-programmed chips that allow the cards to open doors, make payments and more.

When creating these ID cards, however, there are a few important steps you should follow if you want to get the most out of your new credentials.

We call these steps a "blueprint" to creating the perfect employee badge, and put the steps into a handy infographic for you to download and view before your next big badging operation.

Get your free infographic and create the best ID cards possible

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, employee badges, infographics, employee ID cards

3 Reasons You Need Server Rack Security

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 3, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Cyber security is of the utmost concern for organizations of all kinds.

From the Presidential debates to the front page of the local newspaper, you're seeing it everywhere: a data breach here, an email leak there, thousands of credit card numbers stolen, hundreds of identities compromised.

With the Internet playing such a huge role in global commerce, it's no wonder there's such an intense focus on keeping the data that powers that commerce engine safe from prying eyes and nefarious characters.

Organizations of all kinds spend millions of dollars securing networks, locking down accounts, fending off hackers and more, all in the name of keeping valuable data safe.

If your organization does any kind of business online, from e-commerce sales to email communication, chances are you're taking some steps to protect that data. 

However, there's an unsettling truth to all of these security measures: many organizations completely forget about securing the physical locations where this data is stored and processed.

We're talking, of course, about servers, the backbones of the Internet and keys to any web page visit, Facebook post, online transaction or Tweet.

Server rack security protects your customers, company and reputation

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Topics: access control, Rack Armor, server security, modern security, data security

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