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How to Take a Great Employee ID Photo

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

It's the most important aspect of any student ID card, employee badge or other ID credential, yet it's the aspect that gives organizations the most trouble: the photo!

On the surface, taking a photo seems like it should be easy: just point the camera at the subject, press the button, put the file on a computer, crop it to fit and voilà — an ID photo!

However, anyone who has ever tried to take an employee ID photo knows that's never how it works.

There's always something that comes up:

  • "Why do I look like a ghost?!?"
  • "What's with all the shadows?"
  • "Ugh, I have red eye!"

It's OK to admit it: taking a good employee ID photo is hard. 

However, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to drastically cut down on the number of re-shoots you need to do, making those days of "selfie" photo ID badges a distant memory.

You don't need to be a pro to get professional-quality shots

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

3 Ways to Do More with Your Employee Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 14, 2017 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

Violence in Healthcare Continues to Escalate, Polls Show

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 8, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Spend some time talking to doctors, nurses and other healthcare personnel about issues of safety and security at today's hospitals and medical centers.

In all likelihood, you'll walk away from the conversation with an unsettling conclusion: the situation is far from under control, and is actually getting worse.

Pundits and industry experts have a number of different theories on why there's been such an increase in these violent incidents.

Some say it's due to an increase in the number of patients with mental health issues using standard facilities or due to tightened budgets leading to less money to spend on security.

Others think the incidents have always been occurring, and that an increased focus on security in today's "breaking news" social media climate has only served as a way to bring them to light.

Whatever the impetus for the increase may be, there's no denying that the increase is real. Recent polls have confirmed that, with some sobering statistics.

68% of one area's healthcare workers said what?

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Topics: Visitor Management, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, healthcare security

3 Ways Our JetPak™ ID Cards Go Above & Beyond PVC Cards

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

PVC has long been the standard material for ID cards across a number of industries. And while PVC makes a fine ID card, it's become more of a fall-back option: "We've ordered PVC cards for years...might as well stick with it."

But why stick with the same ol' solution when there's a better solution out there?

That solution is JetPak ID cards, our alternative to PVC cards that beats the old standard in just about every possible way.

To the untrained eye, a JetPak card might look and feel the exact same as a PVC ID card. After all, a card is a card, right? You just print some stuff on it, maybe laminate it, then go on your way.

Wrong! The JetPak card offers a number of features that leave the standard PVC card in the dust, making it the card of choice for dozens of federal government agencies, police departments, county sheriffs, corporate entities and more.

What is a JetPak card?

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Topics: ID cards, PVC, card security, JetPak, secure ID card, government ID cards, security features

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

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 30, 2017 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

4 Real-World Examples of How a Visitor Management System Helped Our Customers

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 27, 2017 1:00:00 PM

We've talked a lot about Visitor Management in this blog. What it is, how to get the most out of a system and why an organization needs it have all been discussed.

"Great," you think. "But how do I know if any of this is actually working for anyone?"

Good point!

It's easy for us to tell you how valuable Visitor Management is, but it's a lot more beneficial to hear about actual cases where a Visitor Management system prevented an incident, saved a customer money or had some other tangible benefit.

With that in mind, we collected stories from several sites or customers using one of our Visitor Management solutions. We wanted to know how their Visitor Management installation was working and how it had benefited their site.

Their answers were eye-opening, and really show the range of benefits a good Visitor Management installation can offer.

Let these users tell you how their Visitor Management system is working

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Topics: Visitor Management, contractor management, healthcare Visitor Management

The 3 Most Common ID Card Sizes [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 25, 2017 3:00:00 PM

ID cards are a common item, one that pretty much everyone will use at one point in their lives.

However, if you asked the average person for the dimensions of a standard ID card, the answer would probably be something like "the size of a credit card" or "a few inches."

The truth is, when many organizations are looking to get new ID credentials or to switch up their badging program, they aren't quite sure which size to choose. 

This helpful infographic below illustrates the three most common card sizes, including their dimensions and common uses, to answer the question:

What size ID card do I need?

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Topics: proximity cards, smart cards, card tips, ID cards, ID card sizes, infographics

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

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 20, 2017 1:00:00 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

4 Ways to Make Visits Better For Your Guests

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 17, 2017 10:30:00 AM

As a business, you spend a lot of time thinking about guests as part of your office visitor policy.

All kinds of guests! Important guests, annoying guests, "I swear I'm not selling anything" guests, corporate guests, unwanted guests...name the guest type, and chances are it has crossed your mind at some point.

However, most of the time an organization spends thinking about guests involves what to do with a guest once he or she arrives on-site:

  • Management wants to know who's going to be escorting the guest around the office.
  • Security wants to know how long the guest will be staying.
  • Your employees want to know if this guest is important enough for an office lunch to be provided.

To be fair, the lines of thinking above make a lot of sense. After all, you're the host organization; you're worried about hosting.

But to get the most out of your visits, you need to think about things from your guest's point of view.

By putting yourself in the shoes of your guests, you're able to address their needs, identify their pain points and improve your processes to a point where all of the anxiety of a visit is taken away.

Better processes lead to better visits

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Topics: Visitor Management, guest management, office visitor management, guest experience, office tips

3 Keys to an Effective Hospital Safety & Security Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Unfortunately, it's a frightening reality: violent incidents are occurring at healthcare facilities with an increasing degree of frequency.

While most hospitals and medical centers took an interest in security in the past, today's climate has made a stronger focus on security an essential part of any healthcare facility.

There's only one problem: adding a comprehensive security system to a hospital can be an overwhelming undertaking due to the number of things that need to be taken into consideration.

Making a healthcare facility more secure is a lot more complex than, say, securing a small office building.

At the office building, adding a security guard to the front desk and some locks to the doors should be enough, as most offices aren't dealing with dangerous/controlled substances and there won't be many visitors coming and going.

It's a very different story at a hospital, however.

On the average day, visitors come to see patients, pharmaceutical representatives visit doctors and there's staff changeover with interns coming and going or physicians visiting from other hospitals.

It gets chaotic pretty quickly. So how do you cut through the noise and find that perfect, effective hospital security plan?

Focus on three distinct areas

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Topics: Visitor Management, access control, hospital security, healthcare, healthcare Visitor Management, healthcare security, hospital ID badges

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