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How Custom Badge Buddies Can Be Used to Make a Hospital Safer

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM

If you've been to a large medical facility recently, chances are you encountered Badge Buddies on your visit.

Even if you're not familiar with the term "Badge Buddies," you'd know one if you saw it: those large ID tags with bright colors and big letters hanging behind the ID badge of your nurse, x-ray technician or doctor.

Healthcare facilities of all kinds rely on Badge Buddies to provide clear, effective role recognition for their employees.

While some facilities issue Badge Buddies simply to make things easier on patients, others are required by law to ensure that employee job functions are easily identifiable, and Badge Buddies are just the most convenient solution.

Basically, Badge Buddies are known as being great for making a worker's title clear.

However, custom Badge Buddies can also be used for another purpose: to keep staff members informed of a facility's emergency codes and procedures.

Combine Badge Buddies and emergency codes for a safer facility

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Topics: badge buddies, custom badge buddies, healthcare security, healthcare tips

Why Used Printer Ribbons Are a Threat to the Security of Your ID Card Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 10, 2018 11:00:00 AM

When creating new ID cards, most organizations are going to put at least a little bit of thought into ID card security features. The amount of thought will vary from site to site, of course: a gym printing membership cards won't be as security-conscious as a government office printing employee ID badges

No organization wants its cards to be easily counterfeited. That's why many of today's card security features exist: things like UV printing and holographic stamping are ways to ensure that forgers and scammers can't copy a badge for illegitimate purposes.

Learn more about today's most popular on-card security features.

Other card security products exist as well, including things like shielded badge holders and locking card cases. Card security is big business, and organizations go to great lengths to keep their cards protected.

But if you're printing ID cards on site, one of the bigger threats to your ID card program is probably sitting in your nearest trash barrel: used printer ribbons.

Stop throwing away sensitive card data

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Topics: ID card printers, id card security, ribbon shredder, counterfeiting

The Dos & Don'ts of Effective School Door Locks

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM

At the most basic level, a door lock really only needs to do one thing to be effective: prevent the door from being opened!

While this may seem like a low bar for success, it's true: a door lock should...well, lock doors. However, there are a number of different situations where you'd like your door locks to be capable of a little bit more. Securing doors in a school is one of those situations.

Unfortunately, today's schools need to worry about things like intruders, active shooters or lockdown situations. While we all wish these concerns never needed to enter the minds of today's educators, most schools are adopting a "better safe than sorry" approach that sees them upgrading their existing locks to something more robust.

Keeping unwanted intruders out remains the number-one priority of school door locks, but there are a few additional things that should be taken into consideration when upgrading to a new system.

Go beyond "just keep people out"

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Topics: school access control, access control for schools, school security systems, smart locks for schools

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

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 26, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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: ID cards, card security, holographic overlays, id card security

As "The Wall That Heals" Visits a City South of Boston, IDenticard Lends a Hand

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 20, 2018 2:00:00 PM

The United States' involvement in the Vietnam War may have ended in 1975, but the impact of the war is still being felt by millions of Americans today.

From those mourning loved ones who lost their lives in the conflict to veterans who continue to wrestle with their experiences overseas, the Vietnam War remains an emotional, difficult chapter in American history.

With that difficulty and emotion in mind, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund created The Wall That Heals, a 3/4-scale replica of Maya Lin's famous memorial in Washington, DC.

This replica travels around the country, visiting various cities and towns to offer healing and peace to those impacted by the war. The Wall is tended by volunteers for the duration of its stay in a particular city or town — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The South Shore Friends of The Wall That Heals was a group of volunteers looking to bring The Wall to Weymouth, a community south of Boston.

"As members of the Weymouth-Braintree Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, we were approached by one of our fellow members last summer with the idea of hosting The Wall That Heals in our community," said Trysha Ahern, co-chair of the South Shore Friends of The Wall That Heals. "Bringing it to Union Point, which is the former site of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station, also highlights some of the town’s rich military history."

A few weeks ago, the Friends had a bit of a problem: they had successfully gotten their visit from The Wall scheduled, but they had to find a way to identify the hundreds of volunteers who would be working during the event.

Giving back to a worthy cause

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Federal School Security Grant Applications Are Being Accepted Through July 30

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 18, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Students may be off enjoying the summer, but the focus on school safety and security never takes a vacation!

With that in mind, the federal government recently began accepting applications for new school security grants through the Department of Justice.

As you may remember, a few months ago, we covered the STOP School Violence Act of 2018. This act was introduced in response to the tragic violence that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and was included in the federal government's Omnibus Bill. 

To summarize what was discussed in that post, the STOP School Violence Act committed to making $25 million in school security grant funding available through the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

Back when that post was published, the details of how and when that funding would be dispersed were to be determined at a later date. We're happy to report that the "later date" has arrived.

Apply by July 30 to be eligible for funding consideration

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

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 12, 2018 12:30:00 PM

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: proximity cards, smart cards, id card tips, custom id cards

How to Choose the Right Visitor Check-In System for Your Site [Worksheet]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 6, 2018 11:00:00 AM

If someone asked you to describe the average visitor to your site, could you do it? It might be hard — after all, every guest is different.

One visitor might be a vendor looking to sell your office manager on the latest high-efficiency printer, while the next guest could be the CEO in for his annual meet-and-greet. You never know who might show up for a visit!

Unfamiliar with Visitor Management? Find out why it's so important for today's workplaces.

The Visitor Management systems used to register and process those guests are just as varied as the guests themselves: they come in all kinds of configurations with features that range from entry-level to enterprise.

That variation is both a good thing and a challenge: it's always great to have options, but choosing the right fit for you can be an overwhelming task when there are so many to choose from.

Fortunately, you can sift through the available options pretty quickly by answering a few questions.

When it comes to Visitor Management, you have all the answers

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Pennsylvania Commits $60 Million to Boosting School Security

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 29, 2018 12:00:00 PM

School may be out for the summer, but efforts to boost school security aren't taking any time off.

In recent weeks, we've seen states like New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Florida increase funding for school security. Projects that have been eligible for upgrades include physical security improvements, increased access to counseling services and funding for security staffing.

While the level of funding has varied from state to state, the ultimate goal has remained the same: to create safe, secure learning environments for students of all ages.

By increasing funding, these states have enabled their schools to take proactive security measures. Instead of responding to areas of weakness after an incident occurs, the schools are now able to address vulnerabilities and prevent trouble before it starts.

Recently, another state joined the school security funding lineup, and its a state that's near and dear to IDenticard: Pennsylvania!

The Keystone State puts school safety first

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How Should You Handle Forgotten Employee ID Badges?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 21, 2018 12:00:00 PM

It happens to the best of us: we forget things. It's human nature.

Keys get misplaced. TV remotes disappear. The name of that song you wanted to look up slips your mind. It's frustrating: "It's right on the tip of my tongue...I was just thinking about it a few minutes ago!"

Strangely, forgotten items often include things that we use on a regular basis. You'd think those everyday items would be easier to remember, but the brain works in mysterious ways.

Cell phone chargers. Car keys. Glasses. These are items that are essential to daily life, yet they often disappear.

Another item that often gets left behind? Employee ID badges

Employee badges are going to vary from place to place. How they look and how they're used is going to depend on an organization's preferences. Some organizations might require employees to have their badges at all times, while others might not care as much.

And while we already covered ways you can help your employees remember their badges in another blog post, let's be realistic: people are still going to forget.

This raises an important question: what should you do when an employee forgets his or her credential?

Zero tolerance or be a little lenient?

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