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How Do Shielded Badge Holders Work? [Video]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Identity and data theft are hot topics in today's security industry. News stories on credit card databases being hacked or malicious equipment being found at ATMs frequently pop up in the headlines.

Shielded badge holders were developed in response to threats from this kind of data theft, known as "skimming." Skimming basically refers to the practice of reading or copying data off of a card without authorization.

Some skimmers, like the ones installed at ATMs or gas pumps, require a user to swipe his or her card in order for the information on that card to be copied; that copied information can then be used by hackers or criminals.

Other skimmers, however, are contactless, and can glean information off of cards from several feet away.

Shielded badge holders are used for protection of the latter form of skimming, serving as a way to ensure that data written to smart cards doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

See the difference made by a shielded badge holder

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Topics: data security, shielded badge holders, badge holders, id card security

With Apple Leading the Way, Are Mobile Student ID Cards the Future of Campus Identification?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 6, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Student ID cards have been ubiquitous on college campuses for decades. The thin pieces of PVC are one of the first items students are given when they arrive at school and are essential to the campus experience. 

Need to get into your dorm room? Use your student ID card. Buying lunch at the dining hall? Student ID card. Finally getting around to dealing with that pile of laundry in the corner? Yup — student ID card.

The trusty student ID card has served generations of college students well. It has also evolved with the times, changing from relatively plain cards with little more than a name and photo to today's contactless smart cards that open doors and process payments.

While it's admirable that the trusty student ID card has managed to keep pace in today's tech-focused world, it's about to be challenged by what might be the only thing more ubiquitous on the average college campus: the smartphone.

A limited-use gimmick or the next big thing?

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Topics: wearable technology, tech tips, student id cards, campus id solutions

New Hampshire Continues to Boost Funding for School Safety Enhancements

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 5, 2018 11:30:00 AM

The state of New Hampshire is known for a number of different things.

The first Presidential Primary of the American election season takes place every four years in the Granite State. New Hampshire's White Mountains are home to some of the most popular ski resorts in the northeast. In New England, New Hampshire is known as the state with no sales tax, making it a popular shopping destination.

These days, New Hampshire is becoming known for something else: being a state that is fully committed to funding the security needs of all of its schools.

Last year, the Granite State set aside nearly $19 million in funding for security and quality of education improvements at its schools. According to the New Hampshire Union Leader, that money was used to fund nearly 200 different projects across the state.

And while that budget figure was impressive, New Hampshire wasn't done.

A commitment to secure as many schools as possible

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Topics: school safety, school security, access control for schools, school security systems, grant funding

Tennessee & Wisconsin Become the Latest States to Boost School Security Efforts [Updated]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 4, 2018 6:00:00 AM

In an encouraging show of bipartisanship, local and state governments across the United States continue to show that they're serious about increasing security at the schools that fall under their jurisdiction.

Many are offering boosts through grant programs, while others are creating opportunities for site security assessments or the addition of on-site law enforcement resources.

Maryland and Florida passed bills covering school security in recent months, and the federal Omnibus Bill also increased funding for a variety of school security-related expenditures.

Two more states can now be added to the list: legislators in Tennessee and Wisconsin recently passed bills designed to help enhance school security in a number of different ways.

What do the Volunteer State and the Badger State have in common?

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Why Smart Access Control Is Essential For Today's Multi-Family Properties [White Paper]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 1, 2018 1:00:00 PM

The main focus of today's multi-family complexes is to provide a welcoming, secure environment for residents. 

Whether it's a property management company running an apartment building or a homeowner's association managing a condo complex, a great deal of time and effort is spent on making sure that the property is run in a way that keeps the residents happy.

Property amenities usually play a role in these efforts as well. The managers of these properties want their facilities to have the "latest and greatest" everything, from theater rooms and roof decks to basketball courts and swimming pools, in order to keep current residents happy and to attract new ones.

In many cases, "property upgrades" made by these facilities focus on those kinds of upgrades: the attention-getting ones that will look good on the front of a brochure.

However, there's an upgrade that can help improve quality of life for residents and ease of management for condo boards or property managers: switch up the way residents gain access to the property.

The physical lock-and-key set-up is no longer good enough

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Topics: access control, modern security, access control for apartment buildings, multifamily access control, building access control

IDenticard and Creighton Community School Team Up for a Worthy Cause

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 7, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Canada and the global hockey community were left reeling by the tragedy that occurred in Saskatchewan on April 6, when 16 members of a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team were killed in a collision between their team bus and a tractor trailer.

The Humboldt Broncos hockey team was traveling to Nipawin, Saskatchewan, for a playoff game when the accident occurred, taking the lives of 16 players, front office members and team staff. 13 more members of the organization were injured.

The accident sparked a period of mourning throughout the hockey world, with tributes played in NHL arenas and a global "sticks out for Humboldt" movement spreading across social media. 

In the days and weeks after the accident, the Saskatchewan community banded together to help get aid to the survivors and to the families of the victims.

When a local school approached IDenticard with an idea on how to help, throwing our support behind their plan was a no-brainer.

Raising funds to help those in need

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Topics: custom lanyards, worthy cause

What the STOP School Violence Act Means for School Security Funding

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 3, 2018 2:00:00 PM

In late March of this year, the President of the United States signed the FY18 Omnibus Bill, a piece of legislation that provided $1.3 trillion of funding to keep the federal government running through the end of the fiscal year.

Like everything else in Washington these days, the bill was hotly contested. It was a massive bill, with numerous earmarks for everything from military installations to federal employment programs.

In all, $700 billion was budgeted for military use, while nearly $600 billion was allocated for use on domestic programs. Those are some big numbers!

Somewhat lost in the bitter political back-and-forth that followed the bill's passage was an important section on school security spurred by the tragic event in Parkland, Florida, back in February.

This section of the bill, and the $75 million in funding that comes with it, has the potential to have a sizable impact on the security of American schools.

What STOP means for school security grants, training and more

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Topics: education, school security, school access control, school security systems, government regulations

Two More States Recently Passed School Security Legislation

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 26, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Given recent events, it's no surprise that school safety and facility security are big talking points for legislators across the United States. 

From City Council meetings to State Senate hearings, legislators at all levels are debating measure after measure, all of them designed to increase security for students, faculty and staff at schools of all kinds.

While we all wish these debates and laws weren't necessary, the sad reality is that schools now need to take active measures to keep personnel safe from both internal and external threats.

By putting legal requirements around such measures, governments are taking steps to ensure that schools are kept safe, regardless of size, type or location.

Learn more about what these two states are doing to secure their schools

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Topics: access control, access control for schools, school security systems, laws and regulations

How the New American Tax Law Benefits Those Seeking an Access Control System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 10, 2018 2:00:00 PM

While your final opinion on the bill might depend on your political views, it's always a pretty big deal when a new tax bill gets signed into law in the United States.

An American tax overhaul impacts all sectors of the economy, from small businesses all the way up to the biggest corporations. Compensation plans are adjusted, bonuses are tinkered with and budgets are tweaked.

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Public Law 115-97) was enacted in late 2017, there was a flurry of activity. Tax brackets shifted for millions of Americans and companies began scrambling to get their books in order. 

While most people were rightly focused on what these tax changes would mean for their personal bottom lines, there were a number of business changes that slipped through the cracks, unnoticed by many.

These changes mainly came in the form of new rules around deductions, which allow businesses or individuals to "write off" certain expenses.

A number of new deductions involved things that may not be relevant to the average business owner, like company cars or heavy machinery; however, there's a second group of deductions that may help business owners save money in the coming year.

One of the items in that group? Access control and security systems.

You can get a new system – and a break from Uncle Sam

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Pop Quiz: 3 Questions to Ask About Your School Security System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 6, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Summer is slowly drawing to a close, and that means one thing: it's back-to-school time!

Many districts across the country have already resumed classes for the year, and the majority of those still on summer vacation will return to school after the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Back-to-school season is a time to stock up on supplies, sharpen those pencils, set up lesson plans and ensure that facilities are ready to handle another year's worth of activity.

However, back-to-school season is also the perfect time to reflect on and assess the state of an essential part of school operations: your school security system.

For most schools, decisions on capital expenses (like a new security system) are made in the late spring. However, that doesn't mean that taking a closer look at a security system should be limited to those spring months.

Back-to-school time is a season of the new: new students, new teachers, new staff members, new policies. 

This "newness" is a great way to assess the systems and procedures you already have in place, and to determine if there are areas in which you need to make improvements.

Acing this quiz helps lead to a safer, more secure school

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Topics: Visitor Management, school visitor management, school safety, school security, building security, school access control, access control for schools, school security systems, lockdown

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