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The 3 Hidden Benefits of Having a Visitor Management System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 14, 2018 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

What is a Stickyback Card, and How is it Used?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 9, 2018 8:45:00 AM

From a curiosity standpoint, stickyback cards have one of the most interesting names of any product in our offering.

"Stickyback." 

Just reading the word raises all kinds of questions.

  • Is it some kind of candy bar?
  • Is it someone describing a piece of tape?
  • Did someone fall in a giant bucket of honey? Is that how he or she ended up getting so sticky?

Yes, there are plenty of questions about stickybacks, but let's address the most important one first (no, not the honey): what, exactly, is a stickyback ID card?

Stickyback cards are adhesive-backed cards designed to be attached to some kind of existing ID card or credential.

They're a unique and versatile ID solution, enabling organizations to save money while still identifying all of their employees.

Learn more about stickyback cards and how our customers use them

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Topics: proximity cards, smart cards, card tips, ID cards, employee badges, stickyback cards, employee ID cards

Lanyards 101: The Anatomy of a Custom Lanyard [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 6, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Lanyards are one of the most popular ways to carry and display an ID badge, and it's easy to see why. They are, among other things, a very easy-to-use, versatile card accessory.

Custom lanyards take all that's good about a plain lanyard and magnify it with the addition of eye-catching branding. By putting your logo, slogan or other imagery on a custom lanyard, you're offering a way to carry a card or badge that also promotes your brand.

Basically, a cool custom lanyard can serve as a mini-billboard for your organization!

Whether you're using custom lanyards to sell in a gift shop or to issue to your employees, it's important to know what you're getting. And when you're designing your own custom lanyard, you're faced with a ton of choices:

Do you want a safety breakaway? What kind of finishing option do you need? Will you be wanting a plastic card clip, or a swivel hook? What material do you like?

It's enough to make your head spin!

Fortunately, we're here to cut through all the noise for you. We designed a helpful infographic that clearly identifies the major components of a custom lanyard, enabling you to be a more informed consumer next time you make a custom lanyard purchase.

Download our FREE custom lanyard infographic!

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Topics: custom lanyards, lanyards, custom products, infographics

Retractable Badge Reels: What Are Your Options for End Fittings?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 16, 2018 11:30:00 AM

Retractable badge reels, also known as retractable card holders, are one of the most popular ways to carry and display an ID credential.

It's easy to see why: they can be customized for branding purposes, are easy to attach to the user and keep an ID card within reach for scanning or swiping at all times.

When it comes to choosing a badge reel, there are three main things to consider:

  • Color and shape
  • Attachment type
  • End fitting

Color and shape, of course, require no further explanation.

Attachment type refers to the piece on the back of the badge reel that secures the reel to the wearer. Common attachments include a swivel clip, a swivel clip with teeth and a slide clip.

The last one is arguably the most important, and potentially the most confusing: the end fitting.

On a badge reel, the end fitting refers to the piece at the end of the retractable cord that attaches to the ID card or badge holder.

What kind of end fitting you want on your retractable badge reels will depend largely on what kind of card or badge holder you'll be attaching. 

Fortunately, we offer several different end fittings to suit any need.

What kind of badge reel end fittings do we offer?

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Topics: card accessories, custom badge reels, badge reel end fittings, badge reels

CR-What? The Difference Between CR80 and CR100 ID Cards

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 11, 2018 3:00:00 PM

It's something you'll see often if you're shopping for new ID cards: the letters "CR" followed by a dash and a two- or three-digit number.

Those unfamiliar with ID cards probably see that collection of characters and assume it's some kind of branding tool or the name of a specific product.

However, the CR numbers are actually something much more basic: they denote the size of the ID credentials to which they are assigned.

Similar to how an XL men's dress shirt will always have the same sleeve length and how you know exactly how many ounces of liquid are in your "venti" coffee, "CR-" is a way to inform shoppers about the exact dimensions of an ID credential.

There are several different sizes of ID credential, but this post will focus on the two most popular sizes:

CR80 and CR100.

Learn more about CR80 and CR100 ID cards

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, government ID cards, student id cards, employee badges

Watch How Easy It Is for Your RFID Card to be Cloned By Hackers [Video]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 9, 2018 2:00:00 PM

It's a video that should give pause to any organization that uses radio-frequency identification (RFID) cards as employee badges.

TechInsider recently posted a video that the company shot with Redteam Security, an online security consulting group, that shows just how easy it is for hackers to not only copy the data on a smart card, but to also copy that data to a new card to create a fully functional clone.

If you're an employee whose company uses smart cards for access, the video is a bit troubling. 

"Huh," you think. "Someone could get into our office like that. That's not good."

For security directors at government organizations, utility companies or organizations dealing in confidential matters, the video is chilling:

"That's how easy it is for someone to get access to our building, our computers and our data."

See the video that will keep security directors up at night

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Topics: tech tips, smart cards, card security, data security, skimming, RFID cards

Go Beyond Cards: 2 Ways to Diversify Your Access Control Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 5, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Access cards are a great solution for door control. They're easy to use, combining a familiar form factor (the card) with a simple swiping motion to grant access to doors, closets, cabinets and more.

In the world of door and access control, cards are king. Access cards have been around for decades, and haven't really changed much: a slot here, a serial number there and maybe a little slimming down.

However, while we love our cards, proximity technology has advanced since the early days of the prox card. Proximity chips have gotten smaller in both thickness and diameter, enabling manufacturers to do things with the chips that weren't possible 15 or 20 years ago.

These new options for access and door control provide the best of both worlds, offering familiar proximity technology in a sleek, modern package.

So...how can you diversify your door control and access card program?

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Topics: wearable technology, tech tips, door control, proximity cards, access control, key fob

Printer Ribbons: What does YMCKO mean?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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

4 Ways a Visitor Management System Helps Secure Your School

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Schools around the world continue to face both internal and external threats to the safety of students and staff. Unfortunately, the daily news seems to be filled with school security incidents, from intruders to violence.

With these threats in mind, school security has never been more important. For that reason, using a simple sign-in sheet is no longer sufficient for protecting school students and staff. 

Today's schools need comprehensive Visitor Management. In a school setting, Visitor Management refers to processing and monitoring visiting parents, volunteers, contractors, substitute teachers and other guests to ensure security at the school.

The end goal of a school Visitor Management system is clear: to keep students and staff safe at all times. So how will a Visitor Management system at your school achieve that goal?

We've compiled a list of four ways a Visitor Management system helps make your school a safer place.

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Topics: WhosOnLocation, Visitor Management, TEMPbadge, PassagePoint, school visitor management

4 Questions to Ask When Buying a New ID Card Printer

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 12, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Purchasing a new ID card printer is a big undertaking. With so many variables to consider, it's easy to see why just thinking about buying a new ID card printer can be overwhelming to some.

Think about the number of variables to consider: Magnetic stripe encoding. Lamination stations. Retransfer printing. Dual-sided. Edge-to-edge. Over-the-edge. The list goes on.

"I just want to buy one that will work for me," you end up thinking.

We get it. An ID card printer is a big investment, and you want to make sure you get it right the first time. It's hard enough to run a seamless badging program; it's near impossible to run one if you're constantly worrying about your printer being the wrong one for the job.

With that in mind, we've compiled this list of four essential questions you need to ask yourself when preparing to buy a new ID card printer. 

These aren't the only variables you need to consider, but the answers to these questions will help narrow down your search and ensure that you land on the right machine for you.

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Topics: tech tips, ID cards, IDP printers, Zebra printers, ID card printers, Fargo printers

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