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IDenticard Access Control Announces “Partner of the Year” Award Recipients

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 6, 2017 9:30:23 AM

IDenticard® Access Control announced the recipients of its “Partner of the Year” awards, honoring a select group of systems integrators for their stellar efforts over the course of 2017.

“While we appreciate the outstanding contributions of all of our systems integrators, we are thrilled to recognize the achievements of these partners as part of our 'Partners of Excellence' program,” said Andre Motta, General Manager for IDenticard Access Control.

“In addition to being top sales performers," he added, "our Partners of the Year have developed long-term, strategic relationships with IDenticard.”

And the recipients are...

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Topics: access control

Bring a Friend: The "Two-Man Rule" & What It Means for Data Center Security

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 1, 2017 8:30:00 AM

It's something everyone heard at some point as a child: "Use the Buddy System!"

Along with making parents feel better and keeping kids safer, the idea of the Buddy System also added a layer of accountability to any action: whatever was going on, there would be two people there to witness it.

In the field of information and data center security, there's a similar idea: the two-man rule.

The two-man rule adds accountability to any data center operation, adds security by preventing rogue individuals from doing any harm and lessens the dangers that can come from a lost access card or key.

In short, the same principle that guided the Buddy System that helped keep you safe as a child can help keep your data safe today. 

What is the two-man rule in data center security?

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Topics: access control, Rack Armor, server security, modern security, data security, two-man rule, security tips

Why Should You Laminate Your ID Cards?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 29, 2017 1:30:00 PM

Choosing between laminated ID cards and standard ID cards is one of the first decisions you must make when selecting new card stock for an ID program.

Why, you ask? 

Because the results of that debate are going to determine what you do with a variety of other important aspects of your program,  including:

  • What kind of ID card printer you need
  • Your cost for ID card supplies
  • Whether or not you need a card-carrying accessory
Initially, many people see the higher cost of a lamination-enabled card printer or see the burden of buying a laminating machine with pouches and are put off by the idea of lamination.

"We'll just be careful with the cards," they think.

However, laminating your ID cards offers a number of benefits to both your ID program and your organization as a whole. Some are obvious. Some are a little more obscure. 

But all three will have your organization wondering why it didn't make the switch to laminated cards sooner.

Learn more about how you'll benefit from using laminated ID cards

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, government ID cards, ID card printers, student id cards, employee badges, laminated ID cards, laminating pouches

Silk Screen, Dye-Sub and Woven-In: A Look at Our Custom Lanyard Capabilities [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Custom lanyards are one of the most popular card-carrying accessories. They're easy to use, convenient and are a great way to enhance a brand through an eye-catching design.

With our custom lanyard offering, the possibilities are nearly endless. We offer so many different end fittings, materials, colors and additional options that you could design a different custom lanyard every day and be busy for years.

However, one of the most important parts of creating a custom lanyard is choosing the right customization method. Plenty of places offer cheap custom lanyards, but many keep you in the dark regarding customization methods, offering only a single option.

At IDenticard, we offer custom lanyards at an affordable price with three different customization methods: silk screen customization, dye-sublimated customization and woven-in customization.

Each of these three customization processes has its own unique benefits. To illustrate the differences, we've created a convenient infographic with high-resolution imagery and information on all three customization methods.

Which method offers the classic lanyard look? Which is best for high-detail imagery?

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Topics: custom lanyards, card attachments, lanyards, card accessories, custom products, infographics

4 Ways a Visitor Management Program Helps Increase Workplace Safety

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 20, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Think about a standard Visitor Management system.

What's the main goal any system should strive to achieve?

"Well, that's obvious," you think. "It should be able to tell you who is coming and who is going from your premises at all times."

Hey, you've been reading our website!

Sounds simple enough, right?

However, if you dig a little deeper, there's a larger root cause behind every Visitor Management system.

After all, most organizations aren't just a bunch of nosy people who want to know the names of strangers coming by.

No, the overarching goal of Visitor Management is to increase workplace safety for all on-site personnel, including both staff and guests.

And if you stop and think about it, it makes a lot of sense: Visitor Management systems try to identify threats, prevent unauthorized access and record any incidents, three key components to keeping a work site safe and incident-free. 

However, today's Visitor Management systems go far beyond simply recording a name when it comes to keeping your workplace safe from violence.

Visual deterrents, watch lists and more

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Topics: Visitor Management, expiring visitor badges, healthcare Visitor Management, education Visitor Management, office visitor management, business visitor management, workplace violence, workplace safety

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

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