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How to Effectively Use School IDs for Enhanced Safety

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 27, 2018 10:00:00 AM

A good school ID badge can go beyond just identifying students and staff — it can also boost safety on your campus.

In an effort to make campuses as safe as possible, today’s schools are leaving no stone unturned when looking for the latest and greatest security enhancements.

Schools that previously left doors unlocked are now turning to smart lock systems that can be controlled remotely. Campuses that formerly used a volunteer with a notebook to register guests are now using robust Visitor Management systems.

In an ideal world, schools wouldn’t need to spend any time worrying about taking proactive steps to ensure the safety of students and staff, but the threats today’s schools face are too serious to ignore.

However, in a rush to add surveillance cameras and metal detectors, schools are overlooking a more basic way to enhance security: the use of school identification cards for students and staff.

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Topics: school security systems, school safety, student id cards, custom id badges, education, Visitor Management

4 More Things You Need to Stop Doing With Your ID Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 19, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Back in December, we published a post on this blog titled "4 Things You Need to Stop Doing With Your ID Badges."

That post talked about several weird things we had seen and heard of people doing with their ID cards or employee badges, including scraping their car windshields and propping open doors.

And while we applauded the innovative and outside-the-box thinking that led to these interesting use cases, we stressed that while ID badges are versatile, their use should be limited to identifying people, granting access, processing payments or similar functions.

What we didn't expect was to hear from a variety of people who not only liked the post, but reported more odd ways that they had seen ID badges being used.

We discovered that there were people in offices and at job sites of all kinds using their ID badges for a variety of unorthodox purposes, and decided that these new uses deserved some time in the spotlight as well.

What do a box, a piece of cake and a sticker have in common?

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Topics: ID cards, card tips, custom id badges, employee ID cards, employee badges

3 Signs It's Time to Get New Employee Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

At some point in its long, illustrious life, after thousands of swipes or hundreds of scans, an employee badge will need to be replaced.

No matter how well it's protected or how careful the wearer has been, no badge can last forever.

Organizations frequently try to put off re-badging their employees, coming up with a variety of different excuses:

  • "Oh, it's good enough."
  • "It's not in the budget right now."
  • "I already know you, who cares if your name is illegible?"

It's hard to fault organizations for trying to save money by putting off a re-badging program.

After all, issuing new employee badges can be a large expense, and is definitely one that an organization needs to plan for when budgeting.

However, it's also essential to security to not postpone a re-badging program indefinitely.

The longer an organization waits to re-badge employees, the more likely that organization is to encounter some kind of security breach.

So...how long is long enough?

How much mileage can you squeeze out of those ol' badges before it's time to upgrade?

While it's best (and easiest on the poor finance person who's trying to do your budget) to issue new employee badges at regular intervals, here are three signs that your re-badging program can't wait any longer.

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Topics: employee badges, employee ID cards, ID cards, card tips, custom id badges

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