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

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

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

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: ID cards, employee badges, employee ID cards, employee attendance, smart cards, smart credentials, proximity cards

The 3 Most Common ID Card Sizes [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 25, 2017 3:00:00 PM

ID cards are a common item, one that pretty much everyone will use at one point in their lives.

However, if you asked the average person for the dimensions of a standard ID card, the answer would probably be something like "the size of a credit card" or "a few inches."

The truth is, when many organizations are looking to get new ID credentials or to switch up their badging program, they aren't quite sure which size to choose. 

This helpful infographic below illustrates the three most common card sizes, including their dimensions and common uses, to answer the question:

What size ID card do I need?

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Topics: proximity cards, smart cards, card tips, ID cards, ID card sizes, infographics

Open Up: Should You Use Access Cards, Key Fobs or Access Wristbands?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 14, 2017 11:30:00 AM

In today's office buildings, factories and schools, physical keys are becoming a thing of the past.

Sure, keys still exist and will always be used in certain places. Some organizations are a little resistant to change, while others may lack the necessary room in the budget to overhaul an access control system.

However, access credentials are becoming more and more common, as swipe/scan cards, wristbands and fobs are replacing physical keys in more and more locations.

The reasons behind these changes vary from place to place, but most organizations switch to access credentials because they're easier to manage and offer increased control over security at a site.

When it comes to choosing a modern access credential solution, you have three real options: access cards, access wristbands and access key fobs.

All three options perform similar tasks, namely interacting with card readers to unlock doors. Both allow an organization to introduce a more modern security solution to a site at a reasonable cost.

There are also clear differences between the three solutions that will almost always make one option clearly better than the other two when it comes to meeting a site's specific needs.

How will you open your doors? 

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Topics: access control, access credentials, UBand, access wristbands, proximity accessories, proximity cards, smart cards, card readers

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