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

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 31, 2017 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

3 Ways to Prepare for Next Year's School ID Badge Printing Operation

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

The weather is getting warmer and the remnants of winter have slowly melted away.

Spring is here! And with the arrival of spring, the eyes of students, teachers and administrators can't help but wander toward what comes after spring: summer, and with it weeks of freedom.

However, while we think spring is great and we love summer, we can't let you forget what's coming after summer: another school year.

Buzzkill, we know.

But spring is usually school budgeting season, that oh-so-fun time of year where schools need to plan their expenses for the upcoming school year.

This is commonly referred to as school buying season, as it's when schools begin either budgeting for or making purchases with an eye toward the coming school year.

Part of that budgeting process should involve assessing your ID badging needs, as a new school year brings new students, and new students require new badges. 

If you're going to need new card stock, new supplies or a new printer, now is the time to get it in your budget. However, chances are your various ID needs got lost in the craziness of another school year.

With that in mind, we've got three things you can to to take stock of your current ID situation and make sure you make the most of this school buying season.

Check, double check and triple check

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Topics: ID card printers, school visitor management, printer supplies, school ID tips

How to Choose the Perfect Visitor Badges for Your Site

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 15, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Visitor badges are one of the most popular forms of Visitor Management, up there in the Visitor Hall of Fame next to the plain ol' sign-in sheet and the "ALL GUESTS MUST SIGN IN" placard. 

Organizations of all kinds have been using visitor badges for decades, from classic "Hi! My name is..." badges to today's innovative expiring badges

It's not hard to see why visitor badges are so popular: they're easy to use, they're affordable and they get the job done, distinguishing between employees and guests to help increase security.

However, what's not immediately clear to organizations looking to purchase visitor badges for the first time is what kind of visitor badges to choose.

In fact, many organizations have no idea there are dozens of options out there when it comes to visitor badges.

"Options?" they think. "I don't know, just one of those sticky name things, I guess."

It's hard to blame people who aren't familiar with visitor badges for being unaware, as not everyone is as obsessed with visitor badges as we are at IDenticard.

Unfamiliar with our TEMPbadge® expiring visitor badges? Learn more!

But it's important for organizations looking to make a purchase, whether it's for school visitor badges or hospital visitor badges, to be aware of their options in order to make the best choice.

We've come up with a list of four questions you can ask yourself in order to zero in on the perfect visitor badge solution for your site, enabling you to secure your site without any headaches.

What do you need to ask yourself in order to make the right choice?

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Topics: Visitor Management, expiring visitor badges, school visitor management, office visitor management, visitor badges

5 Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Visitor Management System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 14, 2016 3:45:00 PM

Visitor Management!

We talk about it a lot, and you know it's important.

You want it. You need it. You gotta have it!

But how do you go about finding the system that's right for you?

Truthfully, there's no simple answer to that question: choosing a Visitor Management system is one of the more difficult ID/security-related purchases an organization can make because each system is unique to the site at which it's installed.

Basically, there's no "one size fits all" solution when it comes to Visitor Management. And because there are a ton of different options to choose from, finding the right one can be tricky.

However, there are several key questions you can ask that will help you zero in on the perfect Visitor Management system for your needs.

Asking yourself certain questions about what you need from a system and about how certain aspects of your site operate will eliminate some options while elevating others to the top of the pile.

The result? The perfect Visitor Management system for you.

When it comes to choosing a system, you've got all the answers

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Topics: WhosOnLocation, Visitor Management, expiring visitor badges, TEMPbadge, PassagePoint, TEMPbadge Visitor Badge Log Books, school visitor management, TEMPbadge VMS, education Visitor Management, office visitor management

How to Use Acknowledgement Notices to Increase Workplace Safety

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 30, 2016 10:45:00 AM

By nature, worksites are busy places.

From small offices to bustling construction sites, warehouses to office towers, there's always a flurry of activity.

As an employee, you get to know your worksite pretty intimately: you know that there's a fire drill on the first Friday of every month, or that you need to avoid the big conference room because the ceiling is leaking.

When you spend the majority of your day at the same place, you get pretty familiar with all of the ins and outs, and those in charge are able to effectively communicate any status changes.

For example, if the kitchen is going to be closed on Tuesday, a facility email is sufficient to inform all employees.

However, visitors to your facility have no way of knowing what's going on at your site prior to arrival, and will likely be unfamiliar with rules, regulations, tips and tricks.

Keeping your visitors informed is more than just common courtesy (obviously they should know that Monday is food truck day!); it also helps keep them safe, alerting them to potential hazards, facility policies and more.

So, how can you keep your guests in the know?

Sure, you could have your front desk personnel read each guest a few announcements, or could just put a piece of paper at the front door. 

But that would take time out of your employee's day, and signs often get overlooked.

There's a better way.

Acknowledgement notices: Digital confirmation of "yes, I understand"

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Topics: WhosOnLocation, Visitor Management, school visitor management, healthcare Visitor Management, acknowledgement notices, workplace safety, government Visitor Management

Product Spotlight: Single-Piece Expiring TEMPbadge™ Visitor Badge

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 7, 2016 11:15:00 AM

Product Spotlight is a feature that will run multiple times a week, designed to showcase individual products in our broad offering. We'll highlight key features, discuss how the product is used and more. Interested in seeing a particular product featured here? Let us know!

Product: 1-day Single-Piece Expiring Visitor Badge
Product Category: Visitor Management - Expiring Badges
SKU: 02014

TEMPbadge expiring visitor badges are an excellent way to increase security at sites of all kinds.

Serving as an entry-level Visitor Management solution, these convenient badges expire after a day's use to indicate that a visitor's time is up.

With no software to install or printers to set up, this TEMPbadge 1-day single-piece expiring badge is about as easy as it gets. 

To use it, simply:

  • Write the guest's name on the badge using a pen, pencil or marker.
  • Remove the tab at the bottom of the badge.
  • Lift the top of the badge and remove the adhesive liner.
  • Press the badge parts together and issue with a card clip.

It's one thing to read a few bullets on how simple it is to use this expiring visitor badge, but it's another to see it in action.

See how easy it is to track guests with a TEMPbadge expiring visitor badge

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Topics: Visitor Management, expiring visitor badges, product spotlight, school visitor management, healthcare Visitor Management, government Visitor Management

4 Ways a Visitor Management System Helps Secure Your School

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 18, 2016 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

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