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5 Simple Ways to Identify Your Essential Workers

Posted by Leona Chavez on Apr 27, 2020 9:27:55 AM

As government mandated shutdowns and social distancing efforts to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19 reshape our everyday lives, there are many businesses and organizations that have been deemed essential and are open to keep the country running.

While the Department of Homeland Security issued guidance on organizations that are essential to infrastructure, it is up to individual states and counties to deem which businesses are essential.

Essential businesses need to identify their employees who are authorized to be on site or they run the risk of employees being obstructed from entering the campus or causing unnecessary delays. It also helps identify the people that don’t belong on premises and provides peace of mind that businesses are taking necessary steps for safety and precautions. In addition to a standard employee ID badge that’s issued to all employees, here are five simple ways to identify these essential employees.

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Topics: ID cards, product spotlight, security tips, employee ID cards, workplace safety, workplace tips, custom id cards, id products, essential personnel, essential worker ID, identification, essential workers, parking permits

3 Ways Visitor Badges Increase Site Safety & Boost Facility Security

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

For most organizations, welcoming visitors is an essential part of running a successful operation. From schools to corporate offices, guests are a key part of a functioning workplace.

Guests are going to vary from site to site: they could be substitute teachers, delivery personnel, maintenance workers or associates from a company's satellite location across the country.

No matter the guest or type of site, the question is always the same: how should these guests be handled when they arrive?

Most sites have some kind of visitor procedure in place, whether it's a full-scale Visitor Management solution or a sign-in sheet left at the front desk. The kind of solution used is going to depend on a number of factors, including staffing levels, guest volume and budget.

However, there's one guest identification solution that can go a long way toward boosting site security without breaking the bank: visitor badges.

How can visitor badges be used as a security tool? 

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Topics: Visitor Management, expiring visitor badges, security tips, visitor badges

5 Reasons Why an Access Control System Will Lead to a Safer Facility

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 11, 2018 12:30:00 PM

Physical access control systems can be configured in several different ways and can have a number of different components.

However, the main goal is always the same: to increase safety and security at a site.

Most people are familiar with the basic idea of access control, but oftentimes an access control system is viewed as just another way to lock doors.

After all, that's what they're supposed to do, right?Just let some people in, and keep other people out?

Well...not exactly.

While it's true that card readers and compatible locks are key parts of a good access control system, the truth is that an access control system is so much more than a series of locks and card readers.

Aside from managing access to doors, an access control system is able to enhance security at your site in a number of ways.

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Topics: access control, modern security, PremiSys, security tips, card access, building access control

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

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 1, 2017 5:30:00 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

What Are Shielded Badge Holders and How Do They Work?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Sep 11, 2017 7:00:00 AM

If you've been browsing our site looking for a new ID card holder, chances are you've encountered the term "shielded badge holder" at some point. And unless you're as familiar with ID products as we are, you probably had a very basic (but valid) question:

"What the heck is a shielded badge holder?"

A shielded badge holder sounds like it could be one of several things:

  • Did it get that name by being the favorite ID badge holder of medieval knights?
  • Is it just another name for a non-flexible badge holder?
  • Maybe it's a soft badge holder coated in an outer shell, like a turtle...

In reality, shielded badge holders are none of the above. Instead, shielded badge holders serve as a pretty basic solution to a very modern problem.

What is a shielded badge holder?

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Topics: card accessories, modern security, data security, shielded badge holders, government ID cards, security tips, badge holders

Two New Features that Let You Do More with WhosOnLocation

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 31, 2016 8:15:00 AM

One of the best parts of WhosOnLocation is that it's a web-based program. There are no downloads, no CD-ROMs (remember those?!), no hassle...just open a browser and go!

A benefit of this web-based existence is that the WhosOnLocation team is able to quickly and efficiently push updates out to the program, everything from patches and bug fixes to new features.

It's new features that we have for you today, with WhosOnLocation releasing the Lone Worker Trigger and Photo Capture to their already-robust feature offering.

These two tools cover different ends of the people presence management spectrum (one is for employees and contractors, while the other is more useful for guests), but they come together to give you even more control and more security at your site.

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Topics: WhosOnLocation, Visitor Management, security tips, photo capture

Product Spotlight: CardProtectors™ Shielded Card Holders

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 16, 2016 1:23:25 PM

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: CardProtectors Open-Face 1-Card Holder
Product Category: Badge Holders
SKU: 1840-5091, 1840-5092

CardProtectors: the name itself sounds imposing.

The name "CardProtectors" makes it clear that nothing is going to mess with your ID credential. And with any shielded badge holder, that's the ultimate goal: to protect the data stored on a smart card. 

We've discussed shielded badge holders on this blog before, and a more recent post illustrated just how real the threat of data theft from skimming is to all smart card users. 

It's arguably never been more important to use some kind of tool to protect your smart employee badges.  

With the threats of skimming in mind, CardProtectors shielded card holders are the perfect badge holder to protect your smart cards, giving you peace of mind and ensuring that no data is stolen and no cards are cloned.

What makes CardProtectors special?

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Topics: card security, shielded badge holders, product spotlight, government badge holders, security tips, badge holders

3 Ways the PremiSys™ Dashboard Makes It Easier to Monitor an Access Control System

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 3, 2016 12:55:00 PM

Monitoring an access control system can be difficult. Between managing door alerts, controlling user access, maintaining your hardware and responding to alarms, monitoring a busy system can sometimes feel like sitting in Mission Control at NASA.

Yes, the point of an access control system is to make a building more secure, but you don't want that security to drive your facilities director nuts.

Access control systems can be complicated (as they should be, by nature, if the point is to increase security). However, you don't want a system that's so complex and so unwieldy that it becomes more of a burden than a benefit.

If only there was a tool out there that allowed a user to monitor all aspects of a security system from a single screen...

Oh, wait. There is!

It's called the PremiSys Security Management Dashboard (referred to hereafter simply as Dashboard). 

Dashboard is an add-on software management tool for the PremiSys Access Control System. It's an award-winning piece of software, as it was named the Best New Product in Access Control Hardware & Software at the 2015 SIA New Product Showcase.

So yeah, it's pretty cool.

The point of Dashboard is to give users maximum control over all aspects of their access control system, essentially serving as a one-stop shop for every part of a system. To make things even better, Dashboard is optimized for use on the iPad®, meaning you can use it to monitor your facilities on the go.

Dashboard gives PremiSys users the ability to monitor their system in a more concise manner, making it easier to increase security and preventing your facilities director from ripping out even more of his hair.

How can the PremiSys Dashboard make your security director's life easier?

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Topics: access control, Rack Armor, modern security, PremiSys, security tips, card access

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