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

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 14, 2017 8:30:00 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: proximity cards, smart cards, access control, proximity accessories, UBand, access wristbands, access credentials, card readers

3 Reasons to Add Access Wristbands to Your School ID Program

Posted by Dan Ryan on May 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Student ID badges are a pretty common sight at schools across the country, whether they're high schools, middle schools or sprawling universities.

A student ID badge's main goal is to confirm that the student possessing it is, in fact, an authorized student.

The key elements of a good student ID badge include a clear photo of the student, the student's name printed in large text and maybe some school-themed branding, like school colors or a logo.

However, many of today's schools use student ID badges for far more than positive identification.

Today's schools, particularly colleges, need a student ID badge that can grant access to the gym, pay for meals at the cafeteria and get a student on the campus shuttle bus.

Even today's high schools are getting into using "smart" student ID badges, requiring students to use a card to pay for lunch instead of using cash.

With school budgeting season in full swing, you may be looking to update or overhaul your existing student ID badge program.

If so, now is a great time to make the switch from a card-based credential system to a far more modern solution: wristbands!

Add a modern twist to your school ID program

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Topics: wearable technology, tech tips, education, UBand, access wristbands, school ID tips, school identification

What Are Access Wristbands?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 22, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Wristbands are everywhere!

These versatile accessories are used in a variety of different circumstances:

  • They're issued at music festivals to verify the wearer has access to a particular area
  • They're used at concerts and bars to verify that the wearer is over the age of 21
  • They're used for fundraising and awareness (think LIVESTRONG bracelets)

Yes, most people have encountered wristbands in some way, shape or form.

However, in recent years, wristbands have been adopted for a different kind of use, one that may have never crossed your mind: as access credentials in formerly card-based access control systems.

These wristbands look a lot like awareness wristbands, but are different in one key way: they can be programmed to perform a variety of tasks, including opening doors, making payments and recording attendance.

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Topics: access control, UBand, access wristbands, smart credentials

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