• Why You Should Consider a 600 DPI Over a 300 DPI ID Card Printer

    When it comes to printing high quality ID cards at fast speeds, a 600 DPI card printer might be the solution for you. 600 DPI printing simply means that the printer compresses 600 dots horizontally as well as 600 dots vertically for every square inch of the card. This allows users to print ultra-high resolution pictures, micro-text, OCR codes, and 1D & 2D barcodes. While most printers are 300 DPI, this advanced printing technology produces sharp and aesthetic cards that create crisp and defined images, text and barcodes.

    Not only are they reliable and easy to use, but 600 DPI ID card printers will work on most materials including PVC, PET, polycarbonate and ABS. These revolutionary and dependable printers provide outstanding performance that deliver on high expectations. The following 600 DPI ID card printers are guaranteed to provide superior text and image quality for your identification needs: 

     

    ISG PEAK RTX6600 (Recommended)

    • High resolution 
    • Up to 170 color CPH
    • Dual-side printing standard
    • Reliable and easy-to-use
    • On-demand printing or batch processes
    • Lifetime printhead warranty
    • Optional inline laminators
    • Ideal for any high volume application like student, employee, government, loyalty and access cards.

     

    HID FARGO HDP6600

    • High resolution 
    • Ability to print up to 230 cards per hour
    • Ideal for medium-to-large businesses.
    • Retransfer-based waste less lamination
    • Simultaneous print and retransfer
    • Cost-effective, eco-friendly & reliable
    • Patent-pending iON™ technology
    • GreenCircle® Certified 

     

    HID FARGO INK1000

    • Ultra-reliable and low maintenance
    • Easy to use
    • Uses snap-in ink cartridges
    • Sustainable
    • Ideal for small-to-medium business & K12 schools
    • High resolution (600 dpi x 1200 dpi)

     

    Entrust CR805

    • High-end look for every design
    • Improved security
    • Long-term savings
    • Lasting impressions
    • High resolution printing
    • Data integrity
    • Reliably fast

     

    Matica MC660

    • Micro-text
    • High resolution 
    • Bend remedy
    • Electronics key locks
    • Security: UV printing
    • USB & ethernet
    • Variable elements embedded in graphical items
    • Very high print quality and reliability

     

    Evolis Avansia 

    • High resolution
    • Flawless printing
    • Increased productivity
    • Maximum endurance
    • Media compatible
    • Multiple encoding options
    • Enhanced security

     

    NiSCA PR-C201

    • Built-in ethernet interface
    • High durability, low maintenance
    • 100,000 card mean time between failure
    • Rotating LCD panel
    • Supports magnetic, contactless & IC contact encoding
    • Optional laminator available

     

     

    We hope this article helped you understand the advantages of 600 DPI ID card printers how they can enhance your ID card experience. For more information on printers or any other ID card related questions, reach out to sales@identisys.com so we can help you out with your identification needs. 

  • ID Printers: IdentiSys On-Site Preventive Maintenance & Service Plan vs. Manufacturer's Depot

    When something goes wrong with your ID printer, it can not only be incredibly frustrating to fix, but time consuming as well. Here's what a typical Depot Warranty resolution looks like:

    Day 1

    • Call Depot Warranty.
    • Unplug printer.
    • Take out the ribbon, laminate roll, cards, and cleaning roller in order to ship.
    • Find the box that the printer came in (assuming you kept the not-so-easy to store box).
    • Wrap the printer and supplies in plastic. Make sure you don't forget to crawl underneath your desk to untangle the USB cable and power supply because they will need them to troubleshoot everything. 
    • Get packaging tape & tape the box up.
    • Get the shipping information (size, weight, shipping address, etc.)
    • Haul the printer to the shipping store or your shipping department. 
    • Your printer is on it's way to the manufacturer's depot repair center where it will be placed in line to be fixed with the plethora amount of other depot repair printers being shipped from all over the world (it will most likely take 3 days for it to arrive via ground delivery).

          Day 2 - No news. 

          Day 3 - No news.

          Day 4

          • Your printer finally arrives at the manufacturer's depot repair center, and gets in line with all of the other printers to be repaired. 

          Day 5 - No news.

          Day 6 - Is Saturday.

          Day 7 - Is Sunday.

          Day 8 - No news.

          Day 9

          • They may get to work on your printer if you're lucky.
          • If they do, they will diagnose the problem.
          • If they have the correct parts in stock for your issue, they will fix the printer, package and ship it back to you via ground delivery.
          • If they don't have the correct parts in stock, it will take an additional day or two to wait for them.

          Day 10 - Printer is in transit.

          Day 11 - Printer is in transit.

          Day 12

          • Your printer has arrived; however, it's Friday afternoon and because you're busy with work - you'll deal with it on Monday.

          Day 13 - Is Saturday.

          Day 14 - Is Sunday. 

          Day 15

          • Repeat all of the steps from Day 1 with the loaner printer.
          • Clean up your office area by getting rid of the packaging materials, wrappers, etc. 
          • Find a place to store your printer box.
          • Hope that your printer doesn't have a problem again for a LONG time. It's not uncommon for our customer engineers (CE) to have to go back on-site within a few days because something else happens or the printer just isn't quite working right. Sometimes, the parts of the printer become jostled during shipping which can result in additional repair. 

           

          Here's what happens when something goes wrong and you have an IdentiSys On-Site Preventative Maintenance & Service Plan: 

          hand fixing printer

          Day 1

          • Dial 877-ID-REPAIR and a CE is dispatched to your location to fix the problem at no cost. Our CE can most often fix the problem that exact same day.
          • Go get a latte and continue with your normal day's work!

           

          Still think a depot warranty is basically the same thing as the IdentiSys On-Site Preventative Maintenance and Service Plan?

          Not only do we respond to your emergency service issues, but we send a CE out every 6 months to perform preventive maintenance on your printer. CEs clean printers, assure all alignments are accurate, and replace worn parts before they become a problem. We take an active role in keeping your ID printer running properly and prevent you from having surprise down time. To learn more about our on-site service, contact your locals sales rep or reach out to us at sales@identisys.com. 

           

        • Custom Lanyards Promotion: No Setup Fee

          Personalized LanyardsCustom lanyards are an excellent brand enhancement tool, and because of their varied uses, you'll find they will appeal to your customers across a variety of industries, making them a perfect item to have in your product offering.  

          IdentiSys offers an online Design Your Lanyard tool that allows you to ​custom design your own lanyard using your desired graphics, text, colors, material and ​features. Once you submit a lanyard design, ​an IdentiSys sales representative will contact you to confirm the lanyard design, options, end fitting and other requirements — and provide you with a free quote.

          Now is a great time to order custom lanyards. From May 5th through June 30th, IdentiSys is offering to waive the custom lanyard setup fee.

          Order your lanyards and take advantage of this great promotion!

        • What to Know About ID Card Printer Ribbons

          Choosing the right ID card printer ribbon for your identification needs is essential; just like finding the right printer for your organization, IdentiSys is here to help! Not only do you need specific ribbons for certain printers, but you also need them for additional card printing features as well. 

          For single-sided or dual-sided printers that do not have a retransfer or laminate component, it is generally recommended that the ribbon includes a protective overlay panel that prevents color smearing along with wear and tear of the card. For these types of printers, the following ribbons are used:

          YMCKO

          • Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan (C), Black (K) & Overlay (O) ribbon is used for single-sided color ID cards that require black text/imaging on the front of the card, and is protected with a clear overlay.

          YMCKT

          • This is the same exact ribbon as the YMCKO. Overlay "O" and Topcoat "T" are used interchangeably throughout the industry.

          YMCKOK

          • Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan (C), Black (K) Overlay (O), & Black (K) ribbon is used for dual-sided color ID cards with full color and black imaging/text on the front, along with black text and/or barcodes on the back, and is protected with a clear overlay. To help minimize supply cost, companies will request this ribbon if they want color on one side of their card, but only require black on the backside. 

          Half-Panel

          • For ID cards that only require color or text on one half of the card, Half-Panel ribbons are used. 

           

          If you plan to laminate your card, you may not require ribbons with overlay "O" or topcoat "T" panels because that thin protective layer is not necessary with a laminated card. The following ribbons do not have the "O" or "T" panels: 

          YMC

          • Yellow (Y), Magenta (M) & Cyan (C) ribbon is used for single-sided color ID cards that do not require black text or images. 

          YMCK

          • Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan (C) & Black (K) ribbon is used for single-sided color ID cards that require black text and/or black imaging.

          YMCKK

          • Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan (C), Black (K) & Black (K) ribbon is used for dual-sided laminating or retransfer printers with full color and black imaging/text on the front, along with black text and/or barcodes on the back. 

          YMCKI

          • Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan (C), Black (K) & Inhibitor (I) ribbon for single-sided color ID cards with black imaging/text. If the card requires a chip, signature panel or has any other feature that should not be printed over, the inhibitor panel (I) prevents the card design from printing on those respective areas. 

           

          For organizations that only want to print one color with no shading, the following monochrome ribbons are available:

          BO & KO

          • (B) and (K) are both black ribbons with overlay; however, (B) stand for pure black while (K) stands for composite black. Pure black ribbon is used for creating barcodes on the card because that makes it easier for the scanner to read, and composite black is typically used for text. 

          Monochrome

          • For organizations that simply want one color for a clean ID card aesthetic, monochrome ribbons are available for a variety of different colors. 

           

          Last, but certainty not least, there are specialty ribbons that not only add more personalization to ID cards, but security as well. The following ribbons are used for these purposes: 

          UV Ribbon

          • Typically used for government agencies, UV ribbon adds an extra layer of cost-effective security to ID cards. These ribbons allow organizations to print grayscale images/text on the card that are only visible when UV light is present.

          Signature Panel Ribbon

          • If your card requires a signature, the Signature Panel ribbon allows you to write on a specific part of the ID card. This type of ribbon is common for membership & loyalty organizations, where signatures are required for the end-user. 

          Scratch-Off Ribbon

          • Mostly used or gift cards, Scratch-Off Ribbon is applied to the card after the initial card design has been applied. End-users may need to scratch a certain section of the gift card in order to use it by utilizing a specific PIN. 

           

          We hope this article helped you understand the differences in many different types of ribbon and how they can enhance your ID card experience. For more information regarding ribbon or any other ID card related questions, reach out to sales@identisys.com so we can help you out with your identification needs. 

        • Latest K12 Printers for Student IDs and Faculty Badges

          For many years, the Datacard CD800/CD880 and Zebra ZXP7 have been the go-to printers for many schools in the K12 market due to their reliability, speed and ease of use. The features on these printers are essential for the schools to facilitate their student ID and faculty badge program; however, IdentiSys offers new and emerging printers that offer these features and more. 

          Introducing the Entrust Sigma ID3, where you can easily issue secure ID cards. This printer is equipped with a printer dashboard where you can seamlessly order supplies, see the printer status, update firmware and more via your mobile device. 

          Also, the Sigma ID3 features a variable light LED ring that is designed to integrate into your physical environment which adds to your personalized experience. Although this printer is easy to use, your data is safe from intruders with encryption technology, TPM Module and Secure Boot, making it extremely difficult for breaches to occur. 

          Another exciting new printer that IdentiSys offers is the Zebra ZC350, where you can design and print virtually any card! Whether you want to make a logo pop with metallic underlay, add 3D text, create a security watermark or more, the ZC350 can get the job done. Due to this printer's slim profile and low clearance, the ZC350 allows users to create and issue ID cards at any location, even at the front desk of your school. With print speeds up to twice as fast as some competitive printers, the ZC350 can print single or dual-sided cards including complex edge-to-edge graphics. The LED/LCD interface allows users the ability to easily troubleshoot and load supplies, making it easier than ever to use. 

          For Mac users, we recommend using the Evolis Zenius or Evolis Primacy because Evolis continually updates their Mac drivers. The Zenius is a compact printer designed for single-sided printing that is ideal for pre-printed cards. This printer is a user-friendly and cost effective solution for creating your personalized edge-to-edge ID card. The Primacy is a fast and versatile card printer that uses advanced encoding technologies. Not only is this printer powerful and efficient, but you're also able to print single-sided or double-sided edge-to-edge ID cards. Evolis printers pair well with IdentiSys ID Core Original, compatible with Mac OS X Lion 10.7 (64-bit Processor only) to Big Sur 11.0.1.

          Choosing an ID printer for your school can be overwhelming, so we're here to help! Don't hesitate to contact us at sales@identisys.com so we can help you out with your school's ID printer needs. 

        • Earth-friendly ID Products

          recycling symbol

          Petroleum is a finite resource, and plastic products don't break down in the environment. Plastic fragments and particles are in every layer of the Earth's oceans, and now they're in the air.

          One way to prevent more plastic particles from getting into the environment is plastic recycling. Take a moment to look through your kitchen or work break room and find some plastic bottles and containers with a universal recycling symbol on the bottom. Plastic containers with a number 1 inside the recycling symbol are polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, and are highly recyclable.

          When you recycle these PET containers, they become “post-consumer PET.” This material is sorted by color at a recycling center, baled, and sent to a reclaimer for processing. The raw material is eventually processed and sold to manufacturers. While the recycling centers do their best to sort the clear plastic from tinted plastic, sometimes there are variations in the color of the finished recycled products. The recycled white PET cards offered by IdentiSys might have a slight grey or green tint, but most consumers can’t tell the difference between recycled and regular cards, especially when printing cards in full color.

          recycled blank cards

          In addition to offering 100% recycled PET blank cards, IdentiSys carries recycled PET lanyards in a variety of colors. IdentiSys also offers many ID card printers that are eco-friendly, with the use of recycled materials in their manufacture or in the reduction of ribbon cartridge waste. HID Global and Zebra both have laminate that doesn’t include extra backing, and Evolis designs their printers with a light, compact design to reduce emissions during transport and packaging. Entrust uses biodegradable supply cores and recyclable packaging with their products.

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        • Advantages of a Service Contract for ID Systems

          hand fixing printer

          When purchasing an ID system for your organization, consider the importance of your ID program's uptime and reliability. What the manufacturer warranty covers varies, and are often limited to a specific time. It's also common that only certain parts of the equipment are covered and the type of service repair is limited to only depot.

          IdentiSys offers many options for ID card system service contracts including on-site installation, repair and maintenance.

          The benefits of service contracts include financial savings and peace of mind. Repairs and ongoing maintenance can add up, but a service contract can minimize those expenses and keep your ID card system in optimal working order.

          Consider the key benefits of having an IdentiSys service contract:

          • Cost Benefits
            • A service contract can save you a lot of money in overall maintenance and unexpected repair costs.
            • The additional costs associated with a service contract should pay for itself by extending the life of the system, or when the system needs repairs.
            • Peace of Mind
              • Service contracts provide you with peace of mind should anything go wrong with your ID system. Most issues will be addressed in a timely manner without much effort on your part.
              • Having peace of mind is especially beneficial when your ID program cannot afford to have lengthy downtimes.

            Instead of being left scrambling to come up with a solution when your ID system equipment breaks down, consider entering into a service contract with IdentiSys. A service contract gives you the benefits of routine preventative maintenance along with access to emergency onsite repairs, technical support and depot services.

          • Entrust Adaptive Issuance Instant ID Software Upgrade Promotion

            The Datacard ID Works and IDCentre ID card software platform will be discontinued on March 31, 2021. For a limited time, Entrust has a promotional offer where current ID Works or IDCentre customers can save 20% when they upgrade to Entrust Adaptive Issuance Instant ID software.

            Adaptive Issuance Instant ID software takes card issuance to a new standard with a web-based architecture and contactless card enablement that allow you to expand your card issuance system at your own pace.

            This promotional offer is available only to customers who move from ID Works or IDCentre to comparable editions of Instant ID software. If you’d like to move to a higher edition of Instant ID software, you can apply your promo code and then pay for the price of an upgrade.

            Here’s a list of comparable editions:

            Other promotional details

            • Valid on orders placed from August 1, 2017, through September 30, 2021. Orders must be submitted by September 30, 2021.
            • Promo code INSTANTID20 must be used to receive the promotional pricing.
            • Customers must provide a serial number of a previous purchase of ID Works or IDCentre software to be eligible.
            • Offer cannot be combined with any other special offer. Valid only in participating countries.
            • Entrust reserves the right to modify or terminate this promotion without notice.

            Contact us today to learn more and take advantage of this special offer! IdentiSys is a proud Entrust Platinum Plus partner.

          • HID iCLASS - Secure Contactless Smart Credentials

            Protect your organization with HID iCLASS credentials, which are specifically designed to make access control more powerful, secure and efficient. 125 kHz proximity credentials serves a single function of providing the card's identification number and/or site facility code. The iCLASS smart card format provides identification, authentication, and stores information on the card because of the microchip and memory which is embedded within the smart card.

            Unlike standard proximity cards, HID iCLASS uses security mechanisms such as mutual authentication and encryption in conjunction to reduce the risk of compromised data, all while limiting transaction times to ensure quick processing and data communication.

            Also, HID iCLASS processes information quickly due to the relatively high radio frequency, which results in faster transmission speeds and a greater bandwidth. Not only that, but higher frequencies reduce any potential interference from environmental factors. 

            The features are endless with HID iCLASS as you can add magnetic stripes, barcodes, custom artwork, and anti-counterfeiting properties directly on the credential. Because there are multiple securely separated files enabled, numerous applications may support future capabilities as our industry continues to evolve. 

            Contact us to learn more about HID iCLASS and how it provides a cost effective way to improve the security of your access control system. 

          • Market Your Brand with Custom Badge Accessories

            Whether it's lanyards, badge reels or badge holders, having personalized accessories with your ID badge system is another great opportunity to market your organization. IdentiSys can help you with your custom badge accessory needs all while ensuring affordability, performance and appearance. 

            Lanyards not only function as an ID and gadget holder, but they're an effective way to promote any events or business offerings as well! Simply having custom badge accessories like these serve as great conversation starters that can potentially lead to business. 

            Our retractable badge reels are another great way to use custom badge accessories as an extension of your brand. IdentiSys offers complete customization ranging from logos to tag lines, and you can even choose your own unique reel style. 

            IdentiSys knows the importance of keeping your ID badges and technology cards safe - especially if they are integrated with some sort of access control system. Badge holders provide extra protection from wear-and-tear along with damage from UV rays, which can help extend the life of your ID badges.  

            IdentiSys is North America's largest full-service identification and security solutions provider. Whether you are looking to customize your badge accessories or simply protect your ID badges, contact us to connect with your local sales representative to discuss your project.

          • ID Card Printers: Choose Simplex or Duplex?

            When choosing an ID card printer for your organization, you must first determine your requirements for your ID card or ID badge. What information you plan to have on the card will help determine whether you need to print on just one side or on both sides of a card. In some cases, an organization may use pre-printed cards and require only the ability to print on one side.

            Most ID card printers — direct-to-card, reverse transfer or inkjet — are usually available in two different options of either simplex or duplex. Simplex printers produce single-sided cards and duplex printers produce double-sided cards. 

            Simplex card printers are technically able to print on both sides of ID cards, but it requires you to manually flip cards into a feeder or hopper because they don't have the built-in flipper mechanism that rotates the card automatically​. If you plan to print more than a few dual-sided cards a day, a duplex printer is much more time efficient. Another thing to keep in mind is that some simplex printers are field-upgradable to be able to print duplex, usually by installing a flipper module.

            Choosing between a simplex or duplex printer is just one of the many functionalities of an ID card printer to consider. Contact us to speak with your local ID expert.

          • If You’ve Ever Been in a Chick-fil-a Drive-Thru, You’ll Understand How Mobile Solutions® Onsite Registration for Vaccine Issuance Tracking Works

            This blog post was shared with us and written by Mobile Solutions®.

            There is a reason why Chick-fil-a restaurants manage multiple lines of traffic through their drive-thru and issue meals in a relatively quick amount of time – teams of mobile registration. This strategy does not wait for people to get to the head of the line, they come to you and capture your information and order quickly and efficiently using mobile devices and a team of staff. Customers aren’t frustrated by long lines because they submit their order to the attendant while they are waiting, and the line keeps moving. It is not rocket science, it is efficient event management and its exactly how Elliott’s Mobile Solutions® for Mobile Registration & Vaccine Issuance Tracking works.

            Using Mobile Solutions® onsite mobile registration & vaccine issuance tracking solution, long lines of people or cars can be processed quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly by simply using a handheld scanner and mobile printer attached at the waist. If you would like to collect additional data such as ethnicity, tier categories, email address, etc. you use a smartphone app. The process is simple:

            1. Collect Data in Seconds = Teams of administrators go from person to person or car to car to scan a driver’s license or other state issued ID to collect recipient data.

              For advanced data collection, choose from a series of drop-down lists (ethnicity, Tier categories, etc) or input data such as email address.

            2. Select Vaccine & Label Qty = Using a small handheld scanner, scan the vaccine QR barcode & label quantity barcode to choose the number of labels to print immediately.

            3. Print Vaccine Labels = Using a small mobile printer attached at your waste, print labels that display the recipient data, the vaccine dosage, date administered and QR barcode.

              For advanced event management, administrators can scan the label using the Mobile Solutions app to check the recipient in and out of the vaccine issuance station to verify the vaccine has been administered.

            4. Adhere Labels to Forms = Place a label on CDC card and any other form used to document vaccine issuance by the organizers.
            This process identifies, registers and can track the entire vaccine issuance event from start to finish.

            The registration process takes seconds, gathers complete data on the recipient & vaccine, is mobile - allowing staff to move through the line while supporting traffic flow, and utilizes wireless data connections (WiFi, cellular, local WiFi, or network connection) allowing data collected in line to sync with tracking at the vaccination station. Organizers can implement basic stand-alone mobile registration with Mobile ID Spot, include basic event tracking and greater data collection by including the EPIC Track® App, or perform more comprehensive event management using the Mobile Solutions® App. Track as much or as little as your organization requires for auditing and accountability purposes.

            Mobile Solutions® is a line of mobile security, positive identification and accountability solutions which is available nationwide and locally supported by a network of certified dealers across the country including IdentiSys, a local technology solutions provider with branches offering onsite and remote technical support throughout multiple regions. Contact IdentiSys to ask questions, receive an online demonstration or request a quote to assist in your vaccine issuance planning. 1-877-213-8180 www.identisys.com

          • FARGO's Swift ID Badging Application Discontinued

            For users of FARGO printers, the FARGO Workbench utility had always included the Swift ID badging software free of charge. Unfortunately, Swift ID has been discontinued due to the end of life for Adobe Flash player, which is a key component of the Swift ID badging application.

            IdentiSys recommends purchasing an ID card personalization software as a replacement for Swift ID. Various options are available to choose from:

            Contact us to learn more about ID card personalization software and an ID expert can recommend the right software for your budget and needs.

          • Mass Vaccine Distribution Solutions

            Each week, doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are released by companies for distribution, while states and agencies across the country are tasked with the mass distribution of the vaccines. When vaccines were first rolled out, the CDC recommended priority distribution to health care workers and nursing homes. Now, priority is given to schools and high-risk people. Vaccines will eventually be made available to the general population, and many organizations are actively working on a plan for distribution.

            IdentiSys has ID and tracking solutions for mass vaccine distribution and can help with the following:

            • Identifying people as they wait in-line at locations by scanning their driver’s license
            • Generating a barcode tied to each individual
            • Managing vaccine inventory and print barcode labels
            • Scanning, tracking and verifying individuals before administering the vaccine

            Our mass vaccine distribution solution can be configured in many ways to accommodate different methods. Contact us today to learn how IdentiSys can help your organization plan for mass vaccine distribution.


          • IDP Mail-in Rebate Program

             

            Now through the end of the year, IDP is offering a fantastic rebate program for IDP printers and the SMART-BIT shredder. This offer is only valid when purchased from an authorized channel partner such as IdentiSys. Contact us today to learn more about IDP products and to take advantage of this great offer.

            Terms and conditions apply. Follow directions on the rebate form and submit the form directly to IDP to receive your rebate.

            Download mail-in rebate (PDF)

          • Photo ID Badges Now Play a Key Role with Face Mask Wearing

             Photo ID Badge and Face Mask

            Providing identification badges have always helped organizations maintain professionalism and allow for better security. Now with the developing situation with COVID-19, photo ID badges play a key role in helping identify authorized personnel in a facility, however; these people are now wearing some sort of face covering and are not as easily identified. As of now, at least 36 states have a statewide order that requires people to wear face masks or coverings in some capacity.

            • Businesses

              At a minimum, most states are highly encouraging businesses to have employees wear masks, especially when in settings in which social distancing is not feasible. The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering “as a measure to contain the wearer’s respiratory droplets and help protect their co-workers and members of the general public.” With employees wearing masks, photo ID badges not only add that extra level of visual security, but can also be integrated with other solutions like access control, authentication, time tracking or to automate tracking and monitoring protocols for social distancing and contact tracing using real-time location services.

            • K12 BadgeK-12 Schools

              Most K-12 guidance in every state for returning to school in the fall — whether it be a traditional, distanced or hybrid model — require all students and staff to wear face masks. The CDC recommends face coverings “when students, teachers, and staff are indoors and when social distancing of at least 6 feet is difficult to implement or maintain.” For security reasons, and for the simple requirement of identifying new students and classmates, photo identification badges worn on a lanyard will play an important role to the school year. Develop contact tracing by scanning ID badges for temperature readings and check in/out when entering a bus or school premises.

            • Colleges and Universities
              Many colleges and universities are implementing a distanced or hybrid model for returning to school in the fall. The CDC suggests colleges and universities “recommend and reinforce use of masks among students, faculty, and staff. Face coverings should be worn [if] feasible and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.” Students and faculty typically already require an identification card, so implementing a visual element could be as simple as redesigning a card and supplying lanyards.

            IdentiSys is a full-service identification and security solutions provider, delivering affordable end-to-end solutions for ID badging, as well as integrated access control, tracking, and real-time location services. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your organization mitigate the developing situation with COVID-19.

          • Safe and Secure Practices of Returning to Campus

             Campus Solutions for COVID-19

            As the curve of COVID-19 infections begin to level off, more of the population recovers from infections, and as government shelter-in-place and similar orders begin to expire, colleges and universities are confronted with the complexities of returning students, faculty and staff to campus in a manner that is safe and ensures continuity to the academic program. Colleges and universities must implement a plan that is tailored to their academic mission and responsive to the developing situation with COVID-19. Here are some recommendations that will help ensure the safety of people on campus by limiting the spread of COVID-19.

            Digital Identification - Offer digital identification cards with the use of mobile devices. Student ID cards can be loaded on to student smart phones with the same barcode and contactless capabilities of plastic cards, or simply for the use as visual identification only. Offer secure on-line photo submission that can be digitally approved to be used for digital or plastic ID cards. For student and faculty plastic ID badges, consider offering anti-microbial lanyards and badge holders.

            Event and Visitor Tracking - Track students, parents and guests on campus at events and other large group gatherings. Track and document for contact tracing, should anyone on campus test positive for COVID-19 during the school year.

            Thermal Temperature Detection - Screen and detect elevated body temperatures related to illness such as COVID-19. Solutions are available for access control and for monitoring low and high volume traffic though doors, gates and main pathways.

            Sneeze Shields and Face Shields - Proper barriers for campus personnel in high-volume areas of campus will limit the spread of COVID-19. Places to consider include student administrative counters, point-of-sale areas, libraries, book stores and more.

             

            Learn more about our solutions and products for essential businesses.

          • Contact Tracing with Real-Time Locating Systems

            Contact tracing is a disease control method used by health professionals and health department personnel and is critical for tracking and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

            According to the CDC, new technology and agile data management systems for contact tracing are ​necessary for fast reporting and public action on communicable disease. When hospitals and clinics admit patients, medical personnel, visitors and other patients are potentially exposed to COVID-19. If a test on a patient returns positive, technology is the most effective way to determine where that patient has been and when, in order to identify and communicate with those who have been exposed.

            IdentiSys offers an effective contact tracing solution to track patient, personnel and asset​s using real-time locating systems.

            The HID Contact Tracing Surge Response Rapid Deployment Kit is a comprehensive system that tracks patient movement and encounters with other people, and allows health care personnel to analyze that data quickly and react appropriately. It uses a combination of hardware and secure cloud software via Bluetooth, wi-fi and cellular networks to generate data on patient and staff location and movement.

            The kit includes BEEKS badge beacons and asset beacons, BluFi wifi gateways that communicate with the beacons, and cloud-based software for patient, staff reporting and analytics.

            Contact us to learn more about contact tracing with real-time locating systems.

          • Used Ribbon Data Risks: How to Properly Dispose of ID Card Printer Ribbon

            What do you do with your ID card printer ribbons after use? Chances are you're just tossing them in the trash.

            Not a great idea, because whether you have a direct-to-card or reverse-transfer printer, used ribbons contain imprints of every piece of data that was printed on ID cards.

             Ribbon Imprint from Card

            When printing on cards, data is transferred from the print head to the ribbon, before ultimately printing to the card. However, the used ribbon contains a mirror image of every card that ran through the printer.

            If you don't properly dispose of the used ribbon, full names, account numbers, barcodes, and other sensitive information can easily be stolen. For example, employee ID badges, membership cards, and payment cards (gift cards, debit cards, etc.) are especially vulnerable because of the type of data made available on the cards.

            SMART-BIT and RippaFortunately, there are two solid options for properly disposing used ribbon from your ID card printer:

            • The SMART-BIT printer ribbon shredder from IDP takes your used printer ribbons and slices them up into a thin, confetti-like pieces, making them completely useless to scammers and counterfeiters.
            • If you have an existing industrial office shredder, the Rippa from IdentiSys is an attachment accessory that sits on top of the shredder to simultaneously shred up to four ribbons at a time by threading between two rolls of standard, commercially available paper.

            Secure Printing Option 

            Remove the need to properly dispose ribbon altogether by ​printing on the Fargo DTC1500 by HID Global. The DTC1500 has a unique resin scramble data protection feature that essentially hides data by making used panels unreadable.


            Protecting data by properly destroying used card printer ribbons is often overlooked and can potentially be harmful to a business. Fortunately, there are disposal methods for used ribbons that can drastically lower the chance of such a data breach.

            IdentiSys is North America's largest full-service identification and security solutions provider. For more information about card printer security and about these ribbon disposal options, contact us to connect with a security and identification expert.

          • Create On-Demand Plastic Card Food Labels for Hospitality, Grocery and Restaurant Industries

            If you are in the hospitality, grocery or restaurant industry, you are tasked to comply with regulations and standards for food labeling. Food labeling must include nutritional information, ingredients and potential allergens to enable consumers to make ​better informed decisions about their food choices.

            IdentiSys is an authorized sales and service provider of the Edikio desktop printer system, an all-in-one solution that lets you design and print attractive food contact-safe labels quickly and easily, all from the comfort of your establishment. Food labels are created with plastic cards that are more hygienic and very easy to clean compared to commonly used chalkboard cards or laminated paper.

            This solution is appealing for buffets, but these multi-purpose cards are used for various applications where display signs for food ​are required.

            There are a few Edikio package options, but all of them include:

            • Printer
            • Label design and print software
            • Ribbon
            • PVC Cards

            Food Safe Display Price Tags 

            The software included with the system is intuitive and contains a wide variety of different templates and images to use to personalize your labels. Excel databases can be used to make bulk updates and for batch printing.

            Edikio Screenshot

            Contact us to learn more about the Edikio all-in-one solution for your plastic card labeling needs.