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Announcing Support for Adhesive Badges

Over the years, many InstantCard clients have asked us if we can print custom photo IDs on their existing "clamshell" badges.  These are the thick, hard plastic badges that are very commonly used to open doors in buildings.  Previously, we advised those clients to replace the hard plastic badges with credit card format badges, which [...]

By | June 10th, 2017|Card Technology, Design, Knowledge|

InstantCard: the Epitome of “High-Tech High-Touch” Service

In 1981 John Naisbitt published a blockbuster book called Megatrends.  Of the 10 major trends he identified, one, which he called “High-Tech High-Touch”, was so profoundly important that it led to the publication of a second best-seller, by that exact name, in 1999.  We believe that the way InstantCard has operated from its beginning has [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|Card Technology, Clients, Knowledge|

What technologies are available for personnel to clock-in and clock-out?

“Clocking-in” is a time-honored use of ID cards.  Employees have been "punching-in" when they arrive at work since the early days of industrial automation.  The word "punch-in" came from the now outdated technology of punch cards, or paper cards with small slots in them to allow automated reading for payroll purposes.  Today, modern technologies make the [...]

By | May 8th, 2017|Card Technology, Knowledge, Security|

Membership Cards delivered quickly and efficiently

We are gratified to note that more and more associations and membership organizations are turning to InstantCard to fulfill their membership card requirements.  Traditionally, membership cards were mailed out once a year, in a big batch, by a specialized fulfillment shop.  They would process one big file of membership data, print all the cards, and [...]

By | April 23rd, 2017|Clients, Knowledge|

Tips on avoiding accidents involving ID cards on the worksite

In many industries, it is considered “Best Practice” to require employees to wear a visible employee ID badge at all times.   This allows a company to verify that everyone on site has been appropriately vetted and is authorized to be present. However, some industries require staff members to perform physical tasks which can be more [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|Clients, Knowledge|

Enhance Your ID Card Security with Chip Card Technology

Over this past year, U.S. banks have taken a giant step toward increasing the security of financial transactions by adding smart-chips to our debit and credit cards.  Now that Americans are becoming familiar with seeing chips on their bank cards, many are asking us if the same technology can be used to enhance the [...]

By | March 27th, 2017|Card Technology, Clients, Knowledge, Security|

When to consider adding an expiration date on your ID cards

Many of our clients issue photo ID cards without an expiration date. For companies which have an exit interview procedure, an expiration date is often not necessary because they can recover the ID card when an employee leaves. Other organizations are not concerned about the potential for an ex-employee to potentially use an ID card [...]

By | March 20th, 2017|Clients, Design, Security|

Turn your ID card program into a Profit Center

For most companies that issue ID cards, this small expense is simply considered a cost of doing business. However, the members of many organizations place great value on the ID card associated with their membership. Whether it is used to access facilities and services, or necessary to participate in sponsored programs, or simply pride of [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Clients, Knowledge|

Visit the InstantCard team at ISC West in Las Vegas

A month from now the InstantCard team will be giving live demonstrations at the ISC West Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. ISC West, taking place this year from April 4-7 2017, is the largest trade show in the United States focused entirely on the security industry. All the major vendors and industry leaders meet [...]

By | March 8th, 2017|News, Security|

A sign of Professionalism: Photo ID Cards for Staff working in customer’s homes

Do your employees perform services at clients' homes? Do they make sales calls to homeowners? Do they install and/or service equipment in residences? Do they provide consultations or assistance to people at home? If so, they've all confronted the fear of someone reticent to open their door to a stranger.  Each new day seems to bring [...]

By | December 26th, 2016|Clients, Security|