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Like many “make-or-buy” decisions, managers in need of custom photo ID badges must decide whether to purchase equipment for in-house production, or outsource with a specialized ID card printing service. InstantCard provides an online service for ordering photo ID cards on-demand. Since ID card production is rarely a “core competence”, outsourcing is often the most viable solution, resulting in better service at lower costs. The service is extremely simple to use, as explained in the simple 4-step card ordering process. In additional to standard cards, there are a wide range of card options available, including barcode, magstripe, rfid, and smart cards. InstantCard provides free custom card design for all customers, or can use existing graphics.

Purchasing ID cards online provides a wide range of benefits to most corporations. If you are planning to implement an ID card program in your organization, you should carefully consider whether outsourcing your card printing makes sense for your company. Most companies with a typical ID card production profile find that, when they make a detailed cost comparison, an outsourced service is far more economical.

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Comparisons At-a-Glance:

Click on any rating to read why it was given.

Laminated In-House
PVC In-House
Local Service Bureau
InstantCard Web Service

Card Quality:

Poor: One Star
Card Quality
Card Quality
Card Quality

Ease of Set-Up:

Poor: One Star
Good: Three Stars
Good: Three Stars
Good: Three Stars

Set-Up Delay:

$500
2-3 weeks
2-3 days
12-48 hours

Capital Investment:

Poor: One Star
$2,000
$0
$0

Operating Expense:

$500
2-4 weeks
3-4 days
12-48 hours

Turn-Around Time:

Poor: One Star
$2,000
$0
$0

Advanced Technologies:

$500
2-4 weeks
2-4 weeks
12-48 hours

Small-Batch Efficiency:

Poor: One Star
$2,000
$0
$0

Corporate Services

Corporations with multiple office locations particularly gain flexibility, accountability, and significant cost savings through the use of the InstantCard service. Their personnel identification cards are produced the same-day, and automatically delivered to the exact location where they are required. Even individual orders of a single card for a single new employee are always processed same-day. Corporate HQ gains visibility that the field offices are following corporate security procedures, and receive monthly reports of company-wide badge production.

The use of Web Services APIs can eliminate all the logistical hassles (card printing, supplies, mailing, training, etc), allowing direct ordering from the corporate HR data base to the InstantCard servers. The IT departments of all corporations are very familiar with the simple WSDL language we use, and can generally implement the required web services functions within a day or two.

The InstantCard online ID badge printing service provides a one-stop shop for your business’ ID card program. We offer a wide range of badging accessories, which can be ordered online at any time. We help guide you through the whole process, including guidelines for ID card layout and artwork. We provide guidance and assistance with taking your staff pictures, and publish guidelines for taking staff ID photos. We also offer a full set of web services, so your staff can order their cards online from a browser. The Web Services options also allow clients to integrate photo ID card production directly into their software or website. And last but not least, we offer extensive customer support services, including live online support to help our clients quickly overcome any obstacles to producing their ID cards.

Credential Verification

Training program managers and corporate training professionals often seek an outside company capable of efficiently handling their ID card printing requirements. These photo badges are an excellent way to present training credentials, so that people who have completed a professional training or certification program can easily show their qualifications. InstantCard has developed a unique, online credential verification service which allows anyone to check the current validity of credentials with a cellphone.

When we produce photo ID cards with customized QR Codes, users can validate and verify information related to the person, such as training records, medical information, background data, health records, etc. The use of these 2-D barcodes allows access to cloud-based data bases in real-time, so information printed on the card is never out-of-date. Anyone, anywhere with a smart phone can access virtual pages of information on the individual using a simple user interface—adding efficiency to your safety training program.

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If you don’t find the answer to your questions among our FAQs page, you may contact us at any time to discuss your specific ID card requirements.