Identity cards can really transform the security standards and organization of your workplace, they’re so simple yet they have a monumentally positive impact. When you’re checking out the possibility of finding yourself some high-quality plastic cards, you’ll find that there are a couple of specifications and considerations that you have to mull over before you make any final decisions. Here’s just how to go about choosing the right identity cards for you and your company…
Types of ID cards
First things first, the actual plastic card. There are lots of options for different technology and specifications, the most reputable and popular choices include…
Proximity: Proximity cards use RDIF technology (radio frequencies) to communicate with a reader and enable the carrier to pass through a door or entrance. The field emitted by the reader sparks the proxy card to life and enables it to communicate unique data, the reader will then determine if this data has access to it. If it does, the entrance will open, and the carrier can pass easily and quickly.
MIFARE: These are one of the most advanced options out there, the biggest definer here is that they have the ability to store memory. This means that the movements of the holder are recorded, making a lost or stolen card easy to locate. MIFARE cards have encrypted keys, further securing their sensitive data and tightening security systems. These operate using RDIF technology as well.
Blank PVC: These are used for simple identification and nothing more. A blank card doesn’t have built-in features, making it great for identity systems that rely on security staff monitoring or card checking. If you want something that’s easy and no-nonsense, then this is the card for you.
Magnetic Strip: A strip card looks the same as the back of a credit card, and it’s simply swiped through a reader system to gain access to and entrance or door. These are relatively simple and do not store information or have the capacity to record movements.
Types of ID card accessories
Next, accessories. Identity card accessories will enhance the benefits, convenience and functionality of your identity cards. Items to accompany cards are…
Lapels, clips, pins: These are a very cost-effective means of simply attaching IDs to staff’s outerwear, clothing or uniform. This option really works best with blank PVC cards, as removal for scanning or reading would take far too long and risk snags or holes in clothing.
Badge reels: Badge reels attach at the hip and allow for easy extension (on a card) of a card to a reader, then quickly snapping back in place in a couple of seconds. This is a great option for workplaces that use proximity, strip or MIFARE cards but also require staff to always have their identities on display.
Lanyards: Lanyards are very convenient and are usually pretty heavily favoured by members of staff. They slip easily over the head, allowing for presentation or easy access when needed. They can also be removed quickly and stored away whilst minimising the likelihood of lost cards. You can also find labelled or customised lanyards for a little free marketing here and there.
Card holders: These are fantastic for protecting identity cards, avoiding damage, wear and tear and spillages that can affect performance. You can find flexible or rigid holders with the option for multiple card storage.
Hole punch: You’ll need a way of attaching your IDs to your chosen accessory! A hole punch will create the industry-standard size hole to threat your cards to your reels, lapels, clips, pins, holders or lanyards.