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Schools and Educational institutions can save money by using a single photo ID card to serve a multitude of applications. Student ID cards serve first and foremost as a form of identification, but can also be used for school food service account management, access to computers and technology facilities, secure access control and for tracking student activity and attendance.
With an onsite photo ID system student, faculty, staff and visitor IDs can be produced on-demand using photo ID printers, with very little wait time. Students can have their photos taken and receive their printed ID cards within minutes—without involving an outside vendor and the time and cost involved in dealing with one.
Plastic ID bagdes serve to visually identify students, staff and visitors at a glance. There are countless techniques for adding visual verification and security to your school photo ID cards.
A basic level of security can be incorporated onto your cards simply within ID card design, but rather than just putting a photo on a plain white background, which can easily be victim to fraudulent ID card replication, consider using custom imagery or holographic overlaminates on your cards.
To further easily distinguish between students, faculty and other staff, incorporate a color-coding system into your card design, and be sure to use self-expiring temporary visitor badges for campus visitors. These temporary ID cards cannot be reused after the day for which they have been issued, and visually show to be expired after their approved allotted time (1 hour, 1 week, 1 month, etc..).
Multi-use ID cards such as magnetic name badges and those with a printed barcode can be used to manage your school lunch program as well as library ID card check-out system.
Any form of readable technology on a student ID card can store such student information as emergency contact information, medical history (medications or allergies), and lunch account balances. With multi-use ID cards schools can track student attendance as well as transaction data reports from school cafeteria purchases.
School lunch programs can be automated using encoded technology on ID cards to store student account numbers. When a lunch is “purchased” and an ID card swiped through a card reader, the dollar amount of the lunch is deducted from the card account balance. A magnetic stripe reader such as a scanner or swiper would be used with a magnetic stripe card. In addition to lunch account management, a magnetic stripe can also be used for authorized entrance into to school activities, making healthy vending machine purchases, and making activities fee payments.
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