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Streamlining Your School ID Card Printing

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

School ID Card Printing can be quite hectic at times. Once a year, children and young adults line up to have their pictures taken for the yearbook and their photo ID card. A large number of pictures must be taken in a small amount of time. Having the ability to take a student’s picture and print out their student ID card on-the-spot is a huge convenience for everybody, and AdvantIDge is here to make it happen for those school photographers.

With the newest ID card printers, students aren’t sitting around for hours. They can have their ID’s printed in as little as 20 seconds. Recently AdvantIDge  helped one local photography company find the benefits of upgrading their ID printing process.  This local business, located in California, purchased new Evolis Primacy printers. By purchasing and using these printers, they tripled their efficiency by improving their output speed. This greatly improved their relationship with schools by being able to provide a faster/higher quality service, as well as helping improve the safety levels for the students of their community.

School ID Card Printing can be done quickly and on-site with the use of ID card software such as Cardpresso. This software gives professional photographers the tools needed to import student photos, create the content required for the ID card, as well as process/execute the print job and send the information to the ID card printer. The provides almost instantaneous issuance with easy to use tools. Having the most updated version(s) of this software is extremely important to ensure customers receive a speedy, reliable service.

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AdvantIDge is committed to keeping you up to date with all of your current technology to insure your continued success. We offer a wide variety of other products such as identification card printer systems and other related products to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card printer needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge accessories, backdrops and other peripherals, we strive to give you the ability to create company ID cards, unique identification badges and more. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at sales@advantidge.com or call 800-965-5932 for more information as we look forward to providing you with excellent customer service!

 

 

Security Upgrade from Prox to iCLASS SEOS

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Traditional RFID cards, referred to as proximity cards, are not as secure as they used to be. Just like with any security technology, they longer they exist, the more that people can learn to get around it. With proximity badges existing for more than 20 years, that’s exactly what has happened. Prox credentials can be read affordable devices and easily duplicated, making it an insecure option to keep your organization secure.

Fortunately, when a large health care organization came to the conclusion that enough was enough, they found that they weren’t alone. One of the world’s leading security experts has developed the next step in access control security, and the team at AdvantIDge was ready to help them take the necessary steps to implement it. The new iCLASS SEOS technology from HID Global offers the same credit card sized credential that can be personalized as a visible ID badge. This contactless smart card offers an additional layer of encryption in the embedded chip that makes duplicating them impossible. Best of all; the new technology has a similar price per card, so keeping your facility secure doesn’t mean paying more for future credentials.

To be read by the same access control system, the new smart cards require a new reader be installed at every door with electronic controls. With over 1,000 doors across multiple campuses, changing out every single required reader was no easy task. Not to mention the 10,000+ cards that would need to be issued to employees and contractors. Fortunately AdvantIDge was able to offer a plan to transition them from the older prox card technology and into the new SEOS seamlessly and safely. HID RP40 readers were configured to read both the old and new technologies simultaneously. This meant the medical organization could begin the process of doing reader replacements as well as issuance of the new card type right away. This allowed them to support both proximity and SEOS badges in the field at the same time. Once the transition was complete, the prox reader portion of the reader can be easily disabled making the new secure iCLASS SEOS badges the only option moving forward.

With an upgrade plan from AdvantIDge, you can secure your campus in addition to control who has access to your facilities, monitor public spaces and protect the most sensitive areas. An access control system should be personalized to your organization’s needs and restrict entry access into specific areas or rooms. Access into high security areas often requires two factor authentication by authorized personnel who carry the appropriate ID card credentials and know a unique piece of data like a PIN. Healthcare security systems can provide video surveillance in parking lots and throughout facility grounds, notification alerts when unauthorized entries or exits to/from buildings are attempted, access control for front doors and protection of patient records or other sensitive data.

Contact AdvantIDge today at sales@advantidge.com or call 800-965-5932 to upgrade the RFID technology in your security system to move away from traditional prox cards before you become the next news headline.

How RFID Readers Can Perfect the Vacation Experience

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

SkierComp4major ski resort installed large RFID-enabled gates at each mountain access point, allowing guests wearing an RFID ski pass to ski through the gates while RFID readers collected the ID number and sent it to a database tied to the guest’s profile. The profile was immediately displayed on a weatherproof computer monitored by a staff member stationed at the lift, providing the guest’s photo, name, age, and product purchased. The new, streamlined process reduced the time guests waited in line to reach the top of the mountain and start their day on the slopes. The system worked so well, the IT department decided to extend usage of the RFID ski passes to allow guests to use them at the resort’s restaurants.

“We wanted to give our guests the convenience of locking their wallets and credit cards in their guest room and using the ski pass for more than just mountain access.”

The idea seemed perfect except for one giant obstacle. The existing readers were around $450 each, which put the project over budget. In addition, the readers were serial devices that would not work with the MICROS  POS terminals located in the restaurants. Although RFID was the right approach, the level of technical sophistication provided by the ski-pass RFID readers was overkill for the resort’s restaurants and the team began researching less expensive options. They found the perfect solution with RF IDeas pcProx card readers.

“The RF IDeas readers were compatible with the specs of the existing RFID media that we already had in place but the price would be significantly less than the readers used in the resort.”

Wearing their lift pass, guests could purchase meals at any of the resort’s restaurants and on the way out, would simply either tap the pass on the pcProx reader mounted near the cash register or keep it on their jacket and stand next to the reader.

The resort initially purchased about 30 pcProx readers to test the concept. Today, they have an installed base of over 100 pcProx 13.56 MHz (RDR-7581AKU) readers and 80 pcProx Plus (RDR-80581AKU) readers.

BENEFITS: Excellence in guest service and satisfaction

  • Keeps the line moving: Guests can now autofill their information rather than having to enter it manually, which greatly reduces the time it takes to fill out a rental contract.
  • Lets new employees hit the ground running: In the ski industry, employees are often seasonal. The RF IDeas solution was so easy and intuitive, employees picked it up quickly and with no training.
  • Increases sales potential: Although formal research hasn’t been performed, they feel there is likely an increase in retail and food and beverage sales since the implementation.
  • Reduces cost: The resort’s previous readers cost about $450.00 each, compared to the RF IDeas readers they deployed, which cost about $150, saving the company $54,000 for the entire project.
  • Ensures security and PCI compliance:  The ID number on the ski pass is sent to an encrypted database, protecting the guest’s credit card information and virtually eliminating credit card theft.
  • Deploys quickly and easily: The pcProx readers are virtually plug and play. “It’s seriously idiot-proof.”

“RF IDeas has been a good asset to our company. The readers have been a great addition and we were definitely happy to find it. In fact, we’ve had a number of ski resorts get in touch with us and ask about them and we’re happy to oblige.”
Solid technology, unsurpassed quality, and partnering with the best integrators in the industry allow AdvantIDge to provide solutions that add quantifiable value to its customers. AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our Sales department at sales@advantidge.com or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!

Police Begin Printing Child ID Cards To Protect Community

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

child id cardsA Police Department in North Carolina has recently purchased a digital fingerprint identification machine to register children in the community and print child ID cards.

The identification card system, consisting of a laptop, a fingerprint scanner, printer and camera, creates an identification card, which parents can keep at home. The information is also saved to the department’s computer system, making it easily accessible in case of an emergency.

Should the occasion arise, parents or guardians can quickly relay information to police, thus speeding up the process of finding a missing child. “If we have to use it and it saves one child, it’s worth its weight in gold,” said the Police Chief.

Since its arrival in October, the system has been making its way around the town. At least 200 children have been issued an identification card at local events such as the town’s Christmas parade and fall festival. The department also visited the local Elementary School and the Head Start program to register children.

There has not been a need to utilize any of the child ID cards distributed; however, in emergency situations the cards will be an indispensable resource. If a kid is ever kidnapped or lost, whatever the case may be, when the parent contacts law enforcement she has something tangible that she can hand the officer and say ‘this is everything that you need to know about my child with an updated picture.’ The oversized child ID cards list the child’s demographic information, such as height and weight, along with an updated photo and the child’s fingerprints.

Precious minutes are saved when law enforcement can quickly access the child’s information with the card and through the computer system, officers said. Officers have two hours to submit a child’s information to the Division of Criminal Information (DCI) to initiate an Amber alert. The identification cards and having information saved to the department’s computer system will allow officers to submit information well within that time frame.

AdvantIDge is commited to keeping communities safe. We offer a wide variety card printer systems, along with visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at sales@advantidge.com or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

 

Staffing Agency Installs ID System For Onsite Issuance of Employee ID Cards

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Employee ID CardsA local staffing agency has installed ID card systems at multiple client sites for the purpose of onsite issuance of employee ID cards.

Before printing employee ID cards:

When employee is hired through a staffing agency, they fill out the necessary paperwork including personal information such as name, address, etc. The staffing agency then inputs some of this information into ID card software, which then sends information to an ID card printer, which was provided by AdvantIDge, and prints a new employee ID card with the new hire’s information.

Issuance of personalized employee ID cards:

When the process of creating an employee ID card is finished, it is often times given to new employees on the spot, and the new hire can immediately report to his/her supervisor to begin work. Included on the employee ID cards are barcodes, which is swiped into a card reader when someone hired through the staffing agency is reporting to work. This identification card printer is also able to print a unique sign-in number for employees directly onto the card so that the card can have the option of being swiped as well as provide a number for a manual time-clock entry done by keypad. By purchasing the appropriate products for the employee ID card system from AdvantIDge, the amount of time required for to the entire ID card creation process is quite small.

Once the new employee reports to a supervisor, the location where to slide employee ID cards. This action is what tracks his signing in/out for work, and keeps track of when they are at work. The other purpose of the card is to be able to identify the employees while they are at work. For some businesses,  these cards must be shown in order to get into parking lots, as well as to access restricted areas.

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at sales@advantidge.com or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

New Nonprofit Creates Personalized Charity Giftcards

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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A local non profit organization was referred to us to help them with an innovative idea around creating a platform for gift card donations to various charities. The nonprofit had the unique idea of providing normal sized gift cards, as well as over-sized gift cards which could be personalized with a customers image. For this reason, we recommended a leading oversized identification card printer, which offers high quality card printing that can be performed on varying sized blank ID cards.  To be sure that we could give the customer their desired outcome, we invited them to our corporate offices for a professional demo. This hands on experience proved invaluable to the customer as they were able to see the execution of their concept and be assured of their ability to recreate their application themselves.  The oversized identification card printer, paired with  easy to use ID card personalization printing software proved to be the right fit for this innovative gift card concept.  To be sure they were set up for success, we recommended and arranged for end user training for them once they got everything set up at their office, which they took full advantage of.

With our expertise in product offerings and extended training services, this nonprofit has gone from a concept to company. They provide consumers with an outstanding customized product that helps charity organizations all around the world.  They could not be happier with how everything has worked out and shared this feedback in response to the experience of working with Advantidge: “We enjoyed this process very much! We came in with an idea on how to use a printer, and came out with a gift card company! Soup to nuts, it was all incredible.”

Advantidge is committed to working with non profit organizations and welcome the opportunity to do more. From hands on participation in charitable events, to heightened efforts and awareness around corporate social responsibility issues, we look forward to continued partnering with serving these special organizations who serve people. We offers a wide variety of all of the ID card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips, reels and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our Sales department at sales@advantidge.com or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service.

Major Baseball Organization Wins With Oversized ID Printers

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Major Baseball League Wins With Oversized ID PrintersA Major Baseball Organization has teamed up with AdvantIDge to fulfill their need for instant card printing using SwiftColor Oversized ID card Printers. The league has 18 teams throughout North America and installed printing stations with each team to issue media credentials onsite.

Previously, the organization was performing background checks for people in the media, then using overnight shipping to send custom over-sized ID cards to the appropriate stadium. By purchasing credential machines for every location, they have reduced administrative costs, eliminated shipping costs and provide the media passes within seconds to reporters, VIP attendees and others who require behind the scenes access to playing field, locker rooms and more.

Since implementing the SwiftColor printers, the entire process of issuing ID cards has become more efficient, eliminating reliance on others for time-sensitive issues. No longer does someone in the press need to wait to begin doing their job, including interviews, filming or other media activites. They are handed their custom ID cards with lanyards almost immediately.

The key to success is partnering with the bestSolid technology, unsurpassed support, and partnering with the best suppliers in the industry allow AdvantIDge to provide solutions that add quantifiable value to its customers. We offer a wide variety of card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From security badge printers and supplies for issuance and related peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our Sales department at sales@advantidge.com or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we promise to provide industry expertise and excellent customer service!

Security Solutions For The Greater Los Angeles Area

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

security solutionsThe Greater Los Angeles Area encompasses 4,751 square miles, with a population of over 10 million people. Within this landmass is a booming number of businesses opening up warehouses and other large facilities to conduct various business functions. When it comes to security solutions, lets focus in on one shocking statistic: L.A. is home to more people than even New York City, and according to some studies, is more densely populated as well. AdvantIDge is here to help you secure your local business.

Obviously, having the newest technology when it comes to securing your business is important. With such a large, dense population, Los Angeles businesses should always be looking ahead and staying one-up on anyone trying to do harm to their business. A quick Google search into thefts and criminal activity at warehouses and large business facilities would probably leave you shaking in your boots. There is good news though, it’s quite clear these companies did not have up-to-date access control systems in place. Updating your current building to either include a secure access system, or add additional features prevents facing future problems, and gives you, your employees, and visitors peace of mind.

A complete security access control system provides you access control 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of whether your site consists of one building or many buildings. Not only does a secure access system let you control door, elevator, parking lot, or garage access through the use of an ID Card system, but it can also be setup to let you monitor building maintenance systems and integrate with CCTV and IP Cameras, Alarms and Logical Access for computer logon.

Our systems are 100% reliable and employ proven technologies. Our experienced technical support staff is a phone call away to answer any questions or resolve any difficulties with direct support to end users. With your own ID card printer on-site you can continuously be in control of your access ID cards, and create personalized technology cards for your staff on the spot. For specific information please contact our sales department at sales@advantidge.com or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

Real Estate Company Seeks Reliable Supplier of ID products

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

2Real Estate Office BuildingA privately held real estate firm of collaborative entrepreneurs who deliver a higher level of personalized service recently contacted AdvantIDge. The company was founded in 1978 and is based in Houston, Texas with additional offices in the United States and internationally. Specializing in Agency Leasing, Management, Tenant Advisory, Capital Markets, Research and Sustainability services, their fully integrated global enterprise is in the business of adding value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types. They leverage market insights and operational expertise from sister companies specializing in development, real estate investment management and research. They have a total of 34 U.S. offices and assists clients through more than 180 offices in 37 countries.

Based on recent statistics, job growth at this real estate company has been increasing at an annual rate of 8%. Having a modest to high growth rate coupled with so many locations throughout the United States as well as abroad has created a slight dilemma. With many employees traveling between locations, they saw a need for a system in place to easily identify employees, which is where creating custom cards for employees come into play. With over 2,000 employees, it’s an absolute requirement to have some type employee & asset tracking, as well as a secure access control system. There is also a need for this company to work with an extremely reliable company for secure identity management solutions. When a company is as large as this one, there are many orders being placed for such things as blank ID cards and printer ribbons. AdvantIDge is able to provide these products in a timely-fashion, and always strives for perfection when providing goods and services.

AdvantIDge is committed to keeping you up to date with all of your current technology. We offer a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers, plastic business cards, supplies for issuance, through to ID back drops and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at sales@advantidge.com or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

Printing ID Cards for Martial Arts School

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

ID Cards for Martial Arts School

One martial arts school in California has been quite successful as of late, and is experiencing a growing customer base. Over the years the school has opened new locations and has hired new staff. Because of this growth, the school was seeking out the idea of purchasing an ID printer. After speaking with the AdvantIDge sales team, they purchased the Zebra ZXP Series 3 Printer, along with some compatible ribbons.

By purchasing these products from AdvantIDge, the school is now able to print out ID cards for their staff, as well as their students. Providing these ID cards to members of their team and students makes it much easier to figure out who is at each martial arts class. It also expedites the attendance process. With a growing number of students per class, the easiest solution is to provide each individual with an ID card. Each student then scans their card before/after class, and staff use software to keep a database of the records.

Another great benefit of ID cards for students is that it makes it much harder for people to cheat their way into free classes. Every new sign-up is important to a small-business. Ensuring everyone has taken the necessary steps to become a paying customer is crucial. With ID cards given to all students and teachers, it is much easier to see people who should not be there, as they would not have an ID card.

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of card printer systems, and other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals, we strive to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at sales@advantidge.com or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!