Archive for the ‘Case Studies’ Category

Case Study: Casino Players Club Cards

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Membership Cards Used by MGM Grand in Las Vegas.Casinos are well known for having membership cards and Casinos in California are no different. Many casinos, including those in Souther California and Las Vegas, use AdvantIDge for all of their card printing needs for a complete membership ID solution. It’s quite common to see casinos using a complete card system consisting of two card printers and colorful magnetic stripe cards to produce hundreds, if not thousands, of membership cards to place into their guests hands.

One Southern California in particular first started with three Zebra p330i printers from AdvantIDge to kick off their card printing. After years of excellent printing, they traded in their printers to AdvantIDge for credit towards the upgraded Zebra ZXP 3 printer to produce even more beautiful players cards by the thousands.

If you’ve been to a casino lately, you may have noticed that casinos pass out eye-catching membership cards to their players which are often shiny, jewel colored, or sparkly. These are magnetic stripe cards in silver, gold, platinum (and more!) colored cards to represent each tier of their membership program. Printing only in black ribbon contrasts boldly against these brightly colored cards, which is the recommended ribbon color for printing on colored cards.

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, identification, or membership 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 eager and ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

 

Restaurant Item Tags

Monday, May 16th, 2016

carte-exemple-boulangerie-ENAn upscale artisan bistro was looking for a reliable, consistent way to present customer facing information that was going to need to be updated on a daily basis in their display case. They were previously relying upon hand crafted tags that were made by employees to display the menu item tags and pricing, but they were unhappy with both the fragile nature of the cardboard tags as well as the inconsistency of the way the information looked on the cards. Some employees have better handwriting than others, after all.

They explored the possibility of using a basic system including a Word document and their existing office printer to print on cardstock. That helped them get consistency and company branding into the design of the cards, but they were still unhappy with the durability of the cards and the need to custom type each card every time it needed to be printed. In addition the cost of repeating printing on their consumer model inkjet printer was adding up quickly.

AdvantIDge was able to show them how they could use their already existing employee ID badge system in a completely new way. Using their card design program, which includes some database features, they were able to lay out a card that includes menu items, description, ingredients, pricing and even their restaurant logo. Each items is saved in a menu database so the cards can be updated and reprinted at any time, and all produced onto durable safe PVC that eliminates card wear and tear and food contamination. Best of all, when the restaurant became a chain and two new locations opened, AdvantIDge was able to team up with them to duplicate their database of items, saving hours of labor time inputting the layouts and items at both new locations. Now printing menu cards is fast and easy, with a database that makes updates take moments to create. All with consistent branding through all of their locations; and done with technology they already owned!

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 [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

Assessing “Always On” Requirements for Physical Access Control Systems

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Access ControlIn the past few years, there has been a dramatic increase in serious incidents due to vulnerabilities in physical access control. Failures to protect personnel against workplace violence threats, and failures to protect critical data against data thieves, have increasingly been making news headlines. This is why strengthening physical access control for the protection of people and information has become paramount. Finding the weakest link (a security vulnerability) is not as simple as it may sound, as there are usually a variety of threats to people, facilities and information— and each threat can have its own weakest link, depending upon the intent, motivation and skill of the threat agent. Addressing these vulnerabilities requires a real-time PACS (physical access control system) capability.

PACS Servers and Workstations Must Be Always-On

To keep access control privileges in an always-current state, there must be a realtime integration between the access control system and the authoritative sources of personnel status, so that changes in status update the access control system records within seconds or minutes. This is required in U.S. federal organization PACS, and is a growing trend in the private sector. Security technologies continue to advance in order to better meet increasing/changing threats. Thus PACS themselves have evolved from basic “electronic key” systems to include realtime advanced asset protection functions.

Assessing Current and Future Needs

When designing or upgrading access control system infrastructure (computers, software, networking and systems integrations) it is important to consider current and future critical real-time performance factors.  These determine the uptime requirements of PACS servers and workstations, and the levels of network and computer fault tolerance needed.

Affordability and Performance of “Always On” Solutions

The overall computer and network technology trend regarding pricing and performance is that prices decrease while capabilities advance, both at an increasing rate. The result of this trend is that today’s fault tolerant servers can provide up to 15-times or more performance improvement, depending on the model used, of their minicomputer predecessors and at a fraction of the cost.

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 [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!

 

Going Beyond the Door with Proximity Readers

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

proximity readerMost mid- to large-size organizations today in nearly all industries leverage employee ID badges to authorize automated access to the premises using proximity readers. However physical access to a building is just one way employee badges can be used to address challenges faced by these organizations. Employee badges partnered with proximity readers and solution applications can also help ensure strict compliance to quality processes, increase accountability, and improve workflow efficiency.

Recently a large paint manufacturer in North America found itself routinely throwing out numerous bad batches of paint, costing the company thousands of dollars per week. Suspecting that unauthorized and untrained employees had been logging onto the mixer, the plant manager wanted to strictly limit access to only those who had been trained, certified and qualified to operate the machinery. Upgrading the old key pad entry system on the mixer to a proximity reader, employees used their existing employee badge system, which had been RFID-retrofitted, to simply tap their badge on the reader mounted on the machine. The information embedded into the employee ID was then sent to a database that verified the employee’s qualification to operate the machinery.

Proximity readers can perform as a keyboard wedge interface by interpreting the embedded combination of commands, username, and password that complete a more sophisticated log-in sequence. The data is sent through a programmable controller, which then receives the information, checks it against a database, and authorizes the qualified employee to complete his or her task.

Proximity readers are also critical in hospital environments where employee access must be monitored closely dependent upon their level of authority. For example, mobile drug carts with locked drawers are used by various levels of nursing staff. Some staff members are authorized to open all of the drawers, others may only be allowed to dispense medications located in a limited number of drawers. Tightly controlled access depends upon the reader’s ability to recognize and authorize only those who have the appropriate level of clearance. This not only increases the quality of care and safety of patients, but also ensures the highest level of accountability.

Proximity and contactless enabled badges save thousands of employee hours a year and improve workflow efficiency by eliminating the necessity of entering passwords on a keypad or performing multiple swipes with worn-out stripes of magnetic readers.

Many of our customers tell us that they have saved up to 15 minutes per day per employee per week, which can add up to thousands of hours a year in time saved.

  • 100 employees, each who sign on an average of 15 times a day
  • Assuming 15 seconds per manual sign-on vs three seconds per badge tap
  • 3 minutes saved per employee per day; 25 hours saved per week company-wide; over 1,000 hours per year saved just by using RFID reader/ID tap technology.

From door access to beyond: 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 [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!

Case Study: Butler University New Student Registration Process

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

school photographersRecently Butler University took a long look at their badge issuance solution. When they learned that they had an opportunity to both streamline the time and save money in the process they were ready to explore the possibilities. The results were dramatic, as the case study below demonstrates.

The Challenge

On the Butler University campus, your student ID is your all-access pass into the library, athletic center, and usually your next meal. When incoming students register, they receive the laminated photo cards and carry them with them at all times. Loaded with “Dawg Bucks,” their student ID cards act like debit cards for purchases at campus dining spots, some select off-campus restaurants and the campus bookstore.

During high-volume new student registration – when hundreds of students need cards in a short timeframe – fast ID card creation is critical. When cumbersome printing slowed the process, Butler began looking for a better way. Previously, card creation required a two-step process to print and then laminate, adding up to considerable time for each card.

“A separate laminate step added about 45 seconds to creating each ID card, which was unacceptable when we were trying to process 200 students in a couple of hours,” said Eddie Marsh, systems analyst. “When you’ve got mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, brother and sister waiting with the student, it’s high-stress for us if printing is slow.”

Cards also didn’t last as long as the typical student’s college career. Less than halfway through their four years on campus, the cards would begin fading under normal use and printed dye bled onto wallets.

The Solution

In a trial, Zebra’s ZXP Series 7 card printers performed with the speed that Butler needs for high-volume printing. “When I first saw the Zebra printers, I was really impressed with the speed,” said Theresa Hilliard, who handles ID cards and vehicle registration at Butler.

Beyond faster printing, the ZXP Series 7 card printer provides photo-like printing and ease of use. It automatically adjusts to the thickness of the card, and ribbon loading takes just a few seconds. Critically, the ZXP Series 7 integrates printing and lamination in one step, reducing the overall time to print the barcoded, magnetic stripe cards.

Butler deployed the printers well before new student registration. While two printers reside normally in the campus police department, the university brings them to a more central location for registration, requiring wireless network printing. When Butler needed help connecting printers to a sub-network for registration, Zebra’s tech support team quickly rewrote the print drivers to get the printers to communicate with the network.

Results

For new student registration, integrated printing and lamination gives Butler University back approximately 45 seconds on every card. Across 200 students, that saves 2.5 hours, allowing staff handling registration to complete the process sooner. By increasing the ribbon per roll capacity from 250 to 750, the staff spends significantly less time replacing ribbons and more time helping students.

Marsh also says that the ZXP Series 7 printers are ready to go when turned on, without the warm-up time required of previous printers. All-in-one printing and lamination likewise saves the university on supply costs.

With a magnetic stripe and barcoding, Butler University’s ID cards work hard for students. The cards printed on the ZXP Series 7 printers are proving to be more durable over time – a critical requirement for the high usage students put them through. With digital printing, color photos don’t fade and printed dye doesn’t wear off or transfer to wallets, creating longer lasting identification cards for students and campus staff.

“We’ve been really happy with Zebra,” Hilliard said. “When someone comes into our office for a replacement card, the printer is ready to go and we have their cards right away. They comment, ‘That was fast!’”

If a solution as simple as that can make such a dramatic difference in the results, as well as save money in the long run, imagine what that could mean for you!

With over 40 years of combined industry experience, Advantidge has been helping institutions around the world create secure, cost-effective identity management solutions featuring easy-to-use ID card printers. As one of the top distributors for the industry’s most respected ID card product manufacturers, Advantidge is committed to ensuring that every client receives the right ID products for their specific needs.

Today, businesses of all sizes choose Advantidge because our ID card systems deliver guaranteed reliability with personal attention from qualified account managers. We take pride in our 360 degree approach to complete customer satisfaction while our end-to-end ID card solutions help clients protect physical and intellectual assets in today’s digital age. Whether you issue hundreds or millions of ID badges each year, count on Advantidge to help you conduct business productively and efficiently. Contact us today at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932, we provide excellent customer service!

Professional Sports Leagues create Oversized VIP Credentials

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

AdvantIDge, Inc., an industry leader providing world class sales and support of ID card printer solutions since 2001, and Major Sports Leagues have teamed up in the exciting shift that’s happening right now in the world of professional sports, ID badge printing, and events management! Older, outdated, and cumbersome oversized ID badge printing technologies are widely being replaced by new, more advanced ones, that allow printing oversized event ID badges on-the-spot!

Printing customized oversized ID badges, in any volume, traditionally has been limited by a lack of flexibility. Oversized ID badge artwork had to be pre-printed ahead of time, and the number of ID cards to be printed on also had to be pre-determined; requirements which eliminated any possibility of  up-to-the-minute adjustments to ID card designs or quanitity.

Now the newest generation of oversized ID card printers can personalize and print over the entire card surface for oversized event badges on-the-spot in just seconds! AdvantIDge, Inc. recently teamed up with leagues to implement this new technology which successfully launched in the 2013 All Star Game. At the event, the league successfully issued over 5,000 customized oversized ID badge credentials, and the system worked so well, they plan to use the technology at the 2014 Championship Game as well!

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 us at 800-965-5932 for more information on this unique solution!