Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Go Green!

We were please to have the folks at the Go Green Expo use our lanyards printed on recycled material. They had a re-attachable safety breakaway connector, so they are green and safe. It's a nice combination.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Five Reasons to Rethink Visitor Management

Out of 10 companies I might visit, I am lucky if one painlessly verifies my identity and issues a personalized visitor credential. Most have me sign the old paper log, assume I must be who I say I am, and hand me a dog-eared visitor badge left over from the Nixon administration. At least one or two out of the 10 doesn’t even use a log book; just a wave to “come on back.” Let’s just say that visitor management is pretty low on the list for most companies.

Read the five points and more here. It's good stuff.

Impersonators erode trust in plainclothes police officers

“Anyone can get a badge,” Elizabeth Lange said. “You can go online and get badges. Anyone can say they’re a cop.”

That is why people with questions about someone claiming to be a plainclothes deputy need to ask for more, Malagon said.

“The badge means nothing unless there is an identification card that goes with it,” he said. “A photo ID.” (more here)

We say: While you at it, go ahead and add a few security features to the photo ID card to ensure authentication.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mutations in the Warehouse

Uh oh... looks like there's some homogenization going on in the warehouse. Dont tell the boss.

For those who are addicted to bluetooth headsets, leatherman multi tools, keyfobs, neo-pets and other hangy-things, we proudly present Frankenstein Lanyard (...its ALIVE). Made from all kinds of stuff - like hot dogs - this lanyard is sure to fit the needs of the "customer who wants it all, but doesn't understand part numbers". It features a springy-bulldog-metallic-plastic-hook-clip-thingie. (Whew) Estimated MSRP is projected to be around, well... er, we're not sure. Warning - this product may cause neck strain and confusion.

OK - if you actually want one of these, I guess we could go ahead and make it, but this is not a real lanyard. It's a by-product of bad photoshop layering, and a late night of keyboarding. Could be something for the old r & d bin... we'll have to see who really wants it.



Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Live at The Masters

We love seeing our products out in the public eye. Here is one of our custom lanyards and ticket holders at The Masters this week. Nice.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Lanyard of The Show

We were informed by our customer that these were the "lanyard of the show" at ISC-West. They gave almost all of them out the first day and we saw them everywhere that we went in the building. There is no doubt that our dye sublimation printed lanyards with soft PVC insert look and feel great. They are perfect when you want a first class presentation in neck lanyards and to display credentials.

Bad ID Card Concepts - #2

It seemed like a great idea when the boys in the back were working on product development, but field testing proved this to be a total product failure. Problems discovered included:
  • Office staff kept getting stuck in doorways. Revolving doors proved to be especially perplexing
  • The actual card printer was the size of a Mack truck
  • Windy days created unexpected neck strain issues
  • Susan wasted a lot of time "looking for her ID card"
  • Bob kept repeating "My ID card is all business in front, but you should see the party in back". No one understood what he meant by this, but it sure was annoying

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Real ID in Real Trouble in Maine

DHS all but told the state Monday that it was the country's "weakest link" and that the state needed to change its licensing ways or face the fed's wrath.

Maine is now the lone state not to have been given an extension to long-delayed Real ID regulations, after three fellow protesting states -- Montana, New Hampshire and South Carolina -- got their extensions in the last two weeks despite not pledging allegiance to Real ID. (click here for more)

We say:
  • New Hampshire just lost there motto "Live Free or Die"
  • Does the public understand what Real ID is all about?
  • Some of the rebelling states are making good points. It would have been a good idea for the federal government to build consensus on this program and establish dialog on funding.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Logan High kids must show ID card to enter campus

From the tone of this news story it does not appear the school district has thought out and communicated a cohesive implementation plan. Education, acceptance, and student/parent buy-in are critical to a successful school ID card program. Read the "The Secure School" post below and you will get a good idea of what we mean.

Burglar walks into Downing Street waving girl's ID pass

This is an interesting news story from the UK. It could have been a huge embarrassment (or problem) for the British government if this guy had not been about as harmless as Otis in Mayberry.

When it comes to access control and ID cards, one should note:
  • The system is only as good as the training provided. Security personnel need to know how to inspect an ID card properly and then do it consistently.
  • Adding visual security technology is an efficient method for card verification by security staff. It's low cost and easy to implement.
  • Access control technology in secure areas is a must. Waiting until after a security problem has occurred is the wrong time to start thinking about it. Proactive security measures is smart and sensible.

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