Comparing identification cards for your business

An identification card is an invaluable business tool that enhances the functionality and security of your company. Before implementing an ID card system, you need to decide what type of identification cards are right for your business. Here are the steps that you need to take in this process:

1. Learn what types of ID cards are available

If you don’t understand the various types of ID cards that are available to you, then you won’t be able to determine what the best fit is for your company. Here is a list of the most commonly used types of ID cards, and what you need to know about each:

Proxy ID Cards

Proxy ID cards are able to communicate with other devices without touching them. The applications for this are wide reaching. For example, a proxy card could be used to give authorized personnel access to entryways without forcing them to stop and unlock a door manually.

PVC ID Cards

A PVC ID card is composed of a plastic known as poly-vinyl chloride (that’s where the name PVC comes from). Due to the strength and durability of a PVC card, this is the most common type of ID card used. It is such a popular card solution that its applications expand beyond ID cards — most debit and credit cards are PVC cards.

ID Cards with Lamination Pouches

You want your ID cards to last. If your company’s ID cards are constantly exposed, then they should be protected from the wear that will occur as a result. Using ID card lamination pouches is a great choice. They could, for example, enclose ID cards that hang from lanyards without interfering with the ID card’s functionality. 

ID Cards with Protective Overlays

Protective overlays such as holograms add a layer of protection to your ID cards and enhance their security capabilities. This is due to the fact that one cannot simply steal an identification card with a protective overlay and make changes to it. Any attempt to alter the ID card would damage the overlay and render the card useless.

2. Consider your company’s needs

Your company’s specific needs determine what type of ID card will work best for you. If, for example, you are only using an identification card system to make your sales team more readily identifiable to a customer at your retail store, then there is no need to use proxy ID cards. However, if you also plan on using the ID card system as a tool to streamline clocking in and out, then proxy ID cards should be used.

3. Make sure that your ID card system can accommodate your needs

You must make sure that your ID card system can produce cards with all of the features you need. For example, proximity card capabilities is a feature that you may have to add to your custom system while you buy it.

What type of ID card works for your business?

Make sure that you carefully consider all ID card features, your company’s needs and your production capabilities when choosing which type of ID card will work best for your organization. Contact the experts at Avon Security for more information, or browse our selection of identification cards

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