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7 Tips To Keep Your Facility Safe & Your ID System Running Smoothly

Re-posted with permission from Higgins Corporation and edited

We all know how important safety is: at school, in the workplace, when visiting establishments or most places you go, you name it, safety and security are of the utmost importance. While this information may be well known, the best ways, or most cost effective methods to incorporate safety measures may not be. To help, here are seven tips that will help ensure safety, as well as protect existing safety measures to keep them functioning effectively and properly.

Tip #1 – Require photo IDs. Requiring photo identification in this day and age is important. Years ago, implementing this type of technology was expensive, but today the technology has not only greatly advanced, but it is now a fraction of the cost, making it possible for most organizations to have ID systems of their own, onsite and easily implemented or upgraded.

Tip #2 – Know who is in your building at all times. Implementing a visitor management system, student, or staff tracking system, or membership management system is not only simple, but can be very cost effective.

Tip #3 – Keep your ID printer clean. Plastic ID card printers are essential for issuing photo IDs, but require attentiveness to keep them in prime operating condition. Using cleaning cards or cleaning kits regularly can prevent dirty print heads, unnecessary repairs, and lengthy downtime, while ensuring that credentials are printed clearly and accurately every time.

Tip # 4 – Use branded & customized credential accessories. All cards go thru normal wear and tear with everyday use. Any minor damage to cards can prevent them from functioning properly and typically end up requiring replacement. Using various ID accessories can help protect cards from outside elements like dirt, dust, water, oils and chemicals. Using any of the many various badge holders, lanyard and clips, silicone wallet attachments, and badge reels available from your local ISG dealer, you can keep your credentials safe, but still convenient to utilize, and also extend their usefulness.

Tip #5 – Have the most up-to-date credential systems in place. Has your card printer seen its better days, or is it starting to print less effectively? Is your software and printer more than 10 years old? If so, it might be time for an upgrade! Existing card printer technology and ID software is not only more state of the art, has faster print times, produces better credentials, but they are also fractions of what you may have purchased your printer for years ago.

Tip #6 – Don’t buy off-brand or unauthorized supplies. Buying cheap, poorly manufactured ribbons, laminates and cards can actually do more harm than good to your card printers. Card and credential printer technology is so specialized, it is important to ensure you are getting the most compatible supplies for your machine. Our identity experts can help you with this. Contact Us!

Tip # 7 – Get a tune-up from your local ISG dealer Before your busy season starts, make sure your ID system is ready to go. Despite taking impeccable care of your system, unforeseen errors can always occur. Providing preventative service to your machines or inspecting them like you would a car or home heating system, can have numerous benefits, and help you avoid costly repairs or lengthy maintenance interruptions. Having any printers go down is tedious on its own, but during a busy season can be devastating. Preventative maintenance is always a great idea and can save you both time and money in the long run.

More Than Tips for Your Organization

Learn more about ways to improve your site security and keep your people and property safe by contacting your local ISG dealer. We can offer strategies and solutions for access control, employee identification, visitor management, asset tracking, and more. Contact us today!

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