Using ID Cards

Precisely because they are used so much, it is easy to overlook how important ID cards are within our society. Try counting the number of miles you drive, or the number of calls you make, and you will relearn the centrality of the car and telephone to our modern lives.

Try counting the number of times you slide a card through a slot and you will learn the same lesson about ID cards.

Part of the reason for this is their ease of use and storage. While cell phones and media players continue to strive to become thinner, more portable, more economical, and easier to use, ID cards for some time have enjoyed almost perfect portability, durability, and ease of use. And when you print your own cards, they cost just cents per card to make. It is difficult to think of another tool that achieves such fantastic return on investment.

ID cards are among the most powerful and simplest security tools used today in schools, businesses, correctional facilities and laboratories. Requiring people to carry ID cards in order to enter certain restricted offices, floors or facilities is a simple way of keeping unwanted people out. This can include keeping strangers out of elementary schools, corporate spies out of law offices and labs, or former employees out of their old workplaces.

ID Cards for Productivity

ID cards are more than just security tools, however. They can also be used to monitor the comings and goings of employees or temporary employees. A large retailer or corporation may employ dozens of different temporary employees, or temps, on any given day. Chances are these temps will not all have come from one agency.

In fact, a large company may work with five to 10 different temp agencies. By using an in-house ID card system to create encrypted badges for these temps the day of their arrival, the company can track them the way they would track any other employee. If a temp steps outside to take too many cigarette breaks or make too many phone calls, the tracking system will note it. If a temp leaves for a two hour lunch break, the tracking system will note it.

If one temp agency is consistently providing sub-par temps, the company may choose to stop working with that agency. It can do business with the agencies whose temps are more reliable and productive. This is just one of the simple ways in which creating ID badges on-site improves productivity and efficiency.