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SOLUTIONS to problems related to wear and tear on ID cards (four of four)

Now we have looked at the impact of wear and tear on ID cards, the reasons behind it and how to avoid it , we will complete this series by deliberating real-world solutions. We will consider: durability, print quality and protection within an over-arching context of maintaining security standards. Nothing lasts forever, and that applies to your ID card stock AND the printer itself. You may have...

The REASONS behind wear and tear on ID cards (two of four)

Having previously explored what impact wear and tear on ID cards have, here we consider why it happens in the first place. Outside of a visitor badge or ID at an event, it is likely that a card has to be used every day for a multitude of purposes: access to different parts of a building, to data, for payments in a canteen and more. Plus, if it’s a magnetic stripe card, how many times is it going...

The IMPACT of wear and tear on ID cards (one of four)

We’ve looked previously at the importance of durability where ID cards are concerned and in this new series, we’re specifically tackling wear and tear: the IMPACT it can have, the REASONS behinds why it happens, how to AVOID it, and what SOLUTIONS are open to you. In this, the first instalment, we focus on the impact of wear and tear on ID cards. Firstly, and arguably most importantly, faded or...

Emerging from lockdown: dealing with identity

“Distributed working” has been a key theme over recent months. While your workforce may have been furloughed or working from home, as time progresses there will be inevitable reasons and opportunities for employees to come back into the office, however infrequently at first. You may be forgiven to think that this has no impact on individuals’ ID cards but now in particular is the time to consider...

The availability of fake ID cards

It’s sad but true. High-quality fake IDs are now easily available to purchase online. It’s becoming easier to get hold of equipment that aids the creation of ID cards. Criminals can buy card printing accessories that fit an ordinary Inkjet printer and which deliver a cheap, insecure version of an ID card. For organisations or businesses which use cards to signal membership or employment, the risk...

Why having an ID matters

Approximately one billion people around the world are currently living without any form of official ID. Research by ID4D and World Bank found that almost half of these people are based in Sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, one in two people in Sub-Saharan Africa lack identification. The same research also reported that more than 300 million people in South Asia live without an official ID. In many...

Keeping events secure

It’s sad but true: we’re living in a time where crowds have become an attractive target for those with malicious intentions. Large-scale events such as Glastonbury, Coachella and Comic Con draw in thousands and thousands of people over just a few days meaning event organisers and their security teams have the mammoth task of keeping these visitors safe for the duration. But how do they do this...

Is there a need for ID cards in Education?

Identity card solutions in the education sector do more than just provide visual security. If leveraged correctly, they can help provide a secure and efficient environment for learning.   For example, in a nursery, children’s ID credentials should identify them as individuals and put stops and checks in place against unauthorised individuals fetching them from school thereby enhancing their...

Applications for ID cards #3: Government

In this, the 3rd of our series on how ID cards are used across different industries, we’re looking at Government where the main challenges surround: Improving security: Make it harder for people to gain access to places they’re not entitled to Protecting rights: Make it easier for eligible citizens to access rights and benefits Improving efficiency: Issue accurate proof of identity quickly and...

USES FOR ID CARDS #4: PHOTO ID

From driver’s licences to student membership cards to national ID schemes, cards are the most widely used method for verifying age, identity and the associated access to rights and benefits in society. Verification can take the form of a simple photograph or signature, or for more secure applications, can be stored in an electronic chip on the card in the form of a biometric such as a fingerprint...

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