ID Cards & Accessories has had some updates

Back in 2009 when we launched idcardsandaccessories we set a goal to become one of the UK’s largest online suppliers of ID security products. Now 8 years later we’re delighted to report that we have accomplished that goal, so a huge thanks for helping make our dreams come true!

Due to our growing customer base and the need to implement new features we decided at the beginning of 2017 to further invest in our website and since then have been very busy migrating onto a new platform and giving it a nice new facelift.

Our aim was provide our customers with an easier and faster way to order, to improve navigation of our growing product range and to make special offers more visible.  We have also collected an almost unblemished number of Feefo genuine product and service reviews so wanted to display them clearer each page.

So this is what we have accomplished as well as ensuring better integration with mobile devices making it much easier to order when on the move.

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We are very pleased to announce that it is live! So please take a look, we hope you enjoy using it as much as we do and please contact us with any feedback we’ve love to hear what you think.

Note: We were unfortunately unable to migrate existing usernames, passwords or order history so your existing login will not work so next time you order please can you register again. We still have a record of your previous order so please do not hesitate to contact us should you need help.

Is the Easybadge App as easy as it claims?

We’ve been getting feedback from our customers who are using Easybadge to find out how the App is working for them.

It’s a relatively new product so we also wanted to find out if our customers love it as much as we do. We were particularly interested to speak to those with staff in multiple locations.

In the past capturing an ID photo and data on location meant carrying a laptop and webcam around… it’s a real pain to set up equipment each time.

The introduction of the Easybadge App takes this hassle away. Simply download the Easybadge App from the App Store onto an iPhone or Android tablet and away you go!

The app accesses the devices camera, enables you to type the staff details ,then syncs with the main database.

Feedback has been very positive, conversations have revolved around the ease and speed at which data can be captured which in turn takes the hassle out of issuing photo ID cards to staff scattered around different offices.

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Protecting Your Staff ID Cards from Fraud

Adding a security feature onto your Staff ID Cards will go some way to help prevent the cost and stress associated with theft.

Unfortunately it’s all too easy to create an ID card, You Tube is full of videos demonstrating how to quickly create a genuine looking ID card making it easy for criminals to educate themselves. They then attempt to copy staff ID cards in order to gain access into buildings to commit crime, usually theft of equipment, data or staff possessions.

Here ID Cards and Accessories we always try to be one step ahead so offer a range of easy to adopt security features which can be easily applied to staff ID cards to help prevent counterfeiting and tampering, subsequently protecting your business, staff and customers.

Easy to adopt staff ID card security features

Company Logo:

Get your company logo pre-printed onto base stock. The print quality compared to if it was applied using a card printer is superior so you will be able to spot any dodgy copied cards.

Photo:

Apply staff photos to your cards, that way identity can be visually verified.

Watermark:

Included with all Magicard printers, HoloKote® is patented technology that frosts a secure watermark such as your company logo to the card’s surface during printing. It’s subtle so will not obscure personalised data, obvious at an angle cards and effective because it make cards difficult to alter or copy.

Laminate:

Some Datacard and Smart printers offer a laminate. This is a clear polyester film applied onto the surface of the card using heat and pressure. This acts are a barrier, prolonging the life and protecting the card data from fraudulent tampering.

Hologram:

Holograms are a cost effective way to add security and are difficult to copy. They can be cut to your logo shape and are visible from a distance so easy for door security to spot. Applied at the same time as base stock printing and only on a few pence per card.

Holographic card printer ribbons are also available to purchase with Zebra, Evolis and Smart printers. These are applied to cards in a batch after you personalise and are generic stock images.

Barcodes and 2D QR Codes:

Print on a barcode or QR code either onto base stock or when personalising and link to a photo stored online for further verification.

Other things to consider for your staff ID cards

Ensure your card printing equipment is locked away, this includes all printer ribbon and base stock cards.

• Restrict Access to Your ID Card Printing Software. Limiting access to a few trusted and employees with their own passwords ensures that ID card printing and issuance are tightly controlled.

• Audit Printed Cards. If using card printing software you should be able to report on who printed cards, who for and when.

If you require assistance on the best security features for your staff ID cards please contact us on 029 2070 8702.

Persuading Staff to Wear ID Cards

Creating ID cards for staff to wear makes sense; to not only maintain professionalism but to ensure better security for both staff and visitors to your building. Trying to enforce this may prove tricky, however spending time explaining the benefits with reminders will help so that eventually wearing their ID card to work will become familiar and the norm.

Visual ID for Staff

The most popular method is to display a staff ID card is inside a card holder attached to a lanyard that can be printed with your company logo to further increase security and brand awareness. A lanyard also is a comfortable way to display ID which is important to ensure staff wear it.  In some working environments such as hospitals and factories the ID is better attached by a clip or retractable badge reel.

The ID card will clearly display each member of staffs photograph and job title eliminating confusion by providing clear visual identification. Visual identification is particularly important for an organisation dealing with the public such as a Council or Government body, or a company in a building with lots of other businesses.

Perhaps you also use an access control system, so consider purchasing a double sided card holder to save cards getting lost or damaged whilst making it easy to access.

Security

The ID card ensures your staff can establish who is who and encourages a stop and challenge approach with anyone acting suspiciously. Ensure they fully understand this and that the new ID card is aimed to keep them safe whilst at work.  If you have a security guard it also makes it much easier for them to see at a glance who is genuine and not.

Ongoing

You may find that the novelty of wearing ID may wears off after a while and staff will forget to wear it. So it is important to keep reminding them of the importance of wearing the new card.

Enforcement

Allow time for the new ID card policy to settle in. After the adjustment period, explain to non-compliant employees that you’ll give them a certain number of warnings before resorting to disciplinary procedures. If anyone resists communicate and find out the reason, it could be they have a phobia about wearing a lanyard round their neck in which case you can offer an alternative.

Printing Staff ID Cards

If you would like to invest in the kit to print your own staff ID card then various ID card printing kits are available. Click here to view the range.

We operate a card printing bureau service as so can print your photo staff ID cards for you from as little as £1.75 each including postage! Click here for more information or to order.

EasyBadge ID Card Printing Review

We’re excited to announce that we’ve just launched EasyBadge in our online shop.  For some time we’ve been looking for a modern ID card printing system compatible with mobile technology for our customers who want to easily collect data to then print plastic ID cards.

It’s a neat kit with everything you need bundled into a box ready to plug in and play.  The software App is a real bonus, compatible with all android tables & phones as well as the iPhone. It allow photos and data to be captured anywhere. We have a number of Council customers who currently take a laptop on location to collect data, this will be a lot less hassle for them.

It’s not aimed at high end card production and we hope one day a kit is launched for those users but if you are planning to print under 100 cards per month then put this high on your list. Compared to other similar kits this does cost a little more but the ease of set up, the App and added advantage of built in support make it a worthwhile investment.

The software comes in 3 versions – supplied with the kit is ‘Lite’ for under 100 records. You can upgrade to ‘Professional’ for over 100 records and ‘Enterprise’ if you need to encode a smart card. It’s compatible with all brands of printer so if you need to issue more than 100 cards per month you could pair it with a Smart 50 Printer and purchase the other consumables separately.

Click here to view all our ID card printing kits

Advantages of Plastic ID Card Printing Kits

Printing your own plastic ID cards is becoming more and more popular these days. We are seeing a huge increase in demand for plastic ID card printers and the plastic cards to go with them.

If you know what ID card printer you are after then please take advantage of our great range of plastic card printers and order online today.

However, if you are new to the world of printing your own plastic ID cards, have you ever considered a plastic ID card printing kit or bundle? Please read the rest of this post to see what our printing kits are all about, and the advantages they give you…

Plastic ID Card Printing Kits – what are they all about?

Basically, all of our printing kits/bundles are exactly what they say on the tin! We offer a range of all-in-one solutions so you can get started with printing your very own plastic ID cards straight away.

We take the hassle away from you so that you don’t have to trawl the internet to find a good printer. Our bundles include ‘great’ printers – even ones we use ourselves!

Are you confused about what software to use? Don’t worry – we only supply the recommended software for your printer with all of our kits. We even use the software ourselves so if you get stuck just ask our in-house design team for some pointers.

Are you blown away by all the different types of plastic cards and lanyards and holders? Fear not! We’ll supply you with the perfect plastic cards, lanyards and holders so that you can produce the best quality ID cards for your needs.

When we put our plastic ID card printer kits together, we identified that most customers want their ID card production kit to do 3 things:

  • Design an attractive card layout
  • Keep a nice clean searchable unlimited number of records within the software
  • Take photos to print ID cards

With this in mind, here is one kit we recommend; the Smart 30 Card Printing Bundle.

Smart 30 Plastic ID Card Printing Kit

It by far offers the best software functionality, supplied with Imagebase Profession you’ll never need to later upgrade; the printer also has the capacity to print more than 1200 cards per annum so will grow with your business. It also comes with an amazing 5 year manufacturers warranty that no other brand can match.

If you don’t like this plastic ID card printing kit then please take a look at our plastic ID card printing bundle finder. Alternatively please give us a call on 029 2070 8702 or email sales@idcardsandaccessories.co.uk

ID Card Software Solutions

Have you ever wanted to print your own ID cards but don’t know where to start?

Have you got an ID card printer stuck in the corner of your office and want to get more out of it?

Fear not, ID Cards & Accessories can help get you going!

We have recently improved our range of ID card print production software for all of the major ID card printer manufacturers including Zebra, Evolis, Datacard & Smart.

Not sure which software you need? Don’t worry!

We have categorised our software range in to easy to use sections to make it simple to choose the right software for your ID card printer…

ID Card Production Software

 

You can use our easy to use software picker by choosing your brand of printer OR if you know the software you need already, simply select the software brand – simples!

We have the full range of ID card software packages for all major ID card printer manufacturers and software brands. We even have upgrade options available.

If you are still not 100% sure which software you need for your ID card printer then please do not hesitate to give us a call on 029 2070 8702 or email sales@idcardsandaccessories.co.uk

How many ID cards do you need to print?

Whether you are a small, medium or large business, deciding how many ID cards you need for your staff can be a tricky decision to make.

Do you need a printed ID card for every staff member? Do some employees work offsite where identification is mandatory? Is your MD so well known that everybody knows his face anyway!

Here at ID Cards & Accessories we have you covered! Once you know how many ID cards you want, you can choose the ID card printer that suits your requirements. Not sure which printer you need? Don’t worry, our in-house printing team are on hand to help.

If you are a small to medium sized business and need about 100-1000 printed ID cards, browse through our medium volume ID card printers for single sided printed ID cards, or both back and front sided printed ID cards.

If you are a business with a need for more than 1000 printed ID cards, you will probably want to look through our range of higher volume ID card printers for single sided printed ID cards and also printers that print on both sides. These printers print about 1000-3000 plastic ID cards comfortably.

Whatever your ID card requirements are, use our easy ‘printer finder’ page to guide you in the right direction…

 

Plastic ID Card Printers

Choosing the right holders for your ID cards

Once you have your ID cards printed and looking exactly the way you want them, you will want to keep them protected, secure and visibly on show.

Think about what your ID cards are going to be used for. Where are your cards going to be used? Who are the cards for? You will soon have a summary or an understanding of what card holder is right for you.

If your ID cards need to be visible at all times e.g. bar or security staff, you may want to consider our arm band card holders

Arm Band Badge Card Holders

Are your ID cards going to be used in situations where they may get knocked about, bumped or bashed e.g. construction? Consider our plastic card holders made of rigid plastic. These types of plastic card holders are lightweight but robust enough to secure and protect your cards and are even available in a wide range of colours…

Plastic Card Holders

We have a huge range of different card holders to suit your requirements, including…

  • Rigid Plastic Card Holders – perfect for tough environments to prevent cards being folded or bent
  • Arm Band Badge/Card Holders – ideal for showing off ID cards at all times but also to ensure cards don’t get in the way
  • Conference Badge Holders – designed to keep identification clean and protected.
  • Adhesive Backed Card Holders – useful for applying to glass such as vehicle windscreens and building windows.
  • Gripper Badge Holders – innovative card holder designed to grip ID cards without the need for hole punching cards, yet credentials are still visible.
  • Multi-Card Badge Holders – Useful for personnel that are required to carry multiple identities (legally of course)

Whatever your requirements, ID Cards & Accessories have the right solution for you. Give us a call on 029 2070 8702 or email sales@idcardsandaccessories.co.uk

Benefits of Plastic Photo Membership Cards

Membership cards are useful for all types of businesses including gyms, golf clubs, health clubs, social clubs (any type of club really!)

We supply printed plastic photo membership cards to all kinds of clubs and associations all across the UK.

Photo membership cards are a fantastic way to make your customers and members feel included and part of your business. Not only do existing customers feel like they ‘belong’, but they are also a fantastic way of promoting your business to potential new members – how many times have you taken a card out of your wallet or purse and shown it a friend?

The benefits of photo membership cards include:

  • Something tangible for members to feel included
  • Increased security
  • Keeping track of member usage
  • Customer retention
  • Increased promotion
  • Cost saving (when replacing existing systems)

We use top quality solid PVC cards and produce a superior print with a protective finish to make your membership cards really stand out and last. You can order your membership cards online today and you can even choose what security options you would like to include e.g.

  • Encoded magstripes
  • Personalisation
  • Numbering
  • Barcoding
  • Signature Strips

You can also choose if you want to print your membershp cards on biodegradeable teslin.

We offer two options for the design of your photo membership cards. You can either send us your artwork and we will create your cards for you based on that, OR we can create the design for you. You can even choose if you want a gloss or a matt finish!

Check out our plastic photo membership cards today and see how much you can save.

If you have any questions then just let us know at sales@idcardsandaccessories.co.uk