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How to ensure your contractors are properly qualified
​Using contractors is a popular method of planning and implementing a project. It enables organisations to have the best and most experienced people involved, without them being permanently on the payroll. The downside, however, is that security becomes even harder to manage, and particularly across multiple sites. How can you ensure that only correctly qualified personnel have access to authorised areas or specialised equipment?​… A well-designed ID card system should be your first thought.How can an ID card system help?Photo ID cards are an ideal way to hold and display an individual’s train..
Welcome to our Business Administration Apprentice
We are delighted to welcome another new member to the ID Card Centre team, our Business Administration Apprentice Andrew Glenn! Andrew has been with us for three months now and is already a massive asset to our team.  Answering the phone, processing orders and generally helping to keep the office ship shape and help keep the business moving forwards. 18 year old Andrew is Northampton born and raised, and he joins us off the back of one year studying A-levels and a one year B-tec course.  Andrew was looking to get out of education and learn and develop ‘on the job’ v..
We're recruiting for a Sales Administrator
Sales Administrator (Temp position but could be made permanent for the right person)   Do you strive for customer service excellence?  Are you enthusiastic and driven?  Do you love to learn and grow? Are you a fast learner with a laser sharp eye for detail?   If you answer yes to all of the above then we want to hear from you!   We are looking to fill our brand new position for a Sales Administrator for our business based in Moulton Park, Northampton. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to make a real difference, gain..
First Impressions Count!
It’s just one of those things. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. And when you’re signing a potential client into your building, that process will already have started. With that said, therefore, it’s worth bearing in mind that the ID security procedure you operate can really make a difference.How can an ID card system affect first impressions? An ID card system has impact because:1.  It can enhance your organisation’s professional imageAn ID card system immediately implies that a business is substantial enough to warrant one. It also implies that an organisati..
8 Essential Elements of a Successful ID Card System
So you’ve decided an ID card system is a key way to improve security in your business. Now you need to move the project forward. To help you achieve this, we’ve compiled a list of the essential elements you need to make your ID card system a success. ID Card Printers  A card printer with the right specification is the first thing to go on any ID card system list of requirements. If you can’t print the ID cards, then you don’t have an ID card system. But what should you be considering in order to get the right card printer for your purposes? Here are some questions to ask yoursel..
5 products you NEED to take the headache out of event badges!
When you’re in the midst of planning your next event, you need all the help you can get to ensure things run smoothly. Taking the headache out of the event badges is just one way to free you up to concentrate on other things.  So what are the best products for producing event badges?1. Badge printer hireEvents often mean you use a piece of equipment for a short period of time and then it’s packed away. Different events have different requirements, so though a badge printer will work for one occasion, it won’t necessarily meet your needs for the next.  The outlay on buying a different..
We are recruiting for a Customer Service and Operations Administrator
Do you enjoy the buzz you get when you achieve success? Do you enjoy a varied and challenging day at work as opposed to a mundane, repetitive one?  Are you a competitive individual who thrives on being the best you can be?We have an exciting opportunity as a Sales & Operations Executive for our rapidly growing business based in Northampton.Our company supplies a complete range of identity and security related products and our customers are both the public and private sector but are predominantly within education, health care, facilities management and events.This is a rare opportunity..
How do I find an ID badge supplier? Where do I start?
It’s never easy finding a new supplier for a product that you may never have used before. It’s a huge learning curve, and you’ll no doubt experience moments of feeling outside of your comfort zone. Finding a company to work with on ID cards and ID badges is no different. So we thought we’d make your life a little easier by highlighting six key questions you should ask before you decide.6 Questions you should ask of any new badge supplier…1.    Do you understand my business?We mean this most politely but when it comes to ID cards, businesses often think they know what they need. ..
Identity Insight from ID Card Centre August 2016
Why your business needs ID Cards! ..
How to licence CardExchange to a Licence Dongle
CardExchange™ offers a number of flexible licencing solutions based on different requirements.If you have a single or a few licences but need to be able to use these on various machines then using a licence dongle is often the best solution to this rather than purchasing additional licences.  Step by Step Guide to Licensing CardExchange™ to a Licence DongleIt is important that the driver of the dongle is installed before connecting the dongle to your PC and activating the license.This is the old licence dongle:   This is how the latest licence dongle looks:In the main page ..
ID Card Printing and MIFARE® Encoding at Cambridge University Library
  A card management installation in a university is never easy, and our latest one at Cambridge University Library certainly got Ben's mind working!   An Oracle database connected via ODBC, multiple tables without common unique identifiers and transposing data to print information which wasn't actually stored in the database as well as writing back to other tables with all of the card date for importing into other systems. To top it off, we had multiple designs all with differen..
ID Card Centre, working with Cambridge University Library to issue new MIFARE® library cards
Cambridge University is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious education establishments in the world and their 600 year old library, housing over 8 million books is a vital, central resource to the students of the university and colleges.  Driven by a need to upgrade their student and staff cards to ‘smart’ MIFARE® cards, and realising that their current software or hardware did not support MIFARE® encoding, ID Card Centre were pleased to be able to offer a solution. The Brief – A New Card Management System When Cambridge University’s Library depar..
Nine reasons why an ID card system is good for business…
With security becoming more and more of a buzz word these days, it’s important for organisations to take their duty of care to their employees seriously.A well-designed ID card system is one strategy companies can implement to help achieve this. And the best thing of all is… it also brings additional benefits.Here are nine compelling reasons why an ID card system should be operating in your business.1.  Identifies individuals: An obvious reason, but one of the top reasons. Operating an ID card system on your reception desk will help to prevent unauthorised personnel gaining access to..
Sage Pay upgrade to SHA-2 – what you need to know!
At ID Card Centre we are very passionate about security, and need to be in the industry we work in!  Therefore as of the 13th July 2016 our payment gateway, Sage Pay, will be upgraded to the latest version, SHA-2,  and you may be affected as there will be restrictions on the browsers and operating systems that we can accept payments through.What is SHA?SHA is also known as "Secure Hash Algorithm" and is the method most payment gateways use during the validation of a website’s security certificate.  Up until now SHA-1 has been the most widely accepted method o..
Identity Insight from ID Card Centre June 2016
Just launched! We’re extremely pleased to present to you the new Card Printing pages on our website.    Featuring our printed plastic card options, with clear information about all of the features and print processes available to you.   Clearly sorted by card type or industry it’s quick and easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.   Our next goal is to add an instant online quote facility, so we’ll be work..
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