This is the age of the individual, as well as the age of ID. As every institution, from City Hall to the Community College becomes more aware of each individual and of their security clearance (or threat), the time is long gone when Americans simply know their neighbors, friends, and co-workers by sight. Call it a stigmata or sign of reality, but the ID badge is here to stay -- for everyone from the part-time employee to the full-time college student. Access cards and student ID badges keep a lock on student population, as well as egress to school facilities such as gyms, classrooms, and dormitories. They are also being used nowadays for students to pay for things like doing laundry, copier and/or printer use, and even food purchases from the cafeteria on-campus, as well as meals off-campus. But there is a right way and a wrong way for a school to use their ID badge technology for maximum effectiveness:
School ID badges are the best and least expensive way to clearly ID current staff administrators, students, teachers, guest lecturers, and other authorized guests on campus. But consider some of the alternative uses and benefits of the campus ID badge --
With today’s advanced chip-in-a-card technology, it’s easy to turn a student ID badge into a prepaid debit card. With this technology in place a student’s card can be used at the bookstore for textbooks and other school supplies. And it will make the cafeteria cashier’s life so much easier and lessen the wait time in line by an appreciable amount. After all, who doesn’t like fast food that’s actually fast? The quicker students get served, the quicker they can get back to their studies!
It’s now possible, and quite easy, to impregnate student ID badges with a host of information that tends to reduce and/or eliminate paperwork and filing, simply by having a student’s medications listed on the ID badge, along with things like emergency contact information -- or even their class schedule and contact information of professors and teaching assistants.
The student ID badge is a very efficient and discreet way to track both usage and access. This lets the administration and security departments at a school know who is accessing every facilities on-campus, and when, and for how long. This would include, but not be limited to, classrooms, labs, and libraries.
It’s obviously a no-brainer that student Id cards and/or bracelets can be used to track student attendance. It’s also useful for monitoring after school activity, and to allow quick and easy access to special school events. It will ensure students in K - 12 also get on the right school bus when the school day is over.
To continue to think outside the box with campus ID badges, think of them as enhancers of both safety and security on and off the schoolgrounds/campus. This works not only for students, but for visitors, vendors and, of course, faculty. Color coded cards are one way to swiftly distinguish who’s who when security and safety issues surface at school. It’s pretty easy to have high quality holograms imprinted on ID badges nowadays, and the holograms are almost impossible for any amateur bad hat to forge.
It’s also a good idea to give ID badges expiration dates, and to have those expiration dates show up as a change in color right on the ID badge itself. This will give your security people, and others, instant visual confirmation of a person’s status at school.