Applications for ID cards #4: Corporate

In the last in this series where we explore how ID cards are used in different industries, we consider the Corporate world. Here, challenges range across:

  • Improving security: make it harder for people to gain access to places they’re not entitled to
  • Protecting data: keeping customer information and intellectual property secure
  • Improving efficiency: Issue accurate proof of identity quickly and easily

Here’s more:

The importance of upholding the security of assets, buildings, staff and – increasingly -data, is fundamental to a business. Not only do corporates have a responsibility for personal safety, but also to protect intellectual property and customer information.

Keeping your staff, assets, buildings and data safe is critical in the corporate world. We help you to minimise the risk of security breaches and ensure your team is able to work confidently in a secure environment.

The ability to quickly issue ID cards is a fast and effective way to make sure all visitors and staff have the proper identification as quickly and easily. Our solutions eliminate the time required by traditional methods to process and print.

Specific card types to address these challenges include:

Photo ID

Most enterprises now issue employees, contractors and visitors with cards in order to verify identity. ID card printers enable the instant printing of these cards by HR or facilities departments for employees and visitors. Ensuring these cards cannot easily be copied is a fundamental security requirement which can be achieved by using additional visual security features, such as Magicard’s HoloKote(R)  watermark, on each card.


Physical access

Electronic data, securely written to a smart card at the point of issuance can be used to grant access not only to the front door, but also privileged access to more secure departments or assets within the building itself. A smart card is typically presented to a card reader, linked to a physical access control system (PACS) which authenticates the individual and permits access. Access rights can be revoked or amended at the touch of a button

Time and attendance

Often linked to a physical or logical access control system, a time and attendance application enables the smart card to be used to track an employee’s hours of work and movements within buildings and networks. Technologies deployed can range from a magnetic stripe ‘swipe’ system to a more advanced tracking technology using Ultra High Frequency proximity cards which can pinpoint the cardholder’s whereabouts

Logical access

Access to corporate data and networks via desktop PCs, laptops and mobile devices can be granted, monitored and protected using a logical access control system (LACS). A separate application can be written on to the chip of the card alongside the physical access application to enable this. Normally, a terminal attached to the network access point or a reader within the hardware itself will securely read keys and data from the card. This can sometimes be coupled with a password, or for three-factor authentication to highly secure or sensitive company information.

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