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How To Choose The Right Card For Your Application

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

Choosing the right card is not always an easy task. There is not one “best” or “right” answer for all applications. Numerous factors go into determining what type of card or badge is best suited for your business.

Here are some questions to ask yourself to help determine what type of card is best suited for your application:


1. How will the card be used?

For visual identification, time & attendance, security - access control, or visitors. Cards can be used for a wide variety of applications so you need to identify all uses.


2. What level of access is needed?

Do you need different levels of access or security for different locations throughout your facility?


3. Do you have multiple locations?

Will all locations be part of this badging process? Is each location responsible for badging its own location?


4. What information is required on the card?

Organizations require different information. Determine what information is essential to your business. Is a photo required, or is any type of technology needed for access or time and attendance, or visitor access?


5. Is lamination necessary?

No, not always necessary. However, if cards are swiped several times a day a laminated card is the best way to protect the card. Lamination will add longevity to the life of the card.


6. How do I choose one technology over another?

Bar Code, Magnetic Stripe, Proximity are available. Simple identification may only require a simple ID. Cards that need to integrate into an access or time attendance system may require magnetic stripe, proximity, or another technology. Cards can incorporate multiple technologies if necessary.


7. What types of cards are available?

We offer a wide range of card types; PVC, PVC/Poly, Polyester, Proximity, iClass, Key fobs. You can order blank or custom printed to your specifications.


We're always here to assist as you navigate through these questions. For help choosing the right card, contact us at sales@bankoe.com or 952-888-6688




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