In today’s uncertain political and economic climate, plastic ID cards are a must for UK employers seeking to secure their premises and protect their employees. For some employers, a simple card with a magnetic stripe is adequate. For others, a higher level of security is required. In this article, we’ll present some basic information about some high security options these employers should consider for any plastic ID card they obtain for their employees.
The Holographic Option
Including a hologram on a plastic identification card is a proven method that makes it very difficult for anyone to tamper with the card. Although holographic logos on the surface of the card are popular, there’s new technology that can affix a holographic layer under the surface of the card. For example, if a holographic layer underlies the cardholder’s photo, the picture will appear to shimmer. The holographic option is popular in any photo ID card system that must produce an extremely secure plastic card. An added benefit is that an employer doesn’t need any special equipment to validate a holographic card, since it’s done with the naked eye.
The Photo-Chromatic Option
This is another method of securing many types of plastic cards including employee ID cards, plastic discount cards and plastic membership cards. A special material is embedded into the card that will change in appearance, depending on the viewing angle. This material cannot be duplicated by either a computer or a color copier. Available in several attractive colors including speckled silver and speckled gold, a photo-chromatic layer gives a plastic security card a distinctive, customized high-tech look.
When employers in the UK choose either of these high tech features for an employee’s plastic ID card, they are electing to protect both their employees and their business from infiltration and sabotage as well as securing the cards themselves from tampering or unauthorized use.