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The Impact of Wear and Tear on ID Cards

We’ve all understood the importance of durability where ID cards are concerned. Let’s specifically tackle wear and tear: What are its IMPACTS, the REASONS behind why it happens, how to AVOID it, and what SOLUTIONS are open to you.

Faded or damaged cards pose a security risk. If you’re using ID cards primarily for visual identification, the photograph must be of the highest quality, otherwise how can you be certain that the “new colleague or staff” you’ve suddenly started seeing in the concerned areas has a legitimate right to be there?


Strengthening corporate image. ID cards are a key element of your organization’s brand and how it reflects in the outside world. Chipped, cracked and scratched cards give the impression of unprofessionalism. The wearing of up to date, well-printed, clear ID cards by all employees represents a vehicle to strengthen the corporate brand which is important not only for company pride but also to reinforce customer trust when visitors are onsite.


Everyday use of ID cards takes its toll but it could be evidence of tampering. If any watermark or lamination has been damaged this should act as an alert that sets off alarm bells but is all too often disregarded. Someone with ulterior motives may have picked up an employee card that has been left in a taxi or lost in the street and purposefully damaged the photograph and used the “real” employee’s access credentials built into the card in order to gain access to sensitive areas.


Damaged access or smart cards can simply cause frustration and inefficiency for employees if they can’t easily enter the spaces they work in or reach the data they need to do their job. The cost to reissue cards adds up and can often be avoided if you tackle the reasons behind how cards are damaged in the first place.


Contact the team at Identisys to find out how we can help you reduce the wear and tear of ID cards and enhance the safety in your workplace.

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