In our modern world, where multiple options are present and available for the audience, there are plenty of institutions and businesses offering their services in varied locations through cities and towns. Each business has an area of service and must move around this area all the time. Employees are constantly flowing from one place to another and have to be correctly identified to represent the name of the company in front of other people. This is the point where ID cards take a privileged position among other identification and safety measures.
- They date back from 1414
The first Identification document that was ever registered in history as such was introduced by King Henry V with the safe conduct Act of 1414. Although these kinds of documents were not necessary and people would just present themselves and say their names. There was no institution who could certify they were not impersonating someone.
- They are not international
Although passports are widely accepted as international ID documents, in many English speaking countries there is no national identification card issued by the government. Instead, driving licenses, passports or office cards are used when validating someone’s identity.
- They can be custom made
Many ID cards are created and printed by private companies and are therefore used for their own purposes. This is why these cards can be printed with different colors, styles, pictures and colorful Staff lanyards. This reality brings multiple cards to existence at the same time and could represent a costly investment to the company if offers are not considered.
- Multiple uses, multiple formats
According to the use ID cards are going to have companies decide what kind of information stored within them. They can be paper or plastic and they can store from only basic information such as name and last name to addresses and access to doors and bank accounts. Some smart ID cards can also be used as keys or to withdraw money directly from banking institutions associated to the information chip or bar.
- ID cards controversy over privacy
When ID cards are link and rely on a central database there is controversy over the fact that many personal pieces of information are then gathered in that database. Users are afraid their privacy is being violated and they also fear their information could be sold to third parties who could take advantage of that info.
There is, however, a bright side
Many institutions that use ID cards for their employees have a secured database that contains only the necessary information to verify the identity of the employee without revealing any other information. These databases are also well protected, and clear contract establishes what can be or cannot be done with such information.
Once the privacy issue has been controlled, ID cards give people the opportunity to know who they are talking or dealing with, a very important element of business and transactions where parties have to trust each other and base their interaction and success on how well they know each other.
ID cards are easy to carry
The need to identify oneself with authority can come up in the middle of the street at any time. The ease of just showing a document which is the size of a credit card is something worth having. A very small piece of paper or plastic that is easy to wear in a lanyard, purse or pocket.
Basic information on an ID card
Although the range of cards is wide and varied, some pieces of information are considered essential when creating and designing an ID card. First and foremost, full and clear name and last name, job position and a front facing picture of the bearer. According to the type of institution issuing the card the picture has to have different measurement and color standards, some have to be on a white background; others might prefer blue. Pictures have to be taken without accessories (sunglasses, hat, cap, scarf) to identify the person clearly and in some cases, it is forbidden to smile because the objective is to obtain the most neutral face possible for the occasion.