A message from Rob Miskelly, President and General Manager, IDP Americas, Inc.
As many of you know, IDP's printers are manufactured in South Korea (aka The Republic of Korea). South Korea is a long time and strong trading partner of the US and Canada, and thus is US Trade Compliant (for GSA or State Contract schedule holders).
Please remember that IDP does NOT manufacture major components in China, even our mainboards and sub-boards are manufactured on-site at our factory. Because of this, our customers will not see any tariff price increases from IDP.
IDP's parent company, IDIS Holdings, purchased the majority share of Bixolon in 2018 (www.bixolon.com). Bixolon is a large manufacturer of thermal paper and label printers, so it was natural to combine manufacturing facilities. Since combining both factories under one roof in mid-2019, IDP has been able to leverage shared resources resulting in higher build quality, reliability and increased production capacity.
IDP’s production goal is clear: "To achieve zero defects through the fast stabilization of mass produced products.”
Learn more about IDP Smart Series id card printers.
Morganton, NC (Sept, 20, 2019) -- Bridgeway Solutions, Inc. has named Dana Hallyburton as Controller effective Sept. 1, 2019. In her new role as Controller, Dana will expand on the financial reporting and management responsibilities she has held for the last several years.
As Controller, Hallyburton will direct all fiscal functions of the Company, ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, oversee the audit and review function, and assist the executive management team in establishing long-range goals, strategies, plans and policies.
Hallyburton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems from Appalachian State University. She is continuing her education, having completed considerable coursework toward her MBA with a concentration in International Finance. She also holds an Associate in Applied Science degree from Western Piedmont Community College in Paralegal Technology.
“Since joining Bridgeway Solutions as an Accounting Specialist, Dana has made significant contributions to the Company. She has consistently taken on increasing responsibility and has flourished in a challenging and complex environment,” said David Lee, Vice President and General Manager. “Dana is a great addition to the management team and has the full confidence of the CEO and the entire organization,” added Lee.
Hallyburton joined Bridgeway Solutions in fall of 2012 as Accounting Specialist. Previous positions include Showrooms Accounting Supervisor for Furniture Brands International and Office Manager positions at DBK Enterprises and Cornerstone Christian Church in Hickory.
Bridgeway Solutions Inc. is based in Morganton, North Carolina and is the Southeast’s leading resource for integrated identification, access management, and tracking solutions.
You've made great strides to enhance security. But is it enough to protect your people and property from ID theft and fraudulent access? Should you be doing more? The answer is YES!
1. LEFTOVER DATA
Shredding paper documents is a great start but if you are using any type of in-house printed ID, the used printer ribbon can be a significant security risk.
The technology used in all direct-to-card ID printers applies images, logos, personal identifiers, and access information to the card through heat and pressure creating an exact, readable copy of the card in reverse. In essence, the leftovers are a linear copy of all your data. Your students' names and ID numbers. Your employees' access points. Even machine-readable barcodes are at risk for fraudulent duplication.
To properly reduce ID printer ribbons to impossible-to-duplicate, non-readable trash, you need a shredder specifically designed to handle the film-like material used in printer ribbons. Smart-bit Ribbon Shredder
2: VERIFIED VISITORS
Modern Visitor Management systems are cost effective and help ensure that the people on your campus have been properly vetted and are only allowed access as designated. Simple systems can pull data such as name, date-of-birth, address, and photo, from a state-issued ID. Where the system goes from there depends on the needs and budget of the school.
3: EMPLOYEE ID
Give your customers the assurance that the workman wearing your logo on their shirt is really your employee. Issue photo ID cards and badges with your logo, the person's photo and their name in large print so that it is clearly readable from several feet away. Add a custom lanyard with your branding and corporate colors to reinforce their legitimacy even before they arrive at the customer's door.
Your ID badging program can reinforce your commitment to your customers and be used to foster confidence in your staff. Encourage customers to look for the employee's photo ID. Ask them to verify that the person they are expecting to be at their home or business is the same as the person who arrives.
Use your ID badging program as a marketing tool to show your investment in your customers' wellbeing. A workman wearing a photo ID and logoed apparel is immediately accepted as more reputable and trustworthy.
4: STILL USING PROX?
Prox cards are typically used to limit door / building access. Unfortunately, 125kHz Prox cards (even those manufactured by HID) can be cloned in seconds - without actually touching the original. The cloned card will grant access to anything and everything the properly issued prox card was encoded to allow. The cloning devices are readily available for about $20.
We recommend budgeting an upgrade for your access control system as soon as possible. Your existing readers can be modified to allow access using a smart phone or technology (chipped) card. Plus a smart card system can provide two-factor protection for web access, specific software usage, and access to shared computers and workstations.
From posting in ITWire by Alex Zaharov-Reutt
Zebra Technologies recently received its 5th consecutive Red Dot recognition for design. The ZC100 & 300 Series Card Printers received a Red Dot in the 2019 Product Design category for its user-centered design approach. Zebra Technologies is leading the industry with products that enable users to gain performance while maintaining a focus on user-friendly innovations.
Zebra ZC series card printers are a unique blend of sleek, industrial design in a lightweight and easy-to-manage package. With the industry's slimmest profile and lowest clearance and small footprint, the ZC card printer can be tucked away under a counter, placed on a shelf or conveniently used on an average office desktop.
The ZC series card printers securely print a wide range of credentials including IDs, payment, membership and loyalty plastic cards. ZC100, ZC300 and the field-upgradable ZC350 card printer feature innovations focused on end-user needs such as simplicity of operation, ease of loading and reloading consumables, and self-aligning media with intuitive card loading and removal.
Per the Zaharov-Reutt article, Curt Croley, Senior Director, Innovation and Design, Zebra Technologies said, "Our design leverages Zebra’s best-in-class card printing technologies combined with a thoughtful user-centred design approach. Zebra’s commitment to creative, intuitive and effective design for enterprise customers helps us deliver unprecedented visibility and productivity at the edge of our customers’ operations.”
Video: Red Dot awards.
Zebra 50th anniversary article from Alex Zaharov-Reutt.
Red Dot stands for belonging to the best in design and business. Our international design competition, the “Red Dot Design Award”, is aimed at all those who would like to distinguish their business activities through design. The distinction is based on the principle of selection and presentation. Excellent design is selected by competent expert juries in the areas of product design, communication design, and design concepts.
When facing an emergency room visit or a stay in the hospital, the last thing you'll be thinking about is the design of your patient wristband. Although it may seem like just another hospital inconvenience, proper patient ID is critical to your overall care and can potentially save your life. And, the most common patient ID, the ID relied upon at each and every healthcare contact, is the simple patient wristband.
Why is a wristband so important to your overall healthcare safety? Consider that duplicate and inaccurate patient records continue to be a major concern for healthcare facilities of all sizes. According to the "Wall Street Journal," up to 10% of patients have been misidentified and an estimated 6% of those errors have had a direct adverse effect on the patient (1). Moreover, estimates indicate that up to 12% of patient records are duplicates.
In other words, as many as 12 patients per 100 will have duplicate records and many more will be misidentified and connected with the wrong record. These accidental misidentifications, incomplete and inaccurate health records, pose a significant risk to the patient and caregivers.
What can you do? Be aware of the first line of patient ID - the patient wristband. (ISG white paper) Check the wristband as soon as possible to be sure it is accurate and clearly legible. It is the first line of defense to prevent patient misidentification. Your wristband should be clearly printed, have multiple identifiers - the more detailed the better - and most importantly, the patient information must be complete and accurate.
Check your wristband. A patient wristband typically includes the patient's full name, date of birth, numerical age, sex, doctor's name, account number, and usually an MR number. (The MR number is used by hospitals to document the patient's medical history and care during each individual hospital stay - basically an incident-specific record number.) The information on the patient wristband should be clearly legible, accurate, and include several methods for identity confirmation - visual and electronic.
Wristband information should include one or more barcodes. Barcodes and QR codes are "machine readable" graphics that electronically identifies the person scanned. More complex codes digitally connect the person scanned with the specific medical record (EHR - electronic health record www.healthit.gov/faq/what-electronic-health-record-ehr) Some healthcare providers also include a patient photo on the wristband - a simple, immediate confirmation of the patient's identity.
Combined with simple identification errors, inaccurate or incomplete patient identification is a common problem for healthcare providers and a critical risk to patients. The College of American Pathologies: "Approximately 169,000 adverse events occur in US hospitals annually due to simple identification errors, with 55% of all specimen ID errors stemming from a primary specimen labeling error" (as noted in article https://www.scha.org/reducing-specimen-labeling-errors).
In healthcare, all three formats of machine-readable codes should be in use and included in the patient wristband. A simple 1D barcode for basic information like name, age, address - the quick identifiers; a PDF417 for detailed patient statistics; and, the QR to monitor medications or integrate with databases, programs or patient files. A photo of the patient is also recommended.
Bridgeway Solutions continues a tradition of excellence in place for more than 40 years. Bridgeway offers only the industry’s most innovative and reliable products from leading manufacturers like Entrust Datacard, Zebra, Salamander and ScholarChip. Bridgeway is the badging partner for Atrium Healthcare in the Charlotte area and the solution partner for North Carolina and South Carolina State Emergency Management and have been trusted to support security and safety at the Democratic National Convention, the 53rd Super Bowl in Atlanta, the US Open, and a host of other high-profile events. We’re currently working with NC state officials planning the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, NC in August 2020.
Contact sales@BridgewayID.com for more information on positive patient ID and other ID and access management solutions.
Referenced and supporting articles:
1. The Wall Street Journal, “Should Every Patient Have a Unique ID Number for All Medical Records?” – https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052970204124204577154661814932978
2. AHIMA, “Ensuring Data Integrity In Health Information Exchange” – http://library.ahima.org/PdfView?oid=105612
3. Advisory Board, “Eight Ways to Protect Your Margins” – https://www.advisory.com/research/financial-leadership-council/multimedia/interactive/eight-ways-to-protect-your-margins
4. Relias, “Training and Tools Can Stop Duplicate Medical Records – https://www.ahcmedia.com/articles/141259-training-and-tools-can-stop-duplicate-medical-records
5. Black Book Research, “Duplicate patient records cost hospitals almost $2k per inpatient stay” – https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/ehrs/black-book-duplicate-patient-records-cost-hospitals-almost-2k-per-inpatient-stay.html
6. ECRI Institute, “Health IT Safe Practices: Toolkit for the Safe Use of Health IT for Patient Identification” – https://www.ecri.org/Resources/HIT/Patient%20ID/Patient_Identification_Toolkit_final.pdf
Apply for SVPP grant funds by May 31
Last Minute Notice:
Funding is available for up to 75% of school safety measures in and around K-12. This includes schools and school grounds for primary and secondary campuses. Measures include solutions to assist in:
User Guide for Applying
Overview - https://cops.usdoj.gov/svpp
Preparation to Apply - https://cops.usdoj.gov/grants#steps
Contact Bridgeway for assistance with your grant request for school security and student safety initiatives including Visitor Management, Behavior Modification, Automated Attendance, Hallway Monitoring, or Emergency Evacuation and Triage.