How Credential Verification tags can enhance your Employee ID Cards
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InstantCard allows card templates to be designed with an integrated 2-D barcode. InstantCard has long supported traditional 1-D barcodes, but these new 2-D barcodes have the great advantage of being readable with any cellphone/smartphone with a camera. The two most common 2-D barcodes are the Microsoft Tag or QR Code. These tags are automatically generated when the InstantCard service produces an ID badge, and each is customized to hold a web link specific to the cardholder. The tags link to the InstantCard online service to validate or retrieve any information associated with the cardholder. Alternatively, they can be encoded to link to a different data base, on a different server in the cloud. The employee-related information retrieved can be open for anyone to read, or can be password-protected.
The most common use for this service is credential verification, allowing anyone to check current certifications and authorizations with their cellphone. With this service, cards no longer have to be reprinted each time there is updated data. The 2-D barcodes are used to display up-to-date information pulled from the web, such as training records, current qualifications, updated certifications, vital records, complete medical history, or any other data. Information printed on the card can be verified online, which provides a remarkably secure method of identity verification. Multiple pages of information not printed on the card can also be displayed. The information can be seen immediately on nearly any cellphone or smartphone. Since Microsoft Tag and QR code apps are available for hundreds of different camera-equipped cellphones, this allows anyone, anywhere to access the data (subject to authorizations).