Types of ID Badges and Their Varied Meanings

ID badges have permeated all the spheres of life. You’ll see them at hospitals, corporate organizations, education institutions, parking lots and libraries. Given the varied use of ID badges, there are several types. They differ in their size, shape and thickness as well as the technology they use. There are ID badges, company name tags and magnetic name badges.

While they all might appear as an ordinary plastic plaque adorned with your name, age, gender and contact details, every type of ID badge connotes something different. So, here’s a look at some of the implications.

In its most primary form, the ID badge serves as a system of identification. As such, it acts as a key security measure. The system will verify the information on the ID card against that on the database. They include plastic name badges or photo ID cards. An ID badge also shows your collective identity, as being a member of a particular organization or community. Along with to your name, it gives special attention to the organization name and logo. Firefighters, cops, paramedics, armed forces employees, church and seminar ushers and health technicians generally sport such ID badges. They are mostly made in metal or solid plastic. Some organizations hand out key tags as part of their customer loyalty programs too.

If you’ve ever noticed, companies use ID badges for promotion and marketing purposes. Believe it or not, it is one of the cheapest ways to promote your business. Besides, you don’t have to beg anyone to do it for you. ID cards handed out for luggage bags just so that you don’t lose your luggage are the best example. Above the slots for your name, age and contact details, you have the company name and logo printed in bold and bright colors. As long as it is attached to your luggage bags, you’re spreading word about the transport company that handed it to you. ID badges are also used create awareness of and to show solidarity with a particular social cause. These include the round pin-up badges or the ones made of cloth and sewed to T-shirts.

Modern-day ID badges such as the contactless smart cards take it beyond basic personal identification. They offer a range of features that add functionality and give it a whole new meaning. You can use them for access control applications and cashless payments.

These are only some of the connotations of ID badges. It is hard to categorize them into watertight compartments based on their use and meaning as every organization/institution uses them to suit their needs. The advancement in technology has enabled us to create custom-id badges. They should be big enough to hold relevant information yet small enough not to reveal too much. They can be created in a variety of materials with plastic and steel being the most popular choices. You can also make your ID badges look more professional by choosing swivel clips, brooch pins, acrylic doming and magnetic attachments.

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