Many visitor ID programs are simple and don’t require sophisticated security features. In these cases, self-expiring paper labels applied to PVC card stock are often sufficient to meet visitor-program requirements. But in larger organizations or high-security businesses, visitor management is a part of regulatory compliance and risk mitigation. These enterprises’ visitor ID management programs must ensure visitors are fully identified and that their visitor badge contain all essential information about the individual and permit the individual access to secure areas as appropriate. Visitor data can be printed visually on the card face or stored digitally in the card’s magnetic stripe embedded chip.
For security and privacy reasons, many organizations encode visitor information to their cards to keep it confidential and secure. In these circumstances, contact smart cards with an embedded integrated circuit chip, or can store sensitive or valuable information about the visitor, which is then read as appropriate at various access points. Some smart cards have sophisticated microprocessor chips with built in state-of-the-art security features to protect the stored visitor information from unauthorized access. These smart cards are read by a reader. Contactless smart cards, proximity cards, and hybrid cards contain an embedded antenna for reading and writing information contained in the chip’s memory, and can be read by passing them near the reader.