Have you ever had to wear a Security badge when you entered a building? If you did, you probably noticed it’s not just a simple piece of plastic. Many badges have a magnetic stripe on them, which triggers the opening of the doors. That’s why they call them security badges after all: they should allow you access where other people can’t go. Another type of card looks just like a plastic coin, but it includes something which makes doors open. That’s the kind of thing I have for the entrance door in my building. It’s annoying that I need to keep it handy when I come home, but it helps lower the theft rate.

Just in case you wonder how those badges are made, you can find ideas online, but I can tell you upfront: they are printed on special printers. It’s just that simple and it can be quite fast. There are high speed printers which can produce as many as 1000 badges per hour. I have no idea how much a machine like that costs, but I guess it’s expensive. For companies who need only a limited number of badges, it’s probably better to outsource their production to a Badge maker. There is an entire industry revolving around security measures, from Badge maker devices to ID card accessories, strap clips, badge holders or even chains and lanyards. I’m impressed that one can even print badges that come with RFID encoding, IC chips or security lamination. These things used to sound like science-fiction not so long ago, do you remember?

Probably because these are easier to get, are why more and more buildings require residents to use cards or badges. I’m not a very big fan of these security systems, because I feel like my freedom and it is restricted to some degree, but who am I to say this? I’ve never been robbed after all.