Building Security Terminology

Building Security Software Free

There are numerous building security software packages that offer a starter application free if charge.  Often this promotion is a hook to lead you to commit to an expensive solution.  You, however, can find some value in what is a free component in Be Our Guest Building Security software.  That is, each employee gets an unlicensed copy of the application at no charge.  On each personal workstation,  host employee can personally sponsor and schedule visitors to meet with him/her on premises.


Building Security Software for Windows

Running your building security application on popular software such Windows maintains hardware and platform use continuity.  Coupling a familiar operating system with an intuitive application like Be Our Guest Building Security make the implementation of security program easier and smoother.

Building Security Software for Mac 

Many companies, schools, colleges, institutions and other entities have operated their programs on Mac computers.  A departure from IOS operating system would be both expensive and disruptive in adapting to a non-Mac based building security solution.  Be Our Guest Building Security software has been developed to maintain Mac hardware continuity via Virtual Machine Windows in Mac, as well as Windows legacy platform. A Windows Virtual Machine is a core benefit for a Mac user, because you will be able to use any windows application on your Mac.  Be our Guest works on a Virtual Machine on Mac, but be careful, sometimes card printers doesn’t work well on Virtual Machines.

Building Security Definition

A strategy, a tool, or a program that protects a person, a building,  or an organization against threats, crimes, or attacks by harmful  action.   The implementation of building security system usually implies commercial and industrial premise protection.

What is Building Security

Safety measures that help to protect people from harm and property  from damage and/or loss.

Emergence of Hybrid Software for Building Security


The building lobby reception for visitors was initially overseen by a secretarial employee.  That designated lobby receptionist would insist on an arriving caller to sign the registration book and state the arrival time and sponsor's name.  Upon leaving the guest would be asked to record the exit time in the ledger. 


The process soon distinguished the outsider, as he, or she was asked to paste a sticky label with a big V on his/her attire.  An upgrade from the sticky label was a pre-printed plastic card with the same V designation and clipped on person's attire. 


As electronic door access devices were introduced, the same plastic card with a V insignia on it could include a magnetic stripe, or an antenna, on it to record limited movement of visitor.


After 9/11, building security became more pronounced.  Visitor software emerged as an autonomous way to produce visitor ID.  But printing photo badges was relegated to an inexpensive printer, like Dymo, that prints low-resolution monochrome image on label paper.   Budgets were more in favor of employee ID.  So visitor ID systems were accepted with less sophistication in budget considerations.


To date, building security systems have employed three stand-alone elements for protection.  They are door access, employee ID and visitor supervision.  With the emphasis on emergency preparedness coming to the forefront, awareness for a safety unifying solution is on the rise.  Hence, a hybrid software that integrates the three disparate security functions into one seamless application is a sensible way forward. 


Mediasoft Development, a Paris, France based software production company has addressed this path forward for the building management industry.  The new hybrid solution is called Be Our Guest. The novel software allows consolidation of isolated venues in building security with an intuitive flair and affordable price.  The application is deploy-able for a small, medium and large company, multiple companies in same structure, or multiple facilities in the same company.


Be Our Guest software is distributed in North America, exclusively, by Stellar ID.


Author: Frank Fracasso

Date: 02/04/19


Widening Use for ID Cards

A Powerful Marketing Tool 

Newton, NJ - ID Cards are not meant for just employee identification and plastic money, anymore. Popular utilization originated in security and bank cards. The concept is fast being adopted and/or expanded as a marketing tool for club memberships, personal gifts, loyalty cards, diamond appraisals, novelty cards, food price-tags and more.

"Color ID cards use has gone a long way since it's introduction into the US market in 1992," notes Frank Fracasso, NJ owner of Stellar ID. Stellar ID,, is a nationwide distributor of specialty card-printing solutions located in Greendell, NJ. "It was an expensive platform which only government, institutions and corporations could afford in its origin. But now the affordability and ease-of-use of hardware and software have made it attractive for wide-range of industries marketing," adds the Stellar ID founder.

Retail marketers, social organizations, theme parks, gemological societies and food sanitation agencies, to name a few, are driving the ID card expanding use. Developments are in the works so that your local bank in US, like in Europe and other parts of the world, can issue it's customer personalized credit and debit cards to compete with big banks.

Credit card use initiated the plastic ID platform defining the small volume that it should occupy one's wallet, or purse, for compactness and portability. That area and thickness has become a major standard for ID related applications. Technology features such as smart chip and/or magnetic strip, which are found on money cards, are adding diversification to disparate ID uses. Some blank plastic cards come with perforations so that once personalized, the sections can be separated from each other. The pieces serve as key tags like the ones retail markets can scan giving customer special store prices.

Gift cards are ubiquitous in retail stores. Near the checkout counters, you will find colorful themes on card surfaces that illustrate the business where the dollar value can be redeemed. The beauty of a gift card is that it provides the recipient latitude of gift preferences offered by the issuing business.

If you are going to Disney theme parks, you are apt to see booths, or kiosks, that allow you to create the fantasy card of your choice and take home a novelty to keep as nostalgia.

Club cards are not limited to membership ID at Sam's Club, Costco and BJ's, any longer. Members of sports clubs, social clubs, historical clubs like museums, political groups, etc, can attain official affiliation card as proof of their participation.

For the most part, paper certificates have been replaced by plastic cards for gem appraisals. Assessment of diamonds, rubies and other valuable stones are being accompanied by custom color images, graphs and text that reflect the certification of specific attributes of a particular gem. The 'small plastic plaque" is a powerful reinforcement of the jewel value.

Food price-tags have migrated to plastic cards for European and Asian retail chains and small shops. Merchandisers of food products in those markets have found that paper based tags are not only laborious and expensive, but often unsanitary to use. Recently, American food markets like local Shop Rite stores have found the plastic food tag solution to be a winner for their perishable food displays. Not only they can enhance the sanitary process and posting food allergens like gluten, they can add daily tag messaging on the food item in traditional chalk board text, or include full color images on the tag surface.

It appears that social, financial, and industrial entities have found ID cards a new tool to enhance their marketing effort. The retail technology trend continues to expand.

Author: Frank Fracasso

Date: 12/21/16