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Goodbye Plastic! International Police Association goes Digital.

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"It is the future" - Steve Bretherton, Secretary General of IPA United Kingdom (IPA UK)

Digital membership cards have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. They provide a convenient and low-cost way for members to access the benefits and services offered by associations, without the need for a physical card. This, combined with their ever expanding features, offline capabilities, and increased security, is why it’s no wonder that associations such as the International Police Association (IPA) are jumping onboard. Curious to learn more? Dive into the top 4 benefits of digital membership cards below.

  1. One of the primary benefits of digital membership cards is their convenience. Traditional membership cards are often made of plastic or paper and can be easily lost or damaged. Digital membership cards, on the other hand, can be stored on a member's smartphone, making them easily accessible and reducing the risk of loss or damage. This also eliminates the need for members to carry around multiple cards for different organizations, as all of their membership information can be stored in one place.
  2. Another advantage of digital membership cards is the ability to include additional information and features. With traditional membership cards, in some cases the only information that can be included is the member's name and membership number. With digital membership cards, however, organizations can include additional information such as the member's expiration date, contact information, photograph, and even their membership subscription tier. This can be particularly useful for organizations like the IPA that not only need to verify the identity of their members, but also have subscription tiers, by member, that need to be called out. The solution can truly be customized to the organization’s needs.
  3. Digital membership cards also provide increased security for both the organization and its members. Traditional membership cards can be easily copied or forged, making it difficult for organizations to verify the identity of their members. With digital membership cards, organizations can use advanced encryption and authentication methods to ensure that only authorized individuals have access to the card's information. These cards also include QR codes that can be scanned to verify the membership for the individual is valid in real-time.
  4. Finally, digital membership cards are more cost-efficient for the organization and its members. Traditional membership cards require a significant investment in printing and mailing costs, as well as the costs associated with replacing lost or damaged cards. With digital membership cards, organizations can reduce or eliminate these costs by providing members with the ability to access their membership information through a free, highly secure, mobile app. 

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