Card Solutions for Customer Engagement

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Technology-Driven Card Solutions

Richard O. Warther founded Vanguard ID Systems in 1987 to manufacture barcoded transaction cards for the retail and restaurant industries. Today, the company is a pioneer and leader in the development of custom card solutions with numerous patents to serve all industries and applications.

From Retail to Membership to RFID

Our retail and restaurant clients engage their customers with loyalty, gift, and promotional cards—in all shapes and sizes to drive engagement and foot traffic. Libraries, fitness centers, and healthcare industry benefit from our membership cards. Vanguard’s RFID cards provide the upmost security for access control to your office, store, or facility; contactless payments for consumers to complete transactions; and time and attendance card systems. All card solutions offer the best synthetic materials and latest technologies.

 

Single Location Ensures Consistent, Superior Quality

Vanguard is headquartered in West Chester, PA. Its operations are centralized within a single 55,000-square-foot facility, which includes: manufacturing, printing, and fulfillment; technology innovation center, sales and customer service pavilion, and graphic design team.

Awards

Best of West Chester Award, Bar Code Printer2x Winner for Design of RFID Badge for CompuWeigh, ICMA Élan AwardDesign of RFID Key Tag for The Woods Coffee, ICMA Élan AwardDesign of Membership ID for Passport Technologies, ICMA Élan AwardCard Solution Using Texas Instruments’ RFID Technology, ICMA Élan AwardDesign of McBreak Family Pak for McDonald's, ICMA Élan Award

Historical Timeline

1987

Vanguard ID Systems opens first office in Exton, PA

1989

Invented the industry’s first Barcoded Key Tag

1990

First U.S. Patent #4,978,146 – Label & Barcode Manufacturing

1990

Re-located to Oaklands Corporate Center in Exton, PA

1991

Introduced FamilyPak™ for retail, restaurant & membership cards

1994

100 million Key Tags sold worldwide

1995

Operations expand and office space doubles

1996

U.S Patent #5,495,981 – Transaction Card Mailer & Manufacturing Process

1996

Introduced Promotional Mailer products

1996

Introduced radio-frequency identification (RFID) products

1997

Introduced ShortPak™ for retail, restaurant & membership cards

1998

U.S. Patent #5,743,567 – Integral Printed Sheer Products

1998

U.S. Patent #5,769,457 – Printed Sheet Mailers & Manufacturing Process

1999

250 million Key Tags sold worldwide

1999

Introduced MagTag® & U.S. Patent #5,863,076

2000

Wins ICMA Best Non-Secure Card Design Award (McDonald’s McBreak)

2000

U.S. Patent #6,010,159 – Integral Printed Self-Mailer Sheet Products

2000

500 million Key Tags sold worldwide

2000

U.S. Patent #6,039,356 – Printed Sheet Products

2000

Purchased 55,000 sq. ft. facility for headquarters in West Chester, PA

2001

750 million Key Tags sold worldwide

2001

U.S. Patent #6,305,716 – FamilyPak™ Printed Sheets with Coupons

2004

U.S. Patent #6,779,727 – Voter Ballots & Authentication System

2004

U.S. Patent #6,769.718 – Mag Cards with Unique Printed Codes

2005

Wins ICMA Elan Award for Technical Achievement

2006

U.S. Patent #6,994,262 – Printed Sheet Products, Removable RFID Elements

2007

U.S. Patent #7,204,652 – Printed Planar RFID Elements

2007

Named ICMA Elan Finalist in Technical Achievement & People’s Choice

2007

1 billion Key Tags sold worldwide

2007

U.S. Patent #7,225,993 – Printed Planar RFID Elements

2008

Wins ICMA Elan Award in the Category of Access Control

2009

Wins ICMA Elan Award in the Category of Judge’s Choice

2010

U.S. Patent #7,584,896 – Printed Planar RFID Elements

2010

U.S. Patent #7,845,569 – Permanent RFID Luggage Security Features

2010

U.S. Patent #RE41,925 – Integral Printed Self-Mailer Sheet Products

2010

Wins ICMA Elan Award in the Category of Access Control

2011

U.S. Patent #7,909,955 – Printed Planar RFID Elements

2011

U.S. Patent #8,052,061 – Permanent RFID Luggage Tag with Security Features

2012

U.S. Patent #8,235,000 – Printed Sheet Products with Integral, Removable RFID Elements

2013

U.S. Patent #8,585,852 – Methods of Making Printed Planar RFID Elements

2014

U.S. Patent #8,622,434 – Printed Sheet Mailers & Methods of Making

2014

U.S. Patent #8,654,018 & #8,636,220 – Printed Planar RFID Element Wristbands and Like Personal Identification Devices

2014

U.S. Patent #2,603,994 Canadian Patent – Printed Sheet Products with Integral, Removable RFID Elements

2015

U.S. Patent #8,973,831 – Standoff RFID Elements

2015

EP RCD Nos. 002619262-0001/-0003 – Electronic Luggage Tag

2015

German Utility Model Registration #202014106266.1 – Programable Electronic Luggage Tag

2015

Chinese Utility Model Patent #ZL201420833378

2015

U.S. Patent #9,224,084 – Smart Device Programmable Electronic Luggage Tag

2016

U.S. Patent #D765,785 – Electronic Luggage Tag

2017

Celebrates 30-year anniversary delivering custom card solutions

2017

16 billion Cards manufactured worldwide

2018

ViewTag LLC formed to provide Electronic Bag Tags to airlines using RFID technology