Badge lanyards are considered to be inexpensive items that can be used to carry important things and allow you to have easy access to them as well. Whether it be keys, an ID, a proximity badge, or even your cellphone, they can be worn around your neck, shoulder or wrist to help prevent the items from getting lost.
Before badge lanyards became common, lanyards in general has been used all the time, all with the goal of “tying down” items that you do not want to lose. During the early 15th Century in France, it was already used and they use the word "Lanière" for it. This word is used to describe a strap to hold down an item. These lanyards are used with a handheld pistol, a sword or a whistle. When a lanyard was used during that time, the item becomes a semi-permanent addition to a soldier’s uniform and it cannot be removed that easily. Members of a cavalry and naval officers are also known to take advantage of a lanyard so that they will not lose any item that they have within their possession whether it be while they are riding or while they are at sea.
A lanyard is also used to determine the area where the military person is located or what his affiliation is. These lanyards are typically located at the left shoulder and will usually have a whistle attached to it.
Nowadays, lanyards are also used in a similar way. With new gadgets becoming smaller and smaller, it becomes apparent that you can easily misplace and lose them. Attaching them to a lanyard can give you assurance that the item can be safer within your reach and within your sight. Most electronic devices will be ready with a certain opening where you can attach a lanyard to it and they can easily be attached and removed as well. Cellphones, mp3 players, digital cameras and even handheld gaming consoles will have such an opening either on their sides or at the bottom so that the lanyard will not get in the way of using the said devices.
Badge lanyards, on the other hand, are used at almost any place so that the people wearing them can easily be identified. These lanyards will have an ID, a card key, a proximity badge, or an event pass attached to them and are worn around the neck. Depending on the place where the lanyard will be used, it can be given away for free, or a person will need further evaluation before he or she can get one.
Special events like concerts will have these lanyards available. These are commonly worn by those involved in the event so that they can be easily identified. Security also wears these lanyards so that anyone needing assistance during an event can find someone that is suited for the job. VIPs also wear these so that they can easily be identified and given priority within the event.
Office employees will be given badge lanyards as a way for them to hold their ID within the office. Oftentimes, these IDs also have a card key so that they can easily roam around within their own office area. These lanyards can also help in identifying the department or area where an employee is assigned to. Some companies would implement a simple lanyard colour-coding to quickly identify a person’s department. These lanyards will also have the company’s name printed onto it.
Badge lanyards have come a long way from being used simply to wear an ID around. Further customization is available so that their purpose will not only be limited to holding something of great importance. It also allows one to set a fashion statement.