Don’t overthink this one — active badges are, well, badges that are currently active in your security system. This is a simple concept, but also a deceptively important one because of the immense importance of keeping track of active badges. A badge with any other status than active is considered deactivated. If an employee moves to another job or is terminated, for example, their badge should be marked active only until their last day. As soon as they leave the space, their active card must be marked deactivated to prevent them (or anyone else who gets their hands on their badge) from entering your space with their security clearance. Active badges are marked as valid in your access control software and can be monitored and updated there. This concept is independent of badge activation and deactivation dates, which may or may not be enforced by access control hardware; you control the active distinction in this case.