Event badges can make attendees feel special and give them exclusive access to your event.

Conference badges and plastic badges make attendees feel valued with a unique experience. Custom badges give access only to those who should have it, ensuring the safety and security of your event, conference, fair, or expo.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes, also called mag stripes, are a dark strip of magnetic material on the back of plastic cards like gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards. They are used in conjunction with a POS system.

Magstripe cards can also be used with access control features with ID cards and key cards. These kinds of cards come in two different varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

The High-coercivity magstripe is more difficult to erase and is more suitable for the type of cards that are used the most or need extended life.

LoCo magstrips don’t need as much magnetic energy to record, which makes them more cost-efficient.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards and membership cards typically utilize a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When magnetic stripes are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on the strip. A security or sales system is programmed to recognize these unique numbers, which authorizes them to proceed with an action or transaction.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? As an example, when a customer purchases a gift card, the card is swiped by the cashier to get the serial number stored on its magnetic stripe. Afterward, the cashier finds out how much money the customer wants to add to the gift card. 

That amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. The next time the gift card is swiped, the POS system uses the serial number on the magnetic strip to look up the card balance.

What happens if a magnetic stripe loses the encoded number?

That is why we recommend printing the same serial number onto the card’s surface. This is called a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPS ON MY CARDS? To get the best functionality and performance from your custom magnetic strip cards, you should be aware of the following things. Your POS system will provide this information for you.

1. Does your POS or lock system require magnetic stripes to be HiCo or LoCo? Or, is either option okay?

2. There are three available 'tracks' or areas on your magnetic stripe.

Which tracks should be used for encoding serial numbers? Additional information regarding supplied data specifications can be found on our data specifications page.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. If it requires random formatting, are specific characters or a specific number of characters required? A random number file can be obtained from your POS or lock system provider if possible.

If you use sequential serial numbers, what number do we start with?

A magnetic stripe card is a type of card capable of storing data by modifying the magnetism of tiny iron-based magnetic particles on a band of magnetic material on the card.

The magnetic strip, sometimes called a swipe card or magstripe, is read by swiping the magnetic strip past a magnetic reading head. A magnetic stripe card is any type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of iron particles in plastic film. Types of magnetic stripe cards include driver's licenses, credit cards, employee ID cards, gift cards, and public transit cards

The credit card's magnetic stripe contains three tracks of data.

Each track is about one-tenth of an inch wide.

On the first and second tracks within the magnetic stripe consist of encoded information regarding the cardholder's account details, including the credit card number, expiration date, and the country code.

Magnetic cards will have three tracks which can be used for financial transactions.

These tracks are known as track 1, track 2 and track 3.

Track 3 is virtually unused Visa and other major worldwide networks. It is often that track 3 is not even present on the card itself.

Track 1 includes the cardholder’s name, account number (PAN), bank ID (BIN), expiration date, and some other numbers the bank uses to validate the data.

Track 2: all of the above except the cardholder name. Most payment systems use Track 2 to process transactions.

What Is CVV?

The Card Verification Value (CVV) is a 3-digit number encoded on Visa credit and debit cards. CVV is stored within the card's magnetic stripe, if available, or it can be stored in the chip of a smart credit or debit card.

A magnetic stripe reader is a device that reads the information encoded in the magnetic stripe on the back of a plastic card.

The writing process, called flux reversal, causes a change in the magnetic field that can be detected by the magnetic stripe reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is called a magnetic stripe or magstripe.