Event badges let your attendees know you are dedicated to individuality and give them exclusive access to your convention, trade show, festival, concert, or other events.

Conference badges give attendees a personalized experience so they feel valued at the event. The use of custom badges provides access to individuals who need it, which is designed to create safety and security while attending your fair, special event, corporate event or expo.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic strips, also called magstrips, are the dark strip of magnetic materials seen on the back of many types of plastic cards. These strips are used in conjunction with a POS system.

Magstrip cards are also used in access control, such as in the use of key cards and on ID cards. These kinds of cards come in two different varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity magstripes are more difficult to erase and are more appropriate for cards that are used more often or require extended life.

Low-coercivity magstrips require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, which makes them less expensive to produce.

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?

As magnetic strips get encoded, a unique serial number gets stored on the strip.  The serial number is recognized by a POS system, so that access can be obtained to funds which are stored on the PS system.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? Using a gift card as an example, a customer purchases the card, which is swiped by the cashier to get the serial number on the magnetic stripe. The cashier then asks the customer how much money should be put on the gift card.

Then the cashier enters that amount into the POS system. 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.

There are times when a POS system is unable to read a magnetic stripe.

This is why our company recommends printing the serial number directly on the surface of the card.  This process is known as a human-readable number

ESSENTIALS TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS There are few things you must know to make sure your magnetic stripe cards will work correctly. With the assistance of your POS or lock system provider, obtain the following information:

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.

Details about supplied data specifications can be found on our data specifications page, to help you determine which tracks are ideal for your serial number encoding.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. Which format is required by your POS or lock system? If random, are specific characters or a specific number of characters required? If possible, it’s best to obtain a random number file from your POS or lock system provider.

If your serial numbers are sequential, what number should we start with?

A magnetic stripe card is a type of card that’s able to store data by changing the magnetism of very small 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 strip card is any type of card that includes data embedded on a strip made of tiny 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

For example, the credit card's magnetic stripe contains three tracks of data.

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

The first and second tracks in the magnetic stripe contain coded information about the cardholder's account, such as their credit card number, full name, the card's expiration date and the country code.

There are 3 tracks contained on magnetic cards that are used for financial transactions.

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

Track 3 is virtually unused by the major worldwide networks such as Visa. Track 3 is often not even physically present on the card itself.

Track 1: the issuing bank uses the following to validate the data received on the card such as the cardholder’s name, expiration date, account number (PAN), bank ID (BIN), and many other numbers. 

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

What Is CVV?

The CVV, short for Card Verification Value, consists of a 3-digit number that is encoded on both Visa credit and debit cards. The CVV is stored in the magnetic stripe or in the chip of a smart card.

A magnetic stripe reader, also called a magstripe reader, is a hardware device that reads the information encoded in the magnetic stripe located on the back of a plastic badge.

The writing process, which is referred to as flux reversal, creates a change in the magnetic field which is detectable by its magnetic stripe reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic strip, often called a magstrip.