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, which adds to the value of your event. A plastic badge system also ensures that people are where they are supposed to be, keeping the proceedings safe and secure.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS AND MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes, also known as mag stripes, are the dark strip of magnetic material commonly present on the back of gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards, which are used in conjunction with a POS system.

Mag stripe cards are commonly used in access control as key cards and on ID cards. Mag stripes in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity magstrips are harder to erase, and are better for cards that are frequently used or require extended life.

Low-coercivity magstrips require less magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Gift cards, fundraising cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards usually use LoCo magstrips. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic strip. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

Whenever encoding is done on magnetic stripes, a distinct serial number is also stored within the strip. This serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, providing access to funds stored on the POS system or opening a locked door.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? When a gift card is purchased by a customer, it gets swiped by the cashier, so that a serial number can be obtained and stored on the magnetic stripe. The cashier asks the customer how much money they would like to place on the 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.

Sometimes, a POS system may not read a magnetic strip.

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 STRIPES ON MY CARDS? For proper functioning of your custom magnetic stripe, you must know the following: Your POS or lock system provider will be able to help you get the information you need.

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

2.       Your magnetic stripe card has three available tracks which can be used.

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. Two main serial number formats are available: 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 strip card is a type of card that can store data by modifying the magnetism of the tiny, iron-based magnetic particles on the magnetic strip on the card.

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

There are three tracks of data contained on the credit card's magnetic stripe 

Each track is roughly one-tenth of an inch in width.

The first and second tracks store information about the cardholder's account, for instance the credit card number, the person's name, and the expiration date of the card.

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

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

Track 3 is primarily used by the major worldwide card networks such as Visa Card. Most of the time track 3 isn't physically present on the actual card.

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 contains all of the above information except for the cardholder’s name. Most credit card 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; it may also be stored on the chip of a smart card.

A magnetic strip reader reads the information encoded in the magnetic strip on the back of the plastic badge.

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 a magnetic strip, often called a magstrip.