Custom event badges can make your attendees feel special while giving them exclusive access to your trade show, convention, or any other event you organize.

Conference badges give attendees a personalized experience, which adds to the value of your event. Customized badges ensure the safety and security of your special event by giving access only to those who should have it.

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.

Mag stripe cards are also used in access control as key cards and on ID cards. Magnetic stripe cards come in two main 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 magstripes require less magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards, and membership cards usually use a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read both types 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 the POS system or access control lock device, providing access through the system.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? As an example, a customer purchases a gift card, which is swiped by the cashier to obtain the serial number stored on its magnetic stripe. After the card has been swiped, the cashier will ask the customer how much money they would like to be 'placed' on the gift card.

The amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. Whenever the gift card is swiped after that, the POS system will match up the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe, so as to obtain a card balance for the customer, which is stored on the same POS system in connection with same serial number.

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

For this reason, we recommend printing the serial number directly onto the card surface. This is known as a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPS ON MY CARDS? To be sure that your custom magnetic stripe cards will work correctly, you need to be aware of a few points: Your POS or lock system provider can help you obtain this 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.

One or more of these tracks is used to encode a serial number onto a card. Additional data on supplied data specifications can be found on the data specification page.

3.       The two kinds of serial number formats are sequential and random. How do you know which format is needed by your POS system? If random numbering is called for, are a specific number of characters required? It's usually best to obtain a random number file from the POS system you're using.

What number should we begin with if our serial numbers are sequential?

Magnetic stripe cards are cards that are capable of storing data which takes place when the magnetism of the tiny iron-based magnetic particles are modified on a band of magnetic material on the card.

The magnetic stripe, sometimes called swipe card or magstripe, is read by swiping 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 strip cards include credit or debit cards, gift cards, employee ID cards, public transit cards, and driver’s licenses.

The credit card’s magnetic strip includes three tracks of data.

Each of these tracks is about 1/10 of an inch in width.

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 mostly unused by the major networks such as Visa. It is often that track 3 is not even physically present on the card itself.

Track 1: the cardholder name, account number (PAN), expiration date, bank ID (BIN), and several other numbers the issuing bank uses to validate the data received.

Track 2: all of the above except the cardholder name. Track 2: includes the same information as above, except the name of the cardholder.

What Is CVV?

The Card Verification Value (CVV) is a 3-digit number encoded on Visa credit and debit cards. The CVV is stored on the card’s magnetic strip or in the chip of a smart 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 a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.