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. Custom badges give access to those who should have it to help manage the safety and security of your event.

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.

Magstripe cards can also be used with access control features with ID cards and key cards. They come in two main types: (HiCo) high-coercivity and (LoCo) low-coercivity.

High-coercivity mag stripes are harder to accidentally erase, so they are often used in cards that require an extended life or that are used frequently.

Low-coercivity magnetic stripes are less expensive, because they require a lower amount of magnetic energy in their recording.

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

When a magnetic stripe is 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. The cashier then asks how much to put on the gift card.

This can all be done via most point-of-sale systems. 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 stripe properly.

That’s why we also recommend printing the same serial number directly onto the card’s surface. We call this 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 has access to this information and can help you find it.

1. Does your POS or lock system require magnetic stripes to be either HiCo or LoCo, or can it read both types of stripes?

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

Which track (or tracks) should be used to encode the serial numbers on the cards? (More information about supplied data specifications can be found on our data specifications page.)

3. There are two types of serial number formats: sequential and random. Which format is required by your lock system or POS system? If random, are specific characters or a number of characters required? If possible, it’s a good idea 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 special kind of card which is able to store data by changing the magnetism of magnetic particles on a band of magnetic material.

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 stripe card is any type of card that contains data embedded in a dark stripe composed of iron particles covered in plastic film. Some examples of magnetic stripe cards are credit cards, employee ID cards, driver’s licenses, gift cards, and public transit cards.

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

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.

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. Track 3 may not even be 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 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 inside of the card's magnetic stripe, when available, or as an alternative, it can be stored within the chip on smart credit or debit cards.

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

The mag stripe writing process, called flux reversal, causes a change in the stripe’s magnetic field that can be detected when a card is swiped by a 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.