Attendees at your conference will feel special because they have an event badge which gives them exclusive access to whatever kind of event you’re staging.

Conference badges and other plastic badges provide those wearing them with a sense of value, and access to necessary activities. Custom badges outfitted with security features provide access to attendees who need it while ensuring that your event stays safe and secure.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes are found on the backs of credit and debit cards (among other examples). They can be encoded with all sorts of information that can be put to use in both sales and security applications.

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 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 magstripes need lower amounts of magnetic energy that can record and reduce their cost.

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?

An encoded magnetic strip stores an unique serial number on 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? 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 the customer how much money they would like to be 'placed' on 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 stored on the magnetic stripe to look up the customer’s card balance, which is stored on the POS system using the same serial number.

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

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

ESSENTIALS TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS To ensure your custom magnetic strip card functions properly, there are a few things you should know: 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 different tracks' or areas available 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. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. Which format is required by your lock or POS 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 you're using serial numbers in sequence, what should the starting number be?

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. Some examples of magnetic stripe cards are credit cards, employee ID cards, driver’s licenses, gift cards, and public transit cards.

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

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

The first and second tracks in the magnetic stripe are encoded with information about the cardholder's account, including their credit card number, full name, the card's expiration date, and the country code.

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 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 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, or it can also be stored in the chip of a smart credit or debit 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 stripe, often called a magstripe.