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.

Plastic conference badges can help the attendees of your event feel special and not just another face in the crowd. A plastic badge system also ensures that people are where they are supposed to be, keeping the proceedings safe and secure.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & 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 also often used as key cards or ID cards. They come in two main types: (HiCo) high-coercivity and (LoCo) low-coercivity.

The High-coercivity magstripe is more difficult to erase and is more suitable for the type of cards that are used the most or need extended life.

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

Low-coercivity magnetic stripes are generally used on membership cards, fundraising cards, gift cards, and loyalty cards. 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 DO MAG STRIPES 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. Afterward, the cashier finds out how much money the customer wants to add to the gift card. 

That 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.

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

MAGNETIC STRIPES FOR YOUR CARDS To get the best functionality and performance from your custom magnetic strip cards, you should be aware of the following things. 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 different tracks' or areas available on your magnetic stripe.

Which track or tracks should be used to encode your serial numbers onto your cards? Additional information regarding supplied data specifications can be found on our data specifications page.

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 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 stripe, sometimes called swipe card or magstripe, is read by swiping past a magnetic reading head A magnetic stripe card consists of any type of card containing data that is embedded into a strip composed of iron particles within the plastic film. Examples of magnetic stripe cards include driver's licenses, credit cards, employee ID cards, gift cards, and public transit cards.

The credit card's magnetic stripe contains data on three tracks.

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

The first and second tracks in the magnetic stripe contains information about the cardholder's account such as the card number, the holder’s full name, the card's expiration date, and its 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 Visa and other major worldwide networks. Often, 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 1: this includes the name of the cardholder, the account number, the bank ID number, an expiration date, and a few other numbers used by the issuing organization. Most 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. A CVV is stored on the card’s magnetic strip. It can also be stored on 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 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 stripe, often called a magstripe.