Your attendees will feel special with a customized badge, which gives them exclusive access to your special event, convention, trade show, festival, or concert.

Conference badges and other plastic badges provide those wearing them with a sense of value, and access to necessary activities. Custom badges give access only to those who should have it, ensuring the safety and security of your event, conference, fair, or expo.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes are the dark strip composed of magnetic material which can often be seen on the back of gift cards, and which are used in connection with a POS system.

Security applications of mag-stripe cards include door access and identification codes. Mag stripes in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity magstripes are harder to erase and are more appropriate for cards that are frequently used or require extended life.

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

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?

An encoded magnetic strip stores an unique serial number 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? To give an example, if a customer were to purchase a gift card, the cashier would swipe the mag stripe on the card with their card reader to read the serial number and activate the card. The cashier then asks the customer how much money they would like to be 'placed' on the gift card.

The cashier enters the appropriate amount into the POS system. One gift card can be re-used multiple times, allowing customers to add and spend funds freely as they see fit. This keeps the card in their wallet or purse as they go about their day, keeping your brand on their mind.

Sometimes, a POS system may not read a magnetic stripe properly.

This is why our company recommends printing the serial number directly on the surface of the card.  We call this a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED 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: With the assistance of your POS or lock system provider, obtain the following information:

1. Does your POS or lock system require magnetic stripes to be HiCo or LoCo? Is either option okay?

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

Which track should have the serial number encoded? You can find this out on our data specs page further on in this document.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: sequential and random. Does your system require a random or sequential serial number? If random, does your system require specific characters or a specific number of characters? If possible, it’s best to acquire a random number file for your system as these numbers are more secure.

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, 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. 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 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 by the major worldwide networks such as Visa. It is often that track 3 is not even 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 is used by most credit card payment systems to process their transactions.

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 magnetic stripe of a card if it's available, and sometimes it’s also stored on the chip of a smart 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 is known as flux reversal, and it initiates a change in the magnetic field which is eventually detected 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.