These high-quality plastic badges are appropriate for all sorts of events: conferences, trade shows, performances, festivals, sports and more.

Event attendees feel valued when provided with plastic badges or conference badges and more of an overall personalized experience. Custom badges grant access to the right people, which helps ensure safety and security at your event.

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 commonly used in access control as key cards and on ID cards. They are available in two different categories: 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 require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards and membership cards typically utilize a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read both types. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When magnetic stripes are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on the stripe. 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? For example, let’s consider the gift card, If a customer buys a gift card and then the cashier swipes it, the serial number that is stored on the magnetic strip can be obtained. The cashier asks the customer how much money they would like to place on the card.

The cashier then enters that amount into the POS system. 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.

There are times however that the POS system is unable to read the magnetic strip.

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

ESSENTIALS TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS To ensure your custom magnetic strip cards function properly, here are a few things to know: Your POS or lock system provider will be able to assist you in obtaining this information.

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

2. A magnetic stripe has three available “tracks” that can be read.

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

3. Does your POS or lock system require random or sequential formatting for your serial numbers? 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 that’s able to store data by changing the magnetism of very small 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. Driver’s licenses, credit cards, gift cards, ID cards, and public transit cards are all examples of magnetic stripe cards.

The magnetic stripe on a credit card contains three tracks of data.

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

Plastic Card ID offers magnetic stripe cards.

There are 3 tracks on magnetic cards used for financial transactions.

These tracks are known as track 1, track 2 and track 3.

Track three is seldom used by any of the major global networks. 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. 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. The CVV is stored in the magnetic stripe or in the chip of a smart card.

A magnetic stripe reader is a hardware device that is capable of reading information encoded on a magnetic stripe which is situated on the back of a debit or credit 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 that appears on Credit Cards The stripe which is located on the back of a debit card is a magnetic stripe which is sometimes called a magstripe.