Custom event badges can make your attendees feel special while giving them exclusive access to your trade show, convention, or any other event you organize.

Event attendees feel valued when provided with plastic badges or conference badges and more of an overall personalized experience. 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, also called mag stripes, are a dark strip of magnetic material on the back of plastic cards like gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards. They 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 main types: HiCo (high-coercivity) and LoCo (low-coercivity).

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

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

Gift cards, fundraising cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards usually use LoCo magstrips. A magnetic stripe card reader can read both LoCo and HiCo magnetic stripes. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

A system of unique serial numbers is the technology that underpins mag-stripe systems. 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? A gift card, for example, is purchased by a customer, which is then swiped by the cashier to pull up 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. Upon its next swipe, the gift card allows the POS system to use the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe to bring up the customer's card balance, which is stored on the POS system under the same serial number.

Sometimes, a POS system may fail to read a magnetic stripe.

That’s why we also recommend printing the same serial number directly onto the card’s surface. This is referred to as 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: Your POS or lock system provider will be able to help 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 available 'tracks' or areas 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 is on our data specifications page.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. 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 card capable of storing data by changing the magnetism of the iron-based particles on the 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 is any type of card that contains data embedded in a dark stripe composed of iron particles covered in plastic film. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit cards, driver’s licenses, 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 by the major worldwide networks such as Visa. It is often that track 3 is not even physically present on the card itself.

Track 1 contains 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 credit card payment systems use Track 2 to process transactions.

What Is CVV?

A CVV (Card Verification Value) is a three-digit number encoded on credit cards 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 strip reader reads the information encoded in the magnetic strip on the back of the 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 that appears on Credit Cards The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic strip, often called a magstrip.