Event badges enhance your attendees’ experiences while also giving them exclusive access to your event.

Plastic badges at a conference provide a personalized experience to attendees that make them feel valued. 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 AND MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic strips are the dark strip of magnetic material on the back of cards and used in conjunction with a POS system.

Mag stripe cards are commonly used in access control as key cards and on ID cards. Mag striped are offered 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.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards, and membership cards usually use a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read both types of the magnetic strip. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

Whenever encoding is done on magnetic stripes, a distinct serial number is also stored within the strip. The serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control device, which then provides access based on the information associated with the serial number.

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.

That amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. When the gift card is swiped again, the serial number stored on the magnetic strip looks up the card balance.

Sometimes a POS system cannot read a magnetic stripe.

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

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? For proper functioning of your custom magnetic stripe, you must know the following: 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. 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 can be found on our data specifications page.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: 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 you're using serial numbers in sequence, what should the starting number be?

A magnetic strip card is a type of card that can store data by modifying the magnetism of the tiny, iron-based magnetic particles on the magnetic strip on the card.

The magnetic strip also referred to as a swipe card or magstripe, can be read when a previous magnetic reading head is swiped, A magnetic stripe card is any type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of iron particles in plastic film. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit cards, driver’s licenses, employee ID cards, gift cards, and public transit cards.

For example, the credit card's magnetic stripe contains three tracks of data.

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

The first and second tracks store information about the cardholder's account, for instance the credit card number, the person's name, and the expiration date of the card.

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

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

Track 3 is primarily used by the major worldwide card networks such as Visa Card. 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. CVV is stored within the card's magnetic stripe, if available, or it can 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 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 which is located on the back of a debit card is a magnetic stripe which is sometimes called a magstripe.