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.

Your badge becomes part of the personalized experience an attendee gets from your event. Custom badges grant access to the right people, which helps ensure safety and security at your event.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS The dark strip of magnetic material you see on the back of the gift card, loyalty card, or membership card is called a magnetic stripe or magstripe—which is used in conjunction with a POS system.

Mag stripe cards can also be used to control access for key cards, ID cards, and other similar types of cards. Mag striped are offered in two main varieties: 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 magstrips require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, which makes them less expensive to produce.

Loyalty cards, fundraising cards, gift cards, as well as membership cards normally utilize the LoCo mag strip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic stripe. 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 a POS system, so that access can be obtained to funds which are stored on the PS system.

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. Afterward, the cashier finds out how much money the customer wants to add to the gift card. 

The cashier than adds that amount in the POS system. 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 recommend printing the serial number onto the card’s surface. This is called a human-readable number.

ESSENTIALS 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 can help you obtain this 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.

One or more of these tracks is used to encode a serial number onto a card. Additional data on supplied data specifications can be found on the data specification 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 should the starting number be?

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 or mag stripe is read by swiping the card past a magnetic reading head, which is why they are sometimes called swipe cards. 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 stripe cards include driver's licenses, credit cards, employee ID cards, gift cards, and public transit cards.

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 in the magnetic stripe are encoded with information about the cardholder's account, such as their credit card number, full name, the card's expiration date and the country code.

Magnetic cards used for financial transactions have three tracks.

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. Track 3 may not even be 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 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. CVV is stored within the card's magnetic stripe, if available; it may also be stored on the chip of a smart card.

A magnetic stripe reader is a device that reads the information encoded in the magnetic stripe on the back of a plastic 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 on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.