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

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, 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 also 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 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 either type of magnetic strip. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When magnetic stripes are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on the stripe. The serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control device to use the card as intended.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? A gift card is a good way to give an example of how it works. A customer purchases a gift card, which is swiped by the cashier to access the serial number on the magnetic strip. The cashier will ask the customer how much money they want to be 'placed' on the gift card.

This can all be done via most point-of-sale systems. 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.

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

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

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To ensure that a card’s magnetic stripe is read properly, there are some things you need to keep in mind: Your POS or lock system provider has access to this information and can help you find it.

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 the serial numbers on the cards? (More information about 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 your serial numbers are sequential, what number should we start with?

A magnetic stripe card stores data by modifying the magnetism of tiny 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 strip card is any type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of tiny iron particles secured in plastic film. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit or debit cards, gift cards, employee ID cards, public transit cards, and driver’s licenses.

There are always three tracks of data on any magnetic stripe card.

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.

Magnetic cards will have three tracks which can be 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. Track 3 is often not even physically present on the card itself.

Track 1: the cardholder name, expiration date, account number (PAN), 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?

CVV stands for card verification value, and it's a three digit number which gets encoded on debit and credit 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 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 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.