Your attendees will feel special with a customized badge, which gives them exclusive access to your special event, convention, trade show, festival, or concert.

Event attendees feel valued when provided with plastic badges or conference badges and more of an overall personalized experience. Custom badges grant access only to those given the badges, ensuring the safety and security of your special event, conference, fair, expo or corporate event.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes are found on the backs of credit and debit cards (among other examples). They can be encoded with all sorts of information that can be put to use in both sales and security applications.

Magstrip cards are also used in access control, such as in the use of key cards. Mag stripes come in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

HiCo magstrips are harder to erase and better for cards that need extra life or will be used frequently.

Low-coercivity magstrips 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. Any good magnetic stripe card reader will have the capability of reading either kind of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIP ENCODING?

When magnetic stripes are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on the stripe. 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? As an example, a customer purchases a gift card, which is swiped by the cashier to obtain the serial number stored on its magnetic stripe. This system allows for cashiers at your store to both deduct and add funds from the card.

Then the cashier enters that amount into the POS system. Subsequently, when the gift card is swiped, the system looks up the customers card balance by using the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe.

Sometimes a POS system cannot read a magnetic stripe.

For this reason, we recommend printing the same serial number directly onto the surface of the card. This is called a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPS 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/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.       The two kinds of serial number formats are sequential and random. 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 capable of storing 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 stripe card is one which contains data which has been stored on a strip composed of iron particles and loaded onto a plastic medium. Types of magnetic stripe cards include driver's licenses, credit cards, employee ID cards, gift cards, and public transit cards

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

Each of these tracks is about 1/10 of an inch in width.

The first and second tracks in the magnetic stripe are encoded with information about the cardholder's account, including their credit card number, full name, the card's expiration date, and the 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 rarely used by major worldwide networks, such as Visa. Most of the time track 3 isn't physically present on the actual card.

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 strip reader is a hardware device that reads information encoded in the magnetic strip on the back of the card or badge.

The writing process, which is called flux reversal, leads to a change in the magnetic field that is detected by the magnetic stripe reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The strip on the back of a card is a magnetic strip, sometimes called a magstrip.