Event badges make attendees feel special while providing exclusive access to your events.

Conference badges give attendees a personalized experience, which adds to the value of your event. A plastic badge system also ensures that people are where they are supposed to be, keeping the proceedings safe and secure.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes are the dark strip composed of magnetic material which can often be seen on the back of gift cards, and which are used in connection 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 magnetic stripe cards are more difficult to erase, so they are a better option when you require extended life on a card.

Low-coercivity magnetic stripes are less expensive, because they require a lower amount of magnetic energy in their recording.

Gift cards, fundraising cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards typically use a LoCo magstripe. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

As magnetic strips get encoded, a unique serial number gets stored on the strip.  When the serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, access is provided to the funds stored on the POS system or a locked door opens.

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. The cashier then asks the customer how much money they would like to be 'placed' on the gift card.

Then the cashier enters that amount into the POS system. When the gift card is swiped again, the serial number stored on the magnetic strip looks up the card balance.

Sometimes, a POS system may not read a magnetic strip.

For this reason, we recommend printing the same serial number directly onto 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 your custom magnetic strip cards function properly, here are a few things to know: 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 you use to encode the serial numbers to your cards? For more information about supplied data specifications please refer to 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 it requires sequential formatting, what number should you start with?

A magnetic stripe card is a type of card that’s able to store data by changing the magnetism of very small 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 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 magnetic stripe on a credit card contains three tracks of data.

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

On the first and second tracks within the magnetic stripe consist of encoded information regarding the cardholder's account details, including the credit card number, expiration date, and the 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 3 is primarily unused by the major worldwide networks such as Visa. Sometimes, track 3 is not even physically present on the plastic card.

Most systems for credit card payments make use of Track 2 for processing their transactions.

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, or it can also be stored in the chip of a smart credit or debit card.

A magnetic stripe reader is a hardware device that reads the information encoded in the magnetic stripe on the card.

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 on the back of a credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.