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.

Conference badges and plastic badges make attendees feel valued with a unique experience. 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 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 are commonly used in access control as key cards and on ID cards. The come in two main types: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity magstrips are harder to erase, and are more appropriate for cards that are frequently used or require extended life.

Low-coercivity magstripes need lower amounts of magnetic energy that can record and reduce their cost.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards and membership cards typically use LoCo mag strips. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic stripe. 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, 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 asks the customer how much money they would like to place on the 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.

What happens if a magnetic stripe loses the encoded number?

It's a good idea to also print the number on the card surface. This can be done directly with ink or embossing.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? There are few things you must know to make sure your magnetic stripe cards will work correctly. 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 either HiCo or LoCo, or can it read both types of stripes?

2. There are three available 'tracks' or areas on your magnetic stripe.

Which track should have the serial number encoded? You can find this out on our data specs page further on in this document.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. How do you know which format is needed by your POS system? If random numbering is called for, are a specific number of characters required? It's usually best to obtain a random number file from the POS system you're using.

If your serial numbers are sequential, what number should we start with?

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 stripe, which is also called a magstripe or swipe card, is read by swiping the magnetic stripe past a magnetic reading head. 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 of these tracks is about 1/10 of an inch in width.

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.

There are 3 tracks on magnetic cards 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. It's also fairly common to have a situation where track three is not even present on the magnetic stripe 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 contains all of the above information except for the cardholder’s 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. The CVV is stored on the card’s magnetic strip or in the chip of a smart card.

A magnetic stripe reader, which is also referred to as a magstripe reader, which consists of a hardware device that can read the information encoded in the magnetic stripe that is located on the back of the plastic badge.

The mag stripe writing process, called flux reversal, causes a change in the stripe’s magnetic field that can be detected when a card is swiped by a magnetic stripe reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic strip, often called a magstrip.