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. Custom badges give access to those who should have it to help manage the safety and security of your event.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes, also known as mag stripes is a dark stripe made with magnetic material that normally appears on the back of loyalty cards, gift cards, or membership cards and used primarily with the POS system.

Mag stripe cards are also often used as key cards or ID cards. Mag stripes 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 less magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

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

An encoded magnetic strip stores an unique serial number on the strip. The serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control device to use the card as intended.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? The magnetic stripe is coded with a unique number that identifies the account and authorizes transactions when it is swiped. The cashier then asks the customer how much money they would like to be 'placed' on the gift card.

The cashier than adds that amount in the POS system. 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.

A POS system may sometimes fail to read a magnetic stripe.

That’s why we also recommend printing the same serial number directly onto the card’s surface. This is called a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To keep your mag stripe functioning properly, consider the following: Your POS or lock system provider will be able to help you get the information you need.

1. Does your POS or lock system require magnetic stripes to be HiCo or LoCo? Or, is either option okay?

2. There are three different tracks' or areas available 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.       The two kinds of serial number formats are sequential and random. Which format is required by your lock or POS 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 itself is read by swiping it past a read head capable of scanning the information. A magnetic stripe card is any type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of iron particles in plastic film. Examples 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 data on three tracks.

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.

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 primarily unused by the major worldwide networks such as Visa. Track 3 is often not even physically present on the card itself.

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?

CVV stands for card verification value, and it's a three digit number which gets encoded on debit and credit 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, also called a magstripe reader, is a hardware device that reads the information encoded in the magnetic stripe located on the back of a 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 which is located on the back of a debit card is a magnetic stripe which is sometimes called a magstripe.