These high-quality plastic badges are appropriate for all sorts of events: conferences, trade shows, performances, festivals, sports and more.

Your badge becomes part of the personalized experience an attendee gets from your event. 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, 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. The come in two main types: 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 magstrips require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, which makes them less expensive to produce.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards and membership cards typically utilize a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read both types of the magnetic strip. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When magnetic stripes are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on the strip. This serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, providing access to the data stored on the card.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? For example, let’s consider the gift card, If a customer buys a gift card and then the cashier swipes it, the serial number that is stored on the magnetic strip can be obtained. The cashier then asks the customer how much money they would like to be 'placed' on the gift card.

The cashier enters the appropriate amount into the POS system. Whenever the gift card is swiped after that, the POS system will match up the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe, so as to obtain a card balance for the customer, which is stored on the same POS system in connection with same serial number.

The POS system sometimes fails to read a magnetic stripe.

That is why we recommend printing the same serial number onto the card’s surface. This is referred to as a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPS ON MY CARDS? To ensure your custom magnetic stripe cards work properly, here are a few things you should know: You can get this information from your POS or lock system provider.

1. Does your POS or lock system require magnetic stripes to be HiCo or LoCo? 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. 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 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 strip also referred to as a swipe card or magstripe, can be read when a previous magnetic reading head is swiped, 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 cards, gift cards, drivers’ licenses, employee ID cards, and public transit cards.

The credit card's magnetic stripe contains three tracks of data.

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.

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 used by the major worldwide card networks such as Visa Card. Often, track 3 is 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 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 writing process, which is called flux reversal, leads to a change in the magnetic field that is detected by the magnetic stripe reader. The Strip on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.