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.

Plastic conference badges can help the attendees of your event feel special and not just another face in the crowd. Custom badges provide access to those who need it to ensure the safety and security of your event.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS AND MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic strips, also called magstrips, are the dark strip of magnetic materials seen on the back of many types of plastic cards. These strips are used in conjunction with a POS system.

Mag stripe cards can also be used to control access for key cards, ID cards, and other similar types of cards. They are available in two different categories: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

The High-coercivity magstripe is more difficult to erase and is more suitable for the type of cards that are used the most or need extended life.

Low-coercivity magstripes 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. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic strip. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIP ENCODING?

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

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? Using a gift card as an example, a customer purchases the card, which is swiped by the cashier to get the serial number on the magnetic stripe. Then the cashier will ask the purchaser what the amount should be on the gift card.

This can all be done via most point-of-sale systems. Since the serial number is stored on the magnetic strip the next time the gift card is swiped, the POS system uses the serial number to obtain the customer’s remaining balance, which is stored on the POS system which is accessible through the same serial number.

Sometimes, a POS system may not read a magnetic stripe properly.

That’s why we recommend printing the serial number onto the card’s surface. We call this a human-readable number.

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 HiCo or LoCo? Or, is either option okay?

Most credit card payment systems use Track 2 to process transactions.

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. 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 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 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.

There are always three tracks of data on any magnetic stripe card.

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

Plastic Card ID offers magnetic stripe cards.

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 virtually unused Visa and other major worldwide networks. Often, track 3 is not even physically present on the card itself.

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 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 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 referred to as flux reversal, creates a change in the magnetic field which is detectable by its 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.