Event badges can make attendees feel special and give them exclusive access to your event.

Plastic conference badges can help the attendees of your event feel special and not just another face in the crowd. 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

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 are also 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 magstripes are harder to erase and are more appropriate for cards that are frequently used or require extended life.

Low-coercivity magstripes require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Low-coercivity magnetic stripes are generally used on membership cards, fundraising cards, gift cards, and loyalty cards. A magnetic stripe card reader can read both types. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIP ENCODING?

When magnetic stripes are encoded, the strip stores a unique serial number. A security or sales system is programmed to recognize these unique numbers, which authorizes them to proceed with an action or transaction.

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. The cashier then asks how much to put on the gift card.

The cashier then enters that amount into the POS system. Upon its next swipe, the gift card allows the POS system to use the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe to bring up the customer's card balance, which is stored on the POS system under the same serial number.

There are times when a POS system is unable to read a magnetic stripe.

It's a good idea to also print the number on the card surface. This is referred to as a human-readable number.

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

1.       Does your lock system or POS system require stripes to be formatted as either HiCo or LoCo? Is either option acceptable?

2. A magnetic stripe has three available “tracks” that can be read.

One or more of these tracks is used to encode a serial number onto a card. Additional data on supplied data specifications can be found on the data specification page.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. Which format is required by your lock system or POS system? If random, are specific characters or a number of characters required? If possible, it’s a good idea to obtain a random number file from your POS or lock system provider.

If it requires sequential formatting, what number should you start with?

A magnetic stripe card is a card capable of storing data by changing the magnetism of the iron-based particles on the 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 card that include data embedded in the magnetic stripe. Some examples of magnetic stripe cards are credit cards, employee ID cards, driver’s licenses, gift cards, and public transit cards.

There are three tracks of data contained on the credit card's magnetic stripe 

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 three is seldom used by any of the major global networks. It is often that track 3 is not even present on the card itself.

Track 1: the issuing bank uses the following to validate the data received on the card such as the cardholder’s name, expiration date, account number (PAN), bank ID (BIN), and many other numbers. 

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 CVV, short for Card Verification Value, consists of a 3-digit number that is encoded on both Visa credit and debit cards. CVV is stored within the card's magnetic stripe, if available, or alternatively it can be stored in the chip of a smart credit or debit card.

A magnetic strip reader reads the information encoded in the magnetic strip on the back of the plastic badge.

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 card is a magnetic stripe, often referred to as a magstripe.