One holding Events, your attendees can feel important when provided with Event badges that provide them with exclusive access at festivals, Trader Joe’s, concerts, conventions or other types of special events.

Event attendees feel valued when provided with plastic badges or conference badges and more of an overall personalized experience. The use of custom badges provides access to individuals who need it, which is designed to create safety and security while attending your fair, special event, corporate event or expo.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS A magnetic stripe or mag stripe is the dark stripe often found on the back of credit cards or gift cards that can be used in conjunction with a point-of-sale system.

Mag stripe cards are also often used as key cards or ID cards. They come in two main types: (HiCo) high-coercivity and (LoCo) low-coercivity.

High-coercivity magstripes are more difficult to erase and are more appropriate for cards that are used more often or require extended life.

Low-coercivity magstripes require less magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards, and membership cards usually use a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic strip. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

A system of unique serial numbers is the technology that underpins mag-stripe systems. 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? 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 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. 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.

Sometimes, a POS system may fail to read a magnetic stripe.

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? To be sure that your custom magnetic stripe cards will work correctly, you need to be aware of a few points: Your POS or lock system provider will be able to assist you in obtaining this information.

1. Does your POS/lock system require magnetic stripes to be HiCo or LoCo? Or, 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. Does your POS or lock system require random or sequential formatting for your serial numbers? Which format is needed for your POS or lock system? If it is random, are specific characters or number of characters required? If possible, a random number file obtained from your POS or lock system provider is best.

If you use sequential serial numbers, what number do we start with?

Magnetic stripe cards are cards that are capable of storing data which takes place when the magnetism of the tiny iron-based magnetic particles are modified on a band of 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 strip card is any type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of tiny iron particles secured in plastic film. Driver’s licenses, credit cards, gift cards, ID cards, and public transit cards are all examples of magnetic stripe cards.

The magnetic stripe on a credit card contains three tracks of data.

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

On the first and second tracks within the magnetic stripe consist of encoded information regarding the cardholder's account details, including the credit card number, 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, expiration date, account number (PAN), 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. Track 2 is used by most credit card payment systems to process their transactions.

What Is CVV?

A CVV (card verification value) is a three-digit number encoded on 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 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.