Custom VIP badges provide a feeling of exclusivity, while allowing them exclusive access to your convention, trade shows, festival, concert or other special events.

Plastic conference badges can help the attendees of your event feel special and not just another face in the crowd. Custom badges give access only to those who should have it, ensuring the safety and security of your event, conference, fair, or expo.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes are found on the backs of credit and debit cards (among other examples). They can be encoded with all sorts of information that can be put to use in both sales and security applications.

Magstrip cards are also used in access control, such as in the use of key 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 less magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Gift cards, fundraising cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards usually use LoCo magstrips. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic stripe. 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 lock device, providing access through the system.

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 how much should be put on the card.

Then the cashier enters that amount into the POS system. 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.

There are times however that the POS system is unable to read the magnetic strip.

This is why our company recommends printing the serial number directly on the surface of the card.  This is called 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 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.       Your magnetic stripe card has three available tracks which can be used.

Which tracks should be used for encoding serial numbers? Additional information regarding supplied data specifications can be found on our data specifications page.

3. Two main serial number formats are available: random and sequential. Find out the type of format that is required by your POS or lock system. If it’s the random system, then find out if specific characters or a specific number of characters are required. If available, obtain a random number file from your POS or lock system provider which is best.

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 strip, also called a swipe card or magstrip, is read by swiping past a magnetic reading head. A magnetic stripe card is one which contains data which has been stored on a strip composed of iron particles and loaded onto a plastic medium. Examples of magnetic stripe cards include driver's licenses, credit cards, employee ID cards, gift cards, and public transit cards.

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

Each track is roughly one-tenth of an inch in width.

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 mostly unused by the major networks such as Visa. Track 3 is often 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 credit card 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. CVV is stored within the card's magnetic stripe, if available; it may also be stored on the chip of a smart card.

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

The writing process, called flux reversal, causes a change in the magnetic field that can be detected by the magnetic stripe reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The stripe that appears on the back of the credit card is a magnetic stripe, often referred to as a magstripe.