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

Conference badges give attendees a personalized experience so they feel valued at the event. 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 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 can also be used to control access for key cards, ID cards, and other similar types of cards. Mag striped are offered in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity magstrips are harder to erase, and are more appropriate for cards that are frequently used or require extended life.

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

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards and membership cards typically utilize a LoCo magstripe. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIP ENCODING?

When magnetic stripes are encoded, the strip stores a unique serial number. 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? 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 the customer how much money should be put on the gift card.

This amount is typed into the POS system by the cashier. 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 fail to read a magnetic stripe.

That’s why we also recommend printing the same serial number directly onto the card’s surface. This is called a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To keep your mag stripe functioning properly, consider the following: Your POS or lock system provider can help you get this information.

1. Does your POS or 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 you use to encode the serial numbers to your cards? For more information about supplied data specifications please refer to our data specifications page.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: 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 stores data by modifying the magnetism of tiny iron-based magnetic particles on a band of magnetic material 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 stripe card is any type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of iron particles in plastic film. 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 about one-tenth of an inch wide.

The first and second tracks in the magnetic stripe contain coded 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 rarely used by major worldwide networks, such as Visa. It is often that 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?

The Card Verification Value (CVV) is a 3-digit number encoded on Visa credit and debit cards. A CVV is stored on the card’s magnetic strip. It can also be stored on 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, 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.