Custom event badges can make your attendees feel special while giving them exclusive access to your trade show, convention, or any other event you organize.

Your badge becomes part of the personalized experience an attendee gets from your event. A plastic badge system also ensures that people are where they are supposed to be, keeping the proceedings safe and secure.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes, also called mag stripes, are a dark strip of magnetic material on the back of plastic cards like gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards. They 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. Mag stripes come in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

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

Low-coercivity magstrips require a lower amount of 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 both types. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When magnetic stripes are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on the stripe. 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? As an example, when a customer purchases a gift card, the card is swiped by the cashier to get the serial number stored on its magnetic stripe. After the card has been swiped, the cashier will ask the customer how much money they would like to be 'placed' on the gift card.

That amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. When the gift card is swiped again, the serial number stored on the magnetic strip looks up the card balance.

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

For this reason, we recommend printing the serial number directly onto the card surface. This is called 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: You can get this information from your POS or lock system provider.

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 tracks should be used for encoding serial numbers? 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 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 you're using serial numbers in sequence, what should the starting number be?

A magnetic stripe card is a special kind of card which is able to store data by changing the magnetism of magnetic particles on a band of magnetic material.

The magnetic stripe, sometimes called swipe card or magstripe, 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. Types of magnetic stripe cards include driver's licenses, credit cards, employee ID cards, gift cards, and public transit cards

The credit card's magnetic stripe contains data on three tracks.

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.

As you might guess, the three tracks are known as track one, tract two, and track three.

Track 3 is virtually unused by the major worldwide networks such as Visa. It is often that track 3 is not even physically present on the card itself.

Track 1 contains 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: consists of all the above except for the cardholder name. Most payment systems use Track 2 to process 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 alternatively 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, causes a change in the magnetic field that is detected by the magnetic strip 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.