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. 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

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes, also commonly referred to as mag stripes, are the dark stripe of magnetic material seen on the back of loyalty cards, membership cards, and gift cards, used with a POS system.

Mag stripe cards are commonly used in access control as key cards and on ID cards. Mag stripes come 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 magstripes require less magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Loyalty cards, fundraising cards, gift cards, as well as membership cards normally utilize the LoCo mag strip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When a magnetic stripe is encoded, a unique serial number is stored on the strip. This serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, providing access to funds stored on the POS system or opening a locked door.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? A gift card, for example, is purchased by a customer, which is then swiped by the cashier to pull up 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. The next time the gift card is swiped, the POS system reads the serial number stored on the card to look up the card’s balance, which can then be used to make a purchase. The card can be reused until the remaining balance is gone.

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

This is why our company recommends printing the serial number directly on the surface of the card.  This can be done directly with ink or embossing.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To ensure your custom magnetic strip card functions properly, there 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 track should have the serial number encoded? You can find this out on our data specs page further on in this document.

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

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 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. Driver’s licenses, credit cards, gift cards, ID cards, and public transit cards are all examples of magnetic stripe cards.

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

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, including 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 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: 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 1: this includes the name of the cardholder, the account number, the bank ID number, an expiration date, and a few other numbers used by the issuing organization. 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 inside of the card's magnetic stripe, when available, or as an alternative, it can be stored within the chip on smart credit or debit cards.

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 referred to as flux reversal, creates a change in the magnetic field which is detectable by its magnetic stripe reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic strip, often called a magstrip.