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

Your badge becomes part of the personalized experience an attendee gets from your event. Custom badges grant access to the right people, which helps ensure safety and security at your event.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS The dark strip of magnetic material you see on the back of the gift card, loyalty card, or membership card is called a magnetic stripe or magstripe—which is used in conjunction with a POS system.

Sometimes magnetic stripe cards are used for access control, for instance as key cards. They are available 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 magstrips require a lower amount of 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 STRIPE ENCODING?

As magnetic strips get encoded, a unique serial number gets stored on the strip.  The unique serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device which provides access to funds stored on the POS system.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? As an example, a customer purchases a gift card, which is swiped by the cashier to obtain the serial number stored on its magnetic stripe. The cashier then asks how much should be put on the card.

The cashier then enters that amount into the POS system. Subsequently, when the gift card is swiped, the system looks up the customers card balance by using the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe.

A POS system may sometimes fail to read a magnetic stripe.

That’s why we recommend printing the serial number onto the card’s surface. This process is known as 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 or lock system require magnetic stripes to be HiCo or LoCo? Or, is either option okay?

2. There are three different tracks' or areas available 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.       The two kinds of serial number formats are sequential and random. Which format is required by your POS or lock 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.

What number should we begin with if our serial numbers are sequential?

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 consists of any type of card containing data that is embedded into a strip composed of iron particles within the plastic film. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit or debit cards, gift cards, employee ID cards, public transit cards, and driver’s licenses.

There are always three tracks of data on any magnetic stripe card.

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

The first and second tracks are encoded with information about the cardholder’s account.

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 primarily used by the major worldwide card networks such as Visa Card. Most of the time track 3 isn't physically present on the actual card.

Track 1: the issuing bank uses the following to validate the data received on the card such as the cardholder’s name, expiration date, account number (PAN), bank ID (BIN), and many other numbers. 

Track 2: consists of all the above except for 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, or alternatively it can be stored in the chip of a smart credit or debit card.

A magnetic stripe reader is a hardware device that is capable of reading information encoded on a magnetic stripe which is situated on the back of a debit or credit card.

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