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

Plastic badges give attendees a personalized experience so they feel valued. The use of custom badges provides access to individuals who need it, which is designed to create safety and security while attending your fair, special event, corporate event or expo.

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.

Key cards and ID cards, along with other forms of access control cards, also utilize magnetic stripes. They come in two main types: (HiCo) high-coercivity and (LoCo) low-coercivity.

High-coercivity magstrips are harder to erase, and are better for cards that are frequently used or require 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. Both kinds of mag stripes can be read by a reliable card reader. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIP ENCODING?

When magnetic strips are encoded, a unique serial number gets stored on the strip. The serial number becomes recognizable by POS systems or by an access control locking device which, provides access to the funds that are stored within the POS system or the opening of the locked door.

HOW DO MAG STRIPES 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. This system allows for cashiers at your store to both deduct and add funds from the card.

The cashier enters the appropriate amount into the POS system. The next time that card is swiped, the POS system accesses the serial number to look up the customer’s card balance, which is associated with that serial number.

There are times when a POS system is unable to read a magnetic stripe.

For this reason, we recommend printing the same serial number directly onto 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? For proper functioning of your custom magnetic stripe, you must know 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 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. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. 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.

If your serial numbers are sequential, what should the starting number be?

A magnetic stripecard 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 itself is read by swiping it past a read head capable of scanning the information. A magnetic strip card is any type of card that includes data embedded on a strip made of tiny iron particles in plastic film. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit cards, gift cards, drivers’ licenses, employee ID cards, and public transit cards.

For example, the credit card's magnetic stripe contains three tracks of data.

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

On the first and second tracks within the magnetic stripe consist of encoded information regarding the cardholder's account details, including the credit card number, 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. Sometimes, track 3 is not even physically present on the plastic card.

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. The CVV is stored in the magnetic stripe or in the chip of a smart card.

A magnetic strip reader is a hardware device that reads information encoded in the magnetic strip on the back of the card or 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 card is a magnetic stripe, often referred to as a magstripe.