These high-quality plastic badges are appropriate for all sorts of events: conferences, trade shows, performances, festivals, sports and more.

Conference badges give attendees a personalized experience so they feel valued at the event. 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 Magnetic stripes, also known as mag stripes, are the dark strip of magnetic material commonly present on the back of gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards, which are used in conjunction with a POS system.

Security applications of mag-stripe cards include door access and identification codes. They come in two main types: (HiCo) high-coercivity and (LoCo) low-coercivity.

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 a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Loyalty cards, fundraising cards, gift cards, as well as membership cards normally utilize the LoCo mag strip. Any good magnetic stripe card reader will have the capability of reading either kind of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

An encoded magnetic strip stores an unique serial number 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? For example, a gift card is purchased by a customer and swiped by the cashier to get the serial number on its magnetic strip. This system allows for cashiers at your store to both deduct and add funds from the card.

That amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. One gift card can be re-used multiple times, allowing customers to add and spend funds freely as they see fit. This keeps the card in their wallet or purse as they go about their day, keeping your brand on their mind.

What happens if a magnetic stripe loses the encoded number?

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? There are few things you must know to make sure your magnetic stripe cards will work correctly. Your POS or lock system provider can help you obtain this information..

1. Does your POS or lock system require magnetic stripes to be HiCo or LoCo? Or, is either option okay?

2.       Your magnetic stripe card has three available tracks which can be used.

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 needed for your POS or lock system? If it is random, are specific characters or number of characters required? If possible, a random number file obtained from your POS or lock system provider is best.

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

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 stripe, which is also called a magstripe or swipe card, is read by swiping the magnetic stripe past a magnetic reading head. A magnetic strip card is any type of card that includes data embedded on a strip made of tiny iron particles in plastic film. 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 contained on magnetic cards that are 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 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: 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 on the magnetic stripe of a card if it's available, and sometimes it’s also stored on the chip of a smart debit 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 that appears on Credit Cards The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.