Your attendees will feel special with a customized badge, which gives them exclusive access to your special event, convention, trade show, festival, or concert.

Conference badges give attendees a personalized experience so they feel valued at the event. Custom badges outfitted with security features provide access to attendees who need it while ensuring that your event stays safe and secure.

MAG SWIPE CARDS AND MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS 

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes are found on the backs of credit and debit cards (among other examples). They can be encoded with all sorts of information that can be put to use in both sales and security applications.

Magstrip cards are also used in access control, such as in the use of key cards and on ID cards. Magnetic stripe cards 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 magstrips require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Low-coercivity magnetic stripes are generally used on membership cards, fundraising cards, gift cards, and loyalty cards. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When magnetic strips are encoded, a unique serial number gets stored on the strip. 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? For example, let’s consider the gift card, If a customer buys a gift card and then the cashier swipes it, the serial number that is stored on the magnetic strip can be obtained. 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. The next time the gift card is swiped, the POS system uses the serial number on the magnetic strip to look up the card balance.

Sometimes, a POS system may fail to read a magnetic stripe.

That’s why we also recommend printing the same serial number directly onto the card’s surface. This is called a human-readable number.

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

One or more of these tracks is used to encode a serial number onto a card. Additional data on supplied data specifications can be found on the data specification 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 stripe card is a card capable of storing data by changing the magnetism of the iron-based particles on the 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 any type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of iron particles in plastic film. 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 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, 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.

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 present on the card itself.

Most systems for credit card payments make use of Track 2 for processing their transactions.

Track 2: all of the above except the cardholder name. Most credit card 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, called flux reversal, causes a change in the magnetic field that can be detected by the magnetic stripe reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.