Custom event badges can make your attendees feel special while giving them exclusive access to your trade show, convention, or any other event you organize.

Conference badges give attendees a personalized experience, which adds to the value of your event. 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 are the dark strip composed of magnetic material which can often be seen on the back of gift cards, and which are used in connection with a POS system.

Security applications of mag-stripe cards include door access and identification codes. These kinds of cards come in two different varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity magstrips are harder to erase, and are better for cards that are frequently used or require extended life.

Low-coercivity magstrips require less magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Loyalty cards, gift cards, membership cards, and fundraising cards typically utilize a LoCo magstripe. A magnetic stripe card reader can read both types of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When a magnetic stripe is encoded, a unique serial number is 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? Using a gift card as an example, a customer purchases the card, which is swiped by the cashier to get the serial number on the magnetic stripe. The cashier then asks how much to put on the gift card.

The 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.

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

That’s why we also recommend printing the same serial number directly onto the card’s surface. We call this a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To keep your mag stripe functioning properly, consider the following: 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.

Details about supplied data specifications can be found on our data specifications page, to help you determine which tracks are ideal for your serial number encoding.

3. Two main serial number formats are available: random and sequential. Which format is required by your lock system or POS system? If random, are specific characters or a number of characters required? If possible, it’s a good idea 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 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 is any card that include data embedded in the magnetic stripe. Driver’s licenses, credit cards, gift cards, ID cards, and public transit cards are all examples of magnetic stripe cards.

A magnetic stripe card is any type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of iron particles in plastic film.

Each of these tracks is about 1/10 of an inch in width.

Plastic Card ID offers magnetic stripe cards.

Magnetic cards used for financial transactions have three tracks.

These tracks are known as track 1, track 2 and track 3.

Track 3 is rarely used by major worldwide networks, such as Visa. It is often that track 3 is not even 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 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 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 to the magnetic field detected by the reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The stripe which is located on the back of a debit card is a magnetic stripe which is sometimes called a magstripe.