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. Custom badges provide access to those who need it to ensure the safety and security of your event.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic strips are the dark strip of magnetic material on the back of cards and used in conjunction with a POS system.

Sometimes magnetic stripe cards are used for access control, for instance as key cards. Mag stripes come in two main 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 a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, which makes them less expensive to produce.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards and membership cards typically utilize a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read both types of the magnetic strip. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

An encoded magnetic strip stores an unique serial number on the strip. This serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, providing access to the data stored on the card.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? To give an example, if a customer were to purchase a gift card, the cashier would swipe the mag stripe on the card with their card reader to read the serial number and activate the card. The cashier asks the customer how much money they would like to place on the card.

This can all be done via most point-of-sale systems. 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.

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

For this reason, we recommend printing the serial number directly onto the card surface. This is known as a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To ensure your custom magnetic strip cards function properly, here are a few things to know: You can get this information from your POS or lock system provider.

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

2. There are three available 'tracks' or areas on your magnetic stripe.

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. 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 number should we start with?

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, sometimes called swipe card or magstripe, is read by swiping past a magnetic reading head. A magnetic strip card is any type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of tiny iron particles secured 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 data on three tracks.

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

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.

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

Track 3 is virtually unused Visa and other major worldwide networks. It is often that track 3 is not even physically 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 on the back of a card is a magnetic stripe, often referred to as a magstripe.