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

Your badge becomes part of the personalized experience an attendee gets from your event. Custom badges give access only to those who should have it, ensuring the safety and security of your event, conference, fair, 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.

Magstripe cards can also be used with access control features with ID cards and key cards. Magnetic stripe cards come in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity magnetic stripe cards are more difficult to erase, so they are a better option when you require extended life on a card.

Low-coercivity magstrips require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Gift cards, fundraising cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards typically use a LoCo magstripe. A magnetic stripe card reader can read both LoCo and HiCo magnetic stripes. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When magnetic strips are encoded, a unique serial number gets stored on the strip. The serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control device to use the card as intended.

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 then asks the customer how much money should be put on the gift card.

The amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. When the gift card is swiped again, the serial number stored on the magnetic strip looks up the card balance.

Sometimes a POS system cannot read a magnetic stripe.

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

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPS ON MY CARDS? To be sure that your custom magnetic stripe cards will work correctly, you need to be aware of a few points: Your POS or lock system provider will be able to help you get the information you need.

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

2. A magnetic stripe has three available “tracks” that can be read.

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. Does your POS or lock system require random or sequential formatting for your serial numbers? Find out the type of format that is required by your POS or lock system. If it’s the random system, then find out if specific characters or a specific number of characters are required. If available, obtain a random number file from your POS or lock system provider which is best.

If your serial numbers are sequential, what number should we start with?

A magnetic stripe card 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, which is also called a magstripe or swipe card, is read by swiping the magnetic stripe past a magnetic reading head. A magnetic stripe card is one which contains data which has been stored on a strip composed of iron particles and loaded onto a plastic medium. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit or debit cards, gift cards, employee ID cards, public transit cards, and driver’s licenses.

There are always three tracks of data on any magnetic stripe card.

Each track is roughly one-tenth of an inch in width.

The first and second tracks are encoded with information about the cardholder’s account.

Magnetic cards used for financial transactions have three tracks.

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. Track 3 is often not even physically 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 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. Our service is superior, and our magnetic stripe cards will stand the test of time.

A magnetic stripe reader is a hardware device that is capable of reading information encoded on a magnetic stripe which is situated on the back of a debit or credit card.

The writing process, called flux reversal, causes a change in the magnetic field that can be detected by the magnetic stripe reader. The Strip on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is called a magnetic stripe or magstripe.