Event badges let your attendees know you are dedicated to individuality and give them exclusive access to your convention, trade show, festival, concert, or other events.

Your badge becomes part of the personalized experience an attendee gets from your 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 The dark strip of magnetic material you see on the back of the gift card, loyalty card, or membership card is called a magnetic stripe or magstripe—which is 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 magstrips are harder to erase, and are better for cards that are frequently used or require extended life.

Low-coercivity magnetic stripes are less expensive, because they require a lower amount of magnetic energy in their recording.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards and membership cards typically utilize a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIP ENCODING?

When magnetic stripes are encoded, a unique serial number is stored 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? As an example, when a customer purchases a gift card, the card is swiped by the cashier to get the serial number stored on its magnetic stripe. The cashier will ask the customer how much money they want to be 'placed' on the gift card.

This can all be done via most point-of-sale systems. 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 however that the POS system is unable to read the magnetic strip.

That’s why we also recommend printing the same serial number directly onto the card’s surface. This is called 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: Your POS or lock system provider can help you get this information.

1. Does your lock or POS system require magnetic stripes to be HiCo or LoCo? Or, are both an option?

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. Does your POS or lock system require random or sequential formatting for your serial numbers? 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 it requires sequential formatting, what number should you 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, sometimes called swipe card or magstripe, is read by swiping past a magnetic reading head A magnetic stripe card consists of any type of card containing data that is embedded into a strip composed of iron particles within the plastic film. Examples 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.

As you might guess, the three tracks are known as track one, tract two, and track three.

Track 3 is virtually unused by the major worldwide networks such as Visa. Often, track 3 is not even physically present on the card itself.

Track 1: the cardholder name, expiration date, account number (PAN), bank ID (BIN), and several other numbers the issuing bank uses to validate the data received.

Track 2: consists of all the above except for 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. CVV is stored within the card's magnetic stripe, if available, or it can also be stored in the chip of a smart credit or debit card.

A magnetic stripe reader is a device that reads the information encoded in the magnetic stripe on the back of a plastic card.

The writing process, which is called flux reversal, causes a change in the magnetic field that is detected by the magnetic strip reader. The Strip on a Credit Card The stripe that appears on the back of the credit card is a magnetic stripe, often referred to as a magstripe.