Custom VIP badges provide a feeling of exclusivity, while allowing them exclusive access to your convention, trade shows, festival, concert or other special events.

Conference badges give attendees a personalized experience, which adds to the value of 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 A magnetic stripe or mag stripe is the dark stripe often found on the back of credit cards or gift cards that can be used in conjunction with a point-of-sale system.

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, which makes them less expensive to produce.

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

As magnetic strips get encoded, a unique serial number gets stored on the strip.  This serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, providing access to funds stored on the POS system or opening a locked door.

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. After the card has been swiped, the cashier will ask the customer how much money they would like to be 'placed' on the gift card.

This amount is typed 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.

There are times however that the POS system is unable to read the magnetic strip.

This is why our company recommends printing the serial number directly on the surface of the card.  This is called a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To get the best functionality and performance from your custom magnetic strip cards, you should be aware of the following things. Your POS or lock system provider will be able to help obtain this information.

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

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

Which track or tracks should you use to encode the serial numbers to your cards? For more information about supplied data specifications please refer to our data specifications page.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. Does your system require a random or sequential serial number? If random, does your system require specific characters or a specific number of characters? If possible, it’s best to acquire a random number file for your system as these numbers are more secure.

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

Magnetic stripe cards are cards that are capable of storing data which takes place when the magnetism of the tiny iron-based magnetic particles are modified on a band of magnetic material on the card.

The magnetic strip, also called a swipe card or magstrip, 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 strip cards include credit cards, gift cards, drivers’ licenses, employee ID 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 store information about the cardholder's account, for instance the credit card number, the person's name, and the expiration date of the card.

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 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. CVV is stored within the card's magnetic stripe, if available; it may also be stored on the chip of a smart card.

A magnetic stripe reader, which is also referred to as a magstripe reader, which consists of a hardware device that can read the information encoded in the magnetic stripe that is located on the back of the plastic badge.

The mag stripe writing process, called flux reversal, causes a change in the stripe’s magnetic field that can be detected when a card is swiped by a magnetic stripe 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.