Event badges make attendees feel special while providing exclusive access to your events.

Your badge becomes part of the personalized experience an attendee gets from your event. Custom badges grant access to the right people, which helps ensure safety and security at your event.

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.

Mag stripe cards are also used in access control as key cards and on ID cards. They come in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity mag stripes are harder to accidentally erase, so they are often used in cards that require an extended life or that are used frequently.

LoCo magstrips don’t need as much magnetic energy to record, which makes them more cost-efficient.

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

When magnetic stripes are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on the strip. When the serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, access is provided to the funds stored on the POS system or a locked door opens.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? A gift card, for example, is purchased by a customer, which is then swiped by the cashier to pull up the serial number stored on its magnetic stripe. Then the cashier will ask the purchaser what the amount should be 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 uses the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe to look up the customer’s card balance, which is stored on the POS system using the same serial number.

Sometimes, a POS system may not read a magnetic strip.

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

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? For proper functioning of your custom magnetic stripe, you must know the following: Your POS or lock system provider has access to this information and can help you find it.

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 be used to encode your serial numbers onto your cards? Additional information regarding supplied data specifications is on our data specifications page.

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 you use sequential serial numbers, what number do we start with?

A magnetic stripe card stores data by modifying the magnetism of tiny iron-based magnetic particles on a band of magnetic material on the card.

The magnetic strip, sometimes called a swipe card or magstripe, is read by swiping the magnetic strip 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 track is about one-tenth of an inch wide.

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

There are 3 tracks on magnetic cards used for financial transactions.

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

Track 3 is mostly unused by the major networks such as Visa. Track 3 is often 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, or alternatively it can be stored in the chip of a smart credit or debit 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 is known as flux reversal, and it initiates a change in the magnetic field which is eventually detected by a magnetic stripe reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.