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A quality plastic badge gives attendees confidence and can provide a special memory of the event that they'll keep with them. 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 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.

Sometimes magnetic stripe cards are used for access control, for instance as key cards. They come in two main types: (HiCo) high-coercivity and (LoCo) low-coercivity.

High-coercivity magstripes are more difficult to erase and are more appropriate for cards that are used more often or require extended life.

Low-coercivity magstripes 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 types of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When magnetic strips are 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 DO MAG STRIPES WORK? For example, a gift card is purchased by a customer and swiped by the cashier to get the serial number on its magnetic strip. The cashier then asks how much to put on the gift card.

This amount is typed 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 stripe properly.

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 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.

One or more of these tracks is used to encode a serial number onto a card. Additional data on supplied data specifications can be found on the data specification page.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. Which format is required by your POS or lock system? If random, are specific characters or a specific number of characters required? If possible, it’s best to obtain a random number file from your POS or lock system provider.

If you use sequential serial numbers, what number do 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 strip, also called a swipe card or magstrip, 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 strip cards include credit cards, driver’s licenses, employee ID cards, gift cards, and public transit cards.

There are three tracks of data contained on the credit card's magnetic stripe 

Each track is about one-tenth of an inch wide.

The first and second tracks in the magnetic stripe contain coded 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.

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

Track 3 is primarily unused by the major worldwide networks such as Visa. Most of the time track 3 isn't physically present on the actual card.

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?

CVV stands for card verification value, and it's a three digit number which gets encoded on debit and credit cards. CVV is stored within the card's magnetic stripe, if available, or it can be stored in the chip of a smart credit or debit card.

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

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 credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.