Event badges enhance your attendees’ experiences while also giving them exclusive access to your event.

Conference badges give attendees a personalized experience, which adds to the value of your event. Customized badges ensure that only those who have appropriate access can gain entrance to the event, so that security remains intact for whatever special event you're holding.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes are the dark strip composed of magnetic material which can often be seen on the back of gift cards, and which are used in connection with a POS system.

Mag stripe cards can also be used to control access for key cards, ID cards, and other similar types of cards. They are available in two different categories: 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 magnetic stripes are less expensive, because they require a lower amount of magnetic energy in their recording.

Loyalty cards, gift cards, membership cards, and fundraising cards typically utilize a LoCo magstripe. Any good magnetic stripe card reader will have the capability of reading either kind of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIP ENCODING?

Whenever encoding is done on magnetic stripes, a distinct serial number is also stored within the strip. The serial number becomes recognizable by POS systems or by an access control locking device which, provides access to the funds that are stored within the POS system or the opening of the locked door.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? For example, let’s consider the gift card, If a customer buys a gift card and then the cashier swipes it, the serial number that is stored on the magnetic strip can be obtained. This system allows for cashiers at your store to both deduct and add funds from the card.

The cashier then enters that amount into the POS system. One gift card can be re-used multiple times, allowing customers to add and spend funds freely as they see fit. This keeps the card in their wallet or purse as they go about their day, keeping your brand on their mind.

Sometimes, a POS system may not read a magnetic stripe properly.

It's a good idea to also print the number on the card 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: You can get this information from your POS or lock system provider.

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 tracks should be used for encoding serial numbers? Additional information regarding supplied data specifications can be found on 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 you use sequential serial numbers, what number do 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 itself is read by swiping it past a read head capable of scanning the information. A magnetic stripe card is any type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of iron particles in plastic film. Some examples of magnetic stripe cards are credit cards, employee ID cards, driver’s licenses, 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. It is often that track 3 is not even physically present on the card itself.

Track 1: the issuing bank uses the following to validate the data received on the card such as the cardholder’s name, expiration date, account number (PAN), bank ID (BIN), and many other numbers. 

Track 2 contains all of the above information except for the cardholder’s name. Track 2 is used by most credit card payment systems to process their transactions.

What Is CVV?

A CVV (Card Verification Value) is a three-digit number encoded on credit cards and debit cards. The CVV is stored on the magnetic stripe of a card if it's available, and sometimes it’s also stored on the chip of a smart debit card.

A magnetic strip reader is a hardware device that reads information encoded in the magnetic strip on the back of the card or badge.

The writing process, called flux reversal, causes a change in the magnetic field that can be detected by the magnetic stripe reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The strip on the back of a card is a magnetic strip, sometimes called a magstrip.