One holding Events, your attendees can feel important when provided with Event badges that provide them with exclusive access at festivals, Trader Joe’s, concerts, conventions or other types of special events.

Conference badges give attendees a personalized experience, which adds to the value of your event. Customized badges ensure the safety and security of your special event by giving access only to those who should have it.

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.

Security applications of mag-stripe cards include door access and identification codes. Mag striped are offered in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

HiCo magstrips are harder to erase and better for cards that need extra life or will be used frequently.

Low-coercivity magstrips require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards and membership cards typically utilize a LoCo magstrip. Any good magnetic stripe card reader will have the capability of reading either kind of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

A system of unique serial numbers is the technology that underpins mag-stripe systems. The unique serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device which provides access to funds stored on the POS system.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? As an example, a customer purchases a gift card, which is swiped by the cashier to obtain the serial number stored on its magnetic stripe. This system allows for cashiers at your store to both deduct and add funds from the card.

The amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. 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.

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

For this reason, we recommend printing the serial number directly onto 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 that a card’s magnetic stripe is read properly, there are some things you need to keep in mind: Your POS or lock system provider will be able to assist you in obtaining this information.

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

2. A magnetic stripe has three available “tracks” that can be read.

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.       The two kinds of serial number formats are sequential and random. 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 your serial numbers are sequential, what number should 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 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. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit cards, gift cards, drivers’ licenses, employee ID cards, and public transit cards.

The credit card’s magnetic strip includes three tracks of data.

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

Plastic Card ID offers magnetic stripe cards.

Magnetic cards used for financial transactions have three tracks.

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

Track 3 is mostly unused by the major 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 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. The CVV is stored in the magnetic stripe or in the chip of a smart card.

A magnetic strip reader reads the information encoded in the magnetic strip on the back of the plastic 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 that appears on Credit Cards The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.