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

Event attendees feel valued when provided with plastic badges or conference badges and more of an overall personalized experience. Custom badges provide access to those who need it to ensure the safety and security of 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.

Magstrip cards are also used in access control, such as in the use of key cards and on ID cards. They are available in two different categories: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity magstripes 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, reducing their cost.

Loyalty cards, gift cards, membership cards, and fundraising cards typically utilize a LoCo magstripe. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type 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 is recognized by the POS system or access control device, which then provides access based on the information associated with the serial number.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? Using a gift card as an example, a customer purchases the card, which is swiped by the cashier to get the serial number on the magnetic stripe. 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.

Then the cashier 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 fail to read a magnetic stripe.

That’s why we recommend printing the serial number onto the card’s surface. We call this a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To ensure your custom magnetic stripe cards work properly, here are a few things you should know: With the assistance of your POS or lock system provider, obtain the following information:

1. Does your lock or POS system require magnetic stripes to be HiCo or LoCo? Or, are both an option?

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

Which track should have the serial number encoded? You can find this out on our data specs page further on in this document.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. If it requires random formatting, are specific characters or a specific number of characters required? A random number file can be obtained from your POS or lock system provider if possible.

If you're using serial numbers in sequence, what should the starting number be?

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 or mag stripe is read by swiping the card past a magnetic reading head, which is why they are sometimes called swipe cards. 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, driver’s licenses, employee ID cards, gift 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 will have three tracks which can be used for financial transactions.

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

Track 3 is virtually unused by the major worldwide 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: consists of all the above except for the cardholder name. Most credit card payment systems use Track 2 to process transactions.

What Is CVV?

A CVV (Card Verification Value) is a three-digit number encoded on credit cards and debit cards. CVV is stored within the card's magnetic stripe, if available, or it can also be stored in the chip of a smart credit or debit 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 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 stripe which is located on the back of a debit card is a magnetic stripe which is sometimes called a magstripe.