Event badges can make attendees feel special and give them exclusive access to your event.

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 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.

Mag stripe cards are commonly used in access control as key cards and on ID cards. They are available in two different categories: 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.

Low-coercivity magstrips require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, which makes them less expensive to produce.

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

When magnetic stripes are encoded, the strip stores a unique serial number. The serial number is recognized by a POS system, so that access can be obtained to funds which are stored on the PS system.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? The magnetic stripe is coded with a unique number that identifies the account and authorizes transactions when it is swiped. Then the cashier will ask the purchaser what the amount should be on the gift card.

The cashier then enters that amount into the POS system. The next time that card is swiped, the POS system accesses the serial number to look up the customer’s card balance, which is associated with that serial number.

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. We call this a human-readable number.

ESSENTIALS TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS To keep your mag stripe functioning properly, consider the following: Your POS or lock system provider will be able to help obtain this information.

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

2.       Your magnetic stripe card has three available tracks which can be used.

Which track or tracks should you use to encode the serial numbers to your cards? For more information about supplied data specifications please refer to our data specifications page.

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

A magnetic stripe card is a type of card that’s able to store data by changing the magnetism of very small 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 is any type of card that contains data embedded in a dark stripe composed of iron particles covered in plastic film. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit or debit cards, gift cards, employee ID cards, public transit cards, and driver’s licenses.

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 are encoded with 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 three is seldom used by any of the major global networks. Sometimes, track 3 is not even physically present on the plastic 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. Track 2: includes the same information as above, except the name of the cardholder.

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 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 mag stripe writing process, called flux reversal, causes a change in the stripe’s magnetic field that can be detected when a card is swiped by a magnetic stripe reader. The Strip on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is called a magnetic stripe or magstripe.