Custom event badges can make your attendees feel special while giving them exclusive access to your trade show, convention, or any other event you organize.

Conference badges and plastic badges make attendees feel valued with a unique experience. Customized badges ensure the safety and security of your special event by giving access only to those who should have it.

MAG SWIPE CARDS AND MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 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.

Magstrip cards are also used in access control, such as in the use of key cards and on ID cards. They come in two main varieties: 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 magstripes require less 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 STRIPE 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? A gift card, for example, is purchased by a customer, which is then swiped by the cashier to pull up the serial number stored on its magnetic stripe. The cashier asks the customer how much money they would like to place on the card.

The cashier than adds that amount in the POS system. Whenever the gift card is swiped after that, the POS system will match up the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe, so as to obtain a card balance for the customer, which is stored on the same POS system in connection with same serial number.

There are times however that the POS system is unable to read the magnetic strip.

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 STRIPS ON MY CARDS? To ensure your custom magnetic stripe cards will function properly, there are a few things you will need to know: Your POS or lock system provider will be able to help you get the information you need.

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

Most credit card payment systems use Track 2 to process transactions.

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.       The two kinds of serial number formats are sequential and random. 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 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 referred to as a swipe card or magstripe, can be read when a previous magnetic reading head is swiped, 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.

The magnetic stripe on a credit card contains three tracks of data.

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

Plastic Card ID offers magnetic stripe cards.

There are 3 tracks on magnetic cards used for financial transactions.

As you might guess, the three tracks are known as track one, tract two, and track three.

Track 3 is primarily used by the major worldwide card networks such as Visa Card. It is often that track 3 is not even physically present on the card itself.

Track 1: the cardholder name, expiration date, account number (PAN), 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 is used by most credit card payment systems to process their transactions.

What Is CVV?

The Card Verification Value (CVV) is a 3-digit number encoded on Visa credit and debit cards. Our service is superior, and our magnetic stripe cards will stand the test of time.

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, which is called flux reversal, leads to a change in the magnetic field that is detected by the magnetic stripe reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.