Custom VIP badges provide a feeling of exclusivity, while allowing them exclusive access to your convention, trade shows, festival, concert or other special events.

Conference badges and plastic badges make attendees feel valued with a unique experience. Custom badges give access only to those who should have it, ensuring the safety and security of your event, conference, fair, or expo.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic strips are the dark strip of magnetic material on the back of cards and used in conjunction with a POS system.

Security applications of mag-stripe cards include door access and identification codes. 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 need lower amounts of magnetic energy that can record and reduce their cost.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards and membership cards typically use LoCo mag strips. Any good magnetic stripe card reader will have the capability of reading either kind of magnetic stripe. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIP ENCODING?

When magnetic strips are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on that strip. This serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, providing access to the data stored on the card.

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. The cashier then asks the customer how much money should be put on the gift card.

The amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. Subsequently, when the gift card is swiped, the system looks up the customers card balance by using the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe.

Sometimes, a POS system may fail to read a magnetic stripe.

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 STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To ensure your custom magnetic strip card functions properly, there are a few things you should know: Your POS or lock system provider can help you obtain this information..

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

3.       The two kinds of serial number formats are sequential and random. Which format is required by your POS or lock system? If random, are specific characters or a specific number of characters required? If possible, it’s best to obtain a random number file from your POS or lock system provider.

If your serial numbers are sequential, what should the starting number be?

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, sometimes called swipe card or magstripe, is read by swiping past a magnetic reading head. 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. 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.

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: all of the above except the cardholder name. Most credit card 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. 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 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 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.