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.

Plastic conference badges can help the attendees of your event feel special and not just another face in the crowd. Customized badges ensure that only those who have appropriate access can gain entrance to the event, so that security remains intact for whatever special event you're holding.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS AND 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.

Magstrip cards are also used in access control, such as in the use of key cards. These kinds of cards come in two different varieties: 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 magstripes need lower amounts of magnetic energy that can record and reduce their cost.

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 strips are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on that strip. 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? When a gift card is purchased by a customer, it gets swiped by the cashier, so that a serial number can be obtained and stored on the magnetic stripe. The cashier asks the customer how much money they would like to place on the card.

That amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. When the gift card is swiped again, the serial number stored on the magnetic strip looks up the card balance.

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

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 keep your mag stripe functioning properly, consider the following: You can get this information from your POS or lock system provider.

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

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

Which tracks should be used for encoding serial numbers? Additional information regarding supplied data specifications can be found on our data specifications page.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. Does your system require a random or sequential serial number? If random, does your system require specific characters or a specific number of characters? If possible, it’s best to acquire a random number file for your system as these numbers are more secure.

If your serial numbers are sequential, what number should we start with?

A magnetic stripe card is a card capable of storing data by changing the magnetism of the iron-based particles on the 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 strip card is any type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of tiny iron particles secured in plastic film. Examples of magnetic stripe cards include driver's licenses, credit cards, employee ID cards, gift cards, and public transit cards.

The credit card's magnetic stripe contains three tracks of data.

Each of these tracks is about 1/10 of an inch in width.

The first and second tracks in the magnetic stripe contains information about the cardholder's account such as the card number, the holder’s full name, the card's expiration date, and its 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 3 is rarely used by major worldwide networks, such as Visa. It is often that track 3 is not even physically present on the card itself.

Track 1 includes the cardholder’s name, account number (PAN), bank ID (BIN), expiration date, and some other numbers the bank uses to validate the data.

Track 2 contains all of the above information except for the cardholder’s 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. 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 is a device that reads the information encoded in the magnetic stripe on the back of a plastic card.

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 strip, often called a magstrip.