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

Plastic badges give attendees a personalized experience so they feel valued. 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 & 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 are available in two main types: HiCo (high-coercivity) and LoCo (low-coercivity).

HiCo magstrips are harder to erase and better for cards that need extra life or will be used frequently.

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

Loyalty cards, fundraising cards, gift cards, as well as membership cards normally utilize the LoCo mag strip. 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. Afterward, the cashier finds out how much money the customer wants to add to the gift card. 

That amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. The next time the gift card is swiped, the POS system uses the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe to look up the customer’s card balance, which is stored on the POS system using the same serial number.

A POS system may sometimes fail to read a magnetic stripe.

For this reason, we recommend printing the serial number directly onto the card surface. This is called a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To get the best functionality and performance from your custom magnetic strip cards, you should be aware of the following things. Your POS or lock system provider will be able to assist you in obtaining this information.

1. Does your POS or lock system require magnetic stripes to be either HiCo or LoCo, or can it read both types of stripes?

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

Details about supplied data specifications can be found on our data specifications page, to help you determine which tracks are ideal for your serial number encoding.

3. Does your POS or lock system require random or sequential formatting for your serial numbers? 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.

What number should we begin with if our serial numbers are sequential?

Magnetic stripe cards are cards that are capable of storing data which takes place when the magnetism of the tiny iron-based magnetic particles are modified 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 card that include data embedded in the magnetic stripe. Types of magnetic stripe cards include driver's licenses, credit cards, employee ID cards, gift cards, and public transit cards.

For example, 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 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.

Magnetic cards will have three tracks which can be used for financial transactions.

These tracks are referred to as track 1, track 2 and track 3.

Track 3 is primarily unused by the major worldwide networks such as Visa. Track 3 may not even be 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 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, 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 writing process, called flux reversal, causes a change to the magnetic field detected by the reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.