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 conference badges can help the attendees of your event feel special and not just another face in the crowd. Customized badges ensure the safety and security of your special event by giving access only to those who should have it.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes, also known as mag stripes, are the dark strip of magnetic material commonly present on the back of gift cards, loyalty cards and membership cards, which are used in conjunction with a POS system.

Mag stripe cards are commonly used in access control as key cards and on ID cards. Mag striped are offered 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 magstrips require less magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards and membership cards typically utilize a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read both types. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When a magnetic stripe is encoded, a unique serial number is stored on the strip. This serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, providing access to funds stored on the POS system or opening a locked door.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? As an example, when a customer purchases a gift card, the card is swiped by the cashier to get the serial number stored on its magnetic stripe. The cashier asks the customer how much money they would like to place on the card.

This can all be done via most point-of-sale systems. The next time the gift card is swiped, the POS system uses the serial number on the magnetic strip to look up the card balance.

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

It's a good idea to also print the number on 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. With the assistance of your POS or lock system provider, obtain the following information:

1.       Does your lock system or POS system require stripes to be formatted as either HiCo or LoCo? Is either option acceptable?

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

Which track or tracks should be used to encode your serial numbers onto your cards? 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. 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 number should we start with?

A magnetic stripe card is a special kind of card which is able to store data by changing the magnetism of magnetic particles on a band of magnetic material.

The magnetic stripe itself is read by swiping it past a read head capable of scanning the information. 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. There are different forms of magnetic strip cards that consist of Credit cards, gift cards, driver's license, employee ID card as well as public transit cards.

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 store information about the cardholder's account, for instance the credit card number, the person's name, and the expiration date of the card.

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

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

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, 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. 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, 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.