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. Custom badges provide access to those who need it to ensure the safety and security of your event.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS AND 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.

Mag stripe cards are also used in access control as key cards and on ID cards. Mag stripes in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity magstrips are harder to erase, and are better for cards that are frequently used or require extended life.

Low-coercivity mag stripes are cheaper and require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record.

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

When magnetic stripes are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on 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? For example, a gift card is purchased by a customer and swiped by the cashier to get the serial number on its magnetic strip. The cashier asks the customer how much money they would like to place on the card.

This amount is typed 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.

The POS system sometimes fails to read a magnetic stripe.

That’s why we recommend printing the serial number onto the card’s surface. This can be done directly with ink or embossing.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To ensure that a card’s magnetic stripe is read properly, there are some things you need to keep in mind: Your POS or lock system provider will be able to help 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 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. Does your POS or lock system require random or sequential formatting for your serial numbers? Which format is needed for your POS or lock system? If it is random, are specific characters or number of characters required? If possible, a random number file obtained from your POS or lock system provider is best.

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 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 dark stripe composed of iron particles covered in plastic film. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit cards, driver’s licenses, employee ID cards, 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.

The first and second tracks are encoded with information about the cardholder’s account.

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 Visa and other major worldwide networks. 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 contains all of the above information except for the cardholder’s name. Most payment systems use Track 2 to process transactions.

What Is CVV?

The CVV, short for Card Verification Value, consists of a 3-digit number that is encoded on both Visa credit and debit cards. The CVV is stored on the card’s magnetic strip or in the chip of a smart card.

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 strip on the back of a card is a magnetic strip, sometimes called a magstrip.