Event badges can make attendees feel special and give them exclusive access to your event.

Your badge becomes part of the personalized experience an attendee gets from your event. A plastic badge system also ensures that people are where they are supposed to be, keeping the proceedings safe and secure.

MAG SWIPE CARDS AND MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS 

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes, also called mag stripes, are a dark strip of magnetic material on the back of plastic cards like gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards. They are used in conjunction with a POS system.

Security applications of mag-stripe cards include door access and identification codes. The come in two main types: 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, fundraising cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards usually use LoCo magstrips. Both kinds of mag stripes can be read by a reliable card reader. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When magnetic stripes are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on the stripe. 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? For example, a gift card is purchased by a customer and swiped by the cashier to get the serial number on its magnetic strip. 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 on the magnetic strip to look up the card balance.

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

That’s why we recommend printing the serial number onto the card’s surface. We call this a human-readable number.

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 system will provide this information for you.

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

2. A magnetic stripe has three available “tracks” that can be read.

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

3. Two main serial number formats are available: random and sequential. Which format is required by your lock system or POS system? If random, are specific characters or a number of characters required? If possible, it’s a good idea 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, 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. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit cards, driver’s licenses, employee ID cards, gift cards, and public transit cards.

The credit card’s magnetic strip includes three tracks of data.

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

Plastic Card ID offers magnetic stripe cards.

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

These tracks are known as Track 1, Track 2 and Track 3.

Track three is seldom used by any of the major global networks. 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: all of the above except the cardholder name. Most credit card 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. A CVV is stored on the card’s magnetic strip. It can also be stored on 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, causes a change in the magnetic field that is detected by the magnetic strip 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.