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

Conference badges give attendees a personalized experience so they feel valued at the event. Custom badges provide access to those who need it to ensure the safety and security of your event.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes, also commonly referred to as mag stripes, are the dark stripe of magnetic material seen on the back of loyalty cards, membership cards, and gift cards, used with a POS system.

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

The High-coercivity magstripe is more difficult to erase and is more suitable for the type of cards that are used the most or need extended life.

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

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?

Whenever encoding is done on magnetic stripes, a distinct serial number is also stored within 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 DO MAG STRIPES 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. Afterward, the cashier finds out how much money the customer wants to add to the gift card. 

The cashier than adds that amount in the POS system. The next time that card is swiped, the POS system accesses the serial number to look up the customer’s card balance, which is associated with that serial number.

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 process is known as a human-readable number

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To be sure that your custom magnetic stripe cards will work correctly, you need to be aware of a few points: 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 HiCo or LoCo? Or is either option okay?

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 is on our data specifications page.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. Which format is required by your lock or POS 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.

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 strip, sometimes called a swipe card or magstripe, is read by swiping the magnetic strip past a magnetic reading head. A magnetic strip card is any type of card that includes data embedded on a strip made of tiny iron particles in plastic film. Some examples of magnetic stripe cards are credit cards, employee ID cards, driver’s licenses, gift cards, and public transit cards.

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.

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 mostly unused by the major networks such as Visa. It is often that track 3 is not even 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. CVV is stored within the card's magnetic stripe, if available, or alternatively it can 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, causes a change in the magnetic field that is detected by the magnetic strip reader. The Strip on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.