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 at a conference provide a personalized experience to attendees that make them feel valued. Custom badges outfitted with security features provide access to attendees who need it while ensuring that your event stays safe and secure.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes are the dark strip composed of magnetic material which can often be seen on the back of gift cards, and which are used in connection with a POS system.

Magstrip cards are also used in access control, such as in the use of key cards. They come in two main types: (HiCo) high-coercivity and (LoCo) low-coercivity.

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 magstripes require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

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 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? A gift card is a good way to give an example of how it works. A customer purchases a gift card, which is swiped by the cashier to access the serial number on the magnetic strip. The cashier then asks how much to put on the gift card.

This can all be done via most point-of-sale systems. Since the serial number is stored on the magnetic strip the next time the gift card is swiped, the POS system uses the serial number to obtain the customer’s remaining balance, which is stored on the POS system which is accessible through the same serial number.

What happens if a magnetic stripe loses the encoded number?

That’s why we also recommend printing the same serial number directly onto the card’s surface. This is known as a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To ensure your custom magnetic strip card functions properly, there are a few things you should know: With the assistance of your POS or lock system provider, obtain the following information:

1. Does your POS or lock system require magnetic stripes to be HiCo or LoCo? Or, is either option okay?

2.       Your magnetic stripe card has three available tracks which can be used.

Which track (or tracks) should be used to encode the serial numbers on the cards? (More information about supplied data specifications can be found on our data specifications page.)

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. Find out the type of format that is required by your POS or lock system. If it’s the random system, then find out if specific characters or a specific number of characters are required. If available, obtain a random number file from your POS or lock system provider which is best.

If your serial numbers are sequential, what number should we start with?

A magnetic stripecard is a type of card capable of storing data by modifying the magnetism of tiny iron-based magnetic particles 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 type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of 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 magnetic stripe on a credit card contains three tracks of data.

Each track is about one-tenth of an inch wide.

Plastic Card ID offers magnetic stripe cards.

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 by the major worldwide networks such as Visa. 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: 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. The CVV is stored in the magnetic stripe or in the chip of a smart 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.