These high-quality plastic badges are appropriate for all sorts of events: conferences, trade shows, performances, festivals, sports and more.

Plastic conference badges can help the attendees of your event feel special and not just another face in the crowd. Custom badges grant access to the right people, which helps ensure safety and security at your event.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes, also known as mag stripes is a dark stripe made with magnetic material that normally appears on the back of loyalty cards, gift cards, or membership cards and used primarily with the POS system.

Mag stripe cards are also often used as key cards or ID cards. Mag stripes 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 mag stripes are cheaper and require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record.

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

When a magnetic stripe is encoded, a unique serial number is stored on the strip. 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? 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 then asks how much should be put on the card.

That amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. The next time the gift card is swiped, the POS system reads the serial number stored on the card to look up the card’s balance, which can then be used to make a purchase. The card can be reused until the remaining balance is gone.

Sometimes a POS system cannot read a magnetic stripe.

That’s why we recommend printing the serial number onto the card’s surface. This is called a human-readable number.

MAGNETIC STRIPES FOR YOUR CARDS To ensure your custom magnetic strip cards function properly, here are a few things to know: Your POS or lock system provider will be able to help you get the information you need.

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 is on our data specifications page.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. 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 you're using serial numbers in sequence, what should the starting number be?

A magnetic stripe card 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. Types of magnetic stripe cards include driver's licenses, credit cards, employee ID cards, gift cards, and 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.

As you might guess, the three tracks are known as track one, tract two, and track three.

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, expiration date, account number (PAN), bank ID (BIN), and several other numbers the issuing bank uses to validate the data received.

Track 2: consists of all the above except for the cardholder name. Most credit card payment systems use Track 2 to process transactions.

What Is CVV?

A CVV (card verification value) is a three-digit number encoded on 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 is a device that reads the information encoded in the magnetic stripe on the back of a plastic card.

The mag stripe writing process, called flux reversal, causes a change in the stripe’s magnetic field that can be detected when a card is swiped by a 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.