Attendees at your conference will feel special because they have an event badge which gives them exclusive access to whatever kind of event you’re staging.

Event attendees feel valued when provided with plastic badges or conference badges and more of an overall personalized experience. Custom badges give access to those who should have it to help manage the safety and security of your event.

MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS The dark strip of magnetic material you see on the back of the gift card, loyalty card, or membership card is called a magnetic stripe or magstripe—which is used in conjunction with a POS system.

Security applications of mag-stripe cards include door access and identification codes. They are available in two main types: HiCo (high-coercivity) and LoCo (low-coercivity).

High-coercivity magstripes are harder to erase and are more appropriate for cards that are frequently used or require extended life.

Low-coercivity magnetic stripes are less expensive, because they require a lower amount of magnetic energy in their recording.

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

When magnetic strips are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on that strip. When the serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, access is provided to the funds stored on the POS system or a locked door opens.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? To give an example, if a customer were to purchase a gift card, the cashier would swipe the mag stripe on the card with their card reader to read the serial number and activate the card. The cashier then asks how much to put on the gift card.

This amount is typed into the POS system by the cashier. 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.

Sometimes a POS system cannot read a magnetic stripe.

That’s why we also recommend printing the same serial number directly 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 keep your mag stripe functioning properly, consider the following: Your POS or lock system provider has access to this information and can help you find it.

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.

Details about supplied data specifications can be found on our data specifications page, to help you determine which tracks are ideal for your serial number encoding.

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

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

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 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 strip composed of iron particles in plastic film. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit or debit cards, gift cards, employee ID cards, public transit cards, and driver’s licenses.

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 rarely used by major worldwide networks, such as Visa. It is often that track 3 is not even 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 1: this includes the name of the cardholder, the account number, the bank ID number, an expiration date, and a few other numbers used by the issuing organization. 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 is a device that reads the information encoded in the magnetic stripe on the back of a plastic card.

The writing process, which is referred to as flux reversal, creates a change in the magnetic field which is detectable by its 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.