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

Conference badges and plastic badges make attendees feel valued with a unique experience. 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 are found on the backs of credit and debit cards (among other examples). They can be encoded with all sorts of information that can be put to use in both sales and security applications.

Magstripe cards can also be used with access control features with ID cards and key cards. They are available in two different categories: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

HiCo magstrips are harder to erase and better for cards that need extra life or will be used frequently.

Low-coercivity magstrips require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards, and membership cards usually use a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic strip. 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 the POS system or access control device, which then provides access based on the information associated with the serial number.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? A gift card, for example, is purchased by a customer, which is then swiped by the cashier to pull up the serial number stored on its magnetic stripe. The cashier asks the customer how much money they would like to place on the card.

This amount is typed into the POS system by the cashier. Whenever the gift card is swiped after that, the POS system will match up the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe, so as to obtain a card balance for the customer, which is stored on the same POS system in connection with same serial number.

Sometimes, a POS system may fail to read a magnetic stripe.

This is why our company recommends printing the serial number directly on the surface of the card.  This can be done directly with ink or embossing.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPS ON MY CARDS? To get the best functionality and performance from your custom magnetic strip cards, you should be aware of the following things. You can get this information from your POS or lock system provider.

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 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 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 stores 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 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 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 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 CVV, short for Card Verification Value, consists of a 3-digit number that is encoded on both 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 in the magnetic field that can be detected by the magnetic stripe reader. The Stripe that appears on Credit Cards The stripe which is located on the back of a debit card is a magnetic stripe which is sometimes called a magstripe.