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Plastic badges give attendees a personalized experience so they 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 A magnetic stripe or mag stripe is the dark stripe often found on the back of credit cards or gift cards that can be used in conjunction with a point-of-sale 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).

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

Low-coercivity magstripes require less magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Low-coercivity magnetic stripes are generally used on membership cards, fundraising cards, gift cards, and loyalty cards. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic strip. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When magnetic strips are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on that strip. This serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, providing access to the data stored on the card.

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 then asks the customer how much money they would like to be 'placed' on the gift card.

The amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. 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.

There are times when a POS system is unable to read a magnetic stripe.

For this reason, we recommend printing the same serial number directly onto the surface of the card. This can be done directly with ink or embossing.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY 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 obtain this information.

1. Does your POS or lock system require magnetic stripes to be either HiCo or LoCo, or can it read both types of stripes?

2. There are three available 'tracks' or areas on your magnetic stripe.

Which track or tracks should you use to encode the serial numbers to your cards? For more information about supplied data specifications please refer to our data specifications page.

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 you're using serial numbers in sequence, what should the starting number be?

A magnetic strip card is a type of card that can store data by modifying the magnetism of the tiny, iron-based magnetic particles on the magnetic strip 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 strip card is any type of card that contains data embedded in a strip composed of tiny iron particles secured in plastic film. There are different forms of magnetic strip cards that consist of Credit cards, gift cards, driver's license, employee ID card as well as 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.

The first and second tracks in the magnetic stripe contains information about the cardholder's account such as the card number, the holder’s full name, the card's expiration date, and its country code.

Magnetic cards will have three tracks which can be 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 may not even be 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?

A CVV (card verification value) is a three-digit number encoded on cards. A CVV is stored on the card’s magnetic strip. It can also be stored on 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 on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.