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MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic strips are the dark strip of magnetic material on the back of cards and used in conjunction with a POS system.

Mag stripe cards are commonly used in access control as key cards and on ID cards. They come in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

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 need lower amounts of magnetic energy that can record and reduce their cost.

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 magnetic stripes are encoded, a unique serial number is stored on the stripe. 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 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 uses the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe to look up the customer’s card balance, which is stored on the POS system using the same serial number.

A POS system may sometimes fail to read a magnetic stripe.

That's why our recommendation is to print the serial number on the cards surface. This is called 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: Your POS system will provide this information for you.

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

2. There are three different tracks' or areas available 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. 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 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 stripe or mag stripe is read by swiping the card past a magnetic reading head, which is why they are sometimes called swipe cards. A magnetic strip card is any type of card that includes data embedded on a strip made of tiny 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.

The credit card's magnetic stripe contains three tracks of data.

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

The first and second tracks in the magnetic stripe are encoded with information about the cardholder's account, such as their credit card number, full name, the card's expiration date and the country code.

There are 3 tracks on magnetic cards used for financial transactions.

These tracks are known as track 1, track 2 and track 3.

Track three is seldom used by any of the major global networks. Track 3 is often not even physically present on the card itself.

Most systems for credit card payments make use of Track 2 for processing their transactions.

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, 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 card is a magnetic stripe, often referred to as a magstripe.