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MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes are the dark strip composed of magnetic material which can often be seen on the back of gift cards, and which are used in connection with a POS system.

Sometimes magnetic stripe cards are used for access control, for instance as key cards. They come in two main varieties: 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 magstripes require less magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Gift cards, fundraising cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards usually use LoCo magstrips. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic strip. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

An encoded magnetic strip stores an unique serial number on the strip. 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? As an example, a customer purchases a gift card, which is swiped by the cashier to obtain the serial number stored on its magnetic stripe. The cashier asks the customer how much money they would like to place on the card.

Then the cashier enters that amount into the POS system. Subsequently, when the gift card is swiped, the system looks up the customers card balance by using the serial number stored on the magnetic stripe.

Sometimes a POS system cannot read a magnetic stripe.

For this reason, we recommend printing the serial number directly onto the card surface. This is called a human-readable number.

MAGNETIC STRIPES FOR YOUR CARDS To ensure that a card’s magnetic stripe is read properly, there are some things you need to keep in mind: 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 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.

What number should we begin with if our serial numbers are sequential?

A magnetic stripe card is a card capable of storing data by changing the magnetism of the iron-based particles on the 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 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.

Magnetic cards will have three tracks which can be used for financial transactions.

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

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 includes the cardholder’s name, account number (PAN), bank ID (BIN), expiration date, and some other numbers the bank uses to validate the data.

Track 2: all of the above except the cardholder name. Track 2 is used by most credit card payment systems to process their transactions.

What Is CVV?

The Card Verification Value (CVV) is a 3-digit number encoded on Visa credit and debit 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 strip, often called a magstrip.