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MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS AND MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING 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.

Magstrip cards are also used in access control, such as in the use of key cards and on ID cards. The come in two main types: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity mag stripes are harder to accidentally erase, so they are often used in cards that require an extended life or that are used frequently.

Low-coercivity mag stripes are cheaper and require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards and membership cards typically utilize a LoCo magstrip. Both kinds of mag stripes can be read by a reliable card reader. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

When magnetic stripes are encoded, the strip stores a unique serial number. 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? For example, let’s consider the gift card, If a customer buys a gift card and then the cashier swipes it, the serial number that is stored on the magnetic strip can be obtained. The cashier then asks how much to put on the gift card.

This amount is typed 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.

Sometimes, a POS system may not read a magnetic strip.

It's a good idea to also print the number on the card surface. This is called a human-readable number.

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? To ensure that a card’s magnetic stripe is read properly, there are some things you need to keep in mind: Your POS or lock system provider will be able to help you get the information you need.

1. Does your POS/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 can be found on our data specifications page.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: 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 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 stripe itself is read by swiping it past a read head capable of scanning the information. 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. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit or debit cards, gift cards, employee ID cards, public transit cards, and driver’s licenses.

For example, 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 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.

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. Track 3 may not even be 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?

CVV stands for card verification value, and it's a three digit number which gets encoded on debit and credit cards. The CVV is stored on the magnetic stripe of a card if it's available, and sometimes it’s also stored on the chip of a smart debit card.

A magnetic strip reader is a hardware device that reads information encoded in the magnetic strip on the back of the card or badge.

The writing process, called flux reversal, causes a change to the magnetic field detected by the reader. The Stripe on a Credit Card The stripe on the back of a credit card is a magnetic stripe, often called a magstripe.