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MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & 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. They come in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

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

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

Loyalty cards, fundraising cards, gift cards, as well as membership cards normally utilize the LoCo mag strip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read both LoCo and HiCo magnetic stripes. WHAT IS MAGNETIC STRIPE ENCODING?

Whenever encoding is done on magnetic stripes, a distinct serial number is also stored within the strip. When the serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, access is provided to the funds stored on the POS system or a locked door opens.

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. This system allows for cashiers at your store to both deduct and add funds from the card.

The cashier then enters that amount into the POS system. When the gift card is swiped again, the serial number stored on the magnetic strip looks up the card balance.

Sometimes a POS system cannot read a magnetic stripe.

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

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW IF I WANT MAGNETIC STRIPES ON MY CARDS? There are few things you must know to make sure your magnetic stripe cards will work correctly. Your POS or lock system provider can help you get this information.

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 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: random and sequential. If it requires random formatting, are specific characters or a specific number of characters required? A random number file can be obtained from your POS or lock system provider if possible.

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, sometimes called swipe card or magstripe, is read by swiping past a magnetic reading head A magnetic strip card is any type of card that includes data embedded on a strip made of tiny iron particles in plastic film. Driver’s licenses, credit cards, gift cards, ID cards, and public transit cards are all examples of magnetic stripe cards.

There are always three tracks of data on any magnetic stripe card.

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

The first and second tracks in the magnetic stripe contain coded 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.

These tracks are referred to as track 1, track 2 and track 3.

Track 3 is mostly unused by the major networks such as Visa. It is often that track 3 is 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. CVV is stored within the card's magnetic stripe, if available, or alternatively it can be stored in the chip of a smart credit or debit card.

A magnetic stripe reader is a hardware device that reads the information encoded in the magnetic stripe on the card.

The mag stripe writing process, called flux reversal, causes a change in the stripe’s magnetic field that can be detected when a card is swiped by a 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.