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MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT 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.

Magstrip cards are also used in access control, such as in the use of key cards and on ID 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 magstrips require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards and membership cards typically utilize a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type 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? To give an example, if a customer were to purchase a gift card, the cashier would swipe the mag stripe on the card with their card reader to read the serial number and activate the card. The cashier then asks how much should be put on the card.

That amount is entered into the POS system by the cashier. 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 may fail to read a magnetic stripe.

That’s why we also recommend printing the same serial number directly onto the card’s surface. This 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 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?

Most credit card payment systems use Track 2 to process transactions.

Which track or tracks should be used to encode your serial numbers onto your cards? Additional information regarding supplied data specifications is 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 stores 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 contains data embedded in a strip composed of tiny iron particles secured in plastic film. Some examples of magnetic stripe cards are credit cards, employee ID cards, driver’s licenses, gift cards, and public transit cards.

The credit card’s magnetic strip includes three tracks of data.

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

Plastic Card ID offers magnetic stripe cards.

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 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 payment systems use Track 2 to process transactions.

What Is CVV?

A CVV (Card Verification Value) is a three-digit number encoded on credit cards and debit cards. Our service is superior, and our magnetic stripe cards will stand the test of time.

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

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