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MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS & MAG SWIPE CARDS

UNDERSTANDING MAGNETIC STRIPE CARDS Magnetic stripes, also called mag stripes, are a dark strip of magnetic material on the back of plastic cards like gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards. They are used in conjunction with a POS system.

Security applications of mag-stripe cards include door access and identification codes. Magnetic stripe cards come in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity magstripes are more difficult to erase and are more appropriate for cards that are used more often or require extended life.

Low-coercivity magstrips require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, reducing their cost.

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

As magnetic strips get encoded, a unique serial number gets stored on the strip.  This serial number is recognized by the POS system or access control lock device, providing access to funds stored on the POS system or opening a locked door.

HOW DOES IT ALL WORK? Using a gift card as an example, a customer purchases the card, which is swiped by the cashier to get the serial number on the magnetic stripe. The cashier then asks the customer how much money they would like to be 'placed' on the gift card.

The amount is entered 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.

There are times however that the POS system is unable to read the magnetic strip.

That’s why we also recommend printing the same serial number directly onto the card’s surface. This is called 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 will be able to help obtain 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 is on our data specifications page.

3. There are two types of serial number formats: random and sequential. How do you know which format is needed by your POS system? If random numbering is called for, are a specific number of characters required? It's usually best to obtain a random number file from the POS system you're using.

If your serial numbers are sequential, what number should we start with?

A magnetic stripecard 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 strip, also called a swipe card or magstrip, is read by swiping past a magnetic reading head. A magnetic stripe card is any card that include data embedded in the magnetic stripe. Types of magnetic strip cards include credit cards, driver’s licenses, employee ID cards, gift cards, and public transit cards.

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

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

The first and second tracks are encoded with information about the cardholder’s account.

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. It's also fairly common to have a situation where track three is not even present on the magnetic stripe card.

Track 1: the cardholder name, expiration date, account number (PAN), 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. Track 2 is used by most credit card payment systems to process their 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 in the magnetic stripe or in the chip of a smart card.

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

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 strip on the back of a card is a magnetic strip, sometimes called a magstrip.