Magnetic Stripe (Mag stripe) Data Encoding Printers

By: Printing Plastic  09-12-2011
Keywords: Colleges And Universities, Access Control, Fitness club

A magnetic stripe card is a type of card capable of storing data. The magnetic stripe, sometimes called a magstripe, is read by physical contact and swiping past a reading head. The magnetic stripe on the back of the card has up to three tracks of data, identified as tracks 1, 2 and 3. Each track has a different format. Track 1 contains up to 79 alphanumeric characters. Tracks 2 and 3 contain only numeric characters; 40 and 107 characters respectively.

Example of Magstripe Applications Include:

· Restaurant and Nightclubs (Gift Cards, Loyalty Cards, Membership Cards)
· Corporate (Employee Identification Cards, Security Access Control Cards)
· Colleges and Universities (Student ID Cards, Library Cards)
· Hotels (Amenities Access Card, Room Keys, Private Parking Access Cards)
· Fitness Club (Membership Cards)
· Travel and Leisure (Phone/Calling Cards, Fuel Cards, Frequent Flyer Miles)
· Electronic Cash Cards (Transportation, Vending Machines, Phone Cards)

Magstripes come in two varieties: high-coercivity and low-coercivity (a.k.a. HiCo and LoCo). High-coercivity magstripes are harder to erase, and therefore are appropriate for cards that are frequently used or that need to have a long life. Selecting which type of mag stripe to use depends on how the card is to be used. The following chart demonstrates common usage requirements:

Application HiCo LoCo Usage Requirements
Employee Identification Cards x   Daily
Frequent Flyer Cards   x Weekly/Monthly
Fitness Club/Gym Cards x   Daily
Restaurant Member/Loyalty Cards   x Weekly/Monthly

Plastic Resource houses state-of-art-technology capable of high-speed printing, high-resolution printing, triple redundancy data checks and 100% in-line camera verification for an added level of data security.

Keywords: Access Control, Colleges And Universities, Electronic Cash, Fitness club, frequent flyer, High-speed Printing, Security Access, Security access Control,

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