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At card gadgets we stock various kinds of Magnetic Stripe Devices. Magnetic Stripe is a very common card technology and unarguably the most popular card technology today. Magnetic stripe technology is everywhere. We use cards with magnetic stripes on them everyday without even thinking about it. The technology has been with us for many years.

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 physical contact and swiping past a magnetic reading head.

There are two main types of magnetic stripe devices, The Readers and The Encoders

Magnetic stripes come in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) at 4000 Oe and low-coercivity (LoCo) at 300 Oe .High-coercivity magnetic stripes are harder to erase, and therefore are appropriate for cards that are frequently used or that need to have a long life. Low-coercivity magnetic stripes require a lower amount of magnetic energy to record, and hence the card writers are much cheaper than machines which are capable of recording high-coercivity magnetic stripes. A card reader can read either type of magstripe, and a high-coercivity card writer may write both high and low-coercivity cards (most have two settings, but writing a LoCo card in HiCo may sometimes work), while a low-coercivity card writer may write only low-coercivity cards.

The magnetic stripe contains three tracks, Tracks one and three are typically recorded at 210 bits per inch (8.27 bits per mm), while track two typically has a recording density of 75 bits per inch (2.95 bits per mm). Each track can either contain 7-bit alphanumeric characters, or 5-bit numeric characters.

Main Applications:
  • Financial Cards
  • Access Control Cards
  • Loyalty Cards
  • Drivers licenses
  • Health Cards
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