What’s the difference between HiCo and LoCo magnetic stripe cards?

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Magnetic stripe cards are available in two varieties: HiCo and LoCo. So what’s the difference? It turns out HiCo cards are more coercive, while LoCo cards are less coercive. A higher coerciveness is more secure, but not always necessarily better.

For instance, LoCo cards are more affordable. They may not last as long as HiCo Cards, but LoCo cards are ideal for use in card programs that reissue cards frequently.

With their higher level of coercivity, HiCo cards are better for long term use. They are able to hold information longer before wearing out. Point and case – your debit or credit card is likely a HiCo card.

Magnetic stripe cards are a popular choice for access control, point tracking and financial transactions.

Shop ID cards to find LoCo and HiCo magnetic stripe cards.