Magnetic stripe encoding allows you to store information on a magnetic stripe within each card. The data on the magnetic stripe can be read by any basic reader, and is typically encoded in 3 tracks. Track 1 is both data and numeric, while tracks 2-3 are numeric only. This information can be applied to such applications as time and attendance, check-in/checkout processes, access control, meal plan management, and cashless payment. Consider university ID cards, for example. Many universities issue student IDs featuring a magnetic stripe that is swiped by a special reader when the student wants to check out books from the library, rent equipment from the gym, use the computer lab, or enjoy a delicious meal in the cafeteria.
With magnetic stripe encoding, the capabilities of your ID program are limited only by the width of your imagination. Of course it takes specialized equipment and supplies to produce magnetic stripe cards, and we’re happy to run through these options with you over the phone. The basics include an ID card printer with a mag encoder, ID card software with mag encoding capabilities, and blank cards with either hi-co or lo-co magnetic stripes. Typically, encryption is handled by whatever software is capturing the data, for instance access/control systems or time clock systems.
Interested in how your ID program can benefit from the expanded functionality of magnetic stripe cards? Get in touch with DiscountID.com and we'll go over the possibilities with you.