card option – stripe


HiCo/LoCo magnetic stripe

Did you know that we can also make cards on colored material?
It is an ideal solution for prestigious club cards or exclusive business cards, among others.

Magnetic stripe cards are one of the cheapest and the most available solutions of recording information. Magnetic stripe reader allows for reading the content.

The location and parameters of magnetic stripe is specified in ISO/EIC 7811.

Currently we use two types of magnetic stripes:

  • LoCo (low coercivity) – low coefficient of coercivity of magnetic stripe – approx 300 oe (oersteds)
  • HiCo (high coercivity) – high coefficient of coercivity of magnetic stripe – up to 4000 oe (oersteds)

Magnetic stripe is a tape, on which we can encode information. Reading of magnetic stripe takes place during swiping a plastic card through the reader.

Magnetic stripe cards and encoding

There are 3 tracks on the magnetic stripe with a total storage capacity of 75 alphanumeric characters and 147 numbers. Relatively small capacity of the magnetic strip is quite enough to save the card number, expiration date, the holder of personal data and other information.

  • track 1 (76 characters): 01234567890ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTVWXYZ!@#$^&'()*+-=,./\<>_:;][ (space),
  • track 2 (37 characters): 0123456789:<=>,
  • track 3 (104 characters): 0123456789:<=>.

Control characters:

  • ;? – the start and the end of track 2 and 3,
  • %? – the start and the end of track 1.

Control characters can’t be encoded inside of the track, for example:

  • 12345;123 will encode only 123,
  • 12345?12345678 will encode only 12345.

Some readers show control characters, some readers doesn’t. So both readings ;12345? and 12 345 are correct.

In our offer you can find a few colours of magnetic stripe:

  • gold,
  • silver,
  • dark blue,
  • green,
  • black.