Magnetic Stripe Encoding

The dark strip labelling that you see on the back of gift cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, and coupon cards are known as a 'Magnetic Stripe'. Alongside a POS system, these plastic cards with the aid of the magnetic stripe are also used in access control. They come in two main varieties: high-coercivity (HiCo) and low-coercivity (LoCo).

High-coercivity magnetic strips are difficult to erase, meaning it is more suited for cards that are frequently used on a daily basis. Low-coercivity magstrips are less expensive due to the smaller amount of energy required to keep it sustained, meaning it is more suitable for a card that does not get used as often. Gift cards, loyalty cards, fundraising cards, coupon cards and membership cards typically utilize a LoCo magstrip. A magnetic stripe card reader can read either type of magnetic stripe.

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