Magnetic chip card with strip
A “magnetic chip card with a stripe” is a hybrid card that combines two different card technologies: a chip (or smart card) and a magnetic stripe. These hybrid cards are designed to provide compatibility with both traditional magnetic stripe card readers and newer chip card (EMV) readers. Here’s a description of such a card:
Product Name: Magnetic Chip Card with Stripe
Key Features and Characteristics:
- Magnetic Stripe: The card has a magnetic stripe on the back, which is a dark brown or black stripe that contains magnetically encoded data. This stripe is similar to the magnetic stripes found on traditional credit cards and access control cards.
- Embedded Chip: In addition to the magnetic stripe, the card features an embedded integrated circuit (IC) chip on its surface. This chip is a microprocessor that can store and process data securely. It is the hallmark of chip card technology (also known as smart card or EMV card technology).
- Data Storage: The magnetic stripe typically stores basic cardholder information, such as account numbers and cardholder names. In contrast, the chip can store more comprehensive and secure data, including dynamic authentication codes.
- Read Methods:
- Magnetic Stripe: The magnetic stripe on the card can be read by swiping it through traditional magnetic stripe card readers.
- Chip (Smart Card): The chip can be read either by inserting the card into a chip-enabled reader (contact-based) or by holding it near a reader using near-field communication (NFC) technology (contactless).
Magnetic chip cards with stripes find applications in various industries and use cases, including:
- Payment Cards: In the context of payment cards, these hybrid cards provide compatibility with older magnetic stripe card readers and newer chip card readers. They are often used during the transition from magnetic stripe technology to chip technology.
- Access Control: Access control systems in buildings and facilities may use these cards, allowing users to access secure areas through magnetic stripe readers and more secure authentication through the chip.
- Identification Cards: Some identification cards, such as employee badges and student IDs, may use magnetic chip cards with stripes to provide both legacy compatibility and enhanced security.
- Transitional Periods: Organizations and businesses that are in the process of upgrading their card systems from magnetic stripe to chip technology may issue these hybrid cards to accommodate existing and new card readers.
While these hybrid cards provide backward compatibility with magnetic stripe readers, it’s important to note that the chip technology offers significantly improved security compared to magnetic stripes. The chip uses encryption and dynamic authentication codes to protect cardholder data, reducing the risk of fraud and data theft.