How to Key Plastic Cards For Your Point of Sale System

Ordering gift cards, rewards cards, hotel key cards, access cards or any type of card that needs to be integrated into your POS System involves a little configuration. If the plastic card company you’re working with hasn’t already keyed cards to work with your specific POS system before, there are a few simple questions that need to be sent to your card provider. Gather the information below, send it to your account representative and they will handle the rest!

Choosing a Point of Sale System for Your Business

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Point of Sale systems simplify everyday business transaction by creating automated reports, tracking both sales and customer interactions while monitoring inventory. There are multiple types of Point of Sale systems that can be configured to your exact business needs. Let’s break down some of the most important reasons why people are changing from a standard cash register to a fully integrated POS system.

What Are Magnetic Stripes?

 

Magnetic stripe technology has been around for 40+ years, and more magnetic stripe cards are produced today than ever before. However, there is still widespread misunderstanding about magnetic stripes and their role in bank and gift card transactions.

Magnetic stripes are thin layers of ferrous oxide applied to the surface of the card. Each oxide particle has a magnetic north and magnetic south pole. When first applied to the surface of the card, the arrangement of these particles is totally random, the stripe is magnetically neutral and is said to be “un-encoded” or blank. To add information to the magnetic stripe, the oxide particles are forced to align with their magnetic poles in the same direction. By periodically reversing the direction of the alignment this “encoding” creates a pattern of transitions between north south magnetic fields. It is these transitions that are read and interpreted as data.

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