What a magnetic-stripe card is, its composition, and its future are discussed. It consists of a magnetically-sensitive coating usually of ferrous oxide applied to paper or board which makes use of an electrically-induced magnetic field to encode and decode data. Slurry, applied tape and heat-transfer are the three most commonly used methods of producing the magnetic stripe. As the use of such cards becomes more widespread, the question of security against fraud will come into play. Efforts are currently under way to prevent fraud by using high-coercivity encoding on the card. Even though smartcards are given a higher ranking because of their flexibility with regard to uses, it is thought that a hybrid form of plastic card with a smartcard chip and a magnetic stripe will be the chosen card.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Kennington Publishing Centre Limited

    Quadrant House, 250 Kennington Lane
    London SE11 5RD,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1989-9

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  • Accession Number: 00490938
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 31 1990 12:00AM