HICO & LOCO Magnetic Stripe Cards

HICO & LOCO Magnetic Stripe Cards

A magnetic stripe card is a type of card capable of storing data by modifying the magnetism of tiny iron-based magnetic particles on a band of magnetic material on the card.

Currently we use two types of magnetic stripes:


  • LOCO (low coercivity) -These cards are good for short-term applications.

LOCO magnetic stripe cards are generally brown in color and they are encoded at a low-intensity magnetic field (300 Oersted). low coefficient of coercivity of magnetic stripe


  • HICO (high coercivity) – These cards are recommended for a majority of applications. HiCo magnetic stripe cards are typically black in color and they are encoded with a stronger magnetic field (2750 Oersted).


Ariadcard produces printed and blank PVC cards with magnetic stripe in a variety of colors.

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