Magnetic Stripe Testing

Q-Card is the guardian of the world’s magnetic stripe standard. Back in 2008, we acquired the equipment and technology used to produce the official magnetic stripe reference cards. The equipment was developed for this specific purpose by a German company, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), which ceased to offer these services. Q-Card assumed responsibility for providing secondary reference cards in compliance with both ISO/IEC 7811-2:2001 low coercivity recording techniques and ISO/IEC 7811-6:2001 high coercivity recording techniques. These cards can be used to calibrate magnetic stripe analyzers, which are needed to verify quality during the manufacturing process of cards and tickets that include a magnetic stripe, such as credit cards, hotel key cards and transit tickets. Contact our experts for all your magnetic stripe testing needs.

  • 300, 650 Oersted and high coercivity (hico) stripes
  • Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, (ATB) and central track
  • Custom track location testing
  • Certified testing for ISO/IEC 7811-2, 7811-6, and 10373
  • Custom testing to your specifications
  • Hico and Loco
  • ID1 (CR80)
  • TFC
  • ATB
  • Custom sizes and materials
  • PTB reference testing
  • AAMVADL / ID2000
  • Jitter, start sentinel