MagTek, Inc., a global leader in electronic payments technology, today announced the addition of Tri-band readers to the IntelliStripeÂ® family of card readers. The innovative Tri-band readers integrate magstripe, smartcard, and contactless technologies, allowing three distinct information bands or card data inputs in a single device.
The Tri-band readers not only offer the intelligent technological integration, but they also provide the traditional major features and support for each technology:
1. Magstripe: 3-track reader
2. Smartcard: EMV 4.0 certified
3. Contactless: Mastercard PayPass, VISA Wave, MIFARE, American Express ExpressPay, and Discover Card.
Additionally, IntelliStripe Tri-band readers are ready with PC/SC support, the important standard developed to provide smartcard access on Windows platforms and to facilitate the introduction of smartcards in the world of PC’s. The principal benefit of PC/SC is the abstraction of the reader interface for the application thus simplifying the communication requirements and allowing the application to function with any reader that is PC/SC compliant.
“There is a lot of excitement and anticipation for the versatility afforded by the IntelliStripe Tri-band readers,” said Lou Struett, Executive Vice President at MagTek. “Card reading applications no longer need multiple input devices. A single Tri-band reader can now handle all card types,” added Mr. Struett.
For more information, please visit MagTek booth #640 at CTST 2007.
Since 1972, MagTek has been a world leader in electronic transaction technology, from magnetic stripe card readers and writers to high-accuracy MICR check readers and scanners, secure PIN issuance and cardholder verification systems. The company’s products and components are in use today at point-of-sale (POS) and back-office locations in thousands of companies around the world; incorporated into kiosks and ATMs, banking customer service terminals, custom retail POS terminals, and restaurant and hospitality equipment. MagTek is based in Carson, California and has sales offices throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, with independent distributors in over 40 countries. For more information, visit www.magtek.com.