Overview: Encoding Options

Overview: Encoding Options

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Selecting which style of encoded cards to use in your card program will depend on the type of data you want to store, and how you’ll use the cards. This overview will cover encoding barcodes, magnetic stripes, proximity cards, and smart cards to help you make the most informed choice.

  • Barcodes

    Barcodes are one of the most common types of technology, used in everything from school IDs to membership cards and fitness facilities. But they also hold a small amount of data, limiting how you can use them.

  • Magnetic Stripes

    Magnetic stripe cards are used in a variety of card programs including employee IDs, student IDs, retail rewards cards, membership programs, and more. With mag stripes, you have two types of encoding.

  • Prox Cards

    Proximity cards come in a wide range of styles, make it easy to incorporate a prox card system into any organization or building. Most prox cards come pre-encoded to match your system’s specifications.