Isn’t that an ”old’ technology? Yes, but they are widely used for student, employee, and membership IDs. They are also popular in the realm of loyalty rewards and promotions. One of our university clients wanted to track student attendance in class, study halls, and at extracurricular activities. However, their student ID cards did not have barcodes. Instead, their student IDs were embedded with a magnetic stripe on the back of the card. Since attendance tracking is one of the most popular configurations for codeREADr, we decided to add reading magnetic stripe reading as a data capture method.
After researching hardware options, we settled on the Shuttle. It’s a low cost, magnetic stripe reader that plugs directly into the audio jack of smartphones and tablets. It can read the encrypted data embedded in credit cards but, importantly, it can also read the simple IDs typically used for student, employee, membership and loyalty cards. The device can be purchased directly from the manufacturer for under $50 and, unlike similar devices from payment providers such as Square and PayPal, the Shuttle can be purchased without committing to a payment application.