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In this issue, we explore one of the ID industry’s fundamental technologies – the mag stripe. Three separate lessons provide a fundamental understanding of how this crucial technology works. Also, continue the exploration of FIPS and Common Criteria with us and check out who won the annual SESAMES awards.
Despite the major security advancements that have come in identification technology, the magnetic stripe remains the most pervasive technology for identification and credentialing. In this articles and the two that follow, we explore the mechanisms that enable this basic, yet important technology to function.
The final lesson in this exploration of mag stripe technology involves a discussion of data tracks. Most magnetic stripes consist of two or three tracks stacked one on top of the other, enabling multiple lines of data to be encoded. Standards for how data is to be recorded on each track helps to enable compatibility between readers and systems.
In recent months, we explored why the FIPS 140-2 and Common Criteria security validations are so important to both vendors and users of identification technology. In this article, we take a look at just what is necessary to scope these certifications.
Each year, the SESAMES awards are presented in Paris to the best applications and products in the identification and card technology arena. This year’s winners include a host of great innovations from companies including Gemplus, ASK, Ingenico, Infineon, and more. Take a look and see our industry’s best for 2004.
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