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New magstripe reading, writing product is introduced with PC based application software

Andy Williams   ||   May 01, 2006  ||   ,

A California company has released a software peripheral called EzWriter that’s designed to read and write data to mag stripe cards used for access control, identification, loyalty and more. The encoding quality, according to ID TECH, exceeds the ISO 7811 standards for mag stripe cards.

CYPRESS, California–ID TECH, a leading manufacturer of automatic identification products, announces EzWriter, a personal computer peripheral designed for reading and writing data on magnetic stripe cards and similar media. Workshop is the Application Software provided with EzWriter. Learning to use Workshop & EzWriter is easy; only a few steps are needed for most reading & writing processes.

EzWriter is the ideal solution for card applications like identification, loyalty, hotel access, health, access control, and many other MagStripe card applications. The encoding quality exceeds the ISO 7811 standards for magnetic stripe cards. EzWriter’s high-end performance meets all card application requirements for data encoding.

Workshop is a Windows based PC software utility. Workshop operates in Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP operating systems. It provides all standard options and many custom options for reading and writing. All reading and writing operations are provided in a single Workshop window. For custom encoding, a set-up window provides individual track format selections and encoding parameter selections. Many custom formats are possible, like writing 210 BPI alphanumeric data on all three tracks. Database & card data file operations are supported. Workshop provides convenient features such as track erasing, card data comparisons, sequential data writing, and others.

The EzWriter is easy to operate. Cards are swiped through the card slot for each reading or writing operation. Data can be written on one, two, or all three of the card tracks. Written data is always verified (read & compared) in a single swipe. The EzWriter & Workshop support many data formats based on ISO Standards or User (custom) requirements. The User formats allow custom data arrangements, which can provide security for access control, event ticketing, and similar card uses. All formats use F/2F data bit encoding (writing). Each track is selectable for either 210 or 75 bits/inch data density.

The die cast metal enclosure provides durability and maximum stability during reading and writing operations. EzWriter provides over one million read/write operations on both High Coercivity and Low Coercivity (Hi-Co & Lo-Co) magnetic stripe cards. Double sprung heads provide a smooth and low resistance feel to the card swipe. The card tachometer has the industries highest resolution for maximum encoding precision. There are two available communication interfaces, either RS232 or USB. Included with EzWriter is a universal power adaptor, the full-feature Workshop Application Software on CD, sample cards, and complete instructions on using both EzWriter and Workshop.

Founded in 1991, ID TECH employs more than 100 people at locations in California, Taiwan, and China. The company has built a reputation for technical excellence through research and outstanding design engineering. Building dependable, feature-rich products has made ID TECH a leading supplier of magnetic stripe, smart card, contactless card, and bar code reader products for OEMs, VARs, resellers, distributors, and major end users. ID TECH provides both standard and custom solutions to support customer requirements. ID TECH products are sold worldwide through direct sales, distributors, product representatives, and agents. Find more information about ID TECH at

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