There is a simple way to check whether you are using magnetic stripe card or RFID card;
If both yes, then it’s a magnetic stripe card.
If you cannot see anything on the card surface – even if sometimes you can see an arrow on the front – you are using an RFID card.
To double confirm, put the card in front of a bright light, you would see the copper antenna inside like shown in the picture below.
If you are asking whether we are able to tell you which magstripe or chip type the key card is if we know which locking system
the hotel is using.
The answer is NO.
Different hotels may use different chips or magnetic stripes even if they are using the same locking system.
So, we would need 2 types of sample cards for testing;
2 pcs each would be the best. Once we’ve tested the cards, we will get to know what kind of magstripe or RFID chip
we need to use for the key card.
Don’t you worry if you don’t have any cards in your hand, contact us for a sample pack to test in the hotel.
Normally, we provide preprinted cards with magnetic stripe or RFID chip only without encoding. The hotel will encode each
hotel card with an encoder, only an encoded key card could open the right door.
Hotels change their key card frequently in order to maintain their image branding, which also pushes the
cost higher – especially when the chip they are using happens to be an expensive one.
Frequently used magnetic stripe for hotel key card:
Frequently used RFID chip for hotel key card:
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