MagTek’s Intellihead Powers Secure MagStripe Card Readers

Leveraging the sophistication of its security features along with a diverse array of configurations and components for design integration, MagTek continues to supply more OEMs with its magnetic stripe card reader systems. Aiding retail, restaurant and healthcare industries, rugged tablets now offer next-level mobility by enabling frontline team members to take secure mobile payments, fulfill off-premises orders, and collect crucial data from a single device. 

MobileDemand, provider of rugged tablets and mobile computing solutions for enterprise productivity, recently launched the first ever integrated magnetic stripe card reader for its popular xTablet Flex 10 line of devices, shown above. The ruggedized magnetic stripe reader (MSR) is sleek, functional, and built to customer specifications for a seamless plug and play experience with their point-of-sale systems, merchant processors, and patient databases.  

With the new technology, MobileDemand is empowering businesses to adapt to the pandemic environment with a durable mobile point-of-sale solution that expedites payment, patient registration, curbside pickup or drive-through operations, quality assurance checklists, and other critical magstripe functions. Powered by MagTek authenticator technology, the tablets enable secure transactions and data collection.  

“Completing multiple, secure magstripe functions from a single device takes workforce mobility and efficiency to new heights,” said Matt Miller, president of MobileDemand. “Employees armed with this first-of-its-kind MSR tablet can engage directly with customers and patients alike — decreasing wait times, speeding up transactions, and improving customer experience.” Based in Iowa, the company provides its devices in more than 40 countries worldwide. 

The MagTek technology, MagneSafe Security Architecture, uses dynamic encryption, tokenization, and authentication to secure card data. MagneSafe uses a patented and card authentication technology which reliably identifies counterfeit credit cards, debit cards, gift cards, ATM cards and ID cards at the point of swipe, before fraud occurs. Encryption scrambles the data when swiping, providing instant protection for both businesses and customers. 

Its MagneSafe security architecture leverages strong encryption, secure tokenization, dynamic card authentication, and device-host validation enabling users to assess the trustworthiness of credentials and terminals used for online identification, payment processing, and high-value electronic transactions. 

The MagneSafe IntelliHead is the industry’s first magnetic sensing, media validating, tamper resistant security module, says the company. Built into leading tablets, kiosks, and custom solutions, its integral intelligence for the secure reading of magnetic stripe cards makes it more than simply a magnetic read head. 

It reads up to three tracks of data, is bi-directional and meets exacting industry standards. The design incorporates circuitry that securely encrypts cardholder data directly within the read head prior to transmission so no sensitive data is ever exposed. It can tokenize data, generate dynamic data, and authenticate the card and the data to ensure the card is not a counterfeit copy nor has the encoded data been altered. 

Product designers from car wash to laundromat manufacturers can Integrate complementary components that work with their design, from read heads, to heavy-duty butterfly and accordion springs, to pre-aligned brackets, to rails and complete secure card reader authenticators. MagTek has developed best practices over years of experience and partners with diverse OEMs to determine the best components for a project, enabling them to get to market faster using proven solutions. 

Heads, springs, brackets, rails and multiple configurations enable flexibility for OEM designers 

Founded in 1972 and based in Seal Beach, California, MagTek manufactures an extensive line of electronic systems for the reliable issuance, reading, transmission and security of cards, checks, PINs and identification documents. Its products include secure card reader-authenticators, token generators, EMV contact, contactless and NFC reading devices, encrypting check scanners, PIN pads and distributed credential personalization systems for secure magstripe and EMV enabled cards. The products are used worldwide by financial institutions, retailers, payment and authentication processors. See