Miniature, low power magnetic stripe enables wireless payments

Miniature, low power magnetic stripe enables wireless payments

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"What’s really exciting about this technology is that these miniature antenna modules are small and efficient enough to fit within a wide variety of mobile and wearable applications, but powerful enough to transmit wirelessly to the most prevalent point of sale system still in use today — magnetic stripe readers," says David Tunnell, Chief Technology Officer of NXT-ID, Inc. "We were pleasantly surprised to discover that our existing antenna designs for our Wocket® Card are not only small enough to fit into ultra-thin powered devices, but can also be optimized to transmit wirelessly. Ultimately, this not only enables wireless payments for mobile applications such as smart phones, but also wearable applications where ultra low power and tiny size are critical, such as smart watches and smart wallets."

This technology is positioned to become a major enabler in wireless payments at NFC terminals as well as common magnetic stripe readers. NXT-ID states one can simply point the device containing the antenna within a few inches of most magnetic strip readers to successfully transmit magnetic stripe data wirelessly, but at a fraction of the power consumption of other approaches.

"We recently announced feedback from early Wocket users, with great results coming back from use at multiple retailers. A key challenge with dynamic magnetic stripe technology has been to achieve a solution that works across all magnetic stripe readers, not just some. With this multi-purpose antenna technology, we have patented the key technology that has yielded our success across so many Point-of-Sale systems, including our ability to detect a reader, calculate swipe speed, and vary transmission parameters to transmit data from a miniature antenna with extremely low power consumption," David Tunnell explained.

Wocket is a smart wallet designed to protect your identity and replace all the cards in your wallet, with no smart phone or cloud required. Wocket works anywhere credit cards are accepted and only works with your biometric stamp of approval.

All your credit, debit, loyalty, gift, ID, membership, insurance, tickets, medical information, passwords, and virtually any other card can be protected on Wocket.

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