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Integrate Mag Stripe Reader

Discussion in 'Information Technology' started by Brett Patterson, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. Brett Patterson

    Brett Patterson
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    Hi all. I'm thinking about creating a system using a simple Access Database
    and a Magnetic Stripe reader. Basically, I want to input some data for
    package drop-off. Then, when the package is picked up, have the recipient
    swipe their card rather than sign. Access would then check to see if the
    name on the card is the same as that of the recipient on the box. If not,
    show a warning, and if so then "digitally" sign for it using some info from
    the swipe card.

    I was wondering if it is possible for (and a brief idea of how) a Mag Stripe
    reader can be integrated with MS Access. Specifically, I'm looking at the
    Opticon LC10M slot reader. Although, if anyone knows of a cheaper version
    I'd be interested.

    Thanks for any help.

    ~Brett
     
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  3. [MVP] S.Clark

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    In my past experience with Barcode readers... Plug it into the computer,
    install the software. All the stripe does is read a number. It's just like
    typing a number into a text box.

    Very simple technology.

    --
    Steve Clark, Access MVP
    http://www.fmsinc.com/consulting
    *FREE* Access Tips: http://www.fmsinc.com/free/tips.html

    "Brett Patterson" <BrettPatterson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    message news:708AFA31-89BD-4ECC-84F5-5D98C01E1EF6@microsoft.com...
    > Hi all. I'm thinking about creating a system using a simple Access
    > Database
    > and a Magnetic Stripe reader. Basically, I want to input some data for
    > package drop-off. Then, when the package is picked up, have the recipient
    > swipe their card rather than sign. Access would then check to see if the
    > name on the card is the same as that of the recipient on the box. If not,
    > show a warning, and if so then "digitally" sign for it using some info
    > from
    > the swipe card.
    >
    > I was wondering if it is possible for (and a brief idea of how) a Mag
    > Stripe
    > reader can be integrated with MS Access. Specifically, I'm looking at the
    > Opticon LC10M slot reader. Although, if anyone knows of a cheaper version
    > I'd be interested.
    >
    > Thanks for any help.
    >
    > ~Brett
     
  4. Brett Patterson

    Brett Patterson
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    Thanks for the info. Unfortunately I already knew that. What I was asking,
    and perhaps I was ambiguous, was do I have to set up a macro, or a specific
    port to listen to for swipes? I mean, if I wanted to have something where a
    user clicked a button to "digitally sign" for something, and then instructed
    the recipient to swipe their card, how woudl I capture that input? Is it
    native to access or would I have to write my own macro?

    ~Brett

    "[MVP] S.Clark" wrote:

    > In my past experience with Barcode readers... Plug it into the computer,
    > install the software. All the stripe does is read a number. It's just like
    > typing a number into a text box.
    >
    > Very simple technology.
    >
    > --
    > Steve Clark, Access MVP
    > http://www.fmsinc.com/consulting
    > *FREE* Access Tips: http://www.fmsinc.com/free/tips.html
    >
    > "Brett Patterson" <BrettPatterson@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    > message news:708AFA31-89BD-4ECC-84F5-5D98C01E1EF6@microsoft.com...
    > > Hi all. I'm thinking about creating a system using a simple Access
    > > Database
    > > and a Magnetic Stripe reader. Basically, I want to input some data for
    > > package drop-off. Then, when the package is picked up, have the recipient
    > > swipe their card rather than sign. Access would then check to see if the
    > > name on the card is the same as that of the recipient on the box. If not,
    > > show a warning, and if so then "digitally" sign for it using some info
    > > from
    > > the swipe card.
    > >
    > > I was wondering if it is possible for (and a brief idea of how) a Mag
    > > Stripe
    > > reader can be integrated with MS Access. Specifically, I'm looking at the
    > > Opticon LC10M slot reader. Although, if anyone knows of a cheaper version
    > > I'd be interested.
    > >
    > > Thanks for any help.
    > >
    > > ~Brett

    >
    >
    >
     

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