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Low cost portable magstripe reader

The SST TA400 is a portable magnetic card reader able to read both tracks 1 and 2 of standard magnetic stripe cards. After a card is swiped, the SST TA400 gives a visual indication that the swipe was good (green) or bad (red). Data is stored in non-volatile memory for later retrieval. Each card entry is also timestamped with the date and time of the swipe. The stored data can later be downloaded to a computer using the cable and software provided with the unit. The SST TA400's small size, long battery life and ease of use make it ideal for a wide range of applications.

Use the SST TA400 to track time and attendance, service calls, home visits, outdoor events, VIP and customer loyalty cards, subcontractors offline credit card processing and more.

SST TA400 Features

  • Self contained, handheld package

  • Battery operated - 250 hours of continuous use

  • Reads tracks 1 and 2 - do data restrictions

  • Stores 1000 transactions

  • Visual indication of good/bad swipe

  • Comes with USB & RS232 connections

  • All swipes are timestamped

  • Data retained even if power removed

  • Includes PC software & USB cable

  • Only valid swipes are stored

Battery  2 x 1.5V "AA" type standard cell (user replaceable)

Memory  256K bytes FLASH

Capacity  1000 scans with timestamp

Indicators  Red LED, Green LED

Timestamp  Yes - date and time

Card type  ISO 7811 compliant magnetic media

Tracks  1 and 2 (for tracks 1, 2 and 3 use model TA403)

Card thickness  0.010" to 0.050"

Bit density  60 to 265 bits per inch

Swipe direction  Bidirectional

Swipe speed  2" to 50" per second

Operating temperature  0 to 60C

Computer interface  Standard USB and RS232 (USB cable included)

Housing  ABS plastic with steel insert for card support

Color  Black

Size  4.25" L x 3.00" W x 1.20" D

Weight  4.3oz

Cable  USB standard, RS232 optional

Operating system  Windows 95, 98, XP, 2000

SST TA400 List Pricing:

Portable readers
TA400 portable - 1000 cards, USB + RS232, 2 x 'AA', 2 tracks
TA reader software - runs on Windows 95, 98, XP, 2000
Contact Manager software (for age verifiers)- data management, mail. labels
RS232 download cable - for all portables except TA32
USB download cable - for TA32, TA400 & TA500 portables

Specifications subject to change without notice.


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