Magstripe Card Access System
USB Plug-n-Play


  • Description
  • Software
  • Options
  • Features
  • Licensing
  • Manual
  • Purchase

  • Magstripe Card Access System (MCAS)
    For Magstripe USB card-readers. Includes MCAS application software.


    For card logging, door/gate access, automation, and more!

    The Magstripe Card Access System for USB (MCAS-USB) is a plug-and-play solution that is the basis for any number of applications including card logging, door/gate access, and more. Installing in just a matter of minutes, it is the ideal implementation for anyone who requires a simple, low-cost solution. The MCAS-USB is comprised of the following elements:
    • Magstripe USB card-reader
    • USB relay interface (for door/gate/machine activation)
    • MCAS host software for Windows PCs 
    The card reader accepts a standard encoded magnetic stripe card. Examples include driver licenses, credit cards, gift cards, hotel room cards, and more. Custom encoded cards may also be used. MCAS-USB is simple to install and requires no complicated wiring or setup operations. It is ideal for use in the following applications:
    • Kiosks
    • Card logging
    • Time tracking
    • Door/gate access
    • Office area access
    • Gated communities
    • Industrial automation
    • Equipment control
    • Inventory tracking
    • Student identification
    • Employee attendance
    • Tradeshows & conventions
    • Security systems
    • OEM applications


    The MCAS USB software for Windows is our flagship card access software. With a database capacity of more than 50,000+ card users, MCAS USB Online provides functions for card access, logging, enrollment, and more!

    Installation is a breeze. Simply mount the card reader on a convenient wall or other surface and plug the USB cable into an available port on the PC. (An optional USB extender may be employed for increased cable length.) Install the MCAS software by opening the provided setup exectuable and follow the on-screen instructions.


    As of Windows 8.1, USB HID card-readers are registered to new POS HID device classes and may not work properly with the USB Plug-n-Play MCAS application. The issue is easily resolved with a simple driver re-assignment at the Windows device manager. 

    The application utilizes a polling approach to communicate with the card reader, sending commands and receiving card data. There are two available software editions:
    • Standard
    • Premium
    MCAS Standard provides basic features including add/modify/delete card users, dynamic card monitoring, and manual commands. It also offers date-based card expiration, automatic-uploads, and card-access logging. You may also set configuration parameters such as relay activation method, time delays, etc.
    MCAS-Premium offers all the features and options of MCAS-Standard plus photo enrollment / identification. For additional information regarding the MCAS software including edition comparisons, please visit the following online resource:

    The standard edition includes a database import feature that automatically imports database updates from compatible CSV files. Sample CSV records are listed below:
         "Update","Act.Date","Status","Last Name","First Name","Card ID","PIN","Expire","Acc.Ref.","Access","No.Accesses","Timestamp"
         '1','07/30/10','42','Lowry','Ben','0103107700','1234','07/31/10','-1','65535',' ',' '
         '1','07/30/10','42','Wheeler','Rod','0000652699','9922','07/31/10','-1','65535',' ',' '

    Relay Board

    For applications requring automatic activation of a door, gate, or other equipment, a USB relay board is included:

    MCAS-USB with door/gate relay interface

    click to enlarge

    The USB relay board permits automatic activation of external devices and door/gate circuits. Simply wire your door or gate circuit directly into one of the two provided onboard relays. (The relay acts as an electrical switch.) When a valid card swipe is presented to the reader, automatic circuit activation occurs.


    Plug-n-play installation - no complicated setup
    Includes card reader and MCAS-USB host software
    Accepts standard track-2 encoded magstripe cards
    Optional relay interface device for door/gate access
    May also be used for card logging applications
     Windows host software for card maintenance, logging, etc.
    Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Win7, etc.

    Design Licensing

    This item is available for licensing to OEMs. This design is available for OEM licensing. Licensing permits your company to manufacture this item and allows you royalty-free sales and distribution rights.  Click here for additional details.

    User Manual
    (free PDF download)



    For product info, options, and pricing, use one of the convenient links below: 

    Get Quote
    Quote Buy Now

    Got Questions? We've got answers.
    Use one of our convenient methods below for more information:
    Purchase Details
    General Inquiry
    ph: 321-757-9280


    • MCAS software is available in standard and premium editions. For edition details and comparisons, click here.
    • Your order will contain no CD or other software media. Instead, the software must be downloaded from our website.
    • After installing the application, you must register to receive a permanent license key.
    • The MCAS-USB is compatible with card readers utilizing USB HID and virtual COM port interfaces. It is not compatible with USB card readers having a keyboard (wedge) interface.
    • If desired, an optional USB extender may be used for remotely locating the reader and/or relay interface
    • As of Windows 8.1, USB HID card-readers are registered to new POS HID device classes and may not work properly with the USB Plug-n-Play MCAS application. The issue is easily resolved with a simple driver re-assignment at the Windows device manager. Click here for instructions

    Back to Main Page