MagneSafe IntelliHead

Magnetic Read Head

The IntelliHead is an Encrypting magnetic read head with encapsulated electronics to read, decode, and encrypt card data. It reads up to three tracks of data, is bi-directional and meets ANSI, ISO and AAMVA standards.

The IntelliHead incorporates the Delta ASIC into the three track read head with all electronics securely fitted inside the head, preventing tampering and unauthorised access.

The ASIC securely encrypts cardholder data directly within the read head prior to transmission so no sensitive data is ever exposed.

Secured head

The MagneSafe IntelliHead exceeds PCI regulations. The head is tamper resistant and all electronics are encapsulated and securely potted inside the head to prevent tampering and unauthorized access. All of the processing power and communication circuitry is located within the mounted authentication sensor.

IntelliHead Versions

Description USB RS-232 SPI Shift-Out
Butterfly Spring
No Rail
21020600NZ (HID)
21020700NZ (KB)
21020500NZ 21022300NZ
43mm rail 21020640NZ 21020740NZ
60mm Slim Rail 21020360NZ (HID)
21020460NZ (KB)
21020560NZ 21020260NZ
90mm standard rail 21028750NZ (HID)
21028850NZ (KB)
21028550NZ 21029650NZ 21028450NZ
90mm slim rail 21021170NZ (HID)
21021270NZ (KB)
21021070NZ 21022570NZ 21020870NZ
Beam arm (4.05mm) 21021800NZ
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3 Track, bi-directional reader incorporating ASIC technology built into the head for the best proven performance.
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Robust Design

Small Footprint & Excellent environmental resistance
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Read Heads

Reads up to three tracks of data, is bi-directional and meets ANSI, ISO and AAMVA standards.


  • 3 Track Reader
  • Bi-directional read
  • ISO and AAMVA support
  • PCI Compliant
  • Multiple head mounting configurations
  • SPI interface for high speed transmission
  • Decode and interface electronics encapsulated inside the read head
  • Superior Read Performance
  • Increased noise immunity
  • Small Footprint & Excellent environmental resistance
  • Encrypted data option
  • Multiple Interfaces
  • MagneSafe security options to combat ID theft and card fraud

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IntelliHead - Specifications


Dimensions Length: 3.54 in (90 mm)
Height: 0.95 in (24.13 mm)
Width: 0.88 in (22.4 mm)
Card Speed 3 to 60 ips (7.62 – 152.4 cm/s)


Dimensions See Technical Manual
Life See Technical Manual


Operating -40 °C to +70 °C (-40 °F to +158 °F)
Storage -40 °C to +70 °C (-40 °F to +158 °F)
Operating 10% to 90% non-condensing
Storage 10% to 90% non-condensing
Operating 0-10,000 ft. (0-3048 m.)
Storage 0-50,000 ft. (0-15240 m.)
*Environmental 3V & 5V SHIFT-OUT  
Temperature -40 °C to +85 °C (-40 °F to +185 °F)