Ceramic read heads are magnetic card readers that boast a longer lifespan than standard alloy readers. Your access control system will have some kind of badge access. If you elect to implement cards with magnetic strips as your type of badge, you will also need to install read heads at every access point throughout your space. Because of the sheer amount of equipment involved, it’s worth at least considering ceramic readers, which will require less replacement and upkeep down the line.
Read heads are the part of card readers that physically interact with magnetic stripe access cards. Just like when you use your credit card, the people in your facility will swipe their badges to access any area that is restricted or protected. When any of these readers goes down, access becomes more difficult. Because of their longevity, many facilities opt for ceramic read heads over alloy ones as a way to avoid more work in the future.