Luxembourg-based sensing specialist IEE has won the GSN Homeland Security Award for its Tailgate Detector, an innovative access control solution, based on 3D technology.

The award was issued by Government Security News (GSN), a leading US industry publication featuring content concerning physical, IT and homeland security. IEE’s Tailgate Detector won for Best Physical Security Authentication / Identification System, in the category vendors of physical security products and solutions. The award was commemorated at a banquet held on Monday, 8 November 2010 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington DC.

Typically mounted above secured access points, the Tailgate Detector is seamlessly integrated into existing infrastructure, providing an additional security layer to access control systems. The Tailgate Detector intercepts the signal emitted from an ID reader (badge system, RFID, biometrics), establishes whether a single individual is attempting entry and detects their direction of movement. In the event of dual or unauthorised entry, the Tailgate Detector triggers an alarm or blocks access points. With consistently high reliability, the Tailgate Detector offers an enhanced accuracy solution compared to laser or video-based products currently on the market and offers additional functionalities such as bi-directional people counting, occupancy monitoring and the detection of luggage left behind.

The Tailgate Detector comes in two product varieties: TDflex™ for tailgate detection at standard, swinging, sliding and virtual doors and optical or mechanical turnstiles; and TDtrap™, which monitors individual access to two-door access such as mantraps, airlocks and transfer gates.

This GSN Homeland Security Award is the second award the Tailgate Detector has won this year. This past October, TDflex was awarded the Security Innovation Award by the Security Essen show in Germany.