The Luxembourg-based sensing specialist IEE has won the Security Innovation Award for its Tailgate Detector, an innovative access control solution based on 3D technology at the Security Essen World Forum for Security and Fire Prevention.

The award was commemorated at the presentation ceremony held on the evening prior to the fair on Monday, 4 October 2010 at the Messe Essen. Applications were assessed by an independent jury of experts from the security industry. Over 90 exhibitors applied for this year’s award, which was segmented into three categories: technologies and products, services and marketing and fire prevention. Applicants in each category competed for the highest recognition in a three-tier ranking of bronze, silver and gold.

IEE’s Tailgate Detector won first place in gold in the technologies and products category, fulfilling the award criteria of innovation, user benefit, cost-effectiveness and reliability.

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 functions such as people-counting, occupancy monitoring and the the detection of luggage left behind.

The Tailgate Detector comes in two product varieties: the TDflex™ for tailgate detection at standard, swinging, sliding and virtual doors and optical or mechanical turnstiles; and the TDtrap&#8482, which monitors individual access to two-door access points such as mantraps, airlocks and transfer gates.