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Tony Smith, Major Accounts and Marketing Manager, IDL reviews how the company’s products are meeting industry needs.

What makes IDL unique from its competitors?

Integrated Design Limited (IDL) has been leading the entrance control market for more than 37 years, manufacturing innovative and very reliable products within our Fastlane and Door Detective product ranges. 

We are designers and manufacturers, headquartered in West London, near Heathrow and serve a global market of distribution partners, integrators and installers. Our approach to great design – coupled with leading technology – continues to differentiate our entrance control products from those of our competitors.

It’s been our increasing focus to develop our own intellectual property and product offering, which has in turn, led to our Fastlane range being at the forefront of the entrance control market. 

If it makes our products better, smarter, more competitive and more successful, that’s what you will find us doing every day, no exceptions. It’s what we love and it’s what drives us to innovate.

Can you tell us more about the products IDL provides?

Following on from the introduction of our initial turnstile product in the early 90s, IDL has gone on to create a portfolio of over 40 products and introduced non-turnstile options including the Door Detective Plus. 

As technologies continue to evolve and the security landscape has changed to meet new and emerging threats, so have the products we create and develop.

Our Glassgate 150 continues to be one of our most popular models. Launched in 2011 in response to a requirement for a generic, elegant and highly functional Speedgate solution, it features sleek materials such as a stainless-steel enclosure, glass spine panel and glass pedestal height swing barriers. The Glassgate 150 was received with great success in markets worldwide and quickly positioned itself as our most popular entry level solution, which is where it firmly remains today.

Based upon the success of the Glassgate 150, the Glassgate155 was developed in response to customer requirements for the provision of up to 1200mm wide lanes to accommodate sports wheelchairs at leisure facilities. Both this and the Glassgate 400 Plus model provide new opportunities for security control for wider lanes, including tailgate detection and the optional sidegate detection, sounding an alarm should two people attempt unauthorised side by side entry through an entrance control system.

Our Door Detective Plus model operates seamlessly with both pedestrian access control and building management systems to provide a superior level of security and detection for internal doorways. The product is now in its third generation, using our patented design.

Have you recently completed any major installations that you could tell us about?

We’ve had our products installed in six continents and you’ll find Fastlane products in some of the world’s most iconic buildings. Recent completed installations have been in locations including Qatar, Romania, Uzbekistan and the US.

At the Ministry of Labour in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, our Glassgate 150 turnstiles were installed integrated with IDEMIA’s MorphoWave compact readers, which use touchless, 3D fingerprint technology to enable access with the simple wave of a hand. 

Our Glassgate 250s, integrated with a visitor management, access control and lift management system, have also been installed at a multi-tenant office complex owned by BNP Paribas in Central London. 

What does the next 12 months look like for IDL?

We have enjoyed being back on the security event circuit again and kicked off the year at Intersec where we showcased our new anti-climb detection system for the first time. This was followed in April at The Security Event and we attended IFSEC International in May too.

As many projects are starting up again following the pandemic, we have seen particular growth in the Middle East and our products are now heading to King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh for ARAMCO in the Eastern Province and a major energy supplier in Qatar.

For more information, visit: www.idl.co.uk

This article was originally published in the May edition of ISJ. To read your FREE digital copy, click here

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