Port Elizabeth-based ID Control has won this year's Department of Trade and Industry national technology award under its Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII).
Of 106 entrants vying for the award, 40 were shortlisted, with the 10 finalist's companies inspected on site by a judging panel.
ID Control won the award for their invention of a patented anti-hostage door, specifically developed for the banking industry three years ago.
Farouk Mangera, SPII programme director, says: “ID Control won as a start up company that completed the innovative project within budget, deadline, creating jobs and commercialising the product locally and internationally within a very short space of time.”
The banking industry's response to the anti-hostage door has been good with ABSA having approved it.
Peter Booth-Jones, ID Control manager, confirms: “Five devices have already been fitted at ABSA branches across South Africa. Standard Bank and FNB are busy conducting an evaluation of this product. All indications are that the door is going to be well received.”
Mariette Barends, group security head at ABSA/Barclays Bank, rates ID Control's expertise highly. “ID Control provides protection to our personnel and cash with its elegant solutions and we look forward to partnering with ID Control in further developments.”
A rotating booth facilitates strict access of people and assets into and out of a high security area under controlled conditions.
Patrick Booth-Jones explains: “The door makes it impossible for anyone other than staff to access the cash stores of a bank as it requires fingerprint access and will not allow a person to use another's fingerprints to gain access.”
The steel construction has been designed to withstand physical attack with assembly and manufacture of the components accredited with ISO 9001/2000 quality management systems and is fire certified.