Twelve products had been carefully shortlisted as finalists on the basis of both technological innovation and customer orientation. These products were then considered and assessed by the Detektor International editorial panel of judges, resulting in the Best Product awards being finally presented to Axis, Xtralis and Arecont Vision. 

The Detektor International Award, now in its 15th year, still stands by its original values as it was introduced to reward manufacturers for outstanding commitment to technological innovation and their valuable contribution to the continual advancement of the security industry. The Detektor International Award is an independent prize and as such companies cannot nominate their own products. Instead, the nominations are proposed by the editorial board of Detektor. This unique selection criteria is certainly a contributing factor towards making these awards some of the most prestigious awards in the global security market. 

The jury consists of nine members from three continents: Europe, Asia and America. The criteria for a product to be nominated for a Detektor International Award encompasses not only the technical solution but also the ease of use, the cost and the over all presentation of the product, which actually could equally as well be a service. The three product categories for the awards are Access Control, Alarm and Detection, and CCTV. 

The overall winner in each category receives the Best Product award, the second place winner receives the Highly Commended Product award, the runners up each receive a certificate for Innovative Achievement.