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Boon Edam and AnyVision Announce Strategic Partnership to Bring State-of-the-Art, AI-Powered Entrance Solutions to Customers Around the World

Edam, the Netherlands – June 11, 2020 – Boon Edam, a leading manufacturer of revolving doors and security entrance solutions announced today their new partnership with AnyVision, a global leader of AI computer vision software solutions, to advance their cutting-edge entrance solutions and entry experiences. The partnership integrates AnyVision’s Abraxas technology into Boon Edam security doors and speed gates, bringing advanced safety, security and seamless access capabilities to the entry experience. “At Boon Edam we understand that first impressions are everything, and customer and employee experience begins as soon as someone opens the door,” commented Jonas Oijevaar, Business Development Manager at Royal Boon Edam International. “Together with AnyVision, we are ensuring that experience is not only state-of-the-art, safe and trusted, but also effortless.” Both companies have several pilot projects underway and plans to showcase their joint solution across the world. The projects all showcase the unique benefits of these combined technologies simultaneous at work in ways never seen before. “AI has the potential to revolutionise every industry. AnyVision’s mission is to make AI accessible to the world, with the goal to make every device smart, redefining safety and security in the physical world,” stated AnyVision Chief Revenue Officer Ray Brancato. “This partnership with Boon Edam is one step closer to that reality. With our combined expertise, we are bringing next-generation experiences and faster, seamless access to buildings around the world.” About Boon Edam Boon Edam is leading the field when it comes to supplying top quality architectural revolving doors, high-security revolving doors and speed gates to customers across the world. We are a third generation, Dutch family business who pride ourselves on our knowledge and dedication to this specialised market. From the moment you talk to us about your entry vision, all the way through the decision-making process until after sales and service – you are in safe hands with us. Our promise is our commitment to making you feel welcome and secure, and our mission is to help you make a decision that adds value to you and your business. About AnyVision AnyVision is the world’s leading developer of AI computer vision software. Our cutting-edge recognition solutions are built to function on any sensor, with any resolution and are proven to operate in real-time and real-world scenarios. AnyVision brings together 20+ years of security field experience and academic research with the best and brightest minds in AI, deep learning and computer vision to create a safer and better tomorrow. For further information, please contact: BOON EDAM Michelle Wortel Global Marketing Manager T: +31 (0)299 38 08 00 E :michelle.wortel@boonedam.com ANYVISION Tara Dilzer AlexanderDirector, CommunicationsT: +1 718 916 6873E: tarad@anyvision.co

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Boon Edam USA Covid-19 Update: Protecting Staff with Continued Customer Service

By: Valerie Anderson & Patrick Nora Edam, the Netherlands, June 2020 – As reports of COVID-19 outbreaks continue to spread across the globe, Boon Edam USA, like other organisations, had to quickly adjust operations to protect the health and safety of staff while maintaining a high level of customer service. March 13th was a “D-Day” for Valerie Anderson, the Managing Director of Boon Edam Inc. and Patrick Nora, the Managing Director of the factory in Lillington, NC. Both executives had to make the call to keep operations running in a new way. As a company that provides revolving doors and security entrance solutions for essential businesses, together, they decided to: (1) enact teleworking policies for customer service staff and (2) take steps to provide a safe working environment for factory employees. Patrick explains, “Immediately, Valerie and I prepared an application for official “Essential Business” status from the state of North Carolina. We also reached out to vendors to ensure necessary parts could still be supplied to keep the factory running. So, when NC officials enacted a “stay-at-home” order on Friday, March 27th, we were positioned to continue operations without a hiccup.” Mastering the Virtual Environment to Connect with Customers Once it was decided that the customer service team would work remotely, management pushed to ensure their staff had the tools and accessibility resources necessary to perform their job duties from home. In a matter of 24-hours, at-home workstations were set-up and business continued with minimal interruption. Perhaps the most significant obstacle for a key subset of the customer service team was the cessation of travel. Valerie explains, “While executive management and regional and enterprise sales managers knew that travel had to come to a halt, they were concerned with how they would continue to connect with their customers. The team was accustomed to travelling on a regular basis to meet with customers face-to-face to conduct entry evaluations and better understand their needs at the entry. However, using virtual platforms for holding one-on-one meetings and educational webinars, our sales force is mastering this new way of connecting with clients.” Creating a Production Environment to Protect Our People While the customer service staff were able to continue working from home, the production team needed to continue to perform their jobs physically at the NC factory. Factory managers conducted research to build the ideal work environment to ensure the safety of all staff. Patrick described the new work atmosphere. “Employees received daily training and communication regarding proper handwashing techniques, the importance of social distancing, how to sanitise work areas at the end of each shift, and more. Focus was also placed on granting leniency and sympathy to the factory team as they faced personal impacts of the virus, such as lack of childcare and sick family members.” Grateful for a Nimble Team Both Valerie and Patrick continue to be grateful for the nimbleness of their teams during these uncertain times. Employees have taken on challenges with a positive attitude and shown flexibility and teamwork to get their jobs done. “People have moved around the facility and performed jobs they’ve never done before,” says Patrick. “We’ve implemented policies that, while necessary, have not been comfortable for anyone. The team has worked overtime to ensure on-time delivery to our customers was never threatened. I couldn’t be happier with their efforts.” Valerie echoes Patrick’s sentiments, seeing this crisis as an opportunity to learn and grow. “Often, the term crisis is associated with a negative event. However, I think when Boon Edam looks back at how we responded to the COVID-19 crisis; we will look at this “crisis” as a time when we got a moment to pause and truly appreciate the structures we had put in place to pivot and adapt to our new way of working while ensuring we did not impact our customer experience.” She continues, “Also, we will look at it as a time when we saw leadership being demonstrated throughout all levels of our organisation. There was no task too big or too small that our staff was not willing to support to ensure that we maintained business continuity, and for that, we are truly grateful.” For further information, please contact: Michelle Wortel Global Marketing Manager T: +31 (0)299 38 08 00 E :michelle.wortel@boonedam.com

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The Shortest Swing Barrier Gate: Boon Edam Launches the Speedlane Compact Security Speed Gate

Edam, The Netherlands – 02 June 2020 - Royal Boon Edam International B.V., a global leader in security entrances and architectural revolving doors, announced today that they have launched the latest addition to their medium security portfolio. The ‘No-Nonsense’ Swinging Security Speed Gate With the growing threat of workplace safety coming under increasing scrutiny, more and more organisations are turning to security entrances to increase both the safety and security of people and assets. The Speedlane Compact has been designed to provide all the fundamental functions needed in a security speed gate. Nothing more, nothing less. This is uncomplicated,  premium, advanced security – realised from a general industry need for a quality, straightforward security entrance solution. In addition, current developments surrounding the corona pandemic are causing companies to increasingly ask themselves who and when and why they may be inside a building or a specific space. Key Features Intuitive user guidance Tailgating, safety and object detection sensor sets, as standard Easy installation Generous interior space cabinet for flexible ACS integration Premium quality materials Smooth, swing motion glass barriers Short V-shaped cabinet with ergonomic design and small footprint Flexible lane configurations (including a wide lane for disabled access) Universally understood and proven display symbols Easy, Effective and Efficient Holding back on high-level features and options means that the Speedlane Compact is easy-to-use, easy-to-install, agile in the manufacturing process; and fast to arrive at the customer’s location. When it comes to integration, the product designers have focussed on ease and flexibility. The Speedlane Compact’s wide cabinets allow for integration with many types of technology, including access control such as biometrics and facial recognition. Third-party integration is simple and collaborative technology is even more accessible. Mark de Jong, Product Manager of the Security Products Portfolio at Boon Edam said, “The Speedlane Compact uses advanced algorithms to detect tailgating, piggybacking and other forms of misuse.”  He goes on to explain, “The sensors also detect objects – people carrying briefcases and trollies through the speed gate - they are recognised as such, and the product’s behaviour adapts accordingly. These same sensors also make the product 100% safe to use.” Trendy Premium Minimalist Design Ideal for Small Spaces The Speedlane Compact is fashioned to fit into small areas, making it ideal for high-value real estate properties. It does an effective job within a very small space – relieving security personnel and ensuring that only authorised people can enter the designated area. Its small footprint does not compromise in any way on design. “In terms of design, it looks great.” continues Mark “This is a consequence of the Boon Edam design philosophy of ‘premium minimalism’. We use strong lines to create a powerful, yet elegant statement and the tapered design helps it fit in any environment. The overall look is modern yet still warm and visually appealing.” More information, brochures and videos can be viewed here. For Further Information, please contact: Michelle WortelGlobal Marketing ManagerT +31 (0)299 38 08 00E michelle.wortel@boonedam.com

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