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Boon Edam’s Tourlock Security Door Reaches 40th Anniversary as Proven Tailgating Prevention Solution

Edam, The Netherlands July 31st, 2020 – Royal Boon Edam International B.V. is proud to announce the 40th anniversary of the launch of the company’s renowned Tourlock security revolving door. The demand for this reliable security entrance, first built in 1980, continues to grow as the risks to organisations due to unauthorised entry increase. Today, the Tourlock is used in thousands of facilities worldwide, including commercial campuses and government buildings due to its high level of throughput and ability to prevent unauthorised access without the need for manned supervision. In addition, the Tourlock has always been an automatic, “touchless” security solution requiring no contact from users during activation and operation, making it as relevant today as it was decades ago. Mitigating Tailgating by Design Tailgating is the most common way intruders can slip into a secure facility. The Tourlock, by design, prevents an unauthorised user from following an authorised user in the trailing compartment. This working principle removes the burden on people to “be impolite” by refusing to hold open a swing door for a stranger. An added feature of the Tourlock is that it stops rotating in the “plus position” during a tailgating attempt. This places a “wall” between the intruder and the secure area, and the intruder can only turn back and step out of the door, while the authorised user continues onward into the secure area without any interference. Preventing Piggybacking with Sophisticated Technology The Tourlock combines premium construction with the option to include the intelligence of a sophisticated, near-infrared detection technology housed in the ceiling, called StereoVision. StereoVision scans each compartment during rotation to verify that a user is alone before allowing them to enter a secure facility. If more than one person is detected, the door will stop rotating and alarm, then slowly rotate backwards, forcing both users to exit the door. The technology in StereoVision has been enhanced continuously over the decades and today can function reliably in a wide variety of lighting environments, including outdoor lighting. Its reliable performance over the years has proven to be an extremely reliable method of preventing piggybacking into a secure area without excessive false rejections. Add-Ons for Increased Security For added security, the Tourlock security door on a building envelope can be outfitted with Level 3 bullet-resistant glass, capable of stopping three .44 magnum bullets. Additionally, biometric identity verification devices can be attached to the end post or a pedestal to provide a highly secure and touchless authorisation method. The Tourlock is capable of integrating with virtually any access system on the market. Contactless Pathways Integrated into High Security Doors We consider the access control and biometric devices the "heart" of our security entrances. When it comes to providing a touchless entry, security entrances integrated with access control equipment effectively control entry to facilities. The Tourlock has evolved over the years to be compatible and used in conjunction with virtually any access control or biometric system. Our recent strategic partnership with AnyVision, combining AI-powered facial recognition software with security entrances, will soon be available on the Tourlock in addition to the Lifeline Speedlane Swing speed gate. We look forward to bringing advanced safety, security and seamless access capabilities to the entry experience, as the next step in this trustworthy entrance’s continued journey. For further information, please contact: Michelle Wortel Global Marketing Manager T: +31 (0)299 38 08 00 E

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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 ANYVISION Tara Dilzer AlexanderDirector, CommunicationsT: +1 718 916 6873E:

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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

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