Boon Edam Inc., global manufacturer of security entrances and architectural revolving doors, is demonstrating significant growth and momentum in both their product offering and their business operations this year at ISC West (booth #8037). With the expansion of their Enterprise Customer Group, a range of new integrations, and the growing adoption of anti-tailgating and piggybacking entrance tech by Fortune 50 Global companies, the company is advancing its position as the market leader in the Americas in security entrance solutions. 

While we have held the lion’s share of the Americas market for security entrances since 2012, according to IHS Markit reports, we are moving ahead now on a number of business fronts,” said Mark Borto, President and CEO, Boon Edam, Inc.

Enterprise sales have become a major market for us as a result of our expanded focus on global standardisation and deployment. At the same time, we are integrating the most advanced technologies with the combination of biometrics and anti-piggybacking solutions, addressing some of the most pressing challenges for risk mitigation.

Products on display in Boon Edam’s booth will showcase ease-of-use, speed and accuracy via integrated biometric technologies that enable multi-factor authentication combined with piggybacking prevention. Show attendees can experience the Circlelock security portal, a turnkey mantrap solution offering the highest security available in an entrance. It’s newly launched cousin, the Circlelock Combi “half portal” saves both space and costs by transforming any fire-rated swinging door into a high-security mantrap entrance that prevents piggybacking. Boon Edam’s Tourlock 180+90, the industry’s best-selling security revolving door, delivers high, bi-directional throughput while preventing tailgating and piggybacking

Tourlock 180+90 security doors

Boon Edam’s Tourlock 180+90, the industry’s best-selling security revolving door, delivers high, bi-directional throughput while preventing tailgating and piggybacking. All of these solutions can operate without manned supervision as they incorporate Boon Edam’s proprietary StereoVision 2, which prevents piggybacking using near infrared and optical sensors to determine if someone is entering the door alone, ensuring a level of reliability. In addition, the super-slim Lifeline Speedlane Swing stylishly combines high throughput with high security via biometric identification.

Technology on display from Boon Edam this year enables remote access and control of security entrances. This includes BoonConnect software, which provides diagnostic and configuration tools for the Tourlock and Circlelock via smart device, and BoonTouch, enabling management of multiple Boon Edam security entrances through a desktop control panel.

BoonConnect access control software

An additional focus at ISC West this year is the expansion of Boon Edam’s Enterprise Customer Group. Originally launched in 2013 and now numbering at 11 employees, this sales and service team delivers exceptional entrance solution consulting, logistics planning and customer service to large national and global companies through every stage of the sales process. 

Our Enterprise Group of dedicated specialists is bringing an unprecedented level of consultative expertise to the world’s biggest organisations,” said Mr. Borto. “We have put significant support behind this initiative so that we are correctly positioned to provide the best possible entrance solutions for this fast-growing segment of business.

We provide consultative support in helping organisations determine the right mix of products for their needs"

Security entrances and perimeter protection

As recognition of risks and liabilities grows, it has also driven the need for users to focus on hardening entrances and perimeters. Some of the risks include active shooters, cyber-threats, workplace violence, protests in urban areas and more. Boon Edam has seen market growth for their ability to stop a range of threats including tailgating and piggybacking. Other factors driving the company’s growth include the ability of their security entrances to facilitate identity verification, along with integrations between lobby turnstiles, elevator dispatch and visitor management systems.

We’re now seeing more security entrances being deployed in the upper elevator lobbies in multi-tenant properties as well,” said Mr. Borto. “Every organisation has its own varied needs for identity verification and security at differing entrances, and we provide consultative support in helping them determine the right mix of products for their needs.” 

Turnstiles to prevent intrusion

Boon Edam is the official turnstile sponsor for ISC West and 2018 marks the 11th year that exhibitors and attendees will walk through Boon Edam turnstiles as they enter the exhibit halls, making the turnstiles a familiar site at the show.

This year, the company unveils 34 lanes of the sleek Speedlane Open, a new, barrier-free optical turnstile designed for deterring casual intrusion attempts.

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