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Martin's HQ Installs Boon Edam RFID-enabled Revolving Door
The Tourlock door that Martin's is using leverages HID Global's RFID technology for access control. It also includes Boon Edam's StereoVision 2. StereoVision 2 is a piggybacking-detection system for the Tourlock 180+90 that is able to recognize shapes, size and volume in three dimensions, the company reports, using time of flight technology and a combination of near-infrared and optical sensors. By analyzing these data points, Boon Edam explains, the system determines the number of people attempting to enter a single compartment on one authorization and stops the door if a violation occurs.
The Tourlock 180+90 door works in conjunction with BoonConnect, an IP-addressable, proprietary software system that provides diagnostic and configuration tools for technicians and facility managers, according to Boon Edam. Users can access door operations and events using such devices as a tablet, laptop or smartphone, via a secured corporate network.
Now, Boon Edam says, for the first time in nearly 30 years, all of Martin's administrative departments, comprising more than 80 employees, are located in one building—a new corporate headquarters recently built adjacent to the company's current bakery. This recent expansion is the eighth time that the firm has expanded its facility. The Phase 8 building project includes a new 43,000-square-foot corporate office, approximately 145,000 square feet of warehouse space, air conditioning in the new warehouse and bakery, and major site work creating new entrances and truck traffic flow on campus.
An essential component of the newly constructed building is the walking bridge connecting the corporate offices to the bakery, according to Boon Edam. All employees now enter the bakery through the administration building using the new Boon Edam revolving door. This is a security and safety improvement, meeting regulatory requirements to which food production companies like Martin's must strictly adhere. A Boon Edam Tourlock revolving door was chosen for the building's primary entrance, the company explains, because it is secure using radio frequency identification and can reject tailgating attempts.
"Keeping food safety and general manufacturing processes in mind, we want to know who is on the bakery floor; security is part of the policy and something that is always top-of-mind," said Kevin Franzoni, Martin's facility manager, in a prepared statement. "We liked the Boon Edam door because the company specializes in these type of doors, and it requires RFID access to enter."
The new building opened in July 2015, and the entrance was installed at that time. The human resources department provided training and orientation for employees regarding door operation.
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