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 VingCard ‘Signature’ and Elsafe Chosen Preferred Security
Solutions for Courtyard by Marriott in Europe
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As part of its redesign and expansion into Europe, the Marriott brand selects the
NEW design-centric electronic lock from VingCard, and the UL-listed in-room
safe with optional internal power outlet from Elsafe
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NORWAY – DECEMBER 6, 2005 —VingCard Elsafe has been chosen by Marriott International to provide its NEW Signature by VingCard electronic-locking system and Elsafe in-room safes for its expanding Courtyard by Marriott brand throughout Europe. Courtyard by Marriott currently includes more than 668 hotels around the globe. 
 
Courtyard stands as Marriott’s most widely distributed brand and ranks as one of the largest lodging brands in the world, with hotels located in Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Australia, North America, and Latin America. The mid-tier lodging leader is widely recognized for providing quality accommodations, friendly service, and carefully selected features and amenities to guests worldwide.
 
“Based on years of proven reliability and service with the VingCard Elsafe group and its security products and services, we have selected VingCard Elsafe to provide our Courtyard hotels with the most sophisticated security solutions available,” said Stephane Masson, VP of international procurement for Marriott. “As we expand the Courtyard by Marriott brand in Europe, both Signature by VingCard and Elsafe in-room safes provide us with the best-of breed technology and the highest level of security available today.”
 
Redefining a Brand, Redesigning Security

Masson said the Courtyard by Marriott brand in Europe recently launched a major redesign effort for its lobby and guestroom areas in order to deliver on the future needs of its core customer, the business traveler. Likewise VingCard redesigned the look of its electronic door locks so that the door hardware blends into the hotel environment and door handles mirror the hotel’s decor. Both designs are hailed as being open, functional, and appealing.

“Courtyard selectively pursues strategic and differentiating improvements to preserve and expand its marketplace leadership position,” Masson said. “As one of the leading hotel brands in the world, continuity among our guest-service standards is top of mind, and that includes security. Our goal is to provide our guests with the comfort, convenience, and security of home. The design flexibility of the Signature by VingCard electronic lock provides the security required in an aesthetically pleasing product, which is perfect for the new design concepts.” 
 
Pascal Metivier, President of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, said that both the Signature electronic lock and the Elsafe in-room safes provide the highest levels of safety, security, satisfaction and convenience for Courtyard by Marriott guests while enhancing and protecting asset value for owners.
 
“Courtyard by Marriott chose Signature by VingCard because it’s aesthetically pleasing, intuitively functional and extremely secure,” Metivier said. “It offers minimal outside hardware, a large choice of designer handles, upgradeable technology, multiple design options, and flexible configurations.”
 
With the Signature by VingCard electronic lock, only the bezel for card insertion and the designer handle are visible on the outside of the guestroom door, he said. This minimal approach improves the look of the hallway and the guests’ first impressions. The Signature by VingCard series lock integrates effectively with every design style, giving the corridor a seamless appearance.
 
“Elsafe in-room safes were selected by Courtyard because they are the first in-room safes on the hospitality market that have achieved the prestigious Underwriters Laboratories’ certification for safety,” Metivier said. “Our in-room safes not only give hoteliers the added assurance that their guests’ valuables are receiving the maximum level of protection possible, but it also protect a property’s valuable reputation while keeping it protected from liability claims.”

In order to achieve the UL-listing, Elsafe in-room safes had to endure rigorous testing procedures. In the physical break-in test, a team of experienced testers were given free reign with a selection of tools to try and physically compromise the safe within a set period of time. The endurance test consisted of more than 6,000 openings and closings, as well as 50 battery changes. With an average battery life of more than 2 years, this represents approximately 100 years of normal hotel use. In the dramatic jarring demonstration, the safes were actually hit with a steel ball to see if the physical structure and electronic components could withstand such excessive force.

“Elsafe in-room safe offers our Courtyard hotels the highest security, the most advanced features and the most reliable service in the industry,” Masson said. “Not only did Elsafe provide us with a practical selection of operational features, such as an optional outlet located inside the safe so that our guests can charge their electronics, such as laptops and camcorders, but they  provide us with revolutionary physical security that rivals anything in the hospitality market.”
 
Metivier said VingCard Elsafe is proud to continue and expand its relationship with Marriott, saying: “The level of quality that Marriott provides its guests is exceptional, and we are pleased to be able to provide a level of security and design to match.”
 
About Marriott International, Inc.
 
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE:MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,600 lodging properties in the United States and 65 other countries and territories.  Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, Renaissance, Bulgari, The Ritz-Carlton, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites, and Fairfield Inn brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club International, Horizons, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Marriott Grand Residence Club brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers.  Marriott is also in the synthetic fuel business.  The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C.  It is ranked as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best places to work for by Fortune® magazine.  In fiscal year 2004, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $10 billion, and the company had approximately 133,000 employees at year-end 2004.  For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com.
 
 
About VingCard Elsafe
 
The world leader in hotel security technology, VingCard Elsafe, has products installed in more than 33,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 5.5 million hotel rooms. The ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company, is a world leader in security and hospitality systems. VingCard provides numerous electronic locking system solutions, including traditional magnetic-stripe and smartcard systems, fully integrated PMS interface software solutions and worldwide service and support. Elsafe provides the first UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series on the market today in keypad and card-based models. Safes that include an internal power outlet to support recharging of laptops and camcorders also are available with a UL listing. Elsafe customers also enjoy the same worldwide service and support. VingCard Elsafe is dedicated to the hospitality. For more information on VingCard Elsafe, visit www.vingcard.com or www.elsafe.com. VingCard Elsafe is a part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, the leading lock company.


 
Contact:

Hege Breivik Bjørsagård
Marketing Manager
VingCard Elsafe HQ
Tel: 00 47 69 24 50 44
hbbjorsagard@vcegroup.com

Barb Worcester
President/Principal
PRPRO
Tel: (440) 930-5770
barbw@prproconsulting.com
 

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Also See: VingCard Elsafe Providing Emergency Support to Hotels Hit By Hurricanes Katrina and Rita / September 2005
Pascal Metivier Appointed President of Assa Abloy Hospitality for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America / June 2005
Elsafe Providing a ‘Safe’ Environment for Business Travelers and HSIA Users / June 2005
When Security Counts . . . Count On VingCard to Upgrade Your Electronic-Locking System / June 2005
Elsafe Selected by Accor as its Sole Approved Provider of In-Room Safes / April 2005
Elsafe Asks: Are Your In-Room Safes REALLY Safe? / November 2004
Ken Brown Joins VingCard Elsafe As SVP Marketing and Sales, North America / November 2004
Four Cornerstones Ensure Sound Principles and Fair Business Practices For ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Brands (Elsafe, Timelox, VingCard and INHOVA) / May 2003
Elsafe Renews Global Agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Supply In-Room Safes / March 2003
Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan Upgrades to VingCard Locking System to Enhance Guest Security and Convenience / March 2003
Elsafe Selected to Provide In-room Safes to Accor Hotels Worldwide / Dec 2002


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