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NEW Signature by VingCard Door Locks Selected
by Kauai Beach Hotel and Resort
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To compliment its $13 million ongoing renovation, the beautiful Hawaiian Island retreat
dons its new Balinese-style louver guestroom doors with hospitality’s newest
design-centric electronic lock by VingCard Elsafe
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DALLAS — MAY 11, 2006 — The Kauai Beach Hotel and Resort, located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, has selected the new, design-centric Signature by VingCard electronic-locking solution as part of its ongoing $13 million renovation. The design-centric locks, which feature minimal hardware on the guestroom door in order to blend in with the hotel’s environment, will adorn new Balinese-style louver doors chosen to enhance guestroom corridors.  Signature is expected to be installed next month on all 350 guestroom and suite doors across four buildings, with the guestroom upgrade project expected to be  completed by mid-July.

“We’ve had a very successful relationship with VingCard over the years, currently using the VingCard Classic electronic lock,” said Rob Gunthner, Kauai Beach Hotel and Resort general manager. “When we were presented the new Signature-style lock, we immediately chose it for our new doors going forward. We are installing 200-pound louvers and we wanted something very different in style that would not take away from the beautiful entrance to our guestrooms.”

Gunthner said the renovation project (which features new travertine marble in guest room bathrooms, new guestroom corridors, building exteriors, meeting space, pool area and landscaping) has exceeded all expectations, and the attention to detail was most important throughout the project. Honolulu-based architect, design, planning and consulting group Wimberley Alison Tong and Goo created a plantation-style experience at the property, which is indigenous to the island of Kauai, he said.

“In keeping with our new look--a very residential feel to our guestroom product--we wanted smaller and less obvious hardware on our doors,” Gunthner said. “The Signature lock blends right in with the corridor, because all that is visible on the door is a winged-handle lever and a separate, small, attractive card reader. VingCard has always been the right security partner for us, and Signature is the right product to compliment to our new design.”
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(Above) New guestroom design




(Left) Balinese-style louver doors

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Ken Brown, VingCard Elsafe Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, said Signature was designed with projects such as the Kauai Beach Hotel & Resort renovation in mind. Based on industry research among architects, designers, security experts and hoteliers, it was determined that a more aesthetically pleasing electronic-lock needed to be designed because the door is the first impression a guest has of the room. Therefore, Brown said, VingCard Elsafe determined that a new electronic lock needed to be designed that featured minimal hardware on the outside of the door to respect corridor design.

“At VingCard Elsafe we really listen to our customers’ needs and conduct extensive research on what the market demands in order to continually develop new products and services to provide the ultimate in hospitality security solutions,” Brown said. “What we found was that boutique, luxury and high-end hotels and resorts want every element of the hotel – from interior design to technology/hardware design – to be visually appealing to each and every user.  This is especially important to designers such as Wimberly Allison Tong and Goo when conceptualizing the design for the Kauai Beach property. 

“The Kauai Beach Hotel and Resort’s decision to approve the Signature series lock, substantiates our research. More specifically, it gives architects and designers the style elements they require coupled with proven VingCard security technology they have come to expect,” he said. “Watching a project like this come to fruition is rewarding, and we are eager to see this beautiful new lock blend into their new, stylish design. Once installed, Signature will give the Kauai Beach Hotel and Resort the capacity to stand out from its competition by offering something unique – a true differentiator – like a ‘signature’ should.” 

About VingCard Elsafe
The world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality 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 only 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. The ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group is dedicated to the hospitality industry. For more information on VingCard Elsafe, visit www.vingcard.com or www.elsafe.com.
 
About The Kauai Beach Hotel and Resort
The Kauai Beach Hotel and Resort is a luxury oceanfront facility situated on 25 lushly landscaped acres of Kauai's longest exploring and strolling beach. Surrounded by exotic lagoons, cascading waterfalls and lush tropical setting, this Kauai Beach resort offers a central, convenient location close to the airport, shopping and championship golf, and all of Kauai’s great activities & adventures. For more information, visit www.kauaibeachhotelandresort.com.


 
Contact:

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

Riise Walker 
Marketing Supervisor
VingCard Elsafe
Tel:  (972) 692-3167
rwalker@vcegroup.com
 

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Also See: Rezidor SAS Names VingCard Elsafe a Preferred Security Partner for Providing Electronic Locks and In-Room Safes / April 2006
Casinos, Resorts, Timeshares and Condo Hotels Tap TimeLox for Online Security / March 2006
ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, Inc. Strengthens Global Security Positioning With Marc Freundlich Leading the Way / February 2006
Signature by VingCard Offers Attractive Security Options, Hoteliers Say; California-based Tarsadia Hotels is first to ‘design their security’ with new Signature Series electronic-locking solution / December 2005
VingCard ‘Signature’ and Elsafe Chosen Preferred Security Solutions for Courtyard by Marriott in Europe / December 2005
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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