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Signature RFID/NFC by VingCard® to be Showcased
in Guestroom 2010® at HITEC
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Contactless Door Lock Selected for Exclusive Display of Innovative Hotel Technologies
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DALLAS – June 11, 2008 – VingCard, a leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group, today announced that Signature RFID by VingCard, featuring Near Field Communications (NFC) cell phone compatibility, will be exhibited in Guestroom 2010 at HITEC 2008, June 17-19 in Austin, Texas.

“Being selected to take part in this widely renowned showcase is an honor and a testament to Signature RFID’s innovative use of cutting-edge locking technology,” said Marc Freundlich, president and CEO of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality North America. “Since its inception in 2006, Guestroom 2010 has been recognized as the hospitality industry’s go-to source for the latest and greatest products and services, and this year’s display will undoubtedly create even more buzz about the future of guestroom technology.”

Signature RFID/NFC was developed to answer hoteliers’ needs for a design-centric, operations friendly radio-frequency identification (RFID) contactless lock that is convenient for guests. The locks operate on an open-platform system compatible with the three leading RFID ISO standards (ISO 14443A/MIFARE, ISO 14443B, ISO 15693), and also the NFC secure transaction platform, which allows hotel guests to use NFC-enabled cell phones in lieu of keys or keycards. 

Hotels equipped with Signature RFID/NFC locks can offer remote check-in to guests with NFC-enabled cell phones. Prior to arrival at a hotel, guests receive a booking confirmation number, room number and encrypted room key access code through Short Message System (SMS), allowing them to skip the check-in line upon arrival and go straight to the room, where their cell phones will unlock the door. Guests use their cell phones again at the end of their stay to check out directly through the NFC-enabled TV in the room, or the NFC-enabled hotel kiosk.

In addition to its remote check-in and check-out capabilities, Signature RFID/NFC also employs the latest technology to offer a unique contactless design for more intuitive guest interaction. 

The 2008 version of Guestroom 2010, a model hotel room featuring the latest hotel technologies like Signature RFID/NFC, will be unveiled on June 17 during HITEC at the Austin Convention Center. For more information about the display, visit www.guestroom2010.org.  

Part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, VingCard is world leader in developing locking systems for the hospitality industry, offering user-friendly security systems that meet the unique operational needs of hotels and resorts. For more information, visit ASSA ABLOY Hospitality during HITEC at booth 1315, or visit www.vingcard.com.  

About ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc. North America
The world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has products installed in more than 35,000 properties worldwide, securing more than 6 million hotel rooms. The ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company, is a world leader in security and hospitality systems. The North American division of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality brings three security brands to hotels throughout the United States and Canada, including VingCard (www.vingcard.com) electronic locking system solutions, Elsafe (www.elsafe.com) UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series, and TimeLox (www.timelox.com) security solutions for gaming properties and other large resorts. 

About GUESTROOM 2010
GUESTROOM 2010's popularity includes world-wide attention, like invitations to exhibit and publications mentioning the room, prompting professionals in various industries to talk about new and upcoming technologies in the hospitality industry. The exhibit has been on display at HITEC, the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) & The Center Annual Meeting & Exposition. After many requests, HFTP created a portable presentation detailing the room's technologies that can easily travel to the global hospitality community. The portable presentation has been shown in North America, Europe and Asia.


 
Contact:

Karin Melrose for TimeLox
Tel: +1 (713) 831-6813
kmelrose@mbapr.com

Morgan Field for TimeLox
Tel: +1 (214) 521-8596
mfield@mbapr.com

Riise Walker
Marketing Supervisor
VingCard, Elsafe, TimeLox 
Tel: +1 (972) 692-3167
rwalker@vcegroup.com 
 

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