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Updating a Classic: VingCard Introduces RFID
 Compatibility for its Classic Lock


The Industry’s Leading Provider of RFID Locking Solutions, Including Signature RFID Locks,
Now Offers Thousands of Properties Worldwide the Benefits of Contactless RFID Technology


DALLAS – May 14, 2009 – VingCard®, a leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group, is introducing a new, contactless RFID version of its widespread, iconic electronic locking solution, Classic by VingCard, for its customers currently operating magnetic-stripe guestroom door locks. Based on the resounding success of the brand’s first RFID locking solution, Signature RFID by VingCard, the new Classic RFID system will allow thousands of hotels and resorts across the globe to easily and cost-effectively upgrade their current locks to employ contactless technology as well as Near Field Communication (NFC) cell phone compatibility. Additionally, Classic RFID provides an ideal solution for properties undergoing renovations and upgrades, but not replacing guestroom doors or door hardware.

Our customers across the globe have expressed a growing interest in the unique security benefits of an RFID/NFC-compatible electronic locking solution,” said Rune Venas, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, Inc. in North America. “As hoteliers become more and more conscious of their guests’ security needs, they consistently look to VingCard to provide the most reliable, advanced and flexible RFID security available. Now, with the introduction of Classic RFID, an even larger number of hotels and resorts can seamlessly upgrade to contactless technology without having to completely replace their existing electronic door locks.”

Classic RFID employs cutting-edge technology to offer a unique contactless design for user-friendly, intuitive guest interaction and unsurpassed security to hotels. The system utilizes VingCard’s exclusive anti-cloning technology for all guests and staff cards, making it virtually impossible for keycards to be cloned and used.

Additionally, installation of Classic RFID is efficient and cost-effective for existing VingCard customers because it is not necessary to replace their current locks entirely; instead, only the end cap and card reader needs to be changed. The three-step upgrade requires hoteliers to 1) remove the outside Classic by VingCard escutcheon, 2) replace the end-cap with the new Classic RFID by VingCard module, and 3) enjoy the benefits of contactless RFID.

“In just a few simple steps, hotels can be up and running on Classic RFID,” Venas said. “This allows them to enjoy the benefits of upgrading to RFID technology without any downtime or unnecessary cost.”

By installing Classic RFID, the locks will be ready to offer the option of remote check-in/check-out to guests with NFC-compatible cell phones, allowing them to skip the check-in line upon arrival and go straight to the room, where their NFC cell phone will unlock the door. 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.

Classic RFID is a secure open-platform system compatible with the three leading RFID ISO standards (ISO 14443A/MiFare, ISO 14443B, ISO 15693) and also the Near Field Communication (NFC) transaction platform for cell phones, therefore eliminating the guesswork for hoteliers in choosing the right technology standard.

The introduction of Classic RFID by VingCard follows the worldwide success of Signature RFID by VingCard, which was introduced in 2006 and is now installed on thousands of hotel guestrooms throughout the European, Asian and North American markets. Additionally, Signature RFID was named “Best NFC Service of the Year 2008” by the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association dedicated to advancing the use of NFC technology.

Part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, VingCard is the 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 www.vingcard.com

About ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, Inc.
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. To use SMS and NFC functionality for remote check-in and check-out, the hotel needs a web-based reservation system which is not provided by ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. Elsafe (www.elsafe.com) UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series, and TimeLox (www.timelox.com) security solutions for gaming properties and other large resorts.
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Contact:

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

Susan Lomelino for VingCard
Tel: +1 (214) 521-8596
slomelino@mbapr.com 

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