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Now operating in more than 20,000 guestroom doors worldwide, global security leader unveils new patent-pending wireless RF-online solution for standalone electronic locks; System operates on the ZigBee™ high-security open platform and offers modular packages and straight forward upgrades from offline to RF-online locks.

DALLAS — MAY 18, 2009 — VingCard, a leading supplier of hospitality security solutions worldwide, has introduced VISIONLINE, a new wireless radio-frequency (RF) online electronic locking system, ideal for the most demanding properties. The RF-online solution gives hotels a more cost-effective way to streamline reliable two-way communications from individual electronic locks to a central VISIONLINE PC without the need to wire the locks.

“VISIONLINE by VingCard is more than just an electronic lock,” said Rune Venas, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, Inc. in North America. “It offers a complete new array of benefits for the entire hotel, such as enhanced guest services, improved front-desk operations, streamlined hotel operations, increased engineering and maintenance and superior security and control, etc. This solution offers something for everyone throughout the hotel enterprise, from guests to staff to managers and owners. We’re proud to add this affordable, next-generation technology to our family of security solutions.”

VISIONLINE is built on the reliable ZigBee Alliance high-security open platform which meets powerful IEEE 802.15.4 physical radio standards and operates worldwide at 2.4GHz. ZigBee is the only wireless, high-security, open standards-based technology that addresses the unique needs of remote monitoring and access-control network applications. The ZigBee Alliance is a global group of companies creating wireless solutions for use in home, commercial and industrial applications. 

“The beauty of the ZigBee platform comes from its ability to make wireless technology affordable,” Venas said. “Using low power-consumption solutions, it can run for years on inexpensive primary batteries.  And, with transmission distances from 10 to 100 meters, depending on the power output and a hotel’s architectural backbone, an RF-online solution limits the number of devices needed to communicate with electronic locks. Instead of using an infrared solution in which one device is needed per guestroom, an RF solution uses only one device to communicate with multiple guestrooms.”

“Value also comes from the system’s true two-way communications capability,” he added. “With an online solution, communication flows freely between each individual lock and the VISIONLINE PC. This saves hotels considerable man-hours, since individual locks don’t need to be manually interrogated to download the audit trail or reprogram the lock. All data retrieval and information updating can be done remotely from the main VISIONLINE PC, including canceling guest cards and master cards with a simple ’click‘ to the PC feature.”

Additional features/benefits of VISIONLINE include:

  • System remains fully operational offline should a network malfunction occur;
  • Revolutionary, affordable online technology;
  • Operates on high-security standardized protocols; 
  • Modular packages enable hotels to customize and select features that best adapt to specific needs. As more sophisticated technology is needed, additional modules can be added; and
  • Easy upgrade from existing standalone offline electronic locks.
“This makes upgrading from an offline solution simple and affordable,” Venas said. “This is just one more way in which VingCard is continually developing better technologies to support the growing needs of its customers.”

Venas said a patent is presently pending on the VISIONLINE solution.

“Hoteliers who previously thought they could not afford an online security solution need to preview VingCard RF-online,” he said. “As hotel technology continues to adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of its guests, VingCard gives its customers the added security of knowing the technology they put in place today will be able to support the solutions of tomorrow. RF-online by VingCard will better position today’s larger hotels to be more secure and more competitive.”

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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