News for the Hospitality Executive
Electronic Lock Leader Completes Agreement to Enable Smart Room Interoperability With Control4
MADISON HEIGHTS, MI – November 11, 2009 – Today, SAFLOK™ announces a collaboration with Control4®. As a leader in electronic locking systems and part of the Kaba Group, SAFLOK has integrated some of its best-selling Messenger™ technology on the Control4® Suite Systems for “smart rooms” at hotel properties.
“This integration will be a winning technology venture for SAFLOK, Control4, and most importantly the hotels,” says Kerry Hirschy, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Kaba Lodging Systems. “The integration between our two systems is proof of the smart room interoperability concept as a significant benefit to a hotel property.”
The SAFLOK lock essentially becomes part of an online virtual network that uses the ZigBee mesh to communicate with Control4 Suite Systems’ in-room controllers. With the SAFLOK software inside the Control4® hubs, properties will utilize one communications backbone and maximize the benefits of a single infrastructure. As the “gateway”, the lock maintains a key role in communicating access information to the in-room coordinators, which in turn determine how the in-room appliances such as lamps, thermostats, or the TV will respond. This leveraging of technology is expected to provide properties with an improved bottom line.
“There will be an amazing amount of personalized automation in the guestrooms for the utmost in luxury,” says Hirschy. “When the guest walks in, the room will come to life. When guests aren’t in the room, our system will help with energy management. Heating/cooling, lighting, TVs and other appliances can be turned off or down to greener settings when the room is unoccupied. Any customized settings will be remembered for return visits from this guest, too. Most important, all of this is seamless to the guest.”
“With Control4, our Messenger LENS takes on an expanded role – not just for security, not just for access control. Our system becomes a mechanism for interoperability and even greater integration,” explains Hirschy. “This alliance clearly differentiates us from other competitors – through our willingness to work with other vendors, share resources, and collaborate to exceed our customers’ expectations.”
SAFLOK Messenger™ is an online lock communication system that operates on the internationally accepted ZigBee Prostack protocol. The LENS component was introduced as part of this system earlier this year. LENS refers to Lock Event Notification System which is a subscriber-publisher program that routes and displays messages from the locks in real-time. The Control4 Suite System also uses ZigBee wireless technology for its reliable automation system. Hotel property management can operate from one to 10,000 properties – remotely – with this system.
A flagship installation of the SAFLOK and Control4 integration is currently under construction in Las Vegas. The MGM CityCenter Las Vegas is set to open in December 2009. Its 67 acres of luxury – and more than 4,000 guestrooms – tower over the Vegas Strip.
As the operating system for the connected home, Control4 brings home automation and control to the broad market. Control4 technology is at the heart of an expanding ecosystem of leading consumer electronics products designed to work together with ease. Control4 develops and delivers award-winning control software and hardware for virtually any room, home or building from anywhere at any time. Control4 is the affordable, easy to use, and easy to install solution for digital living. From essential energy management to effortless entertainment; from whole-home lighting control to comprehensive security systems, Control4 is the platform for managing all the pieces of today’s connected life. Control4, the Control4 logo and Everyday Easy are registered trademarks or trademarks of Control4 Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others. www.control4.com
SAFLOK has been a member of the Kaba group since 2006. As a market innovator, SAFLOK has nearly 30 years of experience designing, manufacturing, and distributing electronic locks and systems. Its solutions are installed globally in the hospitality, lodging, multihousing, and commercial markets. SAFLOK is committed to delivering best in class solutions that help properties achieve improved operations and reduced costs. www.saflok.com
About Kaba Holding AG
Kaba is a globally active, publicly traded security corporation. With its “Total Access” strategy, the Kaba Group is specialized in integrated solutions for security, organization, and convenience at building and information access points. Kaba is also the world market’s number-one provider of key blanks, key cutting and coding machines, transponder keys, and high-security locks. It is a leading provider of electronic access systems, locks, master key systems, hotel locking systems, security doors, and automatic doors. www.kaba.com
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