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Le Méridien Qingdao Taps VingCard®
 for Security and Design


China’s Newest Starwood Property Combines VISION and Signature by VingCard
 to Provide Guests with the Ultimate in Guestroom Security




DALLAS (February 9, 2010) – VingCard Elsafe, the leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group, has completed the installation of its VISION by VingCard system, a flexible hotel lock system with intuitive touchscreen technology, and Signature by VingCard electronic door locks, at the new Le Méridien Qingdao in Qingdao, China. Located in the new CBD of Qingdao, the luxury property features 348 guest rooms, three restaurants, a Lobby Lounge, spa, Fitness Centre, indoor pool and 2,000 square meters of meeting space. Based on the size and prestige of the development, the property required the protection and operational support of a world-class security provider like VingCard. 
 
“Our property is ideally located in the Qingdao Wanda Plaza in the center of the Shei Bei District, with a breathtaking view of Jiaozhou Bay, attracting both the business and leisure travelers,” said Shen Feng, Deputy general of Wanda Hotel Investment & Development Co. Ltd. “With this high demand, our hotel has a greater need for security and efficiency. By choosing VISION by VingCard, we can streamline our property to make it run more efficiently by integrating our front-desk system to our current PMS workstations and server.”
 
VISION by VingCard offers a cost-effective solution for properties like Le Méridien to control access to every door on their property. Unlike traditional systems, VISION by VingCard uses intuitive touchscreen technology and menu-driven software for user-friendly operation. The system allows properties to integrate into their current PMS (Property Management System) or any other Windows®-based workstation and use Plug-and-Play™ connectivity for quick and easy installation. By providing these functions, Le Méridien Qingdao can expect to increase the overall productivity of hotel operations and the overall security.
 
“Now that we are up and running on the portable Windows pocket PC LockLink™, our staff can easily view the last 100 locking events directly from the guestroom door,” said Shen Feng. “The new system keeps us constantly up-to-date on everything that is going on at our hotel, providing a sense of security for guests and hoteliers alike.”
 
To complement the VISION by VingCard system, Le Méridien Qingdao also chose Signature by VingCard. Designed for the most sophisticated hotels around the world, Signature by VingCard features a 600 event audit trail, re-programmable FLASH RAM lock memory and both magnetic stripe and combo reader options. Additionally, the lock maximizes convenience for hoteliers and provides user-friendly guest interaction. Signature by VingCard also features upgradeable technology and flexible configurations, including an optional mechanical override cylinder and a special high-resistant polymer battery cover.
 
“With the combination of VISION and Signature by VingCard, Le Méridien Qingdao can rely on a secure system that is extremely user-friendly,” said Tommy Leung, Managing Director ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Greater China. “The system’s unique features will provide unsurpassed security for the property, while the adaptability will allow the property cost-effective options for future upgrades.”
 
In addition to being secure and reliable, Signature by VingCard features minimal door hardware with only the bezel for card insertion and the designer handle visible on the outside of the guestroom door. It is available in any one of VingCard’s nine different finishes, including two alternative bezel styles -- Signature Trend for contemporary designs and Signature Décor for more traditional styles. Additionally, several designers’ collection door handles allow architects and designers to create an aesthetically pleasing environment for hotel guests. 
 
“Properties today are choosing security based on design and the ability of the locks to blend into the property’s environment,” said Leung. “We developed Signature by VingCard with the architects and designers in mind, allowing hoteliers to maintain a property’s atmosphere from the lobby all the way to the guestroom doors. The simplistic yet stylish design of these Signature electronic door locks allows hoteliers to create an impressive and lasting first impression on guests.”
 
VingCard is a 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. 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 Le Méridien Qingdao
Located in the capital city of the Shandong Province, Le Méridien Qingdao is a property of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. The 348-room property features three restaurants, Lobby Lounge, spa, Fitness Centre, indoor pool and 2,000 square meters of meeting space. Located in the Qingda Wanda Plaza, which features offices, residences and shopping, the property is an ideal destination for travelers. More information can be found online at www.lemeridien.com/qingdao
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Contact:

Morgan Field for VingCard
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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