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Turnberry Resort’s Renovation includes Signature RFID
 by VingCard and SENTINEL II by Elsafe


Scotland’s Renowned Luxury Resort Selects Leading Hospitality Security
 Provider to Lock Up Renovated Lodge and Spa




DALLAS (February 15, 2010) – VingCard Elsafe, the leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, recently completed the installation of its Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks with NFC cell phone compatibility and SENTINEL II by Elsafe in-room safes at the Turnberry Resort in Turnberry, Scotland. The property, an 800 acre resort nestled on the Ayrshire coast, features the Ailsa course, which is currently the number 1 course in the UK & Ireland in Britain and has hosted four Open Championships since its opening in 1901. The resort features exclusive Lodges and more than 100 guestrooms in the main house which also features two restaurants, bar, tea lounge, spa, swimming pool, and a state-of-the-art Technogym Fitness Studio. With conference facilities, a pro shop and the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy, the Resort is the ideal destination for the experienced traveller as well as the avid golfer.
 
“Our property has been a world-renowned destination for years,” said Elio Abruzzo, IT manager at the Turnberry Resort. “And by hosting our fourth Open Championship this year, we have had an influx of guests. In order to meet the security needs of our guests, we had to operate at a more efficient level than ever before, which is why we chose a secure, reliable system like Signature RFID from VingCard in order to handle the increased activity.”
 
Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks offer highly reliable security features and provide unprecedented convenience and ease-of-operation for hoteliers and hotel guests alike. The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) locks allow for contactless guest room entry and are compatible with next-generation NFC cell phones.

“With Signature RFID by VingCard, our staff can operate more efficiently, not only increasing the productivity of our entire property, but the overall satisfaction of our guests,” said Abruzzo. “Based on the locks’ unique features, our staff can maintain total security around the property at all times, with features like the system’s 600-event audit trail and VingCard’s patented anti-cloning technology.”
 
Turnberry Resort is fully equipped to provide user-friendly and intuitive guest interaction, including NFC cell phone compatibility, while decreasing the overall workload of the resort’s management and staff. Signature RFID also provides unmatched adaptability and integration – with various designer handles and presentation options from key cards to wristbands – creating a sense of ease and exclusivity for hoteliers according to Christian Hénon, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Europe/Middle East/Africa.
 
“Turnberry Resort ultimately needed a powerful locking system that would blend with the luxurious and historic appeal of the property, while offering the maximum security,” said Hénon. “With Signature RFID, the property was able to choose the right mix of both design and security elements, pleasing guests and hoteliers alike.”

To complement Signature RFID electronic locks, Turnberry Resort selected state-of-the-art SENTINEL II by Elsafe UL-listed safes, which employ the latest locking technology, including anti-tamper labyrinths and solid-steel hinges to make it one of the most secure in-room safes in the world. With its industry-leading audit trail, spring-loaded door and Flash-RAM memory, the safe is perfect for protecting guests’ valuables, and the attractive, adaptable design makes it perfect for blending into any hotel environment, according to Hénon.
 
“The ability to integrate SENTINEL II safes into any hotel environment allows the hotel to make a statement while protecting its guests,” said Hénon. “By combining this design element with the strongest security available today, the Turnberry Resort can rely on a secure system that is extremely user-friendly.”
 
standards (Upon completing installation of Signature RFID, Turnberry Resort might choose to offer remote check-in to hotel guests with NFC-compatible cell phones, which would allow guests to skip the check-in line and instead use their NFC-enabled cell phones to unlock the guestroom door. Signature RFID is a secure open-platform system compatible with the three leading RFID ISOISO 14443A/MiFare, ISO 14443B, ISO 15693) and the new NFC transaction platform for cell phones.
 
An informational video highlighting the check-in process using Signature RFID/NFC can be found online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUHOOUBJr6s.
 
VingCard Elsafe 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 or www.elsafe.com
Info on Turnberry Resort can be found at www.turnberryresort.co.uk
 
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 Turnberry Resort
Located in Turnberry, Scotland, the 800-acre resort is a charming masterpiece on the coastal countryside. Home to Ailsa, one of the premiere courses in Britain, the property has hosted four Open Championships since its opening in 1901. The property features Fairway Cottages, a luxury lodge and spa, with two restaurants, a bar, swimming pool, pro shop and Technogym Fitness Studio. Ideal for outdoor activities, the property offers riding, biking, fishing, archery, falconry, shooting as well as power boat tours. For more information, visit www.turnberryresort.co.uk
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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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