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 from VingCard Elsafe®

One of Venezuela’s Newest Properties Chooses Leading Hospitality Security Provider
 to Install VISION, Signature RFID and Infinity II




Dallas (February 22, 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 locking system with intuitive touch screen technology, Signature RFID by VingCard contactless electronic door locks and Infinity II by Elsafe electronic in-room safes at the new Venezuela Marriott Hotel Playa Grande in Catia la Mar. The 206-room property is located just minutes from the Simon Bolivar International Airport and is in close proximity to both downtown Caracas and the beach.  The ocean-front  property features an on-site fitness center, sport court, three restaurants, a full-service business center and 10,785 square feet of meeting space and  offers access to four nearby golf courses as well as access to bowling, jogging, sailing, snorkeling, surfing, tennis and a nature-preserve trail, making the property an ideal destination for travelers with a myriad of interests.  

“The property was designed to offer easy access from the airport to travelers that are staying anywhere from one night to an extended period of time,” said Roberta Ferrari, owner of the Venezuela Marriott Hotel Playa Grande. “We are able to offer a great location, spectacular views and various activities to all guests, which is appealing to travelers. Our ability to offer these conveniences to all travelers also creates a need for high security and efficiency. By choosing the VISION system our property can operate 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 Marriott Hotel Playa Grande 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. Additionally, with the portable Windows pocket PC LockLink™, the staff can easily view the last 600 locking events directly from the guestroom door, keeping staff constantly up-to-date on procedures at the property.

To complement the VISION system, the Marriott Hotel Playa Grande also chose Signature RFID by VingCard electronic locks, which employ the latest locking technology to offer a unique contactless design for user-friendly, intuitive guest interaction paired with unsurpassed security, including anti-cloning technology that provides extra protection against keycard cloning. Additionally, the property can adapt Signature RFID to its users’ needs, employing options from contactless keycards to wristbands to key fobs, and even cutting-edge Near Field Communication (NFC) cell phones to bring a unique experience to each individual that uses the locks, according to Rune Venas, President of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Americas.

“The adaptability of Signature RFID allows any hotel properties worldwide to provide the ultimate security in a way that best fits an individual hotel’s environment,” said Venas. “By combining this design value with the efficiency of the VISION system, the Marriott Hotel Playa Grande can expect to please guests and hoteliers alike.”

Upon completing installation of Signature RFID, the property 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 ISO standards (ISO 14443A/MiFare, ISO 14443B, ISO 15693) and the new NFC transaction platform for cell phones.

In addition to these two security solutions, the property has chosen to install Infinity II by Elsafe electronic in-room safes.  Featuring exclusive anti-tamper and anti-cloning technology, which can track and identify whether an individual is attempting to open the safe without authorization, the safe was designed to work in tandem with Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks from VingCard. Infinity II safes can only be opened with designated RFID guest keycards, wristbands, key fobs or NFC cell phones, and were designed to mirror the sleek look of today’s most popular consumer electronics with design options including a high-gloss, pure black finish, white finish or high-gloss gold finish..

The Infinity II series also features a hook-style interlocking mechanism; an anti-tamper labyrinth to prevent reaching the electronics; a solid piece, cold-pressed curved steel door to provide additional strength; and extended solid hinges permanently arc-welded to the door. These four unique features make it incomparably secure and one of the only UL-listed safe series on the market.

“Properties today are choosing security based on various factors, including efficiency, reliability, design and many other elements,” said Venas. “With the installation of our VISION system, Signature RFID locks and Infinity II safes, the Marriott Hotel Playa Grande can rest assured they are offering the ultimate combination of security and design elements to ultimately protect their property and leave a lasting impression on guests.”

VingCard Elsafe is the world leader in developing locking systems and electronic in-room safes 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 and www.elsafe.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 Venezuela Marriott Hotel Playa Grande
The Venezuela Marriott Hotel Playa Grande is located minutes from the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas, Venezuela. Situated near downtown, the 206-room property features spectacular ocean views, and includes an onsite fitness center, sport court and 10,785 square feet of meeting space as well as opportunities for nearby golfing, bowling, jogging, sailing, snorkeling, surfing and tennis. With a spectacular restaurant, poolside deli and Tapas Bar and Grill, the property has something for every traveler. For more information, visit www.marriott.com.
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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
 
Susie Lomelino for VingCard
Tel: +1 (214) 521-8596
slomelino@mbapr.com 

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