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Hotel Okura Selects Signature RFID by VingCard® to Preserve
 Its History and Secure Its Future


Amsterdam Property Chooses Leading Hospitality Security Provider
 for the Ultimate Security in Its Newly Renovated Property


DALLAS (March 29, 2010) – VingCard, a leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group, recently completed the installation of its Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks with NFC cell phone compatibility at Hotel Okura Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The 301-room property boasts of an executive health club with a gym, swimming pool, massages and Turkish steam rooms as well as a shopping arcade directly below the property. The executive business center can accommodate up to 1500 persons and the hotel also features four international restaurants, two bars and “Taste of Okura,” a culinary center where guests can learn to cook their own food. Located in the heart of the city, on the Amstel Canal, the property is close to the financial, cultural and entertainment districts of Amsterdam and is an ideal destination for the business or leisure traveler.
 
 

“As one of Europe’s largest historical cities, Amsterdam draws a large, diverse group of people,” said Niek Hammer, rooms director at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam. “Our property is able to offer the most updated amenities, while still offering the charming appeal of a hotel rich with the city’s history. Our property needed a locking solution with the strength and efficiency to keep up with the demands of the today’s hotel guests, and the adaptability to fit into any hotel environment.”

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’s unique features, our property can stay ahead of our guests’ needs,” said Hammer. “Each keycard provides updates to the front desk, allowing our staff to receive important information in significantly less time. Our staff is now more efficient which keeps our guests very happy as our staff is able to respond almost instantly to guest requests.”

Hotel Okura Amsterdam will be fully equipped to provide user-friendly and intuitive guest interaction, including NFC cell phone compatibility, while decreasing the overall workload of the hotel’s management and staff. Signature RFID also provides unmatched control and security – with a 600-event audit trail and innovative anti-cloning software – creating a sense of ease for hoteliers according to Christian Hénon, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Europe/Middle East/Africa.

“Hotel Okura Amsterdam needs a highly reliable security solution that is easy-to-use and can adapt to the unique needs of the property,” said Hénon. “With Signature RFID by VingCard, the property can offer guests a variety of options, from wristbands to keycards, allowing guests convenient options while still providing the ultimate level of security.”

Additionally, Signature RFID locks offer Hotel Okura Amsterdam the opportunity to go “green”. The energy-efficient locks require fewer battery changes than traditional electronic locks, meaning less waste (not to mention lower battery costs) for the hotelier. Signature RFID’s sealed hardware design also means less maintenance because the mechanism does not require cleaning.
An informational video highlighting the check-in process using Signature RFID/NFC can be found online at
http://www.youtube.com/vingcardelsafe.
 
Part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, 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 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 39,000 properties worldwide, securing more than 6.5 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 Hotel Okura Amsterdam
An Okura Hotels & Resorts Group property, Hotel Okura Amsterdam is located in the heart of the capital city of the Netherlands. On the banks of the Amstel Canal, the property offers 400 rooms, executive health club, shopping arcade and meeting space for up to 1,500 people.  Featuring four international restaurants, two bars and the “Taste of Okura,” a culinary center for guests, the property draws a diverse crowd from worldwide destinations. For more information, go to www.okura.nl.

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Contact:
Morgan Field for VingCard
Tel: +1 (214) 521-8596
mfield@mbapr.com

Riise Walker
Marketing Manager
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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