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Spain’s Porta Fira Hotel Selects VingCard Elsafe for Its Cutting-Edge
Technology and Sleek Design


Barcelona’s Newest Hotel Installs Signature by VingCard and
SENTINEL II by Elsafe for Reliable, Elegant Security




DALLAS – February 7, 2011 – VingCard Elsafe, a leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, recently completed the installation of its Signature electronic door locks and Sentinel II by Elsafe in-room safes at the Porta Fira Hotel in Barcelona, Spain. Located in Hospitalet de Llobregat in the city of Barcelona, the 320-room hotel property is in front of the Fira 2 with easy access to downtown Barcelona and Barcelona Airport. The modern, award-winning architectural structure was the vision of Japanese designer Toyo Ito, famous for designs internationally. This recently completed hotel features a unique combination of urban appeal with contemporary charm, making it an ideal destination for the experienced luxury traveler.

“With an exterior featuring unique, contemporary edges, the interior needed a reliable security system with the same cutting-edge design,” said Oscar Bermejo, General Manager of the Porta Fira Hotel. “As a hotel property that hosts guests from around the world, Signature by VingCard offers us a unique appeal with the perfect combination of unique design and unmatched security.”

Signature electronic door locks offer highly reliable security features and provide unprecedented convenience and ease-of-operation for hoteliers and hotel guests alike. The magnetic stripe reader reads on both insert and removal for optimal accuracy, and the lock uses a powerful 600-event audit trail for optimal security.  With the panic release function and reprogrammable FLASH RAM lock memory, the lock provides the ultimate security for guests.
 
“Our guests are protected with the highest level of security that still offers the convenience and ease-of-use they require in a hotel,” said Bermejo. “With the lock’s adaptable features and flawless design, our staff can maintain total control of the property at all times, with a sleek, user-friendly presentation that simply adds to the charm of the property.”

Signature provides unmatched adaptability and integration – with various designer handles, alternative bezel designs and a wide range of finishes – creating a sense of ease and exclusivity for hoteliers according to Christian Hénon, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Europe/Middle East/Africa.
 
“Porta Fira wanted a reliable security system that matched the unique design of the property,” said Hénon. “Signature by VingCard delivers the right combination of design and security, allowing guests to enjoy the atmosphere of the hotel without worrying about the security of their belongings."

To complement Signature electronic locks, The Porta Fira Hotel selected state-of-the-art SENTINEL II by Elsafe UL-listed safes, which employ the latest locking technology, including a hook-style interlocking system and an anti-tamper labyrinth mechanism that avoids reaching the electronics and a solid piece of cold-pressed curved steel door that provides additional strength with extended solid steel hinges permanently arc-welded to the door. 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.

Integrating SENTINEL II safes into any hotel environment is easy, due to its adaptable design and easy-to-use technology,” said Hénon. “By combining the top-of-the-line security systems, Signature and SENTINEL II, the staff can rest easy knowing they are in control and their guests are safe.”
 
VingCard Elsafe 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 or www.elsafe.com
 
About VingCard Elsafe
The world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has products installed in more than 39,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 6.5 million hotel rooms. The ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company, is a world leader in security and hospitality systems. VingCard provides numerous electronic locking system solutions, including traditional magnetic-strip, smartcard systems and the latest RFID electronic locks compatible with the main ISO standards: ISO 14.443A (MIFARE), ISO 14.443B, ISO15.693 and NFC-compatible (Near Field Communication),  fully integrated PMS interface software solutions, as well as the world leader in wireless online locking solutions for hotels based on ZigBee secured open platform. VingCard has worldwide service and support in more than 166 countries. Elsafe provides the first UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series on the market today in keypad and card-based models. Safes that include a UL-listed internal power outlet to support recharging of laptops and camcorders, full wireless online capabilities and RFID versions compatible with VingCard system. Elsafe customers also enjoy the same worldwide service and support. The ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group is dedicated to the hospitality industry. For more information on VingCard Elsafe, visit www.vingcard.com or www.elsafe.com.

About The Porta Fira Hotel
Located in Barcelona, Spain, the newly constructed Porta Fira Hotel was designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito. The vision for the Prota Fira is an award-winning structure of the Barcelona skyline. The hotel is equipped with many amenities including fitness and wellness facilities, business and conference centers and car rental services. For more information visit: http://www.h-santos.es/
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Media Contacts:

Andrea Roland
Plan A Public Relations & Marketing, Inc.
Tel: +1 (407) 905-0608
andrea@planapr.com

Ivan Aramayo, Director of Marketing and Communication
VingCard Elsafe
Tel: +34 610 205 296
iaramayo@vcegroup.com

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