News for the Hospitality Executive
KABA Enters 3-Year Vendor Contract with Starwood
Agreement Offers Latest Lock Technology to Starwood Brands
MONTREAL, QC, CANADA – February 15, 2011 – KABA Lodging, the provider of Saflok and ILCO electronic locks, inked a three-year agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. The contract extends to Starwood’s owned, managed and franchised properties in North America and other markets. KABA was selected via a competitive RFP bidding process.
“Starwood owned, managed, and franchise properties will enjoy a number of benefits,” said Mark McBeth, vice president of information technology for Starwood. “KABA has designed attractive custom door levers and readers specifically to Starwood’s requirements, and meets our specifications for RFID and on-line locking systems. They are positioned to be compatible with mobile check-in strategies.” The contract covers U.S markets— including Puerto Rico and Guam—as well as Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and benefits Starwood branded hotels undergoing conversion, renovation, or new construction, including the Element and aloft brands.
“KABA developed unique features for Starwood that will benefit its operators,” said Kerry Hirschy, senior vice president of sales and marketing for KABA Lodging Systems.
KABA’s client support program includes the interactive Saflok and ILCO client websites that provide expanded online services to operators. In addition to KABA’s 24/7 365-day phone support, Starwood franchisees may utilize the sites’ extensive portfolio of training videos, support instruction, and multi-lingual documentation offerings from a secured login page to quickly resolve technical and implementation issues and get professional answers to questions.
About KABA, Saflok, ILCO
KABA is a globally active, publicly traded security corporation. With its “Total Access” strategy, KABA specializes in integrated solutions for security, organization, and convenience at building and information access points. KABA is also the world market’s number-one provider of key blanks, key cutting and coding machines, transponder keys, and high-security locks. It is a leading provider of electronic access systems, locks, master key systems, hotel locking systems, security doors, and automatic doors. www.kaba.com.
Saflok joined KABA in 2006. As a market innovator, Saflok has nearly 30 years of experience designing, manufacturing, and distributing electronic locks and systems. Its solutions are installed globally in the hospitality, lodging, multihousing, and commercial markets. Saflok is committed to delivering best-in-class solutions that help properties achieve improved operations and reduced costs. www.saflok.com
ILCO is a division of KABA. The ILCO brand is known worldwide for electronic locks that offer exceptional quality and technology innovation at competitive prices. ILCO is also a leader in key blanks, automotive transponder technology, key cutting/duplication machines, and brass replacement cylinders. www.ilcolodging.com .
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1000 properties in nearly 100 countries and territories with 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts.
For more information, please visit http://www.starwoodhotels.com.
KABA, Saflok, ILCO
Marketing Communications Manager
7101 Presidents Drive, Suite 250
Orlando, FL, USA 32809
Phone: +1 (407) 438-7949
Julie Keyser-Squires, APR
180 River Springs Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: (404) 256-5512
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