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Ariane Systems Introduces Compact KeyStation to Complement
Web-based Self Check-in Initiatives


New space-and time-saving keycard dispenser allows pre-checked-in guests to
quickly and conveniently retrieve magstripe and RFID guestroom keys



Montreal, CanadaSeptember 14, 2011Ariane Systems, the world leader in self-service check-in/out technology for the hospitality industry, today introduces their latest innovation, the compact KeyStation guestroom keycard dispenser. This proprietary device is designed as a complement to the hotel e-check-in strategies that forward-thinking properties are implementing through Ariane’s award-winning Allegro Web-Mobile-Kiosk Check-in/out Solution, which was introduced last year. Shown as a product prototype at HITEC in June, Ariane is now in full production of the KeyStation and is making it immediately available to hotels worldwide.

The KeyStation, comprised of a 9-inch digital touch screen, a 2D barcode reader and a keycard encoder/stacker, offers many important benefits for both hoteliers and their guests, including:
  • Compatible with both magstripe and RFID keycards, as well as loyalty cards
  • Interfaced with 18 different keycard manufacturers
  • Easily portable for use as a countertop unit or free-standing pedestal
  • Simplifies the check-in experience for today’s web-savvy guests
  • Provides added convenience and saves guests valuable time
  • Optimizes front desk operations
  • Complements and supports e-check-in strategies
  • Creates strong differentiating factor recognized as a main driver of loyalty
  • Integrates consistent user interface and branding
The Ariane KeyStation allows guests who have pre-checked in online to retrieve their guestroom keycard in a matter of seconds without assistance from front desk staff. The addition of this unique hardware component allows hotels to offer a 100% self-service option, providing added convenience, saving guests valuable time and optimizing front desk operations.

Once hotel guests have finalized the web check-in process, using Ariane’s Allegro web check-in solution, they automatically receive an email and/or SMS text message with a barcode on the day of arrival. The barcode can be printed out or used directly from the screen of any web-enabled device, such as mobile phone or tablet computer. Upon arrival at the hotel, the guest places the barcode under the 2D barcode reader on the KeyStation, which searches in the database for and retrieves the guests’ reservation details. The guest then simply selects the number of keycards desired, and the KeyStation automatically encodes and dispenses them. The entire process takes less than 12 seconds to complete.

Hotels or chains with a guest loyalty program may choose to allow members to use their existing loyalty cards as their room key, as an added convenience and program benefit. Instead of using a barcode, loyalty members simply insert their magstripe or RFID-enabled loyalty card into the encoder and the card is automatically encoded by the KeyStation for use as the room key.


"After enlarging the scope of hotel self-service solutions to web and mobile check-in capabilities with the Allegro platform, it soon became clear to us that we needed to ‘rethink’ and re-engineer the entire guest check-in experience to extend convenient self-service options all the way through guestroom access. By deploying our technology, hotels will make the guest experience easier and the hotel more efficient,” said Laurent Cardot, CEO for Ariane Systems. “Since most hotels will continue using physical keys, such as magnetic and/or RFID keycards for the immediate future, we set out to design a simple and convenient way for guests to retrieve these keycards without staff assistance by leveraging the use of a barcode. The KeyStation is the answer to that challenge, providing our clients with an ideal complement to an e-check-in strategy. ”

As today’s always-connected hotel guest expects and demands services to simplify the overall hotel experience, Ariane Systems will continue to provide product solutions that enhance that guest experience and provide myriad benefits to the hotelier, as well. Christelle Pigeat, Ariane’s VP of Sales & Marketing for North America, says, “A positive guest experience is a strong differentiating factor that is being increasingly recognized by the hotel industry as a main driver of loyalty.  A well designed guest check-in experience, with consistent user interface and branding is difficult to replicate and can create a lasting effect that translates into greater profits for a hotel group or brand.”

For a video demonstration of Ariane’s compact KeyStation, please click here.

For additional information about Ariane Systems, the Allegro solution or the KeyStation, please contact Christelle Pigeat at +1-514- 295-5944, or email cpigeat@ariane.com.

About Ariane Systems | Ariane Systems is the world’s leading provider of self check-in / check-out technology solutions for the hospitality industry. Founded in 1998 by Michel Lavandier and Laurent Cardot, Ariane now has over 2,000 installations running at hotel properties in 20 countries. Numerous hotel chains utilize Ariane’s electronic kiosk solutions to streamline the check-in/out process. These include Accor, B&B Hotels, Choice Hotels, Fasthotel, InterContinental Hotels Group and Starwood Capital’s Louvre Hotels, among others. With corporate headquarters based in Paris, France, Ariane Systems maintains regional offices in the UK, Germany, Spain, Benelux, Scandinavia, the Middle East and North America. For more information, please visit www.ariane.com.
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For more information, contact:
 
Christelle Pigeat
Ariane Systems North America
cpigeat@ariane-systems.com
Tel: +1 (514) 295 5944
 
Media Inquiries, contact:
Andrea Roland
Plan A Public Relations & Marketing, Inc.
andrea@planapr.com
Tel: +1 (407) 905 0608

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