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VingCard Elsafe Completes RFID Locking System Interface
with SKIDATA Access Control Solutions


Complete line of industry leading RFID hotel locking solutions now compatible
with leading ski resort access control technology


DALLAS – March 23, 2012 – VingCard Elsafe, the global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, has announced that a technology interface has been completed between its industry leading line of contact-less Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) hotel locking solutions and SKIDATA, an Austrian provider of access-management and ticketing solutions for ski resorts, airports, sports venues and tourist attractions.

Through the newly developed interface, SKIDATA’s FLEXSPACE RFID technology will now be integrated into VingCard’s complete range of RFID locking products, which includes Classic RFID, Signature RFID and Signature RFID Remotus designs. The proprietary SKIDATA RFID technology leverages high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags complying with the ISO 15693 standard. VingCard’s RFID solutions operate on 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.

“As the global leader in electronic locking and access systems for the hotel industry, VingCard Elsafe is an ideal partner for us,” said Johannes Reschreiter, SKIDATA’s Supply Chain/Consumable Products Manager. “This new interface combines the power of two technology leaders and expands the scope of both solutions, providing significant added value to our mutual clients around the world.”

The new VingCard Elsafe /SKIDATA interface provides multiple benefits for hotel operators and exceptional convenience for resort guests, allowing skiers to use their RFID-enabled ski pass as a key for their guestroom at surrounding hotels and resorts.  RFID tags can also be embedded into alternative carriers, such as wristbands or lanyards, enabling easy access to all resort amenities.

"We are committed to providing a seamless and secure experience for hotel and resort guests, and this interface with SKIDATA allows us to accomplish that, while also maximizing operational efficiency for the resort and surrounding hotel properties,” said Tim Shea, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. “RFID technology is now an industry standard, and VingCard Elsafe provides the most advanced and secure platform available. We will continue to integrate this game-changing technology into access solutions that meet the unique needs of specific sectors of the travel industry, such as ski resorts.”

VingCard Elsafe introduced RFID locking technology in 2006, and has since installed more than half a million RFID locks at properties around the globe. Their industry leading solutions provide reliable security features, such as proprietary anti-cloning keycard technology. Other recently announced advancements include a newly optimized internal antenna, which increases reading speed by almost 50%, and a new platform that enables RFID locks to read keycards from more than twice as far.

VingCard Elsafe is the world leader in developing locking systems, electronic in-room safes and energy management solutions for the hospitality industry, offering user-friendly systems that meet the unique operational needs of hotels and resorts. For more information, please visit www.vingcardelsafe.com.

About VingCard Elsafe
The world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has products installed in more than 42,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 7 million hotel rooms and is part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company. VingCard provides numerous electronic locking system solutions, including traditional magnetic-stripe, 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 only UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series on the market today in keypad and card-based models. Elsafe Safes 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. Orion by VingCard Elsafe is the new Energy Management Solution that reduces energy consumption, ensures guest comfort and contributes to improve hotels green initiatives. The ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group is dedicated to the hospitality industry. For more information on VingCard Elsafe, visit www.vingcardelsafe.com  
 
About SKIDATA
SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) is an international market leader in access management and ticketing solutions for controlled access of persons and vehicles to buildings and venues. Currently more than 6,000 SKIDATA applications are in operation worldwide, including internationally renowned ski resorts, airports, sports venues, and visitor attractions. SKIDATA is a member of Swiss-based Kudelski Group (SWX: KUD.VX, www.nagra.com), a world leader in digital security technology.
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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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