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VingCard Elsafe Unlocks Magic For Give Kids The World Village

World leader in hospitality security provides front desk system and state-of-the-art locking system
to non-profit organization for children with life-threatening illnesses



DALLAS – September 17, 2012 – VingCard Elsafe, the global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, today announced their continued involvement with Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) in Kissimmee, Florida. In their latest charitable contribution, VingCard Elsafe provided 140 Signature RFID locks to outfit the resort’s villas and VISIONLINE software for the front desk.
Installation of the security solutions took place in earlier this month. Jakob Hardrick of National Installations and Service in Winter Park, Florida volunteered his company’s time to complete the entire installation of VingCard Elsafe Signature RFID locks at each of Give Kids The World’s villas.

Give Kids The World Village officially opened in 1989 and has today grown into a 70-acre resort housing 140 villa accommodations, entertainment attractions, whimsical venues, and fun specifically designed for children with special needs. Located near Central Florida's most beloved attractions, Give Kids The World provides children with life-threatening illnesses and their families with weeklong, fantasy vacations at no cost. It is due in part to the generous donations from individuals and corporations such as VingCard Elsafe that has allowed Give Kids The World to welcome more than 115,000 families from all 50 states and over 70 countries since its inception.

VingCard Elsafe has been working in partnership with Give Kids The World Village since outfitting the original villas with electronic locks in 1989. Through the years, they have kept the villas up-to-date with new technologies, including a previous installation of Classic by VingCard magnetic stripe locks and Elsafe in-room electronic safes. The newest contribution of Signature RFID locks and the patented VISIONLINE wireless locking system, provides the resort with the most advanced security technology available and coincides with various other renovations taking place at Give Kids The World Village, including the construction of additional villas and new commercial venues.

Signature RFID electronic locks by VingCard offer the latest Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) technology with the most flexible platform for future applications like NFC cell phone keyless entry. By retrofitting existing magstrip locks to the latest in RFID technology, Give Kids The World Village will bolster ease of access with contactless keycards and increase security with Signature RFID’s advanced aniti-cloning solution. Providing a locking system that is simple to use was a top priority for Give Kids The World since their star guests are children with illnesses, who at times have limited abilities.

“I encourage you to visit the Give Kids the World Village and see for yourself the joy that this organization is bringing to children and families in need that would otherwise not have the chance to experience anything like this in their lifetimes,” says George Winker, Vice President of Sales North America for VingCard Elsafe. “Once you understand the good that Give Kids The World is doing, you can't help but want to get involved. Early on, VingCard Elsafe recognized the organization’s desire to provide the very best of everything for their special guests, and our latest contribution of locks will help keep these families safe while offering more convenient Villa access.”

Also being donated by VingCard Elsafe is VISIONLINE software for use by Give Kids The World operational staff. VISIONLINE will be used as a stand-alone system to remotely manage keycard access, alert the property when doors are left ajar or lockset batteries are low, and run audit trail reports.

“We are incredibly grateful to VingCard Elsafe and National Installations and Service for this generous donation,” said GKTW President Pamela Landwirth. “This upgrade to our front desk software and villa security system is part of a $100 million Village Campaign to renovate and refurbish all of our villas and expand our capacity so we can fulfill the wishes of even more children in the coming years.”

For more information on VingCard Elsafe, please contact Riise Walker at +1 (972) 692-3167 or visit www.vingcardelsafe.com.

About Give Kids The World
Recognized as the highest rated charity in America by personal finance site MainStreet, and also reported by MSN Money, Give Kids The World Village(GKTW) is a 70-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 115,000 families from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. For more information about GKTW and its mission, visit givekidstheworld.org.
 
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, visitwww.vingcardelsafe.com. 
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Contacts:

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

Riise Walker
Marketing Manager
VingCard Elsafe
Tel: +1 (972) 692-3167
rwalker@vcegroup.com

Colette Krahenbuhl
GKTW
Tel: 407-396-1114 x 4259
colettek@gktw.org


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