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Kana Upgrades to ILCO 790 RFID Guestroom Locks for Security and Reliability

February 21, 2013 – Kana Hotel Group is a full service development and management company that operates 30 properties carrying Marriott, Hilton and IHG flags. “Guest security is essential to Kana’s operation and choosing a lock vendor for our hotels is serious business. We install ILCO locks exclusively in all our properties. ILCO locks are reliable and its service is excellent,” said Alpesh Patel, CHA, CEO of Kana Hotel Group. Click here for information on ILCO electronic locks.

ILCO locks approved by major hotel brands
“We look to our franchisors for guidelines; ILCO locks are approved by all the major brands we work with,” Patel said. “We began installing ILCO eight years ago and they are secure and reliable.” Today, Kana is upgrading its magnetic stripe locks to new ILCO 790 RFID units. “We evaluated the RFID locks before we installed them. The 790 RFID locks are easy for guests to use and reliable and this improves our satisfaction scores. RFID keycards have eliminated the issue of guests returning to the desk to re-code their key because they cannot be erased by cell phones or other magnetic objects guests carry.”

Embassy Suites Jackson, MS operated by Kana Hotel Group
ILCO locks approved by major hotel brands
“We look to our franchisors for guidelines; ILCO locks are approved by all the major brands we work with,” Patel said. “We began installing ILCO eight years ago and they are secure and reliable.” Today, Kana is upgrading its magnetic stripe locks to new ILCO 790 RFID units. “We evaluated the RFID locks before we installed them. The 790 RFID locks are easy for guests to use and reliable and this improves our satisfaction scores. RFID keycards have eliminated the issue of guests returning to the desk to re-code their key because they cannot be erased by cell phones or other magnetic objects guests carry.”
 
Kaba installs its locks quickly and keeps them operating
The fast-growing Kana Hotel Group focuses on developing and operating new-build projects. Reliable contractors and equipment providers are essential to a smooth on-schedule opening. “We are continually opening new hotels and adding third-party management contracts, and ILCO’s installation teams are on-time and professional. We bring them in a week before we open the doors on a new build. At our 100-room properties they install the locks and train our property team in about three days,” Patel said.
 
Kaba’s ILCO 790 RFID locking system is cost-effective and attractive utilizing the latest access control technology to provide hotel guests with a contactless room access experience. The RFID technology enables hotels to provide an effortless guest experience and significantly reduce operational overhead.  The ILCO brand is known worldwide for electronic locks that offer exceptional quality and technology innovation at competitive prices. 

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About Kana Hotel Group

Kana Hotel Group is an award winning Hotel Development & Management Company based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Its current portfolio consists of approximately 30 premium branded hotels across 9 states. The brands in Kana’s portfolio include Embassy Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites, Springhill Suites by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, Staybridge Suites and Holiday Inn Express. As a full service, award-winning Development & Management Company, its services include all of the operating disciplines that are required to deliver optimum results at your hotel.
 
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  and www.kabalodging.com
 
Saflok joined Kaba in 2006. Saflok is a market innovator with 30 years of experience designing, manufacturing, and distributing electronic locks and systems.  Its solutions are installed globally in the hospitality, lodging, multi-housing, 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.ilcohospitality.com

 
Contacts:

Kaba, Saflok, ILCO

Dena Reyes
Marketing Communications Manager
Phone: 1-407-438-7949
Email: dena.reyes@kaba.com
www.kabalodging.com
 
Kana Hotel Group
308 North Peters Road, Suite 110
Knoxville, TN 37922
Phone: 865-560-5102 (office)
www.kanahotelgroup.com
 
Media Contact:
Julie Keyser-Squires, APR
Softscribe Inc.
180 River Springs Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 404-256-5512
Email: Julie(at)softscribeinc.com
www.softscribeinc.com



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