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World's leading provider of hotel door locks and safes is responsible for more than 12.000 locking system rooms at newly built properties in Sochi, helping to secure the Olympic city

Paris - March 5, 2014 - As accounts of various infrastructure failures at Sochi hotels have surfaced throughout the 2014 Winter Olympics, property door locks and security have not been among them, thanks to the efforts of VingCard Elsafe, the global leader in hospitality security solutions and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group. Since the 2014 Winter Olympics were awarded to Sochi in 2007, VingCard Elsafe has been central to efforts in preparing and equipping the region's hotels for the influx of visitors brought on by the massive global event. 

"Much of the news circulating just prior to the Sochi Winter Olympics, was unfortunately regarding the city's inability to host an event of this magnitude, primarily due to unfinished preparations at area hotels" said Christian Hénon, president of VingCard Elsafe EMEA. " However, at most of the area's new and newly renovated hotels, visitors have been able to enjoy the same high standards in guestroom locking, security and convenience that they have rightly come to expect elsewhere in the world. We are proud to say that we played a large part in providing that peace of mind at this important event, installing our locks at the majority of new and newly renovated properties in the city."

Of all the new hotels constructed for the Winter Olympics, the majority of them have been installed with VingCard's electronic locking solutions, including Signature RFID and Classic RFID guestroom door locks. In addition to a more user-friendly guest experience, VingCard RFID locks also enhance property security with a proprietary anti-cloning technology that provides an additional layer of protection against unauthorized room entry. 

With the issue of visitor security gaining particular media attention, many Sochi properties also opted to implement VISIONLINE by VingCard, a patented wireless online communication platform that allows hotels to control exactly who has access to every door on the property, and when-all from a centralized location. Equipped with VingCard's VISIONLINE, Sochi's hotels also have access to each individual lock's audit trail, instantly from the central server. 

In fact, several of Sochi's hotels garnered praise in a recently published article that appeared on both the Huffington Post and ABC News websites. Among the five "best places to stay in Sochi" listed in the article, four hotels including the Mercure Rosa Khutor, the Grand Hotel Polyana, the Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre and the Park Inn by Radisson Rosa Khutor, are all furnished with VingCard Elsafe technology and are considered to be some of the finest properties on offer in Sochi.

With the Winter Olympics now in the record books, hotels secured by VingCard Elsafe can continue to offer guests the best in hotel security. As Russia takes steps to prepare itself for the 2018 World Cup, the advantage of VingCard Elsafe security solutions in being adaptable to future technologies means that with regards to guest room security, many Sochi hotels are ready for the next global sporting event.

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

About VingCard Elsafe

Since introducing the world's first electronic hotel door lock and first electronic in-room safe in 1979, VingCard Elsafe has installed products in more than 42,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 7 million hotel rooms. Today, their comprehensive product line is comprised of VingCard electronic locking solutions, Elsafe in-room safes, Orion energy management systems, and PolarBar minibars. VingCard Elsafe leads the industry in advanced locking technologies, including NFC, RFID/RF-Online and ZigBee-based networking solutions, and offers the only UL-listed electronic hotel safe on the market. With an extensive worldwide service and support network, VingCard Elsafe provides continuous support to its clients around the globe. VingCard Elsafe is part of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, the world's leading provider of hotel locking solutions. ASSA ABLOY is a publicly listed Swedish company traded on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit

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