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Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan Upgrades
to VingCard Locking System to Enhance
Guest Security and Convenience
DALLAS, TX (March 24, 2003) - VingCard, the world’s most widely used brand of hotel electronic locking products, has announced that a VingCard locking system will be installed in the 46-story Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan Hotel in New York City. All 770 guest rooms and suites at the high-profile Manhattan property will soon be equipped with VingCard Classic Series locks, which will be controlled by VingCard VISION software via the Opera Property Management System (PMS). VingCard locks will also be installed on back-of-house and staff access doors at the property. Installation of the locking system is scheduled to take place in June of this year.

According to Phil Kindler, VingCard’s Northeast Regional Sales Manager, the Crowne Plaza’s Director of Security chose VingCard primarily for the product’s software capabilities and proven reliability. “With their current system, the property has been experiencing from eight to ten keycard failures per night,” said Kindler. “They were looking for a new system that offered reliable mechanical operation and software that would interface with their existing Opera PMS. VingCard’s Windows®-based VISION software and Classic Series magnetic stripe door locks are the ideal combination of products to meet these needs.”

Utilizing a Windows® software platform, VingCard VISION software is easy to interface with most PMS and POS (Point of Sale) systems with standards such as DOS, UNIX, and Windows 98/2000/NT/XP among others.

For more information, please contact Mickey Wallis at (972) 692-3140.

About VingCard 
VingCard is the established worldwide leader in card operated locking systems for the hospitality industry, with more than 3 million locks installed in thousands of hotels, resorts and cruise ships in nearly 140 countries. Since revolutionizing hotel security in 1979 with the invention of the mechanical keycard operated recodable lock, VingCard has continued to dominate the market by continuously introducing new innovations in locking system technology and related products. 

VingCard is part of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc., one of 100 global companies within the ASSA ABLOY group, a public Swedish company traded on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. The group's expansive international network consists of 11 subsidiaries and 75 distributors. Currently, the group has around 30,000 employees and annual sales of approx. USD 3 billion.  For more information, please visit or



Mickey Wallis
Vice President, VingCard Division
ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc.
9333 Forest Lane, Dallas TX 75243
Tel: (972) 692-3140
Fax: (972) 907-2771

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Andrea Nix
Phoenix Marketing Group
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