Are Your In-Room Safes REALLY Safe?
DALLAS — NOVEMBER 14, 2004 — Since many safes on the market today can be easily opened within 30 seconds by experienced thieves, it is important to know that only Elsafe in-room safes have passed extensive testing for physical break-ins, endurance and jarring by the world's most prestigious, reliable and professional testing organization, Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
“For well over a century, Underwriters Laboratories has been assessing a wide scope of consumer products for safety and reliable operation,” said Ken Brown, VP of marketing and sales for VingCard Elsafe, a leading provider of electronic-locking and in-room safe solutions to hotels and resorts. “The UL symbol is the trusted source across the globe for product safety compliance. Today, only Elsafe has achieved the prestigious UL certification for safety for its Infinity™ digital and magnetic-stripe safes and its Sentinel™ Standard, Plus and Advanced digital series, making it the trusted source for in-room safes industrywide.”
Brown said that purchasing Elsafe UL-listed products not only gives hoteliers the added assurance that their guests’ valuables are receiving the maximum level of protection possible, but it also protects a property’s valuable reputation while keeping it protected from liability claims. In addition, the UL listing covers all Elsafe Infinity and Sentinel safes that contain an optional 110V duplex electric outlet which also meets National Electrical Code specifications.
“With Elsafe, guests can rest easy that their valuables are really secure,” Brown said. “And, if they are using one of our safes with an internal 110v outlet, they can simultaneously secure and recharge their laptops, camcorders or other electrical devices by plugging into them into a device that they know is safe.
“This also puts owners and operators minds’ at ease because they will not have to worry about being in violation of national electrical codes which building inspectors rigorously look for,” he said. “Hoteliers may not realize that purchasing in-room safes with 110v electrical outlets that are not UL-approved and NEC compliant could potentially result in an order to immediately remove the safes from the property altogether.”
Making the grade
In order to achieve the UL-listing, Elsafe’s Infinity and Sentinel series safes had to endure rigorous testing procedures. In the physical break-in test, a team of experienced testers were given free reign with a selection of tools to try and physically compromise the safe within a set period of time. The endurance test consisted of more than 6,000 openings and closings, as well as 50 battery changes. With an average battery life of more than 2 years, this represents approximately 100 years of normal hotel use. In the dramatic jarring demonstration, the safes were actually hit with a steel ball to see if the physical structure and electronic components could withstand such excessive force.
Brown said Elsafe’s proven strength can be attributed to an array of revolutionary physical security features, including a proprietary interlocking deadbolt mechanism, anti-tamper labyrinths, extended solid steel bolt hinges and a one-piece cold-pressed steel door.
“We have worked hard to achieve this exclusive UL-1037 listing because it supports our philosophy to provide the industry’s most reliable, secure in-room safes backed by dedicated customer service,” Brown said. “Likewise, we are working even harder to build upon an impressive line of ‘firsts’ for the industry—including being the first in-room electronic safe provider in the world, the first to successfully incorporate biometric access technology into an in-room safe and the first—and only--to achieve UL certification.
“The fact that no other in-room safe manufacturers in the industry today has followed our lead by working toward this certification should have hoteliers concerned--or at the very least questioning their current providers,” he said. “Security is top-of-mind for travelers today, and those hotels that opt to purchase or install inferior security solutions may quickly lose out on market share, customer loyalty or worse.”
About VingCard Elsafe
The world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has products installed in more than 33,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 5.5 million hotel rooms. The ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company, is a world leader in security and hospitality systems. VingCard provides numerous electronic locking system solutions, including traditional magnetic-stripe and smartcard systems, fully integrated PMS interface software solutions and worldwide service and support. Elsafe provides the only UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series on the market today in keypad and card-based models. Safes that include an internal power outlet to support recharging of laptops and camcorders also are available with a UL listing. Elsafe customers also enjoy the same worldwide service and support. The ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group is dedicated to the hospitality. For more information on VingCard Elsafe, visit www.vingcard.com or www.elsafe.com.
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