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Rezidor SAS Names VingCard Elsafe a Preferred Security Partner
for Providing Electronic Locks and In-Room Safes
All Rooms at Rezidor SAS Hotels & Resorts Will Now be Adorned by the New "Signature by VingCard" Design - Centric Electronic Lock and "Sentinel" by Elsafe In-Room Safe with UL-Certification

BRUSSELS – APRIL 24, 2006 — Rezidor SAS Hospitality, one of the fastest growing and most dynamic hospitality management companies in the world, has selected VingCard Elsafe as a preferred provider of electronic-locking systems and in-room safes for its 271 hotels & resorts in 49 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Rezidor SAS’ portfolio with its brands Regent, Radisson SAS, Park Inn and Country Inn encompasses over 50,000 rooms, in operation and under development. 

The preferred security partnership agreement will feature the installation of the new Signature by VingCard electronic-locking system and the Sentinel Advanced by Elsafe in-room digital safes in all Radisson SAS, Park Inn, Regent, and Country Inn in the EMEA region. VingCard Elsafe’s Signature and Sentinel solutions will also be featured in Hotel Missoni – Rezidor SAS’ recent addition to its portfolio of brands.

“Like VingCard Elsafe, Rezidor SAS hotels and resorts have a class of their own,” said Pascal Metivier, President of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, the parent company of VingCard Elsafe. “We are the perfect global security partners for Rezidor SAS because our diverse product portfolio of electronic locks and in-room safes provides a solution that mirrors the varying needs of their hotel brands. From high class comfort to high class luxury, we offer a security solution that matches each brand’s distinct character and style.”

David Dreschner, Vice President of Purchasing Services for Rezidor SAS, said, “VingCard Elsafe is well-known for its product quality and steadfast security. And the company’s longevity in the global hospitality and security markets, its proven product reliability, its exceptional customer support, and its forward-thinking approach to blending security technology with hotel design, are some of the prominent factors that have rooted this preferred partner relationship between the two companies.” 

“While we are thrilled with our new partnership, we are most intrigued with installing the new Signature by VingCard electronic locks throughout our hotels. Signature provides the latest in security technology, but with a twist. The innovative and streamlined design of Signature – which features only a small key-card reader and luxury designer handle – will give our corridors a completely new look and feel,” adds Dreschner. 

“If a hotel has the opportunity to combine the most sophisticated, flexible and upgradeable technology with the latest in minimalist security hardware design, it’s a win-win solution for everyone. We welcome Signature for our design-conscious hotels and the trusted classic VingCard’s electronic-locks for our more traditional properties. As part of our corporate standards, Rezidor SAS has mandated that all electronic locks now contain a mechanical key override, and the products offered VingCard are far superior to others in the market, as among other security features it records all mechanical override transactions as part of its audit trail. This was a key element to our selection process,” said Dreschner.

“By partnering with VingCard Elsafe, Rezidor SAS has proven its commitment to guest and asset security, and to maintaining hotel design integrity,” Metivier said. “It’s a partnership that we are most proud of, and one that we are confident will grow stronger with time.”

‘Safe’ and Secure

In-room safe installation is a part of Rezidor SAS’ ongoing technology upgrade strategy, especially among properties undergoing renovation. The safety and security of its discerning business travellers on the move has always been high on Rezidor SAS’ agenda. The new agreement with VingCard Elsafe will offer a convenient and design-savvy option for the guests to secure their valuables while providing the hotels with a strong defence against potential liabilities. 

Elsafe is the first in-room safe manufacturer for hospitality industry that has achieved the prestigious Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL 1037) certification for safety. The certification confirms Elsafe’s product line to be steadfast, proven, approved, and enduring rigorous tests against physical break-ins, endurance and excessive force. The rating also covers the optional internal power outlet for charging guests’ electronics, such as laptop computers, MP3 players, camcorders and PDAs. 

About VingCard Elsafe 

VingCard Elsafe is the world leader in hotel security technology, VingCard Elsafe, 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 first 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. VingCard Elsafe is dedicated to hospitality. For more information on VingCard Elsafe, visit or VingCard Elsafe is a part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, the leading lock company.

About Rezidor SAS Hospitality

Rezidor SAS Hospitality is one of the fastest growing hospitality companies in the world and currently has 263 hotels, encompassing over 50,000 rooms, in operation and under development in 49 countries, with the aim to develop 700 hotels across its different brands by 2015. 

In September 2002, Rezidor SAS announced a unique deal with US-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide to expand selected Carlson brands in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Rezidor SAS now operates Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts, Regent International Hotels Park Inn and Country Inns & Suites along with the goldpoints plusTM loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Initially Rezidor SAS Hospitality was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Stockholm-based SAS Group. In June 2005 Rezidor SAS Hospitality completed the strategic agreement with US-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide, which resulted in an enhancement of their long-time franchise partnership into a shareholder agreement. Carlson Hotels Worldwide acquired a 25 percent shareholding in Rezidor SAS Hospitality from SAS group in return for renegotiated commercial terms of the parties’ current Master Franchise Agreement. Rezidor SAS Hospitality head office is based in Brussels. 

In November 2005, Rezidor SAS signed a worldwide license agreement with the Italian fashion house Missoni, to develop and operate a lifestyle hotel brand of the same name: Hotel Missoni.

For more information on Rezidor SAS and its different brands, visit


Hege Breivik Bjørsagård
Marketing Manager
VingCard Elsafe HQ
Tel: 00 47 69 24 50 44

Barbara Worcester
Tel: (440) 930-5770

Birgit Borreck 
Director Corporate Communication
Rezidor SAS Hospitality
Tel: +32-2-702-9224

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