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Signature Unlocks Canadian Market with
Installations in Two Luxury Properties
Alberta and British Columbia hotels choose new Signature by VingCard
electronic-locking system to enhance decor, ensure security
DALLAS — October 10, 2006 — As the global hotel-market leader in providing design-centric, state-of-the-art electronic-locking systems and hardware, VingCard has announced the installation of its Signature by VingCard product in two Canadian luxury properties: the Hotel Arts, a 185-room boutique hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta; and the new Playa del Sol Resort, a 283-suite condominium resort in Kelowna, British Columbia. 

Signature by VingCard, which blends into the hotel environment and features minimal door hardware and “Designers’ Collection” door handles, was installed at that Hotel Arts in April and is scheduled to be installed at the Playa del Sol Resort in October. The new locking system made its debut at the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York in November 2005 and was showcased at the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference in June in Minneapolis. Marriott, Hilton, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Best Western International, and InterContinental Hotel Group are some of the hospitality companies that already have selected Signature by VingCard for hotels in North America. Overseas, Signature by VingCard has become the electronic lock of choice for most hotel chains, including: LeMeridien Hotels & Resorts, Rezidor SAS Hospitality, Marriott International and Movenpick Hotels & Resorts. 

For the Hotel Arts, installation of the Signature by VingCard system replaces the property’s previous VingCard locking system—and was motivated by design factors.

“We were happy with the performance of the existing VingCard Classic series brass locks, but we were looking for an updated look to go with our new doors,” said Tim Wagner, information system manager for the Hotel Arts. “Our hotel is very style conscious, and the Signature series locks helped us achieve the clean, modern look we were hoping to implement.”

The bonus for the Hotel Arts, said Wagner, was the quick, hassle-free installation.

“As one of the first properties in North America to install the locking system, I was happily surprised by both the ease and relatively problem-free nature of the installation,” he said. “We are happy to have implemented a locking system that not only is able to provide a fit and finish that complements our Luxury rooms and suites, but does so while providing a secure and auditable entry system to ensure the safety of our guests and their property during their stay with us.”


(Above) Playa del Sol Resort, Kelowna, British Columbia

(Left) Hotel Arts, Calgary, Alberta

Proven reliability, Attractive appearance

For the new Playa del Sol Resort, developed by Cove Properties Ltd. as a condominium resort hotel, the decision to install the Signature by VingCard system was based on Tepic Management Group’s previous experience with VingCard as well as on a desire to feature an attractive, state-of-the-art locking system.

“VingCard locks have proved to be very reliable and virtually trouble-free for Tepic properties over the past 14 years,” said Tom Matthews, President Tepic Management Group Inc.”We considered cost, of course, but it was not the main factor in our decision to install Signature by VingCard. Appearance, the system’s virtually maintenance-free features, and the fact that we know VingCard’s sales and support teams to be terrific to work with and very responsive were more important factors.

“In short,” Matthews said, “VingCard offers affordable, reliable, attractive and maintenance-free locking systems with the flexibility to accommodate almost any situation.”

“We are pleased to have these two excellent properties be among the first in Canada to install Signature,” said Marc Freundlich, president and c.e.o. of VingCard Elsafe North America. “Whether it’s a luxury boutique-style hotel, like the Hotel Arts, or a condo-resort property like the Playa del Sol, high-end hotels want every interior-design element—including door-lock hardware—to be visually appealing to each and every user. The global acceptance of Signature by VingCard confirms the results of our extensive industry research—Signature truly blends with any hotel environment and appeals to a wide audience, from properties known for their sophisticated, discerning tastes to smaller independent hotels who want to maintain the highest security standards.

“Signature by VingCard represents yet another industry first for VingCard in terms of meeting the needs of today’s designers, architects, hoteliers and security professionals—it is unobtrusive, easy to use, extremely secure and affordable,” Freundlich added. “Signature’s universally attractive bezel card-reader styles and finishes, and our Designers’ Collection door handles, are a winning combination. Signature by VingCard is a great success story and we are honored to be the No. 1 choice for electronic locks in North America.”

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 industry. For more information on VingCard Elsafe, visit or


Barbara Worcester
Tel: (440) 930-5770

Riise Walker 
Marketing Supervisor
VingCard Elsafe
Tel:  (972) 692-3167

Also See: NEW Signature by VingCard Door Locks Selected by Kauai Beach Hotel and Resort / May 2006
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Casinos, Resorts, Timeshares and Condo Hotels Tap TimeLox for Online Security / March 2006
ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, Inc. Strengthens Global Security Positioning With Marc Freundlich Leading the Way / February 2006
Signature by VingCard Offers Attractive Security Options, Hoteliers Say; California-based Tarsadia Hotels is first to ‘design their security’ with new Signature Series electronic-locking solution / December 2005
VingCard ‘Signature’ and Elsafe Chosen Preferred Security Solutions for Courtyard by Marriott in Europe / December 2005
VingCard Elsafe Providing Emergency Support to Hotels Hit By Hurricanes Katrina and Rita / September 2005
Pascal Metivier Appointed President of Assa Abloy Hospitality for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America / June 2005
Elsafe Providing a ‘Safe’ Environment for Business Travelers and HSIA Users / June 2005
When Security Counts . . . Count On VingCard to Upgrade Your Electronic-Locking System / June 2005
Elsafe Selected by Accor as its Sole Approved Provider of In-Room Safes / April 2005
Elsafe Asks: Are Your In-Room Safes REALLY Safe? / November 2004
Ken Brown Joins VingCard Elsafe As SVP Marketing and Sales, North America / November 2004
Four Cornerstones Ensure Sound Principles and Fair Business Practices For ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Brands (Elsafe, Timelox, VingCard and INHOVA) / May 2003
Elsafe Renews Global Agreement with Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Supply In-Room Safes / March 2003
Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan Upgrades to VingCard Locking System to Enhance Guest Security and Convenience / March 2003
Elsafe Selected to Provide In-room Safes to Accor Hotels Worldwide / Dec 2002

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