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Orion by VingCard Elsafe, the Revolutionary New Wireless Energy
Management Solution, Wins Selective IHMRS Editor’s Choice

 Orion by VingCard Elsafe Chosen as Top Green Technology Innovation for 2010

Dallas (Dec. 16, 2010)
– The global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group received the prestigious Editor’s Choice Award during the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) in New York, winning for its innovative Energy Management Solution: Orion by VingCard Elsafe. This new and revolutionary solution allows hotel properties to save energy, enhance guest comfort and promote their green initiatives by managing guestroom temperatures via an online local network and/or web-based server. By precisely monitoring and reporting occupancy as guests travel in and out of guestrooms, temperature settings are accurately controlled and energy is saved, all without compromising guest comfort. VingCard Elsafe’s new intelligent Energy Management Solution can integrate into a hotel’s wireless online locking system, thereby offering guests the maximum in comfort and safety. Orion by VingCard Elsafe also is designed to meet global needs and can be used in any hotel regardless of door lock system. Hotel staff efficiency and HVAC performance is increased through an innovative monitoring and reporting system. Orion by VingCard Elsafe is one of the most environmentally friendly solutions in the industry today.

Of over 100 entries, only nine exhibitors were honored during the opening ceremonies, which recognized best new products within the categories of design, equipment and supplies, guest amenities, linens, and technology, as well as an eco-friendly equivalent to each of these categories.

"We are honored that IHMRS recognized Orion by VingCard Elsafe as a revolutionary solution for hotel energy management, and chose to present us with this award. Orion by VingCard Elsafe provides unprecedented control for hoteliers – now runaway energy costs can be controlled and staff productivity can be improved,” said David Nowak, Director of EMS Sales and Business Development for ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. “Energy is one of the highest costs for a hotel property; Orion by VingCard Elsafe will save money for properties by decreasing these charges and increasing the efficiency of hotel staff. Most importantly for hoteliers, Orion by VingCard Elsafe helps to improve the comfort and overall experience for hotel guests while contributing to improve hotels´ green initiatives.”

Editors from leading hospitality trade publications reviewed over 100 submissions of new products and chose the winners based on innovative product design, how a product answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology. Judges for the 15th annual IHMRS Editors’ Choice Awards were Michael Birchenall, Foodservice Monthly; Kris Burnett, Hospitality Upgrade; Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News; Dennis Nessler, Hotel Business; Len Vermillion, Lodging; and Ed Watkins, Lodging Hospitality.

The success of Orion by VingCard Elsafe comes three years after the launch of VISIONLINE, the wireless RF-online locking system. “VISIONLINE has developed over the years into the ultimate in convenience and ease of use for a locking solution. Our next logical step was to use this wireless online platform to bring this same convenience to hoteliers and guests in other mediums, like energy management,” said Tim Shea, Executive Vice President and Head of Global Technologies business unit ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. “This success in the United States is being followed by introductions in Europe and Asia. Our first installations in Asia Pacific have not only supported ongoing green initiatives for our customers, the energy savings have resulted in recovering the cost of the capital investment in two years or less.”

VingCard Elsafe, a world leader in developing locking systems for the hospitality industry, now provides an award-winning new energy management solution that offers hoteliers more than temperature control. As the first hospitality security company to develop a complete energy management solution, VingCard Elsafe offers one-of-a-kind value-added security solutions with the integration of its new energy management solution, Orion by VingCard Elsafe.  As it continues global leadership in hospitality security, VingCard Elsafe plans for further competitive differentiation through the development and integration of additional wireless innovations – bringing needed solutions to hotel customers. For more information, visit, or

About ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc. North America
The world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has products installed in more than 39,000 properties worldwide, securing more than 6.5 million hotel rooms. The ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company, is a world leader in security and hospitality systems. The North American division of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality brings three security brands to hotels throughout the United States and Canada, including VingCard ( electronic locking system solutions, Elsafe ( UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series, and TimeLox ( security solutions for gaming properties and other large resorts. Orion by VingCard Elsafe is a new intelligent energy management solution that allow operators to control their costs and comfort.

Danielle Bickelmann for VingCard
Tel: +1 (214) 521-8596 

Riise Walker, Marketing Manager
VingCard, Elsafe, TimeLox
Tel: +1 (972) 692-3167

Susie Lomelino for VingCard
Tel: +1 (214) 521-8596

Also See: The Buzz at HITEC: Orion by VingCard Elsafe; Global Security Leader Introduces the First and Only Combined Solution of Locks and Energy Management Solution / Hoteliers Embrace the Advanced Technology Offered by Orion by VingCard Elsafe, Making it THE Choice for Hoteliers to Save on New and Retro Projects / July 2010

Introducing Orion by VingCard Elsafe, a Revolutionary New Wireless Energy Management Solution; New Orion by VingCard Elsafe Can Operate with VISIONLINE to Offer the Maximum in Guest Safety and Comfort, Plus 20-40% in Energy $avings Annually to Help Hotels Worldwide Go Green / June 2010

Debuting at HITEC 2010 VingCard Elsafe Reveals Revolutionary Way for Hotels to Not Only Go Green, but Also Ensure Guest Satisfaction and Comfort; New Wireless Solution from Global Leader in Hospitality Security Increases Guest Comfort, Saving Hotels Energy and Money / June 2010

Coming to HITEC 2010… VingCard Elsafe Revolutionizes Green with a Whole New Degree of Innovation; New Wireless Online Solution from Global Leader in Hospitality Security Helps Hotels Go Green for Guests / June 2010

SENTINEL II by Elsafe® In-Room Safes Chosen to Join Elite Hospitality Selection In GUESTROOM 20X ® at HITEC; VingCard Elsafe's Cutting-Edge Technology and Modern Design Establish SENTINEL II RFID In-room Safes as Leaders in the Industry / June 2010

Once again… VingCard Elsafe Delivers Innovation to the Hospitality Industry with the Introduction of  New Wireless Solution; Global Leader in Hospitality Security and Creator of VISIONLINE,  Unveils a New Major Evolution That Dramatically Reduces  Hoteliers' Operating Costs / June 2010

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