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At HITEC Visit Kaba in Booth # 1921

June 15 to 18 at the Austin Convention Center  

The Woodlands Resort Experiences Fast, Easy Five-Minute-Per-Door Upgrade from RFID to Kaba Mobile Access

MONTREAL, QC, CANADA – June 10, 2015 – Kaba installed its Mobile Access Solutions at The Woodlands® Resort & Conference Center near Houston, Texas. This award winning property, owned by The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC), has 406 rooms and caters to conferences, business travelers and families. Kaba provides the Saflok™ and ILCO™ brands of electronic locks.  Click here for information on Kaba electronic locks.

Kaba’s Mobile Access system allows hotel management to securely issue, revoke and update digital credentials on iOS mobile devices. Guests book a room on the resort’s website and download a free Woodlands Resort app, and when the room is ready for check-in, guests receive their Bluetooth-enabled key wirelessly. To access the room, the guest simply holds their phone up to the door’s lock.  

“Mobile Access ensures that we can deliver a convenient and secure guest experience that meets today’s traveler’s expectation of mobile accessibility,” said Greg Parsons, General Manager of The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center and Vice President of Hospitality for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “We are proud to be one of the first in the U.S., and the first in Texas, to install Kaba virtual key technology.”

Installation required only five minutes per door to install an upgraded BLE board. There was no need for drilling. The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center worked with Kaba to create an app and install the BLE hardware all under the property’s Kaba warranty. 

The property also implemented Kaba Mobile Access at guest access points that included elevators, concierge areas and external hotel entry doors. Kaba’s supportive partnership with The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center made the mobile access upgrade easy.  

Kaba RFID locks are mobile access ready

All Kaba RFID door locks shipped today are mobile-access compatible with iOS and Android devices to give operators a flexible choice of guest entry options. Kaba mobile locks utilize a cloud-based mobile access system and BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) to deliver a seamless, reliable and highly secure guest experience. Kaba's mobile access flexibility ensures that properties can deliver a guest experience that meets today’s travelers emerging demands for mobile accessibility. Kaba’s Mobile Key App offers hoteliers a choice of branding options depending on their overall mobile strategy to allow guests check-in online with their mobile device and use during their stay as their very own mobile room key. 

Kaba Mobile Access: Security first

Kaba's mobile access authorizations are encrypted in the Kaba system using the Legic Connect cloud solution. “Secure authorization is transferred to the hotel guest, and only decrypted within the guest room’s door lock. This guarantees security with reliable, convenient access to hotel rooms and other secure areas,” said Kaba’s Head of Lodging Global Business Development, Alastair Cush. Kaba’s RFID locks enhance the guest experience and provide a platform for future mobile technology expansion. Kaba leads the industry in developing and implementing total-enterprise security for guest doors, public spaces, and physical access in BLE, RFID and other platforms.

Kaba comes to HITEC 2015 with hands-on mobile access solutions for attendees to experience the convenience of using their own iOS devices for room entry. Kaba mobile access is Apple Watch compatible, at HITEC visit Booth 1921 to see a demo and enter a drawing for your own Apple Watch. 

Are you ready for mobile access? Download a 6-point checklist for hoteliers

Is your property ready to install mobile access door lock systems for a superior guest experience?  Find out now. Click here to download Kaba's white paper: “How Hoteliers Can Get to Secure Mobile Key: Understand what lies beyond the Tip of the Mobile Access Iceberg.”

About Kaba – Beyond Security

With its innovative products, systems, and services, globally active technology group Kaba (SIX Swiss Exchange: KABN) is a leading provider of high quality access management solutions, locks, cylinders, physical access systems, enterprise data and time recording, and hotel access systems. The Group is also the global market leader for high security locks, key blanks, transponder keys, and key manufacturing machines. The listed Group employs around 9,000 people in more than 60 countries. For more than 150 years, Kaba has set trends in security and beyond – in terms of functionality, convenience, and design -- always with a focus on optimum value to customers. Kaba provides the Saflok and ILCO electronic locking solutions. www.kaba.com  and www.kabalodging.com

Contact: Stephen Pollack, Vice President Marketing

stephen.pollack@kaba.com / 1-859-253-4744 x3542

Contact: for media: Julie Keyser-Squires, APR, Softscribe Inc.

Julie(at)softscribeinc.com / 1-404-256-5512

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