Doubletree Updates Richardson Property With Combination of VISIONLINE and Signature RFID by VingCard

DALLAS – 16 October, 2009 – VingCard, a leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group, recently completed the installation of VISIONLINE, its wireless RF-online system, and Signature RFID, its contactless electronic door locks with NFC cell phone compatibility, at the new Doubletree Dallas/Richardson hotel. The 300-room Texas property, a member of the Hilton Family of hotels, is a modern, first-class property in the heart of Dallas’ Telecom Corridor. The property reopened in July, following a complete renovation which included a total overhaul of the security system.

“Our location in the heart of the Telecom corridor makes us an ideal property for business travelers,” said Bill Firth, engineer at the Doubletree Dallas/Richardson hotel. “When we upgraded our property to meet the demands of these travelers, we wanted the ultimate in security, efficiency and reliability, which is why we chose VISIONLINE and Signature RFID by VingCard.”

Introduced to the market in 2006, VISIONLINE by VingCard offers a cost-effective solution for properties like Doubletree Dallas/Richardson to facilitate reliable wireless two-way communication from standalone electronic door locks to their host security and PMS systems. Unlike off-line standalone locks, VISIONLINE by VingCard provides total security control from one central location, utilizing RF-online communication capabilities that eliminate the need to travel to each guestroom to perform tasks such as reprogramming individual locks, remotely cancelling guest and staff keycards with one click, or identifying and changing low batteries, as well the need for a guest to return to the front desk to change a room or extend his or her stay. By centralizing these functions, the Doubletree Dallas/Richardson hotel can expect to increase the overall productivity of hotel operations and the overall security. Also, VISIONLINE by VingCard components communicate with multiple rooms at once, reducing the number of network components required for installation when compared to other online technologies.

“By upgrading to VISIONLINE, our staff will be able to spend more time ensuring that individual guest’s needs are met,” said Firth. “By utilizing VISIONLINE’s unique security features, like the automatic SMS or e-mail maintenance alerts, downloadable audit trails, and low battery alerts, our staff can maximize their efficiency to spend less time on maintenance and more time on customer service.”

Built on the ZigBee™ Standard ISO 802.15.4 high-security open platform – the only wireless, highlysecured and open standards-based platform to address the unique needs of low power monitoring and access-control network applications – VISIONLINE offers increased reliability and performance at an affordable cost. Operating on a reliable and secure platform like ZigBee also enables smooth interface and integration opportunities for other online devices such as safes, energy management and mini bars.

To complement the VISIONLINE system, the Doubletree Dallas/Richardson Hotel also chose Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks, which offer highly reliable security features and provide unprecedented convenience and ease-of-operation for hoteliers and hotel guests alike. The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) locks allow for contactless guest room entry and are compatible with nextgeneration NFC cell phones.

The Doubletree Dallas/Richardson is fully equipped to provide user-friendly and intuitive guest interaction, including NFC cell phone compatibility, while decreasing the overall workload of the hotel’s management and staff. Signature RFID also provides unmatched adaptability and integration – with various designer handles and presentation options from key cards to wristbands – creating a sense of ease and exclusivity for hoteliers according to Rune Venas, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, Inc.

“The Doubletree Dallas/Richardson needed a powerful security solution with an elegant design to elevate their property to the next level,” said Venas. “With Signature RFID by VingCard, the property manages to match the design elements demanded from today’s business traveler with the high level of security and reliability that VingCard is known for throughout the industry.”

Upon completing installation of Signature RFID, the Doubletree Dallas/Richardson might choose to offer remote check-in to hotel guests with NFC-compatible cell phones, which would allow guests to skip the check-in line and instead use their NFC-enabled cell phones to unlock the guestroom door. Signature RFID is a secure open-platform system compatible with the three leading RFID ISO standards (ISO 14443A/MiFare, ISO 14443B, ISO 15693) and the new NFC transaction platform for cell phones.

An informational video highlighting the check-in process using Signature RFID/NFC can be found online at YouTube.

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