Kingkey Chooses Reliability and Guest-Friendly Interaction from VingCard®

Shanghai – 26 October, 2009 – VingCard, a leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group, completed the installation of its standalone electronic locking solution, Classic by VingCard, at the Kingkey Palace Hotel in Shenzhen, China. A city of amusement parks and the hub for China’s eight famous cuisines, Shenzhen is a popular tourist attraction. With its guest-friendly process, Classic by VingCard satisfies the demands of even the most demanding traveler.

“Our property needed a reliable, user-friendly locking solution that could be used by our diverse guests,” said Mr. Huaxing Chen, purchasing manager of the Kingkey Palace Hotel. “The Classic lock provided the highest level of security while employing a system that proved simple and convenient for guests.”

Classic by VingCard employs cutting-edge technology to offer a unique design for user-friendly guest interaction. The system utilizes a highquality brass escutcheon reinforced by a steel plate and solid brass handles to provide unsurpassed security to hotels. The system also uses a unique life safety cylinder, a recordable emergency overdrive, and a “panic release” deadbolt activated by a single action of the inner handle.

“With Classic by VingCard, our staff can easily maintain total control of the property and the needs of our guests,” said Chen. “The ability to recode locks from outside the room and new ‘flash’ technology that allows us to reprogram or update locks without replacing expensive hardware, has changed the way our hotel operates.”

The standalone electronic lock is controlled by software existing in the individual lock and activated by cards coded in the issuing computer. Since the cylinder is recoded from the outside of the lock, the key cards can be recoded without disturbing guests at the property. Built with a full mortise ANSI or EURO lock case, with a security latch and strong deadbolt, the Classic lock has been tested in more than 1.2 million openings without visible signs of wear and tear according to Tommy Leung, Managing Director ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Greater China.

“The Classic lock is one of our most popular standalone electronic locks for hotel properties worldwide,” said Leung. “The self-lubricating, long life bearings combined with our unique security features will provide the property with a long-term, reliable locking solution they can count on.”

 Additionally, by installing Classic by VingCard, The Kingkey Palace Hotel will have the option to easily and cost-effectively upgrade their Classic locks in the future to employ contactless technology as well as Near Field Communication (NFC) cell phone compatibility. With Classic RFID by VingCard, existing VingCard customers don’t need to replace their current locks entirely; instead, only the end cap and card reader needs to be changed. The three-step upgrade requires hoteliers to 1) remove the outside Classic by VingCard escutcheon, 2) replace the end-cap with the new Classic RFID by VingCard module, and 3) enjoy the benefits of contactless RFID.

“The Kingkey Palace can rest assured that they have installed a locking solution that will continue to adapt based on constantly changing technology,” said Leung. “Should the hotel desire RFID technology, in just a few simple steps, the property can be up and running on Classic RFID. This will allow them to enjoy the benefits of upgrading to RFID technology without any downtime or unnecessary cost.”

Classic RFID is a secure open-platform system compatible with the three leading RFID ISO standards (ISO 14443A/MiFare, ISO 14443B, ISO 15693) and also the Near Field Communication (NFC) transaction platform for cell phones, therefore eliminating the guesswork for hoteliers in choosing the right technology standard.

Part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, VingCard is the world leader in developing locking systems for the hospitality industry, offering user-friendly security systems that meet the unique operational needs of hotels and resorts.

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