Le Germain Calgary Chooses VISIONLINE and Signature RFID by VingCard

DALLAS – May 18, 2009 – VingCard, a leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group, has signed an agreement with Le Germain Calgary to install its wireless RF-online system, VISIONLINE, and Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks. The mixed-use property, featuring 150 hotel guestrooms, 90,000 square feet of office space and 40 condos, will complete the installation by the end of the year, with the first phase scheduled for completion in July.

“Considering the large scale and prestige of this new development, we needed the most reliable, efficient and secure locking systems available to ensure operations run smoothly,” said Victoria Cruz, vice president of marketing for Groupe Germain. “With a combination of the wireless RF-online capabilities of VISIONLINE and the unsurpassed security of Signature RFID door locks, we feel confident that Le Germain Calgary will maintain the security that our guests, tenants and residents expect, while maximizing the efficiency and productivity of our staff.”

Introduced to the market in 2006, VISIONLINE by VingCard offers a cost-effective solution for properties like Le Germain Calgary to facilitate reliable 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 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, Le Germain Calgary can expect to increase employee productivity and guest satisfaction. 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.

 “With the installation of VISIONLINE, we expect our bottom line to benefit significantly,” Cruz said. “From the automatic alerts for locks needing maintenance to master card cancellations with one click, our hotel operation will be able to save time and money every day.”

“Since its introduction, VISIONLINE by VingCard is setting the standard with more than 20,000 wireless guestrooms worldwide now operating under the system,” said Rune Venas, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, Inc. in North America. “Le Germain Calgary can expect VISIONLINE by VingCard to not only impact its bottom line by reducing operation and maintenance costs, but also to provide more convenience and satisfaction for its guests, residents and tenants.”

Built on the ZigBee™ Standard ISO 802.15.4 high-security open platform – the only wireless, highly-secured 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 by VingCard system, Le Germain Calgary also chose Signature RFID electronic locks, which employ the latest locking technology to offer a unique contactless design for user-friendly, intuitive guest interaction paired with unsurpassed security, including anti-cloning technology that provides extra protection against vandalism. Additionally, the property can adapt Signature RFID to its users’ needs, employing options from contactless keycards to wristbands to key fobs, and even cutting-edge NFC cell phones to bring a unique experience to each individual that uses the locks, according to Venas.

 “With such a large, diverse property to secure, Le Germain Calgary needs to equally satisfy its hotel guests, office tenants and condo residents,” Venas said. “The ability to integrate Signature RFID and VISIONLINE by VingCard into any environment will help maintain satisfaction while providing strong, streamlined security throughout the property.”

Upon completing installation of Signature RFID, Le Germain Calgary 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.

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