Best Western’s Renovated French Property Chooses Classic RFID by VingCard® Upgrade Kit


Paris, 23 March, 2010 – VingCard, a leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group, recently completed the installation of its Classic RFID contactless electronic upgrade kit with NFC cell phone compatibility at the Best Western Hôtel de la Paix in Reims, France. The 169-room property, located in the heart of Reims, offers convenient access to some of the most famous locations in the Champagne region, including Tau Palace, the Cathedral and Champagne Houses. The hotel also provides guests with modern amenities like an indoor pool, steam room, eight meeting rooms, an amphitheatre, the Bar La Paix and the Restaurant Café de la Paix. Recently renovated, the hotel’s new modern luxuries are sure to impress even the most critical traveler.

“Our property has been a popular destination in France for many years, but we wanted to update our hotel to provide guests with the most modern luxuries and innovations available today,” said Antoine Renardias, general manager of the Best Western Hôtel de la Paix. “While we were pleased with the performance of our current Classic locks, we wanted to update to the latest RFID technology. With the Classic RFID kit, we were able to keep most of our existing locks and replace only the card reader, a smart and cost-effective choice.”

 The Classic RFID upgrade kit allows properties like Best Western Hôtel de la Paix to keep most of their existing Classic locks and replace only the bezel card reader. Upon completing the lock installation, Best Western Hôtel de la Paix will be fully equipped to provide userfriendly and intuitive guest interaction, including NFC cell phone compatibility, while decreasing the overall workload of the resort’s management and staff. Classic RFID also provides unmatched control and security – with a 600 event audit trail and innovative anti-cloning software – creating a sense of ease for hoteliers according to Christian Hénon, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Europe/Middle East/Africa.

“We are pleased to work with such an established hotel to provide them with top-of-the-line security,” Hénon said. “We are confident that Classic RFID will improve the property’s already high standards and the lock’s ability to blend into the unique atmosphere of the property, will help increase guest satisfaction at the Best Western Hôtel de la Paix.”

Additionally, Classic RFID locks offer the Best Western Hôtel de la Paix the opportunity to go “green”. The energy-efficient locks require fewer battery changes than traditional electronic locks, meaning less waste (not to mention lower battery costs) for the hotelier. Classic RFID’s sealed hardware design also means less maintenance because the mechanism does not require cleaning.

Classic 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. By installing Classic RFID locks, Best Western Hôtel de la Paix will be ready to offer remote check-in to guests with NFC-compatible cell phones.

VingCard Elsafe is the world leader in developing locking systems and electronic in-room safes for the hospitality industry, offering user-friendly security systems that meet the unique operational needs of hotels and resorts.

About VingCard Elsafe
The world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has products installed in more than 39,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 6.5 million hotel rooms. The ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company, is a world leader in security and hospitality systems. VingCard provides numerous electronic locking system solutions, including traditional magnetic-strip, smartcard systems and the latest RFID electronic locks compatible with the main ISO standards: ISO 14.443A (MIFARE), ISO 14.443B, ISO15.693 and NFC-compatible (Near Field Communication), fully integrated PMS interface software solutions, as well as the world leader in wireless online locking solutions for hotels based on ZigBee secured open platform. VingCard has worldwide service and support in more than 166 countries. Elsafe provides the first UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series on the market today in keypad and card-based models. Safes that include a UL-listed internal power outlet to support recharging of laptops and camcorders, full wireless online capabilities and RFID versions compatible with VingCard system. Elsafe customers also enjoy the same worldwide service and support. The ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group is dedicated to the hospitality industry.

About Best Western Hôtel de la Paix
Located in Reims, France, the 169-room property is a popular attraction to many for tourists based on its close proximity to many popular attractions in the Champagne region. The property features a state-of-the-art indoor pool, steam room, the Bar la Paix and the Restaurant Café de la Paix. Featuring eight conference rooms and an amphitheatre, the property is ideal for the business or leisure traveler.

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