Classic by VingCard® and Infinity Digital by Elsafe® Lock Up Spanish Treasure in Costa Brava

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Paris 18/may 2010 – VingCard Elsafe, the leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, completed the installation of its state of the art electronic locking solution, Classic by VingCard, and Infinity II by Elsafe in-room safes, at The Alva Park Resort & Spa in Costa Brava, Spain. This Catalonia hotel located in legendary Costa Brava is a sanctuary of luxurious accommodation where relaxation and fine dining are the most important items on the agenda. This 86-room property is lavish in design, with hotel grounds that echo the privacy and modern environment the Alva Resort treasures, featuring the first ever Molton Brown Spa complete with a fitness room and its signature Indian Princess Bath. The property also includes a kids club for families and prime conference space for business travelers. Only half an hour away from the Barcelona Airport, this signature hotel accommodates guests with its close proximity to Barcelona, Girona and the many landmarks of Lloret de Mar in Costa Brava, making the property a location of prime perfection for every traveler.

“This hotel was designed to create the ultimate travel experience for every guest,” said Jose Luis Cases, General Manager of The Alva Park Resort and Spa. “And since safety is a top priority, we chose Classic by VingCard to secure our guests and their valuables. The system’s unique security features allow us to satisfy the demands of our guests while offering them the safest experience possible at The Alva Park Resort and Spa.”

With more than 15 years of proven performance in properties worldwide, Classic by VingCard employs cutting-edge technology to offer a unique design for user-friendly guest interaction. 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 through more than 1.2 million openings without visible signs of wear and tear. The system also uses a unique life safety cylinder, a recodable emergency overdrive, and a “panic release” deadbolt activated by a single action of the inner handle, providing unsurpassed security to hotels.

“Classic by VingCard allows our staff to constantly operate at the maximum efficiency in order to maintain the highest and most effective levels of security,” said Cases. “The 600-event audit trail and new ‘flash’ technology gives our property the capability to update and reprogram the locking systems without having to replace the aesthetics, offering unprecedented convenience for the hotel.”

To complement the Classic system, Alva Park Resort & Spa has chosen to install Infinity II by Elsafe. Infinity II by Elsafe combines the same unmatched security standards Elsafe is known for around the world, packaged in a functional, modern design, making it an ideal in-room safe for quality- and designconscious hoteliers, without compromising guests’ security needs. The safe series is designed on a flexible platform to accommodate quick and easy upgrades. Migrating from the standard Infinity II digital safe to the Infinity II RFID/NFC system is made simple, as is upgrading to a wireless RFonline platform for remote communication with a central server for both Infinity II digital and RFID/NFC.

“Alva Park was looking for a solution to their in-room security needs that would be pleasing to guests and hoteliers alike,” said Christian Hénon, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Europe/Middle East/Africa. “Infinity II by Elsafe satisfies requirements for in-room safety and functionality. The design is optimal with a high gloss pure black and optional white finish and Infinity II by Elsafe mirrors the sleek look and feel of today’s popular electronics, with all of these details it truly makes this in-room safe one-of-a-kind.”

In addition to featuring an industry-leading audit trail and an attractive, ergonomic design, there are four unique features that, while invisible to the guest, make Infinity II by Elsafe highly secure, and also helped Elsafe obtain its UL-1037 certification for this series. Today, Elsafe is the only electronic in-room safes for hotel manufacturers that have obtained such prestigious UL-1037 certification. These features include:

  • Hook-style interlocking mechanism for higher security
  • Anti-tamper labyrinth mechanism to prevent tampering
  • Solid piece, cold-pressed curved steel door that provides additional strength
  • Extended solid steel hinges permanently arc-welded to the door

“The Alva Park Hotel Resort & Spa takes pride in the details, and top-notch security is one of them,” said Hénon. “The VingCard Elsafe II in-room safes allow for easy upgrades ensuring the property’s security is always the most advanced in the industry, leaving no question to the integrity of security the hotel provides.”

VingCard Elsafe is the world leader in developing locking systems for the hospitality industry, offering userfriendly 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.

The Alva Park Resort and Spa
The Alva Park Resort and Spa in Costa Brava, Spain is a five star luxury resort and Five Diamond award winning hotel. Located on the famous Platja de Fenals in Costa Brava, the 98-room property is a sanctuary for travelers in an urban setting. Alva Park provides elegance in all ways with spa and fitness facilities, as well as four featured restaurants and banquet halls for business or special occasion. The 24-hour concierge, and further amenties such as wireless internet, garage parking, and car rentals, leaves no amenity forgotten. With the hotel on the Llorlet de Mar and close to other landmarks of Costa Brava, the city of Barcelona and Girona, this Resort and Spa is an ideal destination for both business and leisure travelers.

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