Hotel da Rocha Locks Up Prestige with VISIONLINE, Signature RFID and SENTINEL II by VingCard Elsafe®


Paris 1 march, 2010 – VingCard Elsafe, a leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group, recently completed the installation of VISIONLINE, its wireless RF-online system, Signature RFID, its contactless electronic door locks with NFC cell phone compatibility and SENTINEL II, its leading in-room safes series at the new Hotel da Rocha in Portimão, Portugal. Opened in 2009, the hotel is a modern, first-class property surrounded by sea and golf courses, located in the heart of the Algarve tourist region. Featuring 158 guestrooms, the hotel offers conference rooms, swimming pool and the Grand Caffé Bar, where guests can enjoy an elegant, peaceful evening on the terrace.

“Our property was built as a destination for travelers to get away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives and enjoy a relaxing stay in a serene environment,” said Paulo Renato, manager at Hotel da Rocha. “In order to achieve this relaxed atmosphere, guests need to be assured that their belongings are ultimately safe. We chose VISIONLINE and Signature RFID by VingCard and SENTINEL II by Elsafe, based on the high level of security, efficiency and reliability the company is known for throughout the industry.”

Introduced to the market in 2006, VISIONLINE by VingCard offers a cost-effective solution for properties like Hotel da Rocha 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, Hotel da Rocha 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.

“With VISIONLINE’s unique security features, like the automatic SMS or e-mail maintenance alerts, downloadable audit trails, and low battery alerts, our staff is able to operate at a high efficiency at all times,” said Renato. “The RF-online system allows our staff to utilize their time more wisely in order 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 Hotel da Rocha 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 next-generation NFC cell phones.

Additionally, Hotel da Rocha 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 Christian Hénon, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality in Europe/Middle East/Africa.

“Hotel da Rocha is a top-of-the-line resort that needs a powerful security solution with an elegant design to maintain the highly aesthetic appeal of the property,” said Hénon. “Signature RFID by VingCard adapts to the unique design elements of the hotel while meeting the reliability and functional demands of today’s traveler.”

Upon completing installation of Signature RFID, Hotel da Rocha 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.

In addition to the VISIONLINE and Signature RFID systems, Hotel da Rocha selected state-of-the-art SENTINEL II by Elsafe UL-listed safes, which employ the latest locking technology, including anti-tamper labyrinths and solid-steel hinges to make it one of the most secure in-room safes in the world. With its industry-leading audit trail, spring-loaded door and Flash-RAM memory, the safe is perfect for protecting guests’ valuables, and the attractive, adaptable design makes it perfect for blending into any hotel environment, according to Hénon.

“The SENTINEL II by Elsafe safes offer the right mix of design and security elements for the property,” said Hénon. “And with the ability to upgrade to RFID from digital, Hotel da Rocha can rest assured that their property can easily and affordably upgrade at any time. With a combination of these three powerful security solutions, the property can be confident they are offering the ultimate security pleasing guests and hoteliers alike.”

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.

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