Hotel Okura Selects Signature RFID by VingCard® to Preserve Its History and Secure Its Future


Paris – 29 March, 2010 – VingCard, a leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group, recently completed the installation of its Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks with NFC cell phone compatibility at Hotel Okura Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The 301-room property boasts of an executive health club with a gym, swimming pool, massages and Turkish steam rooms as well as a shopping arcade directly below the property. The executive business center can accommodate up to 1500 persons and the hotel also features four international restaurants, two bars and “Taste of Okura,” a culinary center where guests can learn to cook their own food. Located in the heart of the city, on the Amstel Canal, the property is close to the financial, cultural and entertainment districts of Amsterdam and is an ideal destination for the business or leisure traveler.

“As one of Europe’s largest historical cities, Amsterdam draws a large, diverse group of people,” said Niek Hammer, rooms director at the Hotel Okura Amsterdam. “Our property is able to offer the most updated amenities, while still offering the charming appeal of a hotel rich with the city’s history. Our property needed a locking solution with the strength and efficiency to keep up with the demands of the today’s hotel guests, and the adaptability to fit into any hotel environment.”

Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks 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.

“With Signature RFID’s unique features, our property can stay ahead of our guests’ needs,” said Hammer. “Each keycard provides updates to the front desk, allowing our staff to receive important information in significantly less time. Our staff is now more efficient which keeps our guests very happy as our staff is able to respond almost instantly to guest requests.”

Hotel Okura Amsterdam will be fully equipped to provide userfriendly 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 control and security – with a 600-event audit trail and innovative anticloning software – creating a sense of ease for hoteliers according to Christian Hénon, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Europe/Middle East/Africa.

“Hotel Okura Amsterdam needs a highly reliable security solution that is easy-to-use and can adapt to the unique needs of the property,” said Hénon. “With Signature RFID by VingCard, the property can offer guests a variety of options, from wristbands to keycards, allowing guests convenient options while still providing the ultimate level of security.”

Additionally, Signature RFID locks offer Hotel Okura Amsterdam the opportunity to go “green”. The energyefficient locks require fewer battery changes than traditional electronic locks, meaning less waste (not to mention lower battery costs) for the hotelier. Signature RFID’s sealed hardware design also means less maintenance because the mechanism does not require cleaning.

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 Hotel Okura Amsterdam An Okura Hotels & Resorts Group property, Hotel Okura Amsterdam is located in the heart of the capital city of the Netherlands. On the banks of the Amstel Canal, the property offers 400 rooms, executive health club, shopping arcade and meeting space for up to 1,500 people. Featuring four international restaurants, two bars and the “Taste of Okura,” a culinary center for guests, the property draws a diverse crowd from worldwide destinations.

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