Marriott Chooses Diverse Protection from VingCard Elsafe® for Its Latest Property in Colombia’s Cult


Dallas – 13 April, 2010 – VingCard Elsafe, the leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group, recently completed the installation of its Signature by VingCard electronic door locks and SENTINEL II by Elsafe in-room safes at the Bogota Marriott Hotel in Bogota, Colombia. Located in one of the business hubs of the city, the property is only minutes from the El Dorado International Airport. Featuring 239 guestrooms, 8,611 square feet of meeting space, an italian restaurant, lounge, sushi bar, indoor pool and exercise room, the hotel offers the ultimate luxuries to its guests. As the geographical, political, cultural and financial center of the country, Bogota draws travelers from around the world, creating a sense of urgency for the hotel to provide the ultimate in security and efficiency to meet the needs of their guests.

“Our hotel offers guests a prime location for exploring the culturally diverse city of Bogota while providing a luxurious and secure environment for guests within its walls,” said Ricardo Menendez, general manager at the Bogota Marriott Hotel. “Every detail of the property was designed to provide the ultimate guest experience from the sound-proof windows to the Signature by VingCard electronic door locks, which provide the ultimate in security and ease-of-mind.”

Signature by VingCard electronic door locks offer highly reliable security features and provide unprecedented convenience and ease-of-operation for hoteliers and hotel guests alike. The magnetic stripe reader reads on both insert and removal for optimal accuracy, and the lock uses a powerful 600- event audit trail for optimal security. With the panic release function and reprogrammable FLASH RAM lock memory, the lock provides the ultimate security for guests.

“We have chosen top-of-the-line across the board to create an experience unlike any other,” said Menendez. “When guests leave here we want them to have a strong, lasting impression of our property. With the lock’s design adaptability our guests can experience the highest level of security without taking away from our unique atmosphere.”

Signature by VingCard provides unmatched adaptability and integration – with various designer handles, alternative bezel designs and a wide range of finishes – creating a sense of ease and exclusivity for hoteliers according to Rune Venas, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality in North America.

“Marriott Bogota chose our Signature by VingCard system based several important factors, including the design standards and adaptability as well as the efficiency and reliability,” said Venas. “Signature by VingCard provides a delicate mix of design and security elements meeting the highest standards of the property.”

To complement Signature by VingCard electronic locks, Marriott Bogota 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 ideal for any hotel environment.

“SENTINEL II by Elsafe safes make a statement in any property with their sleek, attractive design,” said Venas. “The ability to also provide strength, adaptability and convenience makes the SENTINEL II by Elsafe safe one of the leaders in the industry. By combining the Signature by VingCard and SENTINEL II by Elsafe systems, the Marriott Bogota can provide the ultimate in security, functionality and design, 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.

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 Bogota Marriott Hotel
The Bogota Marriott Hotel is located in the business hub of Bogota, less than 10 minutes from the El Dorado International Airport. The 239-room property features an indoor pool, fitness center, 8,611 square feet of meeting space, restaurant and lobby bar. The property also features nearby opportunities for mini golf, squash and tennis as well as access to one of the most extensive bike routes of any city in the world.

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