Valentines Resort and Marina Engages VingCard for Security at Renowned Bahamian Property


HARBOUR ISLAND, Bahamas, 27/Sep, 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 the Valentines Resort and Marina. Located on Harbour Island in the Bahamas, the property features 40 luxury suites and draws guests not only from points in southern Florida but also travelers from around the world.

“Harbour Island is known and visited by the travel elite for our famous pink sand beaches and brilliant turquoise water, our world-renowned hospitality is why guests continue to return,” said Alexis Ross, office Manager of the Valentines Resort and Marina. “When our guests want to escape, our property provides the mixture of classic architecture, historic dwellings and modern amenities that offer the comfort and relaxation desired on a tropic vacation. But most importantly, with the installation of Signature RFID by VingCard, we also provide the added security that gives our guests peace-of-mind so they can relax.

” 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.

“Signature RFID provides an efficient security solution that allows our hotel to stay on top of all of our guests’ needs,” said Tam. “Our staff is more productive with Signature RFID’s unique features, including keycard updates to the front desk, which allow staff to stay up-to-date on important guest information and respond more quickly to each guest’s needs.”

The Valentines Resort and Marina will be 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 control and security – with a 600-event audit trail and innovative anti-cloning software – creating a sense of ease for hoteliers according to Rune Venas, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, Inc. in North America.

 “The Valentines Resort and Marina’s clientele desires a relaxing tropical vacation, with a highly reliable and adaptable security solution that delivers unmatched security. By providing convenient and easy-to-use technology, guests are confident in the system’s ability to protect their belongings while ensuring overall comfort,” said Venas. “Signature RFID by VingCard is a reliable, adaptable solution that offers convenient options while guaranteeing the highest levels of security.”

 Additionally, Signature RFID locks offer the Valentines Resort and Marina 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. Signature RFID’s sealed hardware design also means less maintenance because the mechanism does not require cleaning.

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. By installing Signature RFID locks, the Valentines Resort and Marina will be ready to offer remote check-in to guests with NFC-compatible cell phones. After making a reservation but prior to arrival at the hotel, guests will receive a booking confirmation number, room number and encrypted room key access code through an encrypted Short Message System (SMS) to their NFC-enabled cell phone, allowing them to bypass the check-in line upon arrival and go straight to the room, where their NFC-enabled cell phones will unlock the guestroom door.

An informational video highlighting the check-in process using Signature RFID/NFC can be found online at

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