Holiday Inn City of Knowledge Makes Smart Choice with Signature by VingCard and Xtra II by Elsafe


New Panama City Property Chooses Leading Hospitality Security Provider to Upgrade Security and Efficiency

The 137-room property hosts travelers from all over the world, from business travelers visiting Panama City's nearby banking district to tourists enjoying Panama’s many interesting sites. Because of the hotel’s heavy guest traffic and its multiple access points, ownership group Bern Hotels & Resorts sought a locking solution that guarantees the highest security, while also providing peak efficiency for the hotel staff.

Holiday Inn Management ultimately selected VingCard’s Signature RFID solution to meet their unique security needs. The contactless electronic door locks offer highly reliable security features and provide unprecedented convenience and ease-of-operation for hoteliers and guests alike. The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) locks allow for contactless guestroom entry and are compatible with next-generation NFC cell phones. The 600-event audit trail and VingCard’s patented anti-cloning technology are some of the product’s features that let Holiday Inn City of Knowledge staff maintain complete and reliable security around the property at all times.

Holiday Inn City of Knowledge is fully equipped to provide user-friendly and intuitive guest interaction, including NFC cell phone compatibility, while decreasing the overall workload of the resort’s management and staff. Signature RFID also provides unmatched adaptability and integration—with a variety of designer handles and presentation options from key cards to wristbands—creating a sense of style and exclusivity for any hotel, according to Rune Venas, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality North America.

“The Holiday Inn City of Knowledge has a very attractive and ideal location for all kinds of travelers,” Venas says. “But that same attractive location makes even small inefficiencies in design a huge problem for guests and hoteliers. With Signature RFID, the hotel can maintain its high standards for productivity while maintaining a secure and aesthetically pleasing locking solution for guests.”

To complement Signature RFID electronic locks, Holiday Inn City of Knowledge also selected the secure and affordably priced Xtra II by Elsafe in-room safe solution. With five distinctive security safe models to choose from, this exciting new series features sleek, classic styling, advanced digital electronics, solid steel construction, a proprietary quick-change battery system, anti-tamper labyrinths and Elsafe’s reputation for reliability. The Xtra II series includes the industry’s leading audit trail system and Elsafe’s convenient handheld SafeLink controller.

“The Xtra II safe offers adaptability, security and reliability that nevertheless comes at a price point that easily fits any hotel budget,” Venas says. “These safes provide guests with Elsafe’s famous secure design while protecting the bottom line of the hotelier.”

Holiday Inn City of Knowledge may eventually 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.

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

About City of Holiday Inn® City of Knowledge Travelers looking for Panama hotel deals will appreciate the great location and outstanding array of amenities found at the Holiday Inn® City of Knowledge. Located just minutes away from some of the best attractions and businesses in Panama, the property offers both convenience and great value. Leisure guests are often drawn to the family-friendly Panama City hotel's close proximity to several of the city's best attractions, including the visitor center at Miraflores Locks at the Panama Canal, the Albrook Shopping Center (with free shuttle service from our hotel) and the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. But guests don't even have to leave the hotel to enjoy a sparkling, outdoor pool in a beautifully landscaped courtyard, the well-equipped 24-hour fitness center or our gift shop for a souvenir. For more information, visit