Luxury Starwood Resorts in Greece Select Advanced RFID Locking Systems From VingCard

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Twin Greek Properties Implement NFC-Compatible Locks,VISION Advanced Access Management Solution

Paris, Nov 8, 2011 – VingCard Elsafe, the global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, has completed installation of its Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks and VISION access management system at a pair of luxury Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide properties in Greece. The 321-room The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort, and the 445-room The Westin Resort Costa Navarino opened last year as two of the most decadent properties of the Peloponnese region.

Both resorts feature Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks, which 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. Each keycard provides updates to the front desk, allowing the hotel’s staff to receive guest information and requests without requiring the guest to visit the front desk, making it possible to respond almost instantly.

Using VingCard’s Signature RFID, the Starwood resorts are able to provide user-friendly and intuitive guest interaction, including NFC mobile phone compatibility, while decreasing the overall workload of the hotel’s management and staff. Signature RFID also provides unmatched control and security, with its 600-event audit trail and innovative anti-cloning software, creating peace-of-mind for hoteliers, says Christian Hénon, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Europe/Middle East/Africa.

“Signature RFID by VingCard is an extremely reliable security solution that is easy to use while still offering guests a variety of flexible access options," Hénon says. "Meanwhile, hoteliers can be confident in knowing that the system is future-proof—despite the impending global move to cell phones with Near Field Communciation technology, better known as NFC, Signature RFID comes ready-made for the conversion." Signature RFID operates on a secure open-platform system compatible with the three leading RFID ISO standards (ISO 14443A/MiFare, ISO 14443B, ISO 15693), in addition to the new NFC transaction platform that is emerging as standard functionality for mobile phones in Europe, North America and elsewhere.

To complement Signature by VingCard electronic locks, the Costa Navarino resorts have also selected the state-of-the-art VISION access management system. The VISION technology offers advanced reporting capabilities to enhance the properties' security, with all access attempts logged to ensure that anyone entering or leaving the resorts and their secure areas is automatically documented. VISION's report templates and flexibility make it easy to quickly extract information about which keys have accessed which doors, and the dedicated portable LockLink interrogation and programming unit lets management view locking events from the audit trail. The VISION system is based on a robust and advanced client server SQL database, ensuring fast and reliable operations and preventing the system from crashing in the event of a single terminal outage. Database files are protected by high-security encryption.

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 around the globe. For more information, visit www.vingcardelsafe.com

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. For more information on VingCard Elsafe, visit www.vingcardelsafe.com