VingCard’s VISIONLINE Wireless RF-Online Solution Secures Mexico’s ExtendedSuites Chain

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VingCard’s VISIONLINE Wireless RF-Online Solution Secures Mexico’s ExtendedSuites Chain

DALLAS – November 17, 2011 – VingCard Elsafe, the global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, announces that its advanced VISIONLINE wireless RF-online locking system and its Signature RFID locks have been selected by ExtendedSuites (Grupo Estancias Extendias) Inc. for implementation across its new ExtendedSuites hotel brand.

As the first extended-stay hotel brand in Mexico, ExtendedSuites launched its debut property in September in Monterrey. The brand—which offers large, apartment-style guestrooms at an affordable rate, including complimentary Internet, local calls and weekly housekeeping—will feature VingCard Elsafe hospitality technology products throughout each of the 124-room hotels across the ExtendedSuites portfolio. “As a new brand, we wanted a security vendor that offered state-of-the-art products that are cost-effective without sacrificing guest safety—VingCard Elsafe fit the bill perfectly,” says Marvin Nahmias, cofounder and chief technology officer for ExtendedSuites.

VingCard’s VISIONLINE system features standalone electronic locks that communicate with a central property server via online radio frequency, eliminating the need to manually encode keycards, cancel master cards or check battery life. A remote audit trail and live card-tracking capabilities provide valuable intelligence in the event of a guest dispute. And optional advanced communication functionality keeps hotel management constantly in the loop regarding security issues via automated text message or email.

ExtendedSuites Monterrey has been open less than two months, and the VISIONLINE system has already proven its value, both in terms of operating costs and guest satisfaction. “On his way out one morning, a guest walked by the front desk and wished the staff a nice day. Simultaneously, the real-time VISIONLINE system issued an alarm to the front desk workers that the guest’s room door was ajar. They alerted him, and needless to say, he was very happy to have been warned,” Nahmias says. “VISIONLINE gives us extraordinary insight into the entire property’s locking system, and the ability to easily monitor guestroom security helps us ensure our guests’ tranquility.”

VISIONLINE likewise reduces operational costs by making staff audits easier. By tracking keycard use on an ongoing basis throughout the day, management can confirm that housekeeping and maintenance staff are making their rounds efficiently and completely. “It makes our costs for auditing so much less because we can do all of that monitoring online,” Nahmias says. “I don’t need to constantly deploy managers to check up on employees because VISIONLINE does it for us. The system gives us so much flexibility.”

Along with VISIONLINE, the ExtendedSuites brand is using Signature RFID locks from VingCard Elsafe, which include NFC cell phone compatibility. Signature RFID offers reliable security features and unprecedented convenience and ease-of-operation for hoteliers and hotel guests alike, including a 600-event audit trail and innovative anti-cloning software. The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) locks allow for simple, contactless guestroom entry. Additionally, the system can be easily adapted to Near Field Communication (NFC)—technology that is expected to be in widespread use globally within a few years and which will enable travelers to use their mobile phones as room keys and could allow guests to go straight to their rooms upon arrival.

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. For more information, please 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 and is part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company. VingCard provides numerous electronic locking system solutions, including traditional magnetic-stripe, 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 only UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series on the market today in keypad and card-based models. Elsafe Safes 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. Orion by VingCard Elsafe is the new Energy Management Solution that reduces energy consumption, ensures guest comfort and contributes to improve hotels green initiatives. The ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group is dedicated to the hospitality industry. For more information on VingCard Elsafe, visit www.vingcardelsafe.com

About ExtendedSuites
ExtendedSuites (Grupo Estancias Extendidas), was organized in 2009, to develop, own, and manage extended stay lodging facilities in Mexico, which are designed to appeal to value-conscious guests. The Chain's facilities are designed to offer quality accommodations for guests at substantially lower rates than most other hotels in the economy segment of the traditional lodging industry. Properties feature fully furnished rooms which are generally rented on a weekly basis to guests such as business travelers, professionals on temporary work assignment, persons between domestic situations, and persons relocating or purchasing a home, with most guests staying for multiple weeks. The Company's facilities provide a variety of features that are attractive to the extended stay guest such as a fully-equipped kitchen, weekly housekeeping with twice-weekly towel service, Flat TVs with free cable hook-up, WI-FI high-speed free Internet access, coin laundromat, security and monitoring top of the line technology, and telephone service with voice mail messaging. The Company's goal is to become a national provider of economy extended stay lodging. The Company intends to achieve this goal by rapidly developing properties in selected markets, providing high value accommodations for its guests, actively managing its properties to increase revenues and reduce operating costs, and increasing awareness of the economy extended stay concept. For more information on ExtendedSuites – Mexico, visit www.extendedsuites.com.mx. Facebook: /extendedsuites or Twitter: @extendedsuites