The Madison to Partner with VingCard Elsafe

Washington, D.C., September 12, 2012 – Centrally located to all things D.C., The Madison after recently completing a $22 million dollar renovation has installed VingCardElsafe's Signature RFID Online locks and the Orion energy management system, both of which are supported by the VISIONLINE software solution in order to more effectively control the daily energy output of the historic hotel.

The VISIONLINE software system by VingCard Elsafe is comprised of a wireless locking system that has standalone electronic hotel locks operating in online mode through a specific radio frequency that operates on a high security open platform. The Orion system is comprised of wireless digital thermostats, occupancy sensors, door position interfaces, remote server software and a comprehensive dashboard reporting interface. The room control dashboard provides an overview of guestroom electronic systems, including occupancy status, locks, safes, lighting and total energy consumption. Orion automatically assumes control of ambient temperature when guestrooms are unoccupied, preventing them from becoming either too warm or too cold. Upon guests' return, the system automatically resumes the preset temperature settings. In addition, the Orion system interfaces with the hotel's property management system to pre-condition the room upon guest check-in and automatically engage enhanced energy savings mode upon check-out.

Using this system, The Madison will have a real-time dashboard overview of conditions in each of our 356 guestrooms,providing valuable information such as occupancy status, temperature and total energy consumption, which in turn will inform hotel staff about which guestrooms are the most energy-efficient and offers clues on how to improve the hotel’s utilities consumption for the sake of the environment.

“As we emerge from our restoration, the addition of the VingCard Elsafe system is the next step in the transformation of The Madison,” says Managing Director Jim Horsman. “As we move into Inauguration and our 50th anniversary in 2013, we are looking to the future of The Madison and ways to become a more energy-efficient hotel.”

VingCard Elsafe’s Orion energy management system is reducing unnecessary energy consumption at hotels worldwide. “VingCard Elsafe is doing our part to help the world become a little greener—and to help our valued hotel partners, like The Madison, in turn to allocate more financial resources to ensuring a premier guest stay experience,” says Tim Shea, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality.

The Madison
Located in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C., The Madison offers guests the respite of a classic country house hotel located within our capital’s vibrant cityscape. Just steps away from the White House and other historic landmarks, The Madison is the gateway to all things Washington. The hotel’s 356 well-appointed guestrooms include nine suites that balance efficiency and elegance and are equipped with contemporary amenities for elevated comfort, including complimentary high speed wi-fi. The hotel’s Jefferson Suite was recently listed on the top 101 Suites in the World in Elite Traveler. For reservations, or more information, please call, 202-862-1600, 1-800-424-8577 or visit us at Twitter:; Facebook:

In partnership with Jamestown, a leading asset and management firm based in Atlanta, GA., The Madison is operated by Destination Hotels & Resorts, a leading hospitality management firm recognized for its collection of high-quality independent hotels.

Founded in 1983 with headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. and Cologne, Germany and offices in New York City, San Francisco, Ca., Boston, Mass., and Washington, D.C., Jamestown is a leader in acquisitions and value added management. Over 29 years, Jamestown has generated approximately $8 billion in strategic investments. The company is focused across the risk spectrum with core, core-plus and opportunistic funds in two primary markets: 24-hour cities and Sunbelt territories with strong demographic growth. For more information, visit

Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hospitality management company headquartered in Colorado. With nearly 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth largest hospitality management company in the country. The company’s portfolio features more than 9,300 guest rooms, 18 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Chicago, Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Palos Verdes, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit

About VingCard Elsafe
The world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has products installed in more than 42,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 7 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