VingCard Elsafe Widens Lead In RFID Locking Systems Technology With Speed, Range Enhancements

DALLAS – January 20, 2012 – VingCard Elsafe, the global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, announces newly implemented enhancements to the electronics and lock control units of its best-in-class RFID locking systems that are providing an even more satisfying guest experience, while building upon the company’s strident security standards.
Recent advancements to VingCard’s RFID locking technology—which include, among other improvements, a newly optimized internal antenna—have increased the reading speed of the systems by almost 50% over earlier versions. Similarly, the new platform enables RFID locks to read keycards from more than twice as far.

"VingCard Elsafe has been at the forefront of the global adoption of RFID technology in hotel locks, since we launched the first RFID contactless lock for the hospitality industry five years ago,” says Rune Venas, executive vice president of business development for VingCard Elsafe. These latest significant enhancements to our RFID technology offerings ensure that VingCard Elsafe will remain a driver of hotel security innovation."

VingCard Elsafe introduced RFID locking technology in 2006, and has since installed more than half a million RFID locks at properties around the globe. In addition to RFID’s many security and operational benefits, one of the key factors in VingCard Elsafe’s decision to develop this technology was its ability to eliminate a concern with traditional magstripe keycards. Because magstripe cards are easily de-magnetized by being kept in close proximity to cell phones, guest keycards must often be re-encoded. RFID technology effectively eliminates that issue, and has proven to be a more secure and reliable platform overall.

Due to the company’s strong commitment to R&D and implementation of this technology, all major international hotel chains are now adopting RFID for their guestroom locking solutions, and this industry-wide adoption has made RFID the new locking technology standard worldwide.

VingCard’s suite of RFID product offerings—which include the Classic RFID, Signature RFID and Signature RFID Remotus designs—all feature contactless access control via guest-friendly Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) encoded communication, and offer reliable security features, such as proprietary anti-cloning keycard technology.

VingCard Elsafe is the world leader in the development 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.

”Since the company’s founding, VingCard Elsafe has been setting the technology standards in the global hospitality industry, and we continue with our strong commitment to innovation to provide a simpler and more secure experience for customers and guests alike,” Venas says.

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