Marriott Brooklyn Fairfield Installs VingCard RFID System As Contactless Locks Go Mainstream

Brooklyn – November 11, 2013 – The recently opened Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott New York Brooklyn is among the first properties in Marriott International’s midscale Fairfield brand portfolio to feature contactless Signature RFID locks from VingCard, the global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group. In addition, the Marriott Brooklyn Fairfield has implemented VISION, the complementary software platform that provides hotel staff with defined and flexible control over exactly who may access what areas of the property, and when.

VingCard's Signature RFID locks, installed across all of the Marriott Brooklyn Fairfield’s 133 guestrooms, allow for simple, contactless guestroom entry. Requiring little visible locking hardware on the guestroom door, with only a small signal reader needed, Signature RFID locks provide maximum guest security backed by powerful anti-cloning technology that ensures the system cannot be compromised. Crucially, the RFID access readers are designed to be easily adapted to employ the increasingly widespread Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that will ultimately allow travelers to use their mobile devices as room keys. Moreover, Signature RFID locks are more aesthetically pleasing than traditional magnetic stripe locks because they require only a small reader, rather than the bulky card slots that guests are used to seeing.

Marc Freud, managing principal of Troutbrook Co., which owns the Marriott Brooklyn Fairfield, says Signature RFID locks were selected for the several advantages they have compared to traditional magnetic stripe keycards. “First and foremost is the ease of use – it's so much quicker and simpler for a guest to just hold the RFID card near the reader than it is to insert a keycard. RFID cards don't have misreads like magstripe cards sometimes do,” Freud says. “And with so many travelers carrying mobile phones in their pockets these days, magstripe cards are often demagnetized by the phones, which is a cause of frustration for guests and hotel staff alike.”

The hotel's employees appreciate the high guest satisfaction that comes with the simpler ease of use and the elimination of accidental keycard deactivations, Freud says. "Additionally, our managers have considerably more control over the security situation in our hotel thanks to the VISION by VingCard system, which lets them assign and revoke access privileges from a central computer." VISION also includes event log, meaning they can view the previous 600 access attempts on any given hotel lock, giving managers valuable information in the event of a guest dispute.