ILCO Launches New Contactless 790 Lock

  • dormakaba
  • 03.28.08
Kaba Ilco Inc., a global leader in access control solutions, announced the launch of its new RFID (radio frequency identification) lock – the contactless 790 electronic lock – at the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) 2008 national convention.

The contactless 790 electronic lock is an ideal solution for hoteliers looking for optimal security and operational efficiency. It is the result of many years of developing highly effective control systems for the hospitality industry.
 
According to John Sarrouf, vice president of sales at ILCO, “Kaba Ilco Inc. is committed to delivering cutting-edge and technologically advanced solutions. The new 790 electronic lock uses the latest RFID technology to answer hoteliers’ needs for both guest security and staff efficiency.”

Targeted at the mid-tier market, the 790 lock is a cost-effective solution. “We believe that all market segments deserve to benefit from the advancements of RFID technology, and through our investments in research and development we’ve made possible a cost-competitive RFID design,” Sarrouf added.

The 790 lock is a versatile product with the ability to read/write information to a variety of RFID credentials, such as keycards, wristbands and fobs. More sophisticated credentials can store a greater variety of information and enable more elaborate functions.

The 790 lock is easy to use for guests and staff alike. With an ergonomically designed, intuitive contactless reader, guests simply need to present their keycards to the lock to gain access to their rooms.

An audit trail (that specifies the date/time each lock was accessed) is recorded on employee keycards. Locks can be easily interrogated using audit keycards and a standard mechanical key override, giving peace of mind to hotel management and security staff. With multiple locking options such as mortise, cylindrical latch, European mortise, panic bar and remote access controllers, the 790 lock can secure every door on the property. Guestrooms, entrances and exits, elevators, parking gates, offices and other common areas can benefit from the high level of security that the lock brings.
 
To enhance its performance and make it a truly standalone solution, the contactless 790 lock can work in conjunction with ILCO’s Next Generation FDU (Front Desk Unit). The FDU operates independently without a dedicated computer, thus saving money. It also works with the Web-based ATLAS (Advanced Technology Lodging Access Solution) system. All electronics and batteries are located in the front lock housing, so there is no need to disturb guests for maintenance. Software upgrades can be implemented on site.

One of the challenges commonly faced by owners and operators is the demagnetization of the magnetic stripe on the back of the keycards. This demagnetization occurs as a result of repeated use, static disturbance from cell phones, etc. The use of the contactless MIFARE keycard credentials effectively addresses this concern, no longer making demagnetization an issue. Additionally, the 790 lock reader is fully encased, protecting it against vandalism.

As part of its new product promotion, ILCO is offering 1,000 MIFARE mini keycards (a $750 value) to the first 10 convention visitors that purchase 75 or more 790 locks. For a one-on-one product demonstration of the contactless 790 electronic lock, visit booth 817.




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