Holiday Inn Express Installs ILCO Contactless 790 Lock

  • dormakaba
  • 05.22.08
The new Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites was designed to blend the warm hospitality of historic Halifax with the newest technology.

Founded in 1749, Halifax was the first British town in Canada. Opened early this month, the Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites is the first hotel in Halifax to use RFID (radio frequency identification) hotel locks. 

“The owners decided to invest in the convenience of RFID (radio frequency identification) to enhance guest experience,” says Vahé Kouyoumdjian, P.Eng., project manager, Kingslake Group. He says he will propose that the other properties also use this RFID technology.

Located near the Halifax International Airport, the hotel has 119 guestroom locks, a business center lock, and common area locks (equipped with panic bars) for the pool and corridor exits.

“We chose to work with ILCO’s 790 contactless electronic locks because we wanted a state-of-the-art system in our new hotel,” says Cheryl Ann Grigg, general manager, Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites. The sophisticated design and reliable engineering make the 790 contactless locks an excellent option for hotels.

In addition to the 790 locks, this Holiday Inn Express uses ILCO’s stand-alone Next Generation FDU (front desk unit) to accelerate the check-in process. The Next Generation FDU completes front desk tasks quickly and offers most of the features found in sophisticated PC-based systems – making it one of the most cost-effective RFID systems. The unit encodes keycards, tracks system and access control data, programs locks, and manages and audits locks. Easy to use, it requires minimal training.

Grigg includes the RFID encoders and readers – and not having to swipe keycards – on her list of most useful features. Staff and guests appreciate the RFID keycards, which don’t have to be inserted into a lock a certain way and avoid complication for guests entering their room. Instead, the RFID keycards are simply presented to the lock. The RFID keycards are not susceptible to demagnetizing and are also available in fobs and wristband forms.

She also appreciates the easy programming and auditing of locks. Using contactless credentials and read-write technology, management can track employee movements by auditing staff keycards. The locks can be audited via staff smartcards. Security personnel only need an audit keycard to interrogate a lock. And staff members automatically bring back audit information – without maintenance staff making a special trip to download lock information.

“Our experience with the system has been excellent,” says Grigg. “It is very user-friendly.”
According to John Sarrouf, Kaba Ilco Inc., vice president of sales North America, “We are proud to have the 790 installed in the Halifax Holiday Inn Express.  The contactless 790 lock has met with great success early in its release demonstrating the market’s understanding of the value and utility of this new technology.”

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