SAFLOK™ Launches Messenger® ZigBee at HITEC 2008

  • 06.26.08
SAFLOK™ launched Messenger® ZigBee one of the industry’s first online bi-directional wireless access control systems to operate on the ZigBee protocol at HITEC 2008 last week.

With this introduction, SAFLOK™ offers a globally accepted communication standard. ZigBee operates at 2.4GHz, which is globally license-free. Messenger® ZigBee offers significant improvements over the original Messenger system launched in 2004.

Messenger® ZigBee brings new meaning to the phrase “online access control system.” It transmits and receives data at a much longer range than Bluetooth technology and features secure networking at 128b AES encryption. The system is also capable of supporting large-scale properties with thousands of communication nodes.

“We are proud to again introduce another first to the hospitality market. The creation of Messenger® ZigBee reflects the depth of talent and resources that only SAFLOK™ and Kaba Lodging Systems can provide. It speaks volumes of our ability as an organization to lead the evolution of the electronic locking industry,” says Kerry Hirschy, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Kaba Lodging Systems.

With the advent of Messenger® ZigBee, entering a guestroom becomes a custom experience tailored to the unique preferences of each guest. Messenger ZigBee works seamlessly with a range of in-room devices to facilitate interoperability and integration. For example, when a frequently returning guest enters her room, Messenger ZigBee has the ability to send a message to room service informing that the guest has arrived and a complimentary welcome gift can be delivered to the room.
“Most properties are open to exploring new technologies that give them an edge over the competition,” added Hirschy. Messenger® ZigBee enables these properties to give their guests a lifestyle experience and differentiate themselves from the norm.

This concept of smart room interoperability helps properties realize a number of key benefits such as enhanced guest experience, reduced expenses, and increased operational efficiency. Messenger® ZigBee also gives properties more control over their staff. An in-room environment can be preset each time a staff key is recognized by the lock. The television can be locked off, the drapes opened and the lights switched on when housekeeping enters a room. Once their task is completed, the staff can use a room-ready key to return all devices to energy-savings hibernation mode.

According to Kaba Lodging Systems’, director of engineering, Ernie Mitchell, “We’ve designed Messenger® ZigBee to provide almost limitless communication features and capabilities. While some systems only work with one communication protocol such as, the near field communications (NFC) protocol, our system works with a variety of protocols including radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR)."

SAFLOK is slated to begin installation of this latest version in a mixed-use luxury property project in Las Vegas. The original Messenger system is installed in locations such as the Trump Taj Mahal in New Jersey, The Greenbrier in West Virginia, and W Hotel New Orleans in Louisiana. Globally, it is installed in the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, and the Development of the King Abdul Aziz Shah Hotel Project in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

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