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Turnberry Resort’s Renovation Includes Signature RFID by VingCard and SENTINEL II by Elsafe

  • ASSA ABLOY Hospitality
  • 02.16.10
VingCard Elsafe, a leading hospitality security provider and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, recently completed the installation of its Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks with NFC cell phone compatibility and SENTINEL II by Elsafe in-room safes at the Turnberry Resort in Turnberry, Scotland.

The property, an 800-acre resort nestled on the Ayrshire coast, features the Ailsa course, which is currently the No. 1 course in the United Kingdom and Ireland in Britain and has hosted four Open Championships since its opening in 1901. The resort features exclusive lodges and more than 100 guestrooms in the main house which also features two restaurants, bar, tea lounge, spa, swimming pool and a state-of-the-art Technogym Fitness Studio. With conference facilities, a pro shop and the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy, the resort is an ideal destination for the experienced traveller as well as the avid golfer.

“Our property has been a world-renowned destination for years,” said Elio Abruzzo, IT manager at the Turnberry Resort. “And by hosting our fourth Open Championship this year, we have had an influx of guests. In order to meet the security needs of our guests, we had to operate at a more efficient level than ever before, which is why we chose a secure, reliable system like Signature RFID from VingCard in order to handle the increased activity.”

Signature RFID contactless electronic door locks offer highly reliable security features and provide unprecedented convenience and ease-of-operation for hoteliers and hotel guests alike. The radio frequency identification (RFID) locks allow for contactless guestroom entry and are compatible with next-generation NFC cell phones.

“With Signature RFID by VingCard, our staff can operate more efficiently, not only increasing the productivity of our entire property, but the overall satisfaction of our guests,” said Abruzzo. “Based on the locks’ unique features, our staff can maintain total security around the property at all times, with features like the system’s 600-event audit trail and VingCard’s patented anti-cloning technology.”

Turnberry Resort is fully equipped to provide user-friendly and intuitive guest interaction, including NFC cell phone compatibility, while decreasing the overall workload of the resort’s management and staff. Signature RFID also provides unmatched adaptability and integration – with various designer handles and presentation options from key cards to wristbands – creating a sense of ease and exclusivity for hoteliers according to Christian Hénon, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Europe/Middle East/Africa.

“Turnberry Resort ultimately needed a powerful locking system that would blend with the luxurious and historic appeal of the property, while offering the maximum security,” said Hénon. “With Signature RFID, the property was able to choose the right mix of both design and security elements, pleasing guests and hoteliers alike.”

To complement Signature RFID electronic locks, Turnberry Resort selected state-of-the-art SENTINEL II by Elsafe UL-listed safes, which employ the latest locking technology, including anti-tamper labyrinths and solid-steel hinges to make it one of the most secure in-room safes in the world. With its industry-leading audit trail, spring-loaded door and Flash-RAM memory, the safe is perfect for protecting guests’ valuables, and the attractive, adaptable design makes it perfect for blending into any hotel environment, according to Hénon.

“The ability to integrate SENTINEL II safes into any hotel environment allows the hotel to make a statement while protecting its guests,” said Hénon. “By combining this design element with the strongest security available today, the Turnberry Resort can rely on a secure system that is extremely user-friendly.”

Upon completing installation of Signature RFID, Turnberry Resort might choose to offer remote checkin to hotel guests with NFC-compatible cell phones, which would allow guests to skip the checkin line and instead use their NFC-enabled cell phones to unlock the guestroom door. Signature RFID is a secure open-platform system compatible with the three leading RFID ISO standards (ISO 14443A/MiFare, ISO 14443B, ISO 15693) and the new NFC transaction platform for cell phones.

An informational video highlighting the check-in process using Signature RFID/NFC can be found online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUHOOUBJr6s.

VingCard Elsafe is a world leader in developing locking systems for the hospitality industry, offering user-friendly security systems that meet the unique operational needs of hotels and resorts.

A world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has products installed in more than 35,000 properties worldwide, securing more than 6 million hotel rooms. The ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company, is a world leader in security and hospitality systems. The North American division of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality brings three security brands to hotels throughout the United States and Canada, including VingCard electronic locking system solutions, Elsafe UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series, and TimeLox security solutions for gaming properties and other large resorts.

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