Orion by VingCard Elsafe, the Revolutionary New Wireless Energy Management Solution, Wins Selective IHMRS Editor’s Choice Award

  • ASSA ABLOY Hospitality
  • 12.16.10
A global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group received the prestigious Editor’s Choice Award during the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) in New York, winning for its innovative Energy Management Solution: Orion by VingCard Elsafe.

This new and revolutionary solution allows hotel properties to save energy, enhance guest comfort and promote their green initiatives by managing guestroom temperatures via an online local network and/or Web-based server. By precisely monitoring and reporting occupancy as guests travel in and out of guestrooms, temperature settings are accurately controlled and energy is saved, all without compromising guest comfort.
VingCard Elsafe’s new intelligent Energy Management Solution can integrate into a hotel’s wireless online locking system, thereby offering guests the maximum in comfort and safety. Orion by VingCard Elsafe also is designed to meet global needs and can be used in any hotel regardless of door lock system. Hotel staff efficiency and HVAC performance is increased through an innovative monitoring and reporting system. Orion by VingCard Elsafe is one of the most environmentally friendly solutions in the industry today.

Of over 100 entries, only nine exhibitors were honored during the opening ceremonies, which recognized best new products within the categories of design, equipment and supplies, guest amenities, linens and technology, as well as an eco-friendly equivalent to each of these categories.

“We are honored that IHMRS recognized Orion by VingCard Elsafe as a revolutionary solution for hotel energy management, and chose to present us with this award. Orion by VingCard Elsafe provides unprecedented control for hoteliers – now runaway energy costs can be controlled and staff productivity can be improved,” said David Nowak, director of EMS sales and business development for ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. “Energy is one of the highest costs for a hotel property; Orion by VingCard Elsafe will save money for properties by decreasing these charges and increasing the efficiency of hotel staff. Most importantly for hoteliers, Orion by VingCard Elsafe helps to improve the comfort and overall experience for hotel guests while contributing to improve hotels´ green initiatives.”

Editors from leading hospitality trade publications reviewed over 100 submissions of new products and chose the winners based on innovative product design, how a product answers a particular industry need, creative use of material or construction, and development or use of a new technology. Judges for the 15th annual IHMRS Editors’ Choice Awards were Michael Birchenall, Foodservice Monthly; Kris Burnett, Hospitality Upgrade; Glenn Hasek, Green Lodging News; Dennis Nessler, Hotel Business; Len Vermillion, Lodging; and Ed Watkins, Lodging Hospitality.

The success of Orion by VingCard Elsafe comes three years after the launch of VISIONLINE, the wireless RF-online locking system.
“VISIONLINE has developed over the years into the ultimate in convenience and ease of use for a locking solution. Our next logical step was to use this wireless online platform to bring this same convenience to hoteliers and guests in other mediums, like energy management,” said Tim Shea, executive vice president and head of global technologies business unit ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. “This success in the United States is being followed by introductions in Europe and Asia. Our first installations in Asia Pacific have not only supported ongoing green initiatives for our customers, the energy savings have resulted in recovering the cost of the capital investment in two years or less.”

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