California’s Grande Colonial Hotel Selects VingCard Elsafe RFID Locks For Security Upgrades

  • ASSA ABLOY Hospitality
  • 03.05.12
VingCard Elsafe, a global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, announces that the iconic Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla, California, has completed a property-wide upgrade to VingCard Elsafe’s Classic RFID locking system.

The installation, which replaced older magnetic-stripe locks in all 93 guestrooms, continues the luxury resort’s decade-long association with VingCard Elsafe.
 
VingCard Elsafe’s suite of RFID locking systems feature contactless access control via Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) encoded communication and secure anti-cloning software. Recent advancements to VingCard Elsafe’s RFID technology have enabled RFID locks to read keycards from more than twice as far as before. Additionally, VingCard Elsafe RFID locks are designed to be easily adapted to Near Field Communication (NFC)—technology that is expected to be in widespread use globally within a few years and which will enable travelers to use mobile devices as room keys.
 
With so many luxury hotels expected to make the switch to RFID locks in the coming months, the move was necessary to ensure that Grande Colonial stays ahead of the technological curve, said General Manager Terrence Underwood. Sticking with VingCard Elsafe was an easy decision, he said, particularly since the Classic RFID locks are stylishly designed to easily retrofit doors that previously housed VingCard Elsafe mag-stripe locks. “The retrofitting process was a snap—each lock took only a few minutes to replace,” Underwood said.
 
The upgrade to RFID locks comes with a bonus perk for the seaside resort. Due to Grande Colonial’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the salty air tends to wreak havoc on mechanical parts, including the old mag-stripe readers. Because RFID is contactless, and the lock’s mechanics are completely encased, the time and effort the resort spends dealing with lock maintenance will drop dramatically.
 
“We’ve been using VingCard locks for about 10 years now, and we’re extremely satisfied with VingCard’s reliability, consistency and high service level,” Underwood said. “We’re happy to be continuing what has been a very fruitful relationship.”
 
In addition to the RFID locking system, Grande Colonial also deployed VingCard Elsafe’s line of SENTINEL II safes in all guestrooms. State-of-the-art SENTINEL II by Elsafe UL-listed safes employ the latest locking technology, including anti-tamper labyrinths and solid-steel hinges, placing it on par with 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 ideal for any hotel environment.



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