VingCard Elsafe Captures the “Essence” of HITEC 2012 with Successful Launch of World´s First Invisible Door Lock

  • ASSA ABLOY Hospitality
  • 08.02.12
VingCard Elsafe, a global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, again captured the attention of hotel technology professionals last month, with the successful introduction of its latest hotel locking innovation at HITEC 2012.

“Essence by VingCard,” known as the world’s first invisible door lock, was successfully introduced to the global hotel market at this annual hotel technology show, which was held in Baltimore, June 26th-28th. Hundreds of hotel technology professionals from around the world gathered at the VingCard Elsafe booth to get a peek at this revolutionary, patent-pending new concept in locking design and technology, which takes minimalism to the extreme by encapsulating all electronic components inside the door.

Essence not only eliminates a visible lock reader on the door exterior, creating a cleaner aesthetic in the hallway, but also eliminates bulky hardware on the interior of the door, making it more secure and visually appealing from inside the guestroom, as well.
Although undetectable on the door, Essence by VingCard integrates VingCard Elsafe’s most advanced contactless locking solutions into the interior electronics, including Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC) compatible locking technologies.

“The immediate enthusiasm and feedback that we received for Essence by VingCard following its official unveiling at HITEC 2012 was extremely positive and encouraging,” said Tim Shea, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. “It served to confirm that our projections of where hotel locking technology is heading for the future are accurate, and that the market is continuing to embrace the trend toward minimalism in design, as well as RFID and NFC technologies, which we have incorporated into this new locking platform.”

Essence not only makes the lock disappear from the hotel door, resolving design challenges for savvy, design-conscious hoteliers, but it also minimizes a variety of other operational issues, such as integration, installation and maintenance.

“With Essence, we have again developed an original and unique concept in lock design, and there is nothing else like it on the market,” said Shea. “It is attractive and efficient from both a design and operational standpoint, and typifies the innovative spirit that VingCard Elsafe has displayed over the years.”

VingCard Elsafe began the trend toward minimizing lock hardware of the guestroom door with the 2005 introduction of Signature by VingCard, a design-centric lock developed to meet the needs of designers, architects and hoteliers, and Signature RFID by VingCard, an operations-friendly, contactless electronic lock with NFC compatibility.

“Attendees at HITEC have come to expect to see new technology innovations from us at the show, and I believe we surpassed all their expectations this year,” said Shea. “Visitors to our booth agreed that the Essence platform is a giant leap ahead for the industry. Several major hotel companies have expressed interest in the solution, and orders are already pending.”

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