VingCard Elsafe Provides the Latest in RFID and Wireless Security to New York's Hotel Hugo

  • ASSA ABLOY Hospitality
  • 06.10.14
New York's newly opened Hotel Hugo has demonstrated its commitment to providing the best in guest safety and convenience through its partnership with VingCard Elsafe, a global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group.

The Hotel Hugo is bringing an increasingly mainstream concept to the area through its implementation of Signature RFID by VingCard guestroom door locks. Favored for their ability to overcome vulnerabilities associated with more traditional alternatives, the RFID locks at the Hotel Hugo also come with enhanced guest convenience abilities, thanks to VISIONLINE by VingCard, a proprietary wireless networking platform that connects stand-alone electronic locks and other guestroom devices and systems, via a central property server.
"As a new addition to Manhattan, we feel it is essential to stand out as a modern and stylish establishment that can also provide guests with the highest level of safety and convenience," said David McManus, general manager of the Hotel Hugo. "With Signature RFID and VISIONLINE by VingCard, Hotel Hugo has the ability to provide a first class guest experience that travelers have come to expect when visiting one of the world's top tourist destinations."
Using Signature RFID by VingCard, hotels such as the Hotel Hugo gain a powerful contactless solution that allows guests to effortlessly gain access to their guestrooms by waving keycards within proximity of an RFID reader, therefore circumventing the problematic misreads that often plague mag stripe alternatives. An additional and perhaps more critical advantage over the older mag stripe technology is Signature's ability to provide unmatched anti-cloning security through its encrypted platform that ensures against any potential unauthorized access.
As a leader inhospitality door lock innovation, VingCard Elsafe also created Signature RFID with an eye on future technological advances within the industry. Expected to see increased widespread usage over the next few years, Signature RFID by VingCard locks are designed to be easily adaptable to near-field communication (NFC) technology, providing guests with the possibility of using their own mobile devices as room keys. As a property that prides itself on its elegant, yet approachable design, Hotel Hugo also benefits from the lock's aesthetically pleasing appearance that requires only a small RFID reader on the door.
In addition to Signature's numerous benefits, the presence of VISIONLINE by VingCard at the Hotel Hugo also eliminates the need to manually encode keycards, cancel master cards or check battery life. With VISIONLINE, remote audit trail and live-card tracking capabilities provide the hotel with considerably more control over property security, as well as a valuable cache of data in the event of a potential guest dispute.
"The justification for implementing a system such as VISIONLINE really becomes apparent when staff and guests alike are able to benefit from its many advantages," said McManus. "In addition to a heightened sense of security provided by features such as its keycard tracking ability, VISIONLINE by VingCard allows staff to remotely extend keycards to other guestrooms if needed. The expediency and convenience gained by such a service has undeniably enhanced Hotel Hugo's ability to maintain operational efficiency while continuing to ensure the satisfaction of each guest."
Expanding on its goal to deliver the ultimate guest security experience, Hotel Hugo additionally opted to install SENTINEL series by Elsafe safes. The implementation gives guests the option of safeguarding valuables using their own personalized key code access. A safe created with design conscious hoteliers in mind, the stylish Sentinel series is also the only UL-1037 approved safe currently on the market.
VingCard Elsafe is a world leader in developing locking systems and electronic in-room safes for the hospitality industry, offering user-friendly security systems that meet the unique operational needs of hotels and resorts.
Since introducing one of the world's first electronic hotel door locks and one of the first electronic in-room safes in 1979, VingCard Elsafe has installed products in more than 42,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 7 million hotel rooms. Today, its comprehensive product line is comprised of VingCard electronic locking solutions, Elsafe in-room safes, Orion energy management systems, and PolarBar minibars. VingCard Elsafe leads the industry in advanced locking technologies, including NFC, RFID/RF-Online and ZigBee-based networking solutions, and offers one of the only UL-listed electronic hotel safes on the market. With an extensive worldwide service and support network, VingCard Elsafe provides continuous support to its clients around the globe. VingCard Elsafe is part of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality, one of the world's leading providers of hotel locking solutions. ASSA ABLOY is a publicly listed Swedish company traded on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.

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