Vendor Updates

dormakaba USA Inc

2011 Fall
Indianapolis, IN

Corporate and Mid-scale Operators Install Saflok and ILCO RFID Locks for Reliability, Efficiency and Cool Factor – Hyatt Regency St. Louis Chooses RFID as “Best Investment in Go-forward Technology”
“We have more than 900 locks and we chose Saflok’s RFID system because it was the best investment in current and ongoing technology,” said Rick Creviston, chief engineer for Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch.  “We think RFID is the future.” 

He cited the durability of Saflok RFID’s system and said, “RFID key readers are sealed and incur less wear because they do not pick up the dust or other foreign material from key use.  Also, RFID keys have such a long service life and we’ve instituted a green program to recycle keys and boost their return rate as guests check out.”

“Saflok has Best Support”
“We shopped the competition before we replaced our mag-stripe locks with Saflok’s RFID system,” said Creviston.  “The other vendors were about equal in price.  One reason that Saflok came out on top is the great job they’ve done supporting our original 20-year-old locks.  Saflok never said that the locks were too old to maintain, their maintenance is excellent.”

RFID key codes are not subject to erasure by cell phones and magnets.  Key reliability is a major factor in guest satisfaction.  “Guests need a positive first impression.  RFID keys always work, and guests like the way the new keys open their doors by just passing the key near the reader,” said Creviston.

Saflok RFID is the “Cost-conscious Choice”
“Saflok is a good technology partner and their RFID locking system impresses our corporate guests,” said Vira Safi, managing partner of Comfort Inn Shady Grove.  Safi upgraded to Saflok RFID after using Saflok mag-stripe keys for 14 years.  “We created custom images of nearby Washington, D.C., on our RFID keys which add to our cachet of being near the nation’s capital.  It makes a difference in the look of my hotel and the impression it leaves with guests.”  Safi noted that Saflok System 6000’s RFID advantages come at a reasonable price and said, “It’s the cost-conscious choice.”

ILCO RFID at Holiday Inn Knoxville, “Cool and Efficient”
The 283-room Holiday Inn Knoxville is upgrading to RFID electronic door locks as part of its recent renovation project. “We opted to install RFID locks because it is current technology,” said Ryan Cazana, the property owner’s representative.  “The ILCO 790 electronic locks from KABA are more reliable than any other locking system, so our guest keys work every time. We virtually never have to issue replacement keys.  RFID locks cost about the same as magnetic-stripe systems and our guests like them.”

An additional benefit that Cazana noted was KABA ILCO’s professional installation service.  He said, “The ILCO installation team was very professional and retrofitted the new RFID locks during our property renovation to accommodate the hotel’s schedule.”
For more information about KABA and its products, please contact Dena Reyes at (800) 999-6213 or  

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