VingCard Elsafe, the global leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, announces that the luxurious Grand Hyatt San Francisco has selected a complete package of VingCard Elsafe solutions for installation as a key component of the comprehensive renovation of its 659 guestrooms. The completed renovation features the addition of VingCard's Orion energy management system and Signature RFID locks powered by the cutting-edge VISIONLINE wireless online access management system.
With VingCard Elsafe products as the centerpiece, the 38-story, 39-year-old iconic Union Square property is now one of the most tech-forward hotels in all of San Francisco. "VingCard Elsafe has truly helped modernize our hotel, giving us a real competitive advantage with discerning, savvy travelers who desire the latest and greatest hotel experience," says Matthew Kovac, director of sales and marketing for Grand Hyatt San Francisco. "Guests love and appreciate that their RFID keys can't be demagnetized-they revel in that fact. And with the Orion energy management system, we are a big step closer to becoming one of the greenest hotels in San Francisco, which feels great, and is a great selling point, as well."
The Orion system is comprised of wireless digital thermostats, occupancy sensors, door position interfaces, remote server software and a comprehensive dashboard reporting interface. The room control dashboard provides an overview of guestroom electronic systems, including occupancy status, locks, safes, lighting and total energy consumption. Orion automatically assumes control of ambient temperature when guestrooms are unoccupied, never allowing them to become either too warm or too cold. Upon guests' return, the system automatically resumes the preset temperature settings. Likewise, Orion interfaces with the hotel's property management system to pre-condition the room upon guest check-in and automatically engage enhanced energy savings mode upon check- out.
"There's only so much retrofitting an older hotel like ours can do to go green, and Orion gives us a fantastic ability to reduce our carbon footprint in a meaningful way," Kovac says. "There's definitely a segment of our guests who are more likely to choose us because we're greener now, and it also helps us cut down on our energy bills. It's a win-win."
The backbone of the Orion system is VISIONLINE by VingCard, a revolutionary wireless communication platform that encompasses both the energy management and guestroom locking systems. VISIONLINE allows the standalone electronic locks to communicate with a central property server via online radio frequency, eliminating the need to manually reprogram locks, cancel master cards and check battery life. A remote audit trail and live card-tracking capabilities provide valuable intelligence in the event of a guest dispute. And optional advanced communication functionality keeps hotel management constantly in the loop regarding security issues via automated text message or email.
VISIONLINE by VingCard integrates seamlessly with Elsafe's Infinity II electronic safes, also in use at Grand Hyatt San Francisco. With VISIONLINE by VingCard, front desk staff can remotely view a safe's locking status, allowing them to notify departing guests if they have forgotten to empty the safe. This prevents guests from leaving valuables behind, which happened several times per week before the installation of VISIONLINE by VingCard, Kovac says. Infinity II by Elsafe safes are UL-listed and employ the latest locking technology, including a hook-style interlocking system, an anti-tamper labyrinth, a solid cold-pressed curved steel door, and arc-welded extended solid steel hinges.
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