VingCard Elsafe has installed its new invisible
door lock at the 5-star Hotel Bristol in Vienna.
Essence by VingCard is a new concept in
hospitality security, taking minimalist design to the extreme by
eliminating all lock hardware on the door. Essence encases all
electronic components inside the door itself to make the access
devices practically invisible to hotel guests.
Hotel door locks have long posed a challenge to hotel design
professionals tasked with blending the locking hardware into the
hotel décor. Lock manufacturers have made strides in recent years
by minimizing the hardware and incorporating new technologies such
as RFID and NFC, but visible card readers had remained on the door
exterior, giving hotels a distinctly commercial feel in the
Essence by VingCard solves that dilemma, hiding the
locking components from the user and allowing designers to align
the guestroom doors with the current trend toward a more
residential look in hotel design, without compromising security.
"The moment I was introduced to the
Essence by VingCard lock, I was struck by the minimalistic design
and I realized that it would help the hotel to become even more
elegant and beautiful, perfectly fitting into our Art Deco
design," said Matthias Winkler, co-owner of the 150-room Hotel
Bristol. "Essence has allowed us to create a clean design in our
hallways, giving it a modern sophistication that is simply
unmatched by any other luxury hotel in Vienna."
VingCard Elsafe's suite of RFID locking systems feature
contactless access control via Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) encoded communication and secure anti-cloning software.
Additionally, VingCard Elsafe RFID solutions 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. Both communication protocols are compatible with Essence by
In addition to the obvious
aesthetic benefits for hoteliers, Essence by VingCard also
minimizes several other operational challenges inherent to
guestroom locking hardware, such as integration, installation and
maintenance. Essence by VingCard is compatible with VingCard Elsafe's patented VISIONLINE system, a proprietary wireless
networking platform that connects standalone electronic locks and
other guestroom devices and systems, via a central property
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