Signature by VingCard Unlocks Canadian Market

Installations in Two Luxury Properties

. October 14, 2008

OCOTBER 10, 2006. Alberta and British Columbia hotels choose new Signature by VingCard electronic-locking system to enhance decor, ensure security. As the global hotel-market leader in providing design-centric, state-of-the-art electronic-locking systems and hardware, VingCard has announced the installation of its Signature by VingCard product in two Canadian luxury properties: the Hotel Arts, a 185-room boutique hotel in downtown Calgary, Alberta; and the new Playa del Sol Resort, a 283-suite condominium resort in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Signature by VingCard, which blends into the hotel environment and features minimal door hardware and 'Designers' Collection' door handles, was installed at that Hotel Arts in April and is scheduled to be installed at the Playa del Sol Resort in October. The new locking system made its debut at the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York in November 2005 and was showcased at the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference in June in Minneapolis. Marriott, Hilton, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Best Western International, and InterContinental Hotel Group are some of the hospitality companies that already have selected Signature by VingCard for hotels in North America. Overseas, Signature by VingCard has become the electronic lock of choice for most hotel chains, including: LeMeridien Hotels & Resorts, Rezidor SAS Hospitality, Marriott International and Movenpick Hotels & Resorts.

For the Hotel Arts, installation of the Signature by VingCard system replaces the property's previous VingCard locking system-and was motivated by design factors.

'We were happy with the performance of the existing VingCard Classic series brass locks, but we were looking for an updated look to go with our new doors,' said Tim Wagner, information system manager for the Hotel Arts. 'Our hotel is very style conscious, and the Signature series locks helped us achieve the clean, modern look we were hoping to implement.'

The bonus for the Hotel Arts, said Wagner, was the quick, hassle-free installation.

'As one of the first properties in North America to install the locking system, I was happily surprised by both the ease and relatively problem-free nature of the installation,' he said. 'We are happy to have implemented a locking system that not only is able to provide a fit and finish that complements our Luxury rooms and suites, but does so while providing a secure and auditable entry system to ensure the safety of our guests and their property during their stay with us.'

Proven reliability, Attractive appearance

For the new Playa del Sol Resort, developed by Cove Properties Ltd. as a condominium resort hotel, the decision to install the Signature by VingCard system was based on Tepic Management Group's previous experience with VingCard as well as on a desire to feature an attractive, state-of-the-art locking system.

'VingCard locks have proved to be very reliable and virtually trouble-free for Tepic properties over the past 14 years,' said Tom Matthews, President Tepic Management Group Inc.'We considered cost, of course, but it was not the main factor in our decision to install Signature by VingCard. Appearance, the system's virtually maintenance-free features, and the fact that we know VingCard's sales and support teams to be terrific to work with and very responsive were more important factors.

'In short,' Matthews said, 'VingCard offers affordable, reliable, attractive and maintenance-free locking systems with the flexibility to accommodate almost any situation.'

'We are pleased to have these two excellent properties be among the first in Canada to install Signature,' said Marc Freundlich, president and c.e.o. of VingCard Elsafe North America. 'Whether it's a luxury boutique-style hotel, like the Hotel Arts, or a condo-resort property like the Playa del Sol, high-end hotels want every interior-design element-including door-lock hardware-to be visually appealing to each and every user. The global acceptance of Signature by VingCard confirms the results of our extensive industry research-Signature truly blends with any hotel environment and appeals to a wide audience, from properties known for their sophisticated, discerning tastes to smaller independent hotels who want to maintain the highest security standards.

'Signature by VingCard represents yet another industry first for VingCard in terms of meeting the needs of today's designers, architects, hoteliers and security professionals-it is unobtrusive, easy to use, extremely secure and affordable,' Freundlich added. 'Signature's universally attractive bezel card-reader styles and finishes, and our Designers' Collection door handles, are a winning combination. Signature by VingCard is a great success story and we are honored to be the No. 1 choice for electronic locks in North America.'

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