RFID is still going strong into the new year

RFID locks

RFID locks are continuing their dominance in 2014.

RFID locks are continuing their dominance in 2014.

 

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2013 was a big year for RFID door locks, and industry experts Hotel Management spoke to expect the trend to continue through this year.

“Hilton mandating all renovations and new builds have to be RFID was big,” said Matthew Mrowczynski, VP global hospitality, Salto Systems. 

RFID locks are more secure than mag-stripe locks because mag-stripe cards can be cloned or demagnetized, Mrowczynski said. Additionally, since RFID locks rely on a chip, hoteliers can be creative with how they use them. One indoor waterpark Mrowczynski worked with had waterproof wristbands with RFID chips act as room keys and charge cards.

➔ “It’s important that the customer future-proof that investment..”
Bill Oliver, president, North America, VingCard Elsafe 

RFID locks also offer the opportunity to work with technologies that allow guests to open doors with their mobile phones. 

“It’s just a matter of time before you’re going to get early adopters in the hospitality segment that want to potentially have that ability as well,” said Bill Oliver, president, North America at VingCard Elsafe. “We’re seeing increasing interest there, and I think we’ll continue to see that evolve.”

The reaction to cell phone locks in the hospitality industry has been split so far, said Alastair Cush, director of product marketing at access control company Kaba Lodging

“It remains one of the emerging technologies the hotel market is looking at,” Cush said. “I think hotel chains are impacted by some of the tools the customer has to manage, like book their reservations through their mobile phone, so I think we’re going to see the hotel industry as a whole move toward mobility.”

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