Grand Sierra Resort upgrades to BLE-enabled locks

The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino installed dormakaba BLE-enabled RFID electronic locks in more than 2,000 guestrooms. Photo credit: dormakaba

Reno, Nev.-based Grand Sierra Resort and Casino upgraded its magstripe guestroom door locks to dormakaba’s secure MT Bluetooth Low Energy-enabled radio frequency ID locks. A seven-member dormakaba-certified installation team upgraded Grand Sierra’s more than 2,000 guestroom doors to RFID locks in about two months. The team converted both occupied and vacant rooms to the new units.

Grand Sierra Resort, located in the Reno-Tahoe area, is an all-encompassing resort with more 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.
“The new locks work great,” Kent Vaughan, the property's SVP of hotel operations, said in a statement. “Guests love them and our front-office team values their reliability. RFID locks are smart, secure and more reliable than magstripe units because RFID key codes cannot be erased by contact with a guest’s cell phone. The Grand Sierra expects to upgrade to dormakaba’s Ambiance lock-management system in the future.” 
Grand Sierra’s MT RFID locks are equipped with contactless and mobile access technology that enhances guest convenience and improves operational efficiency. It is ideal for retrofits and works with dormakaba’s new Ambiance access-management software, said Stephen Pollack, dormakaba VP of marketing.

Ambiance puts operators in full control of property entry and egress areas by specifying time-sensitive access permissions. The MT is a Bluetooth Low Energy-capable lock that lets guests use their mobile devices as their room key.

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