New Madagascar hotel selects Assa Abloy for room locks

The Novotel Convention & Spa Antananarivo in Madagascar has selected Assa Abloy Global Solutions to implement VingCard Essence door locks with mobile access throughout the property. Leadership at the newly constructed 180-guestroom property selected the tech company through its regional distributor, Indian Ocean Visions Co.

VingCard Essence has a minimalistic appearance that can blend in with any hotel décor. By opting to implement the lock in online mode, the device also gives the hotel advanced security features in addition to data encryption abilities. These include the ability for staff to remotely review all room entry events without needing to physically inspect a specific lock. Combined with the Visionline access-management system, employees can also receive real-time alerts for security threats such as a wandering intruder or a door that has been left open, and can instantly deactivate any key that is suspected of being stolen or used inappropriately.

Using their own personal devices, guests can bypass front-desk lines where germ risks may be present and can instead check in via mobile app. The system then automatically provides each guest with room number details and a digital key that is stored on their device. Aside from enhancing social distancing and limiting shared surface contact, mobile access also comes equipped with enhanced data protection features that maintain hotel security integrity. Engineering using the Seos credential platform, this includes the use of secure communication channels to deliver digital key data to guest devices. When a guest uses their device to interact with a door lock, digital key and room number information is also stored within a digital vault on guest devices to prevent data theft.  

“As a new construction, we wanted our five-star property to mirror the latest in safety, convenience and design available to hospitality industry and Assa Abloy Global Solutions ... was our first choice in meeting these goals,” said Edward Sirrieh, cluster general manager at the Novotel. “The company’s advanced solutions not only bolster our reputation as a modern and safe hotel, but also provide us with the flexibility needed to meet growing guest demands for instant and personalized service.”

One of the key benefits of mobile access is the solution’s ability to be deployed and offered to guests in a variety of ways depending on a hotel’s mobile app abilities or goals. For example, guests staying at the hotel are able to download a standalone app provided by Assa Abloy to check in remotely and receive a digital room key. Other options include integrating mobile access with a hotel’s existing guest mobile app. Assa Abloy also lets hoteliers  leverage its third-party Certified Partner program for properties seeking to provide additional app functionality.