Ontario hotel upgrades to RFID door locks

The Water Tower Inn in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, has upgraded its VingCard Classic door locks to VingCard Classic radio frequency ID from Assa Abloy Global Solutions. A member of the Best Western Premier collection, the Water Tower Inn has worked with Assa Abloy Global Solutions for approximately 20 years.

By upgrading to VingCard Classic RFID, the property will be able to eliminate keycard demagnetization issues. Switching to RFID-supported VingCard locks also boosts hotel guest and staff safety by minimizing the risk of keycard cloning. Using advanced data encryption protocols, VingCard Classic RFID ensures that only those with hotel authorization can gain access to a room. Should a security access related issue ever arise, staff at The Water Tower Inn can instantly review an event log in order to determine who entered a specific onsite area and at what time.

“Assa Abloy Global Solutions has always proven to be professional, responsive and ahead of the latest hotel security needs, so working with them again to update our property’s security capabilities was a simple decision to make,” Beverley Barber, assistant GM at The Water Tower Inn, said in a statement. “Both the installation and training provided was painless and straightforward, and we are now fully confident in our ability to provide our guests with a stay experience that is always completely safe and stress-free.”

Supported at the hotel by the Visionline access management system, VingCard Classic RFID can maximize property security and efficiency while providing a more convenient experience for authorized guests. For example, guests can use the same keycard or a key wristband to access the hotel swimming pool or gym during designated hours. For hotel staff and visiting vendors, the property can instantly grant access to specific areas for a predetermined time period, ensuring that necessary tasks can still be completed while preventing any potential lapses in hotel safety.

The platform can also be upgraded for mobile access. If and when property leadership identifies interest from guests for the feature, no replacement of existing lock hardware is required in order to activate mobile access. With the addition of a Bluetooth low-energy reader, VingCard Classic RFID can let guests use their personal devices as a secure digital room key.