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VingCard Elsafe introduces the world´s first invisible door lock

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VingCard Elsafe, part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, has announced the introduction of ‘Essence by VingCard’, a new concept in locking design and technology, patent pending. Essence takes minimalism to the extreme, eliminating all lock hardware on the door by encasing all electronic components inside the door itself and making security virtually invisible to hotel guests. Although undetectable on the door exterior, Essence by VingCard integrates VingCard Elsafe’s most advanced contactless locking solutions into the interior electronics, including Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Near Field Communication (NFC) compatible locking technologies.

Tim Shea, president, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality said, “Essence by VingCard represents another giant leap forward in hotel design and technology. It not only makes the lock disappear from the hotel door, resolving design challenges for savvy, design-conscious hoteliers, but also minimises a variety of other operational issues, such as integration, installation and maintenance. It combines the best aspects of design and security technology.”

Since the advent of electronic security, hotel door locks have presented a challenge to hotel design professionals, such as architects and interior designers, who are tasked with blending the lock hardware into the hotel décor. Even though lock manufacturers have made strides in recent years by minimising the lock hardware and incorporating new technologies such as RFID and NFC, a visible card reader has remained on the door exterior, giving hotels a distinctly commercial feel in the hallway. Essence by VingCard eliminates that challenge, hiding the locking components from the user and allowing designers to align the guestroom doors with the current trend toward a more residential look in hotel design, while proving the ultimate in security technology.

“In addition to being the dream of hotel design professionals, Essence is also compatible with our patented wireless online VISIONLINE system. This makes it essentially advanced and streamlined locking system on the market today, from both a design and operational standpoint. It is the pure essence of form and function, and we are proud to introduce this innovative concept to the industry,” added Shea.


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