California’s Grande Colonial Hotel has completed a property-wide upgrade to VingCard Elsafe’s Classic RFID next-generation locking technology, replacing its older magnetic-stripe system in all 93 guestrooms.
VingCard Elsafe’s suite of RFID locking systems feature contactless access control via RFID encoded communication and secure anti-cloning software. Also, recent advancements to VingCard Elsafe’s RFID technology have enabled keycards to be read from more than twice as far as before.
Due to Grande Colonial’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the salty air would cause problems with certain mechanical parts, including the old mag-stripe readers. Because RFID is contactless, and the lock’s mechanics are completely encased, the time and effort the resort spends dealing with lock maintenance will drop significantly.
Additionally, VingCard Elsafe RFID locks have been designed to easily adapt to NFC technology that is expected to be in widespread use globally within a few years and which will enable travelers to use mobile devices as room keys.