Five-Star Thai Hotel Banks on Locking System for High-Level Security with Future NFC Upgradability

The five-star Millennium Resort Patong Phuket, Thailand at Patong Beach has completed the installation of Vingcard's standalone, magnetic strip electronic locking solution, Classic by VingCard. The resort is located in the hub of Phuket's tourist attractions and within the Jungceylon shopping center. Within immediate vicinity are Patong Beach and the island's concentration of shops, restaurants and entertainment.

"Our property is a complex resort, with every aspect designed and planned to the last detail," says Peter Gibbons, general manager of the Millennium Resort Patong Phuket. "We built two separate structures to provide the ideal view for each of our guests, but separate buildings require higher security. With Classic by VingCard, we are able to maintain a high level of security while providing the perfect retreat for all our guests."

Classic by VingCard employs cutting-edge technology to offer a unique design for user-friendly guest interaction. The system utilizes a high-quality brass escutcheon reinforced by a steel plate and solid brass handles to provide unsurpassed security to hotels. The system also uses a unique life safety cylinder, a recordable emergency overdrive, and a "panic release" deadbolt activated by a single action of the inner handle.

"With Classic by VingCard, we feel confident in the reputation that VingCard has built throughout the industry," says Gibbons. "With features like sealed electronics on the inside of the door and a unique emergency Recordable Cylinder option for mechanical override, these locks make sure our guests are ultimately protected."

The standalone electronic lock is controlled by software existing in the individual lock and activated by cards coded in the issuing computer. Since the cylinder is recoded from the outside of the lock, the key cards can be recoded without disturbing guests at the property. Classic by VingCard also provides unmatched control and security with a 600 event audit trail and powerful "flash" memory technology.

NFC upgradable options
By installing Classic by VingCard, the Millennium Resort Patong will also have the option to easily and cost-effectively upgrade their Classic locks in the future to employ contactless technology as well as Near Field Communication (NFC) cell phone compatibility. With Classic RFID by VingCard, existing VingCard customers don't need to replace their current locks entirely; instead, only the end cap and card reader needs to be changed. The three-step upgrade requires hoteliers to 1) remove the outside Classic by VingCard escutcheon, 2) replace the end-cap with the new Classic RFID by VingCard module, and 3) enjoy the benefits of contactless RFID.

Classic RFID is a secure open-platform system compatible with the three leading RFID ISO standards (ISO 14443A/MiFare, ISO 14443B, ISO 15693) and also the Near Field Communication (NFC) transaction platform for cell phones, therefore eliminating the guesswork for hoteliers in choosing the right technology standard.

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