Hotels Cite Advantages of Upgrading to RFID Locks

The 910-room Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch and the Comfort Inn Shady Grove in Gaithersburg, Maryland have upgraded their door locking systems to the Saflok System 6000 RFID door locks. The properties, which previously utilized Saflok mag stripe solutions, cited the technological advantages of RFID locks, the system’s affordable price, and Saflok’s customer service as the basis for their decision.
“We have more than 900 locks and we chose Saflok’s RFID system because it was the best investment in current and ongoing technology,” says Rick Creviston, chief engineer for Hyatt Regency St. Louis. “We think RFID is the future.” He also cited the durability of Saflok RFID’s system. “RFID key readers are sealed and incur less wear because they do not pick up the dust from key use. Also, RFID keys have such a long service life and we’ve instituted a ‘green’ program to recycle keys and boost their return rate as guests check out.”
Additionally, RFID key codes are not subject to erasure by cell phones and magnets, which creates a major value in guest satisfaction. “Guests need a positive first impression. RFID keys always work, and guests like the way the new keys open their doors by just passing the key near the reader,” Creviston adds.
“Saflok is a good technology partner and their RFID offering is a very attractive system that impresses our corporate guests,” says Vira Safi, managing partner of Comfort Inn Shady Grove. Comfort Inn Shady Grove upgraded to Saflok RFID after using Saflok mag stripe keys for 14 years. “We created custom images of nearby Washington D.C. on our RFID keys which add to our cachet of being near the nation’s capital. It makes a difference in the look of my hotel and the impression it leaves with guests.”

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