Residence Inn Panama City Implements RFID Mobile Access-Ready Locks

Michal Christine Escobar
Senior Editor, Hotels

ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions announced the successful implementation of its advanced security access platforms at Residence Inn Panama City. A recently opened extended stay hotel that offers homelike surroundings and a relaxing community atmosphere, Residence Inn Panama City recognized the need to implement advanced security solutions in order to provide each guest with total peace of mind throughout their stay. To achieve this goal, hotel leadership opted to implement Elsafe Zenith safes and VingCard door locks with Mobile Access-ready abilities so that guests and their belongings can be protected using the latest in encryption technology while future proofing operations to meet evolving guest needs.

By implementing VingCard Essence on guestroom doors, Residence Inn Panama City can benefit from an advanced solution that can eliminate the risk of unauthorized keycard cloning while enhancing the hotel's unique style via its minimalistic design. With only a sleek RFID/BLE reader visible and with electronic components encased within the door itself, VingCard Essence provides Residence Inn Panama City with the ability to sidestep the bulky and commercial appearance of traditional hotel locks that can detract from an otherwise welcoming environment. With guests increasingly expecting the instant convenience of digital key functionality, Essence's Mobile Access-ready design further equips property leadership with the ability to provide the feature without the need for additional hardware or installation. Once demographic needs or brand requirements change, Residence Inn Panama City can simply activate Mobile Access in order to provide guests with the ability to use personal devices as a secure guestroom key.

As an extended stay property, it is essential that we provide each guest with a safe yet hassle-free environment that mirrors feelings of being at home and ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions fully allows us to accomplish this objective," says Dimitrios Peppas, Project Director at Residence Inn Panama City. "The presence of VingCard locks and Elsafe electronic safes throughout the hotel ensures that each area is fully secure while allowing those authorized to seamlessly gain access with minimal effort. Working with ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions is also vital in our aim to keep up with growing industry trends, as is demonstrated by their Mobile Access compatible platforms."

In seeking to maintain total security integrity throughout the premises, Residence Inn Panama City additionally opted to implement VingCard Classic RFID locks in back-of-house areas. With Classic RFID, the property's staff-only locations can likewise benefit from the latest in encryption protocols to ensure that only those with authorization can gain access. With the implementation of Elsafe Zenith safes within guestrooms, guests are further able to extend feelings of security to their valued belongings thanks to Zenith's use of the highest industry standard in anti-tamper technology.

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