VingCard Unlocks the Future of Hotel Security with Signature RFID/NFC Contactless Electronic Locks

With the introduction of the world's first recodable door lock in 1979, VingCard reinvented the hospitality security industry. Today, VingCard continues to develop and refine global solutions that protect hotel owners from liability, hotel assets from physical attacks, and travelers and their valuables from internal and external threats.

Get More with Contactless

In 2006, VingCard introduced Signature RFID/NFC by VingCard®, a contactless electronic locking solution featuring Near Field Communications (NFC) cell phone compatibility, allowing hotel guests to use their NFC cell phones to open guestroom doors — and allowing hoteliers to get more with contactless.

Signature RFID/NFC is an open-platform system compatible with the three leading RFID ISO standards (ISO 14443A/MiFare, ISO 14443B, ISO 15693), and also the new NFC secure transaction platform.

Prior to arrival at a hotel, guests receive a booking confirmation number, room number and encrypted room key access code through Short Message System (SMS), allowing them to skip the check-in line upon arrival and go straight to the room, where their NFC cell phones will unlock the door.

In addition to its remote check-in capabilities, Signature RFID/NFC also offers a unique contactless design for more intuitive guest interaction. Equipped with anti-cloning technology for all keycards, Signature RFID/NFC provides unsurpassed security to hotels because, unlike mag-stripe technology, it is impossible for RFID keycards to be cloned and used.

“Best NFC Service of the Year”

In April 2008, Signature RFID/NFC was named “Best NFC Service of the Year 2008” by the NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association dedicated to advancing the use of NFC technology.

Placing first in the prestigious NFC Forum Global Competition, which promotes the development and deployment of innovative and exemplary NFC services, provides further testament to VingCard's inventive use of NFC technology. Participating in the Commercial Track of the competition, Signature RFID/NFC beat out 20 finalists chosen from more than 50 entries from 21 countries to secure the top honor.

Going Green

In the current North American hospitality market, an estimated 18 million plastic keycards are discarded by hotels and their guests every week. Additionally, experts say the industry could save as many as nine million batteries each year by switching to more energy efficient locking systems. With this in mind, VingCard encourages hoteliers to choose Signature RFID/NFC in an effort to go “green.”

Not only does Signature RFID/NFC operate on fewer batteries than traditional electronic locks, but its NFC cell phone compatibility also gives hoteliers the option to forgo keycards altogether. After all, by allowing guests to use their cell phones to unlock guestroom doors, hotels can eliminate the need for a keycard to be issued. Additionally, Signature RFID/NFC locks promote green efforts by requiring fewer battery changes than traditional electronic locks, meaning less waste and lower battery costs for hoteliers.

Unlocking the Future of Hotel Security

To date, VingCard has installed Signature RFID/NFC at many top properties throughout North America such as The Plaza Hotel in New York; Okanagan Resort in Okanagan, British Columbia; Veranda Beach Resort in Osoyoos, British Columbia; Edenh Real Arena Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic; Hilton Homewood Suites in London, Ontario; and the Windsong Turks and Caicos.

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