The Netherlands: The Hotel Karen de Stoute in the Netherlands is introducing a unique mobile locks system which promises to revolutionise heritage hotels.
The Vingcard essence system’s sleek, minimal design, consisting of a small reader and a simple door handle, is designed to blend in with the décor of any hotel, especially important for hotels with unique designs such as the Karen de Stoute.
The building dates back to the 1400s, where part of the structure can be attributed to Charles the Bold, one of the wealthiest and most powerful nobles in Europe. Blending that historical heritage with contemporary design principles was at the heart of the recently opened hotel’s core philosophy.
Maximum security with minimal aesthetic impact is the goal of the system, which it achieves through the use of modern data encryption. The installation of c-100 E-cylinder locks has also contributed to the building’s ability to create a fully secured environment, in spite of the antique doors, most of which are not suited for traditional lock designs.
“Our property serves as a truly unique experience for our guests, yet like any other location, we encounter the same challenge of needing to provide each guest with total security, while balancing their desire for a seamless and convenient stay,” said Hotel Karel de Stoute’s Audrey van Putten. “Assa Abloy Global Solutions, along with Flexipass, have allowed us to fully and simultaneously meet our guests’ needs, while also freeing our staff from routine tasks.”
Guests now access their rooms through a mobile app, which is protected by Assa Abloy’s secure Seos data encryption technology. This removes the need for physical keys, protects user data, and allows the staff to focus on more particular guest services goals.
In order to compete in a more complex market, boutique hotels are introducing complex technology to make the major difference, such as Sevenrooms’ marketing platform being used in D&D hotels, and the creation of AlwaysOn buttons for hospitality staff. This system’s success will allow historic hotels to continue to succeed in a more saturated sphere.