The world’s first invisible door lock


VingCard Elsafe recently introduced Essence, the ultimate minimalistic locking solution that encases all electronic locking components within the door, and incorporates radio-frequency identification (RFID) and near-field communication (NFC) locking technologies.

Unveiled at HITEC 2012, the world’s largest hospitality technology show taking place from 25 to 28 June at the Baltimore Convention Center, Essence makes security virtually invisible to hotel guests.

“Essence by VingCard represents another giant leap forward in hotel design and technology,” said Tim Shea, president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. “It not only makes the lock disappear from the hotel door, resolving design challenges for savvy, design-conscious hoteliers, but it also minimizes a variety of other operational issues, such as integration, installation and maintenance. It combines the very best aspects of design and security technology, and is just the type of innovation that the industry has come to expect from VingCard Elsafe.”

Since the advent of electronic security, hotel door locks have presented a challenge to hotel design professionals, such as architects and interior designers, who are tasked with blending the lock hardware into the hotel décor. Even though lock manufacturers have made strides in recent years by minimizing the lock hardware and incorporating new technologies such as RFID and NFC, a visible card reader has remained on the door exterior, giving hotels a distinctly commercial feel in the hallway. Essence by VingCard eliminates that challenge, hiding the locking components from the user and allowing designers to align the guestroom doors with the current trend toward a more residential look in hotel design, while providing the ultimate in security technology.

“In addition to being the dream of hotel design professionals, Essence is also compatible with our patented wireless online VISIONLINE system,” continued Shea. “This makes it essentially the most advanced and streamlined locking system on the market today, from both a design and operational standpoint. It is the pure essence of form and function, and we are proud to introduce this innovative concept to the industry.”