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SALTO launches exclusive website for AElement – the RFID hotel lock

Published on 28 June, 2010

Check out the RFID lock, AElement, on SALTO’s new website
AElement is a RFID lock which has been designed specifically for the hotel market
AElement is a new RFID hotel lock from SALTO Systems that provides an enhanced guest experience using online wireless technology.

Developed specifically for the hotel market, and with its own dedicated website, AElement allows you to integrate all your physical security needs into one stylish, energy efficient, reliable wire-free system. It enables hoteliers to control the security of their entire building, grant access privileges to individual rooms and gather audit trail data from every door - all without leaving the front desk.

And thanks to SALTO's new WiDNA technology, you no longer have to choose between the online and offline world. All AElement locks are designed to be wireless ready right out-of-the-box, users simply choose whether the functionality is activated or not.

All you need to do is choose the mode of operation you want "Wireless online" or "Wireless ready". If you choose "Wireless online" your locks are online and communicate in real time with the server. This gives you real time control over the entire property. If you chose "Wireless ready", your locks communicate with the server daily on differed-time communication mode. Wireless ready locks can be "switched" to real-time "Wireless online mode" at any time. Just plug in the USB-sized RF communication antenna and you are ready to go.

AElement operates on a 2.4GHz wireless network and works with every popular mainstream RFID technology

The backbone of the system is a series of gateways and repeaters that act as antennas, collecting and sending information from the computer server directly to the wireless locks. One gateway can manage several electronic locks as well as repeaters, minimising infrastructure costs and maximising flexibility.

It operates on a 2.4GHz wireless network over an 802.15.4 protocol and works with every popular mainstream RFID technology such as Mifare and Desfire, the latest versions of Mifare Plus and Desfire EV1, as well as with standard low cost hotel guest cards. And thanks to its automated "self-healing" capabilities plus SALTO patented SVN™ network redundancy, if AElement should lose RF connection at any time it will automatically scan for a new connection to an alternative gateway or repeater, restoring communication and maintaining security.

Advanced security and convenient access management are its core values enabling simple management of guest cards and doors as well as staff cards and back of house doors in a single system. AElement also features a wide range of advanced and innovative hotel management benefits including instant room move and instant extended stay abilities as well as lost card cancellation, intrusion alarm, door ajar alarm, remote opening, real-time audit trail, passage mode activation for meeting rooms and automated low battery reporting.

For staff management it can provide online staff tracking, real time monitoring, dynamic master key functionality and instant master card cancellation. All master cards are uniquely assigned to the specific individual, and have no limitations to how a locking plan is conceived. The card does not need to belong to a group and you can also centrally authorise any card at random and list doors or zones with no need for grouping.

The minimalist design of AElement's RFID reader looks stylish and discreet on any door

There is also no need to issue and collect staff cards every day. Staff cards can be programmed not to work at night (outside their individual time shift) and can be centrally cancelled at will at a moments notice, and changes to the locking schedule can be made on the fly, with no need to manually re-programme locks or re-issue cards.

But AElement also has more to offer. Not only is it a secure, easy to use access control system that's packed with technology, it's also an elegant piece of design too.

The minimalist design of its RFID reader looks stylish and discreet on any door. It is available in two contemporary colours, Pearl Black and Ice White, and can be combined with a wide range of designer handles, including a selection from Italian manufacturer Olivari exclusive to SALTO.

To find out more about AElement visit its website. Here you will also find a unique configuration tool that allows you to build the AElement product in a way that's exactly right for you. Simply select the type of mortise lock and colour finish you want, the colour of door it will be used on, the reader colour, and finally handle design and colour finish. The finished result is pictorially displayed, enabling you to create the perfect combination of style, colour and design for any hotel environment.

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