Allegion’s CISA eSIGNO portfolio includes hotel contactless locks, electronic cylinders, energy savers, safes, etc. Leading global provider of security and safety solutions, Allegion, is set to attend the Independent Hotel Show, the UK’s only forum for boutique hoteliers from Tuesday 21st October to Wednesday 22nd. A major supplier of security, hardware packages, and access control systems to hotels worldwide, Allegion will be exhibiting products from its CISA brand. Visitors to Stand 204 can find out more about the latest in access control solutions designed specifically for the hospitality industry, with the CISA eSIGNO portfolio including hotel contactless locks, electronic cylinders, energy savers, safes and minibars. There will also be a chance to view samples of the new ‘Elegance’ door handle and colour variants which have recently been added to the range. Paul Taylor, UK Sales Leader at Allegion commented: “The show is an ideal chance to showcase our hospitality-specific technology under the CISA brand that provides bespoke solutions for boutique hoteliers. The introduction of our new handle plates including a vintage version enables a failsafe security solution to be tailored to match the style of each individual hotel. “CISA locks are operated by holding the card up to the reader to utilise contactless technology, which minimises that wear and tear associated with manual locks which can prove to be costly for independent hotels. With the hotel market showing signs of recovery, now is the time to safeguard against threats with improved security levels and we look forward to sharing the simple, stylish and cost effective ways to upgrade security with hotel owners and end users at the show.” With its elegant and compact Italian design, CISA eSIGNO Contactless Locks require no wiring or invasive work on the door, ensuring a simple installation whether on new projects or upgrading of an existing system. Also available based on an ANSI mortise lock from Schlage, retrofitting CISA solutions is simple as no additional door preparation for the lock is required. To enable security to be tailored for each individual hotel and also different areas within a hotel, CISA eSIGNO is now available in a manual lock, latch bolt and panic bar versions.
An endorsement from InterContinental Hotel Group is a landmark development for Allegion Leading global security provider, Allegion, has received a milestone accolade for its CISA contactless locks, as one of the world’s leading hotel chains has confirmed the range on its list of locks in their Brand Safety Standard. The InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) has more than 4,700 hotels in nearly 100 countries, encompassing brands such as Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn. An endorsement from the IHG is a landmark development for Allegion and demonstrates the prestige of CISA access control solutions. The CISA eSIGNO Contactless Lock range allows guests to unlock their doors by simply holding a card up to the reader, a very quick and user-friendly option. Paul Taylor, Hotel Locking and Access Control Sales Leader at Allegion commented: “We worked closely with the IHG to respond to their bespoke specification requirements for guest room locks, and are pleased to announce this has resulted in approval for our CISA range for their entire property estate. “Working with one of the world’s leading hospitality franchises is a great development for CISA and demonstrates its growing place as a go to access control solution for hotels worldwide, comprising an innovative design with advanced security features. We also have varying finishes available on the range which enables the aesthetics to be simple or stylish, depending on the hotel environment which is ideal for a franchise framework.” Designed specifically for the hospitality industry, CISA eSIGNO Contactless Locks require no wiring or invasive work on the door, ensuring a simple installation whether on new projects or upgrading of an existing system. The locks can operate both offline and online with a wireless network.
Allegion upgraded the hotel guest roomdoor locks to CISA eSIGNO locks Allegion, formerly known as Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, has completed a project to install a new access control system at The Grand Hotel Verona in Italy. Originally the town house of the aristocratic Reichenbach family from Austria, The Grand Hotel Verona is a four star hotel with 65 guest rooms, situated a short walk from the Plazza Bra and the Roman Arena. The access control systems on the hotel’s guest room doors have been upgraded by Allegion from CISA mechanical locks to CISA eSIGNO electronic contactless locks. The CISA eSIGNO range combines superior Italian design together with practical features and technology which integrates with the day-to-day running of modern hotels. For example, intuitive opening minimises wear and tear, and an LED ‘do not disturb’ signal advises staff ‘at a glance’ whether guests are present in their rooms. The CISA eSIGNO system is available in a wireless, battery-powered version which offers the possibility of complete control over the entire system from a central station, even in the event of a power failure, which ensures high security levels are always maintained. "The installation of the CISA eSIGNO system at The Grand Hotel Verona demonstrates how effectively the modern technology and contemporary design of the lock adapts to a wide variety of needs" The access control system requires no wiring or invasive work on the door resulting in a simple installation – whether on new projects or upgrading of an existing system. Paul Taylor, CISA Sales Leader for Allegion, said: “The installation of the CISA eSIGNO system at The Grand Hotel Verona demonstrates how effectively the modern technology and contemporary design of the lock adapts to a wide variety of needs, becoming an integral part of the hotel and even adding to its aesthetic appeal and operational efficiency. “There’s no doubt that electronic access control systems – as recommended for The Grand Hotel Verona – provide a more secure and scalable platform than the mechanical alternative. Easier to maintain than a key-based system, electronic systems allow managers to preset access levels for individuals and protect designated areas, and when guests check out or employees leave the business access can be cancelled quickly and easily. Crucially an electronic system provides a fully auditable history of access as well as preventing the entry of unauthorised persons.” Laura Zago is manager of The Grand Hotel Verona. She said: “What struck us most about CISA eSIGNO was its design: modern, elegant and compact, it blends in seamlessly with the classic look of our rooms and the result is highly sophisticated.” According to Laura, the CISA eSIGNO lock influenced other design details in the hotel. She added: “We got both our architect and CISA agent involved to ensure the satin silver finish on the CISA eSIGNO lock became a design guide for the other furnishings in the room, from the number on the door to the handles on the other doors inside.” The CISA eSIGNO portfolio includes a host of products such as hotel locking systems, contactless locks, electronic cylinders, energy savers, safes and minibars.
Allegion’s CISA eSIGNO contactless locks fulfilled the hotelier’s requirements while enhancing the guest experience Safety and security specialist Allegion (formerly known as Ingersoll Rand) has announced the completion of a project to provide an electronic access control system for B&B Hotels Italia - the Italian brand of the European hotel chain B&B Hotels Group, which has more than 300 hotels across the continent. Well-established in the low cost quality hotel sector, the B&B Hotels Group launched in France in 1989. Each individual hotel is characterised by a minimal and modern design, comfortable accommodation, and budget price, while the B&B Hotels Italia brand has also earned the reputation of a chain which meets its guests’ needs, offering a friendly, welcoming service. Paul Taylor, UK Sales Leader for CISA Hotel Locking Systems for Allegion, commented on the scope of the project. “Allegion was appointed by B&B Hotels Italia to provide an electronic access control system throughout its portfolio of hotels across Italy.” “The team set out to design an innovative security solution which would work in tandem with the check-in system, as well as fitting with the hotels’ overall aesthetic and service offering. CISA eSIGNO fitted the brief perfectly and has proven to be a successful solution which has fulfilled the hotelier’s requirements while also enhancing the guest experience.” "The CISA eSIGNO lock meets all our needs because as well as its elegant, compact design which adapts to any kind of door, it offers the advantage of contactless technology without the need for wiring" B&B Hotels Italia incorporates automatic reception areas in each individual hotel, enabling guests to check in at their convenience 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and CISA eSIGNO was an ideal solution for this set-up. A touch screen kiosk at reception allows guests to enter their personal information and check-in/check-out details, and the Ariane Systems software interfaces with the CISA encoder, programming the security card which is then dispensed to the guest. CISA eSIGNO combines superior Italian design with features such as intuitive opening (by simply holding the card up to the reader), which minimises wear and tear. It requires no wiring or invasive work on the door resulting in a simple installation – whether on new projects or upgrading of an existing system. The CISA eSIGNO system is available in a wireless, battery-powered version which offers the possibility of complete control over the entire system from a central station, even in the event of a power failure, which ensures high security levels are always maintained. Nick Fund, Access Control Consultant for B&B Hotels, said: “The CISA eSIGNO lock meets all our needs because as well as its elegant, compact design which adapts to any kind of door, it offers the advantage of contactless technology without the need for wiring.” “The chain’s plans for expansion and ongoing investment in the refurbishment of its existing hotels, and the speed at which it opens new establishments across Europe, make CISA contactless locks a winning solution. Designed with new build and retrofit in mind, CISA eSIGNO locks make the renovation and reopening of existing hotels much easier.” “Our relationship with CISA is growing and is based on exchanging knowledge to come up with tailored solutions which fulfil our mission: to provide our guests with the greatest convenience and freedom.” Pascal Contessotto added: “In my work, choosing partners for B&B hotels is strategically important. This includes our choice of suppliers who, like CISA, become partners in the true sense of the word, helping us develop the best solutions for our guests.”
Allegion’s Schlage HandPunch hand readers were installed, utilising turnstiles from the original construction project Allegion has completed a project to provide a biometric access control system at one of Europe’s largest ever construction projects, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with the system installed verifying the credentials of over 10,000 workers during an 18-month build project. The project formed part of a £292 million construction scheme to transform Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park into its legacy state following the success of the 2012 London Olympic Games. It is second time Allegion has been involved in the landmark site. In 2007, when the regeneration project to build the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, first got under way, Allegion installed biometric handreaders at entrances to the construction site. The handreaders successfully enrolled and handled over 30 million transactions during this initial project, helping ensure the safety of 81,000 people. When the 2012 London Olympic Games were over, attention was turned to transforming the vast site once again. Main contractor, BAM Nutall, appointed Human Recognition Systems (HRS) to deploy a secure access control and workforce management system that could work at scale, and would be innovative and flexible enough to be easily relocated while also remaining cost effective. "Having worked together on a biometric access control and workforce management system for the construction of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the build-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games, HRS and Allegion already had a successful track record at this iconic site" HRS selected Allegion as a partner to once again deliver one of the most advanced security solutions on the market today, incorporating biometrics. Allegion’s Schlage HandPunch hand readers were installed around the BAM-controlled 17km master site, utilising 24 turnstiles from the original construction project. Paul Taylor UK Sales Leader at Allegion, said: “Having worked together on a biometric access control and workforce management system for the construction of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the build-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games, HRS and Allegion already had a successful track record at this iconic site. For this next major construction scheme, HRS developed and installed a system which once again used Allegion’s tried-and-tested Schlage HandPunch.” The Schlage HandPunch biometric reader uses field-proven hand geometry technology. It maps and verifies the size and shape of a person’s hand in less than one second, making it ideal for high throughput applications; and it is well-suited to the construction environment, as a user’s hand does not have to be clean or sterile for the reader to work. Construction workers at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park were enrolled onto the system by inserting their hand onto the platen of the HandPunch hand reader and were also given an individual PIN number. To gain access, workers entered their PIN number on the keyboard of the hand reader and placed their hand on the platen. Each transaction was recorded, providing accurate information on the number of workers onsite and duration of stay. The use of hand geometry meant no fingerprints or palm prints were taken. Users therefore did not leave behind any trace of biometric data, so there were no privacy concerns with the use of the technology. Construction workers at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park were enrolled onto the system by inserting their hand onto the platen of the HandPunch hand reader and were also given an individual PIN number Over time, the biometric access control solution proved its flexibility, and the access control points were re-sited as the 17km site perimeter altered over time. The redeployment of existing turnstiles and access control equipment from the original build ensured the project was managed sustainably. The system also provided robust health and safety information. Accreditation was tied to employee biometric details and featured an inbuilt alarm to warn managers of those whose accreditation was about to expire. If a worker was banned from a site, this change cascaded to every site networked with the central situation and managers could also store details in the system whenever an employee was involved in an accident. In addition to the health and safety, sustainability, and security advantages, biometrics also had cost benefits for the project, with the electronic system relying less on security personnel stationed at site access points. It also made it virtually impossible for site workers to clock in and out on behalf of each other, and the data provided meant more accurate payments could be made to contractors. BAM selected MSite software as an access control and workforce management solution that would work with the biometric technology to identify workers and manage their access rights to the site. A single instance of the software encompassed all 24 turnstiles, enabling reports to be combined from multiple satellite sites onto one system. HRS’ exclusive license to use CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) smart cards in conjunction with biometrics for access control enabled BAM to validate both the worker’s identity and CSCS accreditations, and allowed BAM to avoid costs for additional swipe cards, by utilising those already issued by CSCS.
Colin Green's role will cover the Midlands and North regions of the UK Allegion (formerly Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies) has announced a key appointment which will see the leading provider of safety and security products strengthen its share of the electronic access control market in the UK hospitality sector. Colin Green has joined Allegion as Area Sales Manager Hospitality, covering the Midlands and North regions. Having worked in both the security and hospitality sectors in a career spanning 18 years, Colin brings a wealth of experience to his new role. At Allegion, Colin will work closely with independent hotels, small and large hotel groups, and hotel management companies to provide a bespoke, innovative security technology solution which fits their specific requirements. With a remit to build a profitable market share and brand image for Allegion’s CISA eSIGNO brand of electronic access control products, Colin will focus on increasing sales and securing long term relationships with targeted customers. He will provide support for customers right through to installation, and he will then implement feedback procedures to safeguard customer satisfaction. Colin will work closely with independent hotels, small and large hotel groups, and hotel management companies to provide a bespoke, innovative security technology solution which fits their specific requirements Paul Taylor, UK Sales Leader for CISA Hotel Locking Systems at Allegion, said: “Colin has a proven track record as a very successful sales manager, and his commercial acumen and customer focus lead me to believe he will be a real asset to the team. Colin has already demonstrated his understanding of the hospitality sector and sound product knowledge, and I expect he will play a key role in the growth of Allegion’s market share.” Colin added: “I am very excited about joining Allegion and positively contributing to the business as the CISA eSIGNO team looks to capitalise on all opportunities to constantly drive expansion across the hospitality market place.” The CISA eSIGNO product range combines superior Italian design with practical features and technology which integrate with the day-to-day running of modern hotels. The extensive portfolio includes hotel locking systems, contactless locks, electronic cylinders, energy savers, safes and minibars.
Allegion will demonstrate products from its Schlage range of biometric technology security solutions at IFSEC 2014 Leading global provider of security and safety solutions, Allegion (formerly Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies), will be demonstrating its innovative range of Electronic Access Control (EAC) systems at IFSEC International from Tuesday 17 – Thursday 19 June at the ExCeL in London. Throughout the three day event, Allegion will be demonstrating products from its Schlage range of reliable and convenient biometric technology security solutions. The Handkey II will be among the products on stand – an access control reader which utilises field-proven hand geometry technology to map and verify the size and shape of a hand in less than one second. Each Handkey II can be used as a stand-alone security solution or it can form part of networked system. It offers complete door control, providing door lock operation, request for exit, and alarm monitoring. A version is also available to use for time and attendance purposes to link into HR and workforce productivity systems. The stand will also feature the latest TBS 3D touchless finger scanner, which is the first fingerprint capture technology to reconstruct the three-dimensional features of the human finger by capturing the finger geometry, ridge and valley detail at resolutions up to 1000 dpi. Visitors to stand can also take a closer look at the very latest models in the PegaSys wireless intelligent access control solution from Allegion. PegaSys offers a wide choice of electronic and mechanical entry components, based on RFID technology, and it provides an instant and economical way to upgrade traditional mechanical doors to a fully electronically-controlled access system. The cost- effective, flexible system can be easily and economically upgraded as requirements change. Allegion aptiQ™ multi technology readers will also be showcased at IFSEC. The readers combine cutting-edge security technology with the ability to transform basic access control products into single, integrated solutions. Utilising an open architecture design, the aptiQ™ readers are capable of interfacing with most systems and accommodate most manufacturers’ proximity cards. They are also compliant with Near Field Communication (NFC), ensuring users are able to migrate to mobile credentials in the future. "With the likes of PegaSys, aptiQTM and Schlage, as well as its Briton and CISA ranges of mechanical hardware products, Allegion is uniquely positioned to supply mechanical, electro-mechanical and electronic security solutions" To maintain the highest security levels, the aptiQ™ reader allows mutually encrypted communication between the card, reader and diversified keys, which protect data integrity and prevent unauthorised access. And as an added benefit, aptiQ™ contactless smart credentials come with a variety of data storage options and highly impressive data transfer rates. Paul Taylor at Allegion said: “IFSEC has undoubtedly become a must-attend event for the security industry and, as a world leader in access control, Allegion (UK) Ltd has been gearing up to showcase an exclusive selection of products from its key Electronic Access Control brands at this year’s exhibition.” “With the likes of PegaSys, aptiQ™ and Schlage, as well as its Briton and CISA ranges of mechanical hardware products, Allegion is uniquely positioned to supply mechanical, electro-mechanical and electronic security solutions from cutting-edge biometrics, through to networked and stand-alone electronic access control systems and mechanical locks and cylinders. The team is looking forward to being on stand at IFSEC and making the most of this prime opportunity to demonstrate this comprehensive range of products.” All Allegion products are offered with industry needs in mind and are backed up by the company’s quality, design and testing capabilities. IFSEC International is a major annual event which attracts the entire security buying chain. This year, it takes place at the ExCeL in London’s Docklands from Tuesday 17th to Thursday 19th June.
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