VingCard Elsafe & Lutron Collaborate on a Solution for the Hotel Industry
VingCard Elsafe, a global company that specializes in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, announced an integrated product solution with Lutron Electronics, designer and manufacturer of light and shade control solutions for commercial and residential applications.
Through this collaboration, VingCard Elsafe and Lutron have developed a total guest room control solution package for luxury hotels, which integrates Lutron’s premier lighting, drapery and shade control modules with VingCard Elsafe’s award-winning Orion energy management system, as well as guest room door locks, electronic safes and mini-bars. Using this solution, hotels can provide their guests with total in-room comfort and increase energy efficiency with the option to:
- automatically turn lights on, adjust shades, and adjust the temperature when the room becomes occupied, and
- automatically turn lights off, adjust shades, and set back the temperature when the room is vacant.
Hotels can expect to experience a 20 percent to 30 percent reduction in energy expenditures through the combined savings produced by light and temperature controls in unoccupied rooms, according to a statement issued by the companies. The combined worldwide network will support all international standards, and provide a local presence to manage projects, commission and maintain service agreements.
An integral component of the combined room control solution is VingCard Elsafe’s Orion system, which is comprised of wireless digital thermostats, occupancy sensors, door position interfaces, remote server software and a comprehensive dashboard reporting interface. The room control dashboard provides an overview of guest room electronic systems, including occupancy status, locks, safes, lighting and total energy consumption. Orion automatically assumes control of ambient temperature when guestrooms are unoccupied, never allowing them to become either too warm or too cold.
Upon guests’ return, the system automatically resumes the preset temperature settings. Orion interfaces with the hotel’s property management system to pre-condition the room upon guest check-in and automatically engage enhanced energy savings mode upon checkout. According to initial data gathered from existing installations of the Orion system, cumulative energy cost savings provide a quick ROI and increased year-after-year savings for hoteliers, according to the companies.
Lutron’s in-room light and shade controls provide additional energy savings, as well as enhance guest comfort and provide total control of the environment. A user-friendly wireless Lutron Pico® remote offers convenient bedside control, allowing guests to manually control multiple functions, such as adjusting lighting scenes to time of day and mood, and opening and closing motorized draperies and shades. A wall-mounted Lutron seeTouch® keypad also will be available.
The Lutron in-room control solution, called EnergiSavr Nodeä, is a simple, programmable module for controlling light and saving energy. EnergiSavr Node modules can connect to wired or wireless occupancy/vacancy sensors, daylight sensors and wall controls. This phase-adaptive solution offers the flexibility of controlling all load types, making it an ideal solution for guest rooms, in which multiple light sources are often used.
Together, the Orion and EnergiSavr Node systems will provide a complete guest experience, the companies stated. The VingCard Elsafe-Lutron solution can be installed as a standalone system, through a property’s existing wireless network or connected via VISIONLINE by VingCard, a wireless communication platform that encompasses energy management, guestroom locking systems, and all other in-room devices onto a single platform. Through seamless integration with the property management systems, hotel staff can determine room status, manage all connected devices within the room, create comprehensive reports and schedule preventative maintenance, thereby maximizing operational efficiency.