SALTO Systems have been awarded the contract to provide access control for the new Hard Rock Hotel Penang, the latest luxury hotel in SE Asia. The installation will be carried out by local SALTO business partner Deltaprise, which will supply a fully integrated access control solution to the hotel.
Located at the famous Batu Ferringhi in Penang, the new hotel is managed by Singapore-based HPL Hotels & Resorts, a hospitality management company that also operates Hard Rock Hotels in Bali and Pattaya.
Hard Rock Hotel Penang boasts 250 chic rooms and suites with unprecedented views of the hill and sea. All rooms are fully equipped with DVD/CD players, a 32-inch LCD TV, iPod Docking station, Wi-Fi connectivity, IDD telephones and in-rooms safes. The hotel features five food & beverage outlets, including the famous Hard Rock Cafe, and a wide selection of leisure facilities including a 26,000 square feet free-form swimming pool.
SALTO hotel solution will be installed at the hotel. The access control solution was developed with the needs of hotels in mind and features a range of hospitality-specific applications including the ability to remotely reassign or transfer rooms, monitor on-duty personnel, track facility maintenance tasks, manage back of the house doors using the same system and eliminate signing master keys in and out enabling staff to take their keys home if required.
The Hard Rock Hotel installation will utilize 254 electronic locks fitted to all the guest rooms and suites as well as to a number of sundry rooms, 3 offline wall readers that will serve as access controls for glass doors and 3 offline wall readers for lift control.
The SALTO XS4 range needs no hard wiring and provides a totally wire-free networked electronic locking solution with a great range of features. It incorporates distributed intelligence in both the lock and in the key. Locks are networked to the computer via the hotel's own front desk Opera management software, yet they need no wiring or WiFi infrastructure. The communication link is the intelligent key, it opens individual rooms and acts as a 2-way data transporter giving the hotel full control at all times while the key cards automatically store and convey information back and forth between locks and the controlling PC.
"Hotel installations are normally based on flexible time limited access which means that guests usually stay for short periods of time after which their access authorization is automatically withdrawn from the room lock and any further changes of the system require intervention at the lock with a "management card". With SALTO and the XS4 solution, this is controlled via SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) utilizing distributed intelligence in both the lock and the key card," said David Rees, Asia Pacific Regional Manager for SALTO Systems SL.
"SVN will allow the Hard Rock Hotel to read, receive and write information from/to smart cards and revolutionizes the traditional problems associated with 'key' control by eliminating the need to replace locks if security is breached due to the loss or theft of a key card. And, in addition, SVN's built-in audit trail facility can also be used as a management tool if required to check easily who accessed a room and when," added Rees.