A 261-room luxury hotel in the United Arab Emirates has chosen Salto Systems to provide electronic access to its rooms. The project is the first integration of Salto with HID iCLASS technology in the UAE and involved the installation of approximately 350 electronic locks, along with wall readers to control the elevators and 150 SaltoVirtual Network control units. They are also using electronic bracelets to control access to the gym and fitness facilities.
The brand new Harbour Hotel & Residence, Emirates Hotels & Resorts’ first city-based hotel located in Dubai, has chosen SALTO Systems for its access control security requirements.
Dubai has attracted world-wide attention through innovative real estate projects and the continuing development of new hotels, offices, shopping malls and leisure facilities is part of a huge construction drive designed to consolidate the status of this Gulf emirate as a regional business, services and tourism hub.
The Harbour Hotel & Residence, a USD $141 million investment for Emirates Airline’s luxury hotel division, formally opened its doors in November 2007. Located at the gateway to the Dubai Marina, The Harbour Hotel & Residence boasts easy access to Dubai’s prime leisure and commercial districts. The Marina boulevard is teeming with cafes, shops, and entertainment facilities. The popular Jumeirah beach and the Mall of the Emirates, Dubai’s most fashionable mall, are within easy reach, as are prime commercial centers such as Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and Jebel Ali Free Zone.
The hotel boasts 261 noticeably-large suites; all featuring a fully-equipped kitchen complete with modern appliances, bathroom with bath/shower and guest amenities, LCD TV with international channels, DVD player and sound system, high speed internet access, daily housekeeping service, same day laundry/dry cleaning service and 24-hour room service.
The project is the first integration of SALTO Systems with HID iCLASS technology in the UAE and approximately 350 Comfort model electronic locks have been installed in the hotel, along with wall readers to control the elevators, 20 i-locker locks, 15 glass door locks, 10
e-cylinders and 150 SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) control units. They are also using SALTO electronic bracelets to control access to the gym and fitness facilities.
“As a brand new hotel development, security was an important consideration from the outset,” comments Bruno Hivon, General Manager of the Harbour Hotel & Residence. “Working in consultation with SALTO we have installed a highly secure and flexible electronic access control system that is sleek and contemporary to match our luxurious new guest facilities.”
Victor Hage, SALTO Systems MEA Regional Manager, said: “Hotel installations are normally based on flexible time limited access. In practice this means that hotel guests usually stay for short periods of time after which their access authorisation is automatically withdrawn from the room lock and any further changes of the system require intervention at the lock with a “management card”.
With the SALTO system however, this is controlled via our front desk Hotel Access Management Software (HAMS) and our SALTO Virtual Network (SVN) which uses distributed intelligence in both the lock and the key card. This provides the hotel with all the benefits of a fully on line access control system at a fraction of the cost.”
About SALTO Systems
Based in Oiartzun, Spain and with offices in the UK, USA, Mexico, Portugal and Malaysia, SALTO Systems was established in 2001 with the objective of creating a new advanced state-of-the-art access control concept. Products such as their SALTO Virtual Network have accelerated the company’s growth and this has now become the access option of choice on more than 300,000 doors in over 52 countries. Customer markets include airports, hospitals, government buildings, universities, corporate headquarters and hotels.