VingCard Elsafe, Lutron Collaborate on Energy Management

6/26/2012

DALLAS—VingCard Elsafe, a leader in hospitality security and part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, announced an integrated product solution with Lutron Electronics, a leading 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 guestroom control solution package for luxury hotels, which integrates Lutron’s premier lighting, drapery and shade control modules with VingCard Elsafe’s Orion energy management system, as well as guestroom door locks, electronic safes and minibars.

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.

Through advanced occupancy-sensing technology, the comprehensive solution is designed to address the industry’s growing need to implement energy saving strategies. In addition to maximizing guest comfort, hotels can expect to experience a 20 to 30 percent reduction in energy expenditures through the combined savings produced by light and temperature controls in unoccupied rooms.

A Unique ‘Total Solution’

“More and more, the global hotel industry is demanding an integrated in-room light and temperature control solution that can help manage energy more efficiently, while ensuring guest comfort and enhancing their guests´ in-room experience,” said Rune Venas, vice president Global Business Development, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality. “The VingCard Elsafe-Lutron collaboration has produced a unique new ‘total solution’ that combines the most advanced technologies with the power, reliability and global capabilities of two proven industry leaders.”

“Collaborating with VingCard Elsafe will bring a unique, value-added solution to the global hotel market and provide our mutual clients around the globe with an unprecedented ability to generate operational savings, while creating a unique environment for their guests that sets them apart from the competition,” said Olivier Perrigueur, vice president of Global Corporate Accounts at Lutron Electronics.

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 guestroom 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. Likewise, 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.

Includes Bedside Remote, Wall-mounted Options

Lutron’s in-room light and shade controls provide additional energy savings, as well as enhance guest comfort and provide total control of the hotel room 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 LutronseeTouch keypad will also be available.

The Lutron in-room control solution, called EnergiSavr Node, is a simple, programmable module for controlling light and saving energy. Ideal for hotel guestrooms, 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 guestrooms, in which multiple light sources are often used.

With its wireless communication protocol, EnergiSavr Node is completely scalable and can be expanded at any time, allowing guestroom modifications to be easily accommodated within the system.

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 (PMS), hotel staff can determine room status, manage all connected devices within the room, create comprehensive reports and schedule preventative maintenance, thereby maximizing operational efficiency.

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