VingCard Elsafe RFID access control and energy management at Grand Hyatt San Francisco

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The luxurious Grand Hyatt San Francisco recently selected a complete package of radio-frequency identification (RFID) access control, energy-management solutions, and locking solutions for hotel security from ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions.


The Grand Hyatt San Francisco is an iconic 38-story hotel located near Union Square in the downtown area of San Francisco. The hotel includes 659 guestrooms, multiple restaurants, and 30,000 square feet of meetings and events space. 


With the vision of becoming a more high-tech and environmentally friendly hotel, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco needed to undergo a comprehensive renovation of the 659 guestrooms. The hotel needed to install a secure locking system on all guestroom doors,  a new access management system, and an energy management system to become more environmentally friendly. 


ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions products– including its Orion energy-management system and Signature RFID locks powered by the cutting-edge Visionline wireless online access management system – played a key role in the comprehensive renovation of the hotel.

The Orion system is comprised of wireless digital thermostats, occupancy sensors, door position interfaces, remote server software and a comprehensive dashboard reporting interface. 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.  

The backbone of the Orion system is Visionline, a revolutionary wireless communication platform that encompasses both the energy management and guestroom locking systems. Visionline integrates seamlessly with Elsafe’s Infinity II electronic safes, which are also in use at Grand Hyatt San Francisco.

The most visible piece of the hotel’s technological upgrade is the installation of ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions Signature RFID locks. 

“ASSA ABLOY has truly helped modernize our hotel, giving us a real competitive advantage with discerning, savvy travelers who desire the latest and greatest hotel experience,” says Matthew Kovac, director of sales and marketing for Grand Hyatt San Francisco. “Guests love and appreciate that their RFID keys can’t be demagnetized – they revel in that fact. And with the Orion energy management system, we are a big step closer to becoming one of the greenest hotels in San Francisco, which feels great, and is a great selling point, as well.”