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Kaba locks secure Yotel rooms at Gatwick Airport

Kaba Ltd : 04 December, 2008  (Application Story)
Japanese style cabins at airport hotel use integrated Solitaire locking system with satin-chrome finish on lock bezel to match the interior design
The much talked-about Yotel was originally launched with a 46 cabin hotel at
Gatwick Airport's South Terminal, making it the first lodging residence to be cited inside a UK airport terminal. The concept of Yotel is to offer custom-designed cabins which mimic first-class plane accommodation.

Whether it's travellers with a few hours between connecting flights looking to freshen up or businesspeople requiring an overnight stay, you have the option to pay for 4 hours or for the full evening. In any case, the safety of it's guests and their belongings are of paramount importance, and this why Kaba were chosen to provide an effective solution that would meet their security requirements.

Similar to the Japanese-style capsule rooms, the 10.5 square meter soundproof "cabins" provide luxury accommodation at affordable rates for their guests.

Kaba recommended and ultimately installed the Solitaire 710-11 lock in a Satin Chrome finish. With its durable yet elegant design, Solitaire 710-II suits any type of hotel and any type of budget - large or small and features user-friendly, magnetic stripe keycards that eliminate the need for traditional keys and related re-keying costs due to loss or theft.

Nigel Buchanan, Yotel's Operations Director explained, "Kaba was specified for this project due to the simplicity and efficiency of the whole system, both to install and manage". Nigel chose to manage the guest room door locks using Kaba's ATLAS system, which is integrated into the hotels Property Management Software giving greater control of your hotel.

Kaba's ATLAS IAdvanced Technology Lodging Access System) provides a web based interface that allows for simple and easy programming of guest room doors. The menu-driven software provides on-screen help so that operators can resolve issues quickly and offers the facility for operators to work in the language of their choice.

All Solitaire 710-11 locks were supplied with a Satin Chrome finish, This complemented the existing décor and lighting perfectly

Following the resounding success of the Yotel Gatwick project, Kaba installed a further access control system on all 32 cabins at Yotel Heathrow and concluded the Euro-Trilogy with the installation of 68 locks at Yotel Schipol, situated airside inside Terminal D at Amsterdam Schipol airport.

Heathrow and Schipol's guest room doors are managed using the Solitaire 710-11 lock which has once again been coupled with the Kaba ATLAS system to provide a complete security solution integrated with full audit trail facility. Nigel commented, "The Kaba installations at Yotel Gatwick, Heathrow and Schipol are a success with the control system proving very efficient for our customers to use - the main priority for all aspects of the Yotel offering, so it was an obvious choice to continue our relationship with Kaba".

Security and accountability are key features for this seamlessly integrated solution. Both the ATLAS system and the Solitaire lock offer a detailed audit trail, providing legal support in the event of unauthorised access to a room and ensure the front desk of any hotel can have a single solution for managing their guests.

The Solitaire series sets the standard for premium hotel locks and is one of the access control systems that has established Kaba as a leading provider within the hospitality industry with sustained success.

Kaba manufactures and installs the world leading range of hotel door locks which are used in the best known hotel chains, independent hotels, conference facilities and accommodation units.
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