For many years, hospitality professionals have had little choice when it came to the aesthetics of hotel door locks. With security access providers primarily focused on function over physical appearance, hoteliers were often left with no alternative but to install locks that had an unmistakably commercial appearance, potentially detracting from a property's unique style. Fortunately, some of the industry's leading providers have risen to this challenge; hoteliers are now able to choose from an array of locks that fuse advanced security with appealing design, ensuring that properties can provide the highest standard of safety while safeguarding guests' abilities to appreciate their surroundings.
In circumventing the typically bulky appearance of older locks, newer designs have moved towards a sleek, minimalist aesthetic. Options now include the ability to encase most of a lock's hardware within the door, leaving only the handle and a keycard reader visible. This enables the provision of a nearlimitless range of styles, from modern, trendy designs to handles that offer a more classic style, and even to options that can offer a rustic or residential appearance.
By embracing the need to expand style options, hotel door lock providers have also been able to incorporate greater convenience for guests by choosing new designs that offer additional features. One example is the ability to implement interactive LED panels that are placed on the wall adjacent to the door, rather than being installed on the door itself.
Having the option of an accompanying guestroom-facing interior panel also enables guests to alert staff members to specific needs without having to leave the privacy of their room. By simply pressing a touchscreen button, for instance, guests can post 'do not disturb' or 'make up guestroom' notifications onto the hallway-facing panel, ensuring that employees know precisely when and how to service guests, minimising unnecessary interruptions.
As LED-based platforms, door lock panels can also increasingly provide hoteliers with a new level of design customisation. Backgrounds can be created with virtually any design, including hotel brand colour schemes. Hotels can also incorporate the property logo on each panel, in order to add a more personalised touch.
While much of the innovation behind door lock concepts has revolved around providing hoteliers with more choice in terms of style, the core focus has always remained on ensuring properties are safe. Behind the visually appealing casings and handles, providers have been mindful to include the latest hardware and software upgrades, such as RFID technology, so that each platform is as secure as it is attractive.
By implementing RFID, door locks offer a vital layer of encryption that is invulnerable to keycard cloning. When installed along with an online security access network, RFID door locks can also provide hoteliers with a way of remotely monitoring keycard use in real time. Should an employee suspect a specific keycard of being used inappropriately, it can be instantly deactivated, minimising any threat to security.
While once seemingly separate and incompatible, security and design can now go hand in hand. As a result, hoteliers can look forward to reinforcing their property environment's unique style, while maintaining a commitment to ensuring guest security and peace of mind.