Unlike locks, change is not imminent for safes. Hoteliers remain “traditional and conservative” when it comes to choosing the best model. Biometrics? While several suppliers have tried this route, this technology has not succeeded in penetrating the market because of its prohibitive price and low reliability for reasonably priced models. Smart card readers? Another test that did not succeed. Hoteliers are anticipating the fears of their clientele: “If I use my card to open the safe, why shouldn’t the housekeeper be able to as well?” questions regarding RFID are sometimes identical,” recognizes Christian Hénon. But this does not keep Elsafe, a subsidiary of Assa Abloy, from offering an RFID version for its Infinity and Sentinel ranges and “being optimistic about its development. RFID is making its way onto certain markets where technological innovations are appreciated such as the Middle East and the United States, in some cases.”Nonetheless, simplicity and efficiency remain the top criteria for choosing. Thus the digital code models represent a major market share, with a few variations for emergency opening. The simplest, such as OS 200 by Onity, Digit Plus Compact by Cisa and Smartbox by Minibar Systems, work with a mechanical key in addition to a master code. “This places permanent stress on reception. It is necessary to have a safe that presents no problems and opens under all circumstances,” explains Wilfried Rivière, operations manager at Minibar Systems.The most advanced safes offer a variety of electronic procedures. The OS 400 by Onity works with a portable tool that makes it possible to unblock the safe using a master code while consulting the last operations. The different Elsafe ranges, meanwhile, whether the basic product Xtra or technological safes, function using an electronic master key called PinKey and SafeLink, a PDA that also makes it possible to survey all the openings and closings. SafePlace went further with security with its Bimax, which allows emergency openings using the fingerprint of authorized members of personnel.Today, the primary changes involve design. Elsafe, a subsidiary of Assa Abloy, redesigned its entire range of safes last year, this job was entrusted to Bressler, the American partner who had already worked on the Signature lock. Why the beauty treatment? Because today safes no longer hide in the back of the closet. Top open models appeared on the market a few years ago to be able to place the safe in a desk drawer. And suppliers regularly provide new solutions to interior designers: in the wall, under the television, on the floor. One imperative: capacity to hold a laptop.Securing cash deposits :The security imperative is not limited to the personal belongings of clients but also those of the hotel, or even those clients entrust to the hotel. In this regard, Manusec offers two ranges adapted to the needs of properties. Starting with safe deposit boxes- the SR series, with a trap, and SE, with a slot and baffle mechanism - with A2P certified locks. These two safes are class S1 certified anti-break-in and also have European standard certification EN 14450, making it possible to insure the valuables placed inside the safe. Other products: safe deposit boxes in the HT and MB series, both available with anti-piercing armor, the MB series also has fireproofing. Meanwhile, Manusec continues to distribute its own Courtoisy safes for rooms that are easy to use and intended for small properties, as well as high security SafePlace products.
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