Energy Efficiency is a term that has been coined since the 1980’s. Back then it referred to a number of things, but to the common person it was the ability to receive the same technological and energy consuming products and services we have grown to expect, without having to pay large energy bills for their requirement.
The need to be seen as Green
The focus then was mostly on cost saving, but now-a-days, the focus has shifted slightly with the intention of not only saving money, but also to be seen as being environmentally friendly.
What does the future hold?
There has been a lot of scope and speculation surrounding the need for hotels and accommodation facilities to begin their own individual campaign to seen as being green.
For a number of new developments the requirement to comply with green building standards is becoming a must. In addition to the conscious decisions owners and developers need to make in relation to the energy systems, lighting, water usage and high energy consuming equipment hotels have traditionally relied on.
This is partially motivated by the needs of the government, and building groups, but increasingly so, by the owners, who are focused on maintaining systems which are not only inexpensive to purchase but also inexpensive to maintain and operate.
A number of properties are planning for in-room intelligence, whereby the energy and lighting can be controlled by the guest and at a central point within the accommodation. For the properties that cannot consider this for the short term, we introduce to you the inexpensive measures available to help you to achievie more realistic energy reductions than ever before, they are;
Go green with electronic locks
The preferred Hotel / Motel style electronic locks are battery operated which means no electricity bill.
Innovative recycled cards are now available to Hoteliers and the guest room door electronic locks not only operates on fewer batteries than traditional locks but it also gives the hotelier the option to forgo keycards altogether.
Electronic Locks have traditionally relied on information that is encoded on the magnetic stripe. The introduction of contact smart chips allowing retention of data within the card gave hotel staff greater ease and flexibility of information management when introduced in the early 1990’s.
A further step towards technological sophistication has been taken with the introduction of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) contactless Proximity locks and cards in the last few years.
The benefits of this advanced technology far surpass those of traditional magnetic stripe.
RFID proximity cards are capable of retaining the audit trail within the cards themselves, not only within the lock as was the case in the past, thus allowing accommodation management to effectively track the movements of the card user, and not only the activity of a single lock.
For property owners and engineers the cost effective benefit of RFID is that there is no mechanical movement that and interaction between the card and the lock reader other than the mere presentation (and not physical insertion) of card to reader.
Because of this, the manufacturers of SAFLOK & ILCO can completely seal the reader heads, thus ensuring complete integrity and protection from harsh elements such as excessive dirt and dust, salt water environments, and moisture which would otherwise build up between air-conditioned rooms and high humidity environments outside.
Yet the biggest advantage of the MiFare RFID Proximity Card is that it is designed to carry information that can be used on multiple applications..
Wireless Messenger™ It’s Already in New Zealand
In 2007 SAFLOK was the first to release a stand-alone electronic locking system operating on a wireless on-line platform known as the Messenger™ System.
The Messenger system is an extremely powerful tool that has the capability to communicate directly with each and every door lock delivering real time and date information back to a central server through a network of wireless communication using radio frequency. Few companies are licensed to deliver this innovative up to the minute technology
What does the Future hold?
As electronic locks are considered to be an essential item for modern Student facilities, the next foreseeable step is Near Field Communication (NFC). This is a short range high frequency wireless communication technology. NFC is primarily aimed at usage in mobile phones, thus allowing hoteliers to send an enable the guests NFC capable mobile phone, so that guests will be able to gain access to their guest room door lock, by merely presenting their phone to the reader. It is thought that it will be a few more years before mobile phone manufacturers will release capable models to the Australian/New Zealand Market.