Should my hotel consider using keycard security?

  • by Plastic Card Services
  • 29.04.2013
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Whenever you are on holiday, safety is paramount and if you are a hotel owner or operator then chances are that you will want to ensure that the safety of your guests is your number one priority. Although hotels are generally safe places as a whole, unfortunately from time to time thieves can get into hotel premises and can steal from rooms which are not appropriately locked or secured, and this is one way that a holiday can quickly be ruined.

Improving security in a hotel is always important in the eyes of an owner and in recent years keycard technology has helped to improve and simplify security across the board. Today, hotel keycards are the primary form of security that a hotel employs, and they are one of the most important elements to keeping your assets safe.

How can a keycard be used in a hotel?

In general keycards are used in hotels the same way that you would use a traditional key. They work with an electronic scanner which is placed on the entrance to a door and the magnetic strip is programmed with the individual code of that room. One of the key bonuses that comes with a keycard is that if it happens to be lost, the room can simply be reprogrammed and another keycard can be used, rather than the lock having to be changed.

In addition, if you require more than one keycard to enter the room then it’s relatively easy to have a number of keycards programmed to the same room. Keycards are usually programmed at reception and issued upon arrival at the hotel. On departure, keycards are returned to reception and they can then be re-used in the future.

What are the benefits of keycard security?

Using keycards for security can bring about a number of benefits and these include:

  • The ability to easily fit it into your wallet makes it harder for you to lose it
  • The ability to be programmed and re-programmed as needed
  • The ability to change the lock easily if the card is lost
  • The ability to program as many cards as needed.