Installing card readers in hotel establishment is a significant investment, where the cost differs greatly from one supplier to the next and which will have to be offset over many years. It is therefore important to analyze the project before starting it.
Each case is different and must be treated as such, however there are two main scenarios:
Readers will be installed on an existing door to replace the current locking systems:
The readers will be installed on new doors: the hotel manager (e.g. if the building is new) wants to install a completely new room access system, including new doors and hotel card readers on these doors.
Whether the door having the hotel card readers is new or existing, several important points need to be addressed when working out a budget for this project. This will help you nail down the true cost of the project.
These numerous steps will result in a total labor cost which is higher than for locks installed on a new door. Because of the complexity and specific issues they present, this work on existing doors also requires more know-how.
The issue common to all these scenarios remains the IT equipment and the choices linked to it, as all the readers are controlled via the IT system:
Several points need to be kept in mind during the door and lock installation phase:
- Each installer will impose a certain number of limitations, e.g. in terms of working hours.
- Noise pollution needs to be expected.
- If a PMS/HOS is in place, set up a meeting between the publisher of the PMS and the engineer who will be installing the access control software so that the two systems can be integrated and can work together as well as possible.
Despite only being needed later, maintenance needs to be considered right from the project preparation phase as it will ensure that your new security system lasts a long time.
Dény Security offers hoteliers a maintenance contract, as well as a 24-hour telephone call-out contract (in the Paris region only), for repairs in the event of a malfunction with the card readers.
The replacement or installation of hotel card readers is a technical operation, with prices varying widely from one manufacturer to another, depending on their own criteria. However, the project is no less simple as a result: the secret to its success lies above all in good preparation of the site prior to starting!