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Why Do you Need to Replace or Upgrade Your Hotel Door locks?
When you are operating a hotel or motel, I am sure you are facing the following old hotel locks problems:
The old hotel door lock has been discontinued. Since the suppliers have stopped supporting and supplying these products, finding suitable replacement repair parts is difficult when something goes wrong with the lock.
You are still using the old mechanical key hotel lock. Your mechanical key hotel lock has been used for too many years and is outdated. It brings problems such as complicated operations, easy damage, inability to manage them uniformly, etc.
High maintenance cost. Old hotel locks need to be repaired and replaced frequently for reasons such as long service life and easy damage, which will increase the maintenance cost and workload of the hotel.
Poor security: With the development of technology, the old hotel locks may have security loopholes, which are easily stolen and hacked, thus endangering the security of the hotel and the safety of guests’ belongings.
Renovate and remodel your building. You are renovating and remodeling your building for a new hotel or guest room and now want to replace the old hotel locks and upgrade the system for the current look.
Continuing to use it costs more. You use Temic RFID or magnetic hotel locks, but the associated key cards are too expensive, or you cannot find a replacement.
Branded Hotel Locks Replacement and Upgrading.
No matter whether you are using Onity locks, Vingcard hotel locks, Magnetic hotel locks, Saflok hotel locks, Kaba hotel locks, or even TJL locks, Ilco Unican, and Secure Lox hotel locks. You will get the most reasonable hotel lock system replacement upgrade plan with the least modification and the most competitive price from us.
Onity Hotel Locks Upgrading
If you use the Onity hotel lock, you may face the following Onity lock problems:
Some Onity locks have been discontinued, and it isn’t easy to find old ONITY hotel lock after-sales service and replacement parts; the cost of repair and replacement is high.
High failure rate: Some users report that the old Onity hotel locks have various failures during use, such as failure to recognize cards, low battery power, and other issues.
Magnetic card hotel locks are outdated: Onity magnetic card swiping hotel locks cannot meet the management needs of modern hotels.
Compatibility issues: Some users report problems with the compatibility of Onity hotel locks when linked with other devices or software.
Consider upgrading your old Onity hotel door locks to RFID card Hotel locks or Bluetooth hotel lock systems.
Here are some issues that may be encountered when you use a Vingcard hotel lock:
After-sales service for old locks is difficult. Some old Vingcard hotel locks cannot find the corresponding after-sales service and replacement parts due to reasons such as discontinuation of production.
Maintenance costs are high. The cost of replacement parts and repairs is high. For example, finding a suitable magnetic card for an old Vingcard magnetic card hotel lock is difficult and expensive.
System failure: After using it for too long, the Vingcard hotel lock may have a system failure, such as failure to recognize the card normally, failure to unlock, lock automatic locking, and other hotel problems.
Security issues: Although the Vingcard hotel lock has a certain degree of security, in some special cases, such as using an older version of the magnetic card lock, there may be a risk of being cracked.
Given the above reasons, you should consider replacing or upgrading the old hotel lock system to a keyless RFID or mobile TThotel lock system.
ShineACS Hotel Locks Replacement and Upgrading Solutions
Traditional Manual Key Hotel Locks Upgrading
Traditional Manual Key Hotel Locks Problems:
Poor safety: The key to the traditional mechanical key hotel lock is easily copied or lost. In addition, the traditional mechanical key hotel lock is easily pried or destroyed, and there are hidden safety hazards.
Insufficient use: Traditional mechanical key hotel lock requires a physical key to unlock. If the key is lost or damaged, it needs to be reorganized. It takes a lot of time, financial resources, and energy.
High maintenance costs: Traditional mechanical key hotel locks must replace key components such as keys, lock cylinders, etc., and the maintenance cost is relatively high.
Unable to track records: Traditional mechanical key hotel locks cannot record the time and personnel information of unlocking. If there is a problem, it cannot be tracked and cannot provide effective management and services.
Therefore, more and more hotels have begun upgrading their old manual key hotel locks to keyless electronic ones, such as Bluetooth mobile or Mifare RFID hotel door locks with detailed management services.
Temic RFID Based Hotel locks Upgrading
TEMIC Hotel Locks Problems:
Although there are many advantages of the TEMIC hotel lock, such as convenient unlocking, cheap, etc., there are still some shortcomings, mainly including:
Disposal: Since the Temic hotel lock contains many complex electronic components, compared to traditional mechanical locks, its structure is more complicated and more vulnerable to damage.
Poor stability: The stability of the TEMIC hotel lock is poor, and it is vulnerable to external interference and failure, such as electromagnetic waves and other interference.
It is not suitable for harsh environments: TEMIC hotel lock electronic components are more sensitive and are easily damaged by debris such as seawater, sand, and dust. Not suitable for use in harsh environments, such as coastal, desert, and other environments.
Safety hidden dangers: Although the TEMIC hotel lock is cheaper, it has certain security risks because it uses Temic RFID technology to unlock, so hackers can easily hack Temic RFID key cards.
In summary, there are some shortcomings in the TEMIC hotel lock. You can try to upgrade your Temic RFID hotel lock system to Mifare or Bluetooth hotel door lock systems.
Magnetic Stripe Card Hotel Locks Upgrading
Magnetic Stripe Hotel Locks Problems:
The magnetic stripe hotel lock is a traditional hotel door lock. The disadvantages mainly include the following points:
Low safety: Hackers easily copy and attack magnetic stripe hotel locks, causing hidden safety hazards.
Complex operation: The magnetic card stripe hotel lock needs to insert or swiped the magnetic card. The operation is relatively cumbersome; it is easy to make an operation error, which affects the customer’s experience.
Low efficiency: Magnetic stripe card hotel lock requires manual replacement of magnetic cards. The management is relatively cumbersome, and the work efficiency is low.
Maintenance: The magnetic card hotel lock must be cleaned regularly. Otherwise, it is easy to fail.
The cost of replacement parts is high: When the magnetic stripe key card is lost, buying a newly compatible magnetic stripe card is higher.
To overcome the shortcomings of the magnetic card hotel lock, it is an effective choice to upgrade to the RFID hotel lock or Bluetooth APP hotel lock.
Access Codes Hotel Locks Upgrading
Access Codes Hotel Locks Problems:
The Access Codes hotel lock is not completely unsuitable for the hotel, but compared to other types of door locks, it has some limitations, such as:
Low Security: Compared to traditional mechanical or smart door locks, the security of password locks is low. Some password locks may be at risk of being cracked.
Poor convenience: In the actual use process, the password lock requires guests to memorize passwords and perform input operations, which may be inconvenient for some older or physical customers.
Operation complexity: For guests unfamiliar with the password lock, the initial operation may take some time to be familiar with and master, affecting the guest’s experience.
Changing the password frequently: For guests who have left, if the password is not changed in time, then when other guests stay, other guests who have left can still use the original password to open the door.
Therefore, hotels should consider upgrading the password hotel lock to the MiFare RFID hotel lock or remotely controlling by the mobile phone at the right time.
Hotel Types Available for the ShineACS Upgrade Solutions
Small Budget Hotels & Motels
Economy hotels or motels usually need low prices, low maintenance costs, simple operations, and stable hotel lock systems. It must have the hotel lock management software and key card encoder to issue cards to the front desk.
ShineACS Upgrade Solution:
We have prepared the MiFare RFID hotel lock system upgrade solution. The solution comes with cheap and stable MiFare RFID hotel locks, a key card encoder, system management software, and a permanent free software registration code. Don’t worry about the hotel lock system software registration code expiring.
B&Bs, Apartments, and short rental houses are usually necessary to meet smart locks with high safety, convenient and fast management, remote control management, long-lasting power, and reasonable price.
ShineACS Upgrade Solution:
We launched the TTlock mobile Bluetooth APP smart lock system according to the above requirements. This system can achieve remote control through Bluetooth, WiFi, and other methods, conveniently and quickly managed permissions and provides unlock record query functions to provide residents with a more secure and convenient accommodation experience.
High-end boutique hotels or theme hotels usually choose smart door locks with beautiful hotel key card designs, convenient operation, high service, high security, easy management, security privacy, and high-tech sense.
ShineACS Upgrade Solution:
We launched a novel and reliable TT Hotel mobile hotel lock system. The door lock system has advanced technology and functions.
At the same time, it supports PC and mobile phone management of hotel door locks and guests. It can improve the guest experience and also provide convenience for hotel management.
Hotels with special environments, such as hotels by the seaside, cold, heat, rain, rain, etc., usually choose more durable door locks such as waterproof, moisture-proof, anti-corrosion, wind resistant, high-temperature resistance, and freezing, such as 304 stainless steel hotel door locks, Electronic waterproof locks, etc.
Note: in harsh environments such as rain, snow, wind, and sand exposure directly, please consider adding to be a protective cover.
ShineACS Upgrade Solution:
We provide the 304 stainless steel hotel door lock system upgrade plan. The 304 stainless steel door lock allows your lock to work normally, even in extreme environments.
Residents and resorts should choose an intelligent, high safety, convenient, durable, and beautiful smart lock. Also needs to consider the characteristics of waterproof, moisture-proof, and anti-corrosion of door locks to cope with the complex outdoor environment.
For example, using mobile phones and fingerprints as door-opening methods will bring more convenient check-in processes to your family and resorts and give you a more secure and safe living experience.
ShineACS Upgrade Solution:
ShineACS Locks provide a TTlock fingerprint lock system that supports mobile applications and unlocking. You can use this system anytime, anywhere to manage your resort or residence and provide convenient and safe check-in services for your customers.
For some special reasons, you don’t want to replace the entire lock, but you want to continue to use the current hotel lock hardware. You can only replace or improve the main hotel lock’s PCB board, handle, card issuer, management software, etc.
Please note, If you want to upgrade the hotel lock system but do not want to replace the current hotel lock hardware (front/rear panels, lock mortise) to avoid re-drilling and installation on the door. You will need the following:
You will have to replace your old PCB boards of Hotel locks with our PCB boards.
While replacing the PCB main board, you must use our hotel card, card encoder, and hotel lock system management software.
You must also provide an accurate original hotel lock PCB motherboard size to confirm that our PCB motherboard can be installed.
Provide the interface photo of the original PCB mainboard.
FAQs About Hotel Door Locks Upgrading
How to start old hotel lock replacement or upgrading?
Replacing or upgrading hotel door locks requires the following steps:
Determine the type and quantity of locks that need to be replaced or upgraded, and determine the budget and schedule.
Obtain the new hotel lock’s user manual, installation video, operation manual, and video, etc., to confirm whether it is ok for the current hotel.
Obtain samples and install them. At the same time, install the hotel lock system management software to test the complete hotel lock system and confirm that it works normally.
After the sample is confirmed to be suitable, start the production of bulk orders, confirm the delivery date, and make payment.
After receiving the batches of hotel lock system products, arrange for a locksmith to come to the door for installation and debugging.
Train hotel staff on how to use and maintain new locks and update relevant use and maintenance manuals to ensure long-term maintenance and updates of locks.
The hotel lock is replaced or upgraded successfully.
Are new hotel door locks safe?
New hotel locks are usually more secure than older locks.
New ShineACS hotel door locks usually use more advanced RFID or Bluetooth technology and, at the same time, adopt more secure encryption methods and anti-pry design, provide multiple unlocking methods and access control functions to prevent attacks and damages, and protect the safety of guests and hotels.
Encryption technology: ShineACS hotel locks usually use advanced encryption technologies such as AES and DES to ensure the transmitted information will not be eavesdropped on or tampered with.
Pick-resistant design: ShineACS hotel locks are usually thickened and drill-resistant to prevent thieves from using a crowbar or drill to open the lock.
Multiple unlocking methods: ShineACS hotel locks usually support multiple unlocking methods, such as passwords, IC cards, fingerprints, etc., so guests can choose according to their preferences and needs.
Access control: ShineACS hotel locks usually support access control functions, which can restrict people from entering the room at different times, increasing security.
Are new hotel door locks reliability and stability?
The reliability and stability of ShineACS’ new hotel locks are usually better than the old ones. New hotel locks usually use high-quality materials and more reliable hardware and pass multiple tests and quality controls to ensure long-term stable and reliable operation.
Durability: ShineACS hotel locks are usually made of high-quality 304 stainless steel material and designed to ensure long-term durability.
Anti-rust and dust-proof: ShineACS hotel locks usually have anti-rust and dust-proof properties to meet users’ needs in different environments.
Low power consumption design: ShineACS hotel locks usually adopt a low power consumption design, which prolongs battery life and reduces the number of battery replacements.
Multiple protections: ShineACS hotel locks usually have multiple protection measures, such as temperature protection, overvoltage protection, etc., to avoid damage.
What is the maintenance cost and use cost of the new hotel lock?
The maintenance and use costs of ShineACS’ new hotel locks will vary according to different hotel lock types, materials, models, and characteristics. Here are some common hotel lock maintenance and usage costs:
Maintenance cost: Maintenance includes lock maintenance, repair, and replacement parts. New ShineACS hotel door locks are generally less expensive to maintain than older ones because newer ones typically use more advanced technology and materials and have a lower failure rate.
Battery cost: New locks typically run on batteries, so the batteries must be replaced. The battery life is related to the frequency of use and usually needs to be replaced every 6 months to 1 year. Battery costs also vary by brand, model, and feature.
Use cost: Use cost includes installation cost, training cost, etc. New locks usually require a higher cost because a certain cost needs to be invested in installing new locks, training employees, and purchasing related management software.
How long does it take to replace or upgrade the hotel lock?
The length of time required to replace or upgrade a hotel lock depends on several factors, including the type of old lock, the model and characteristics of the new lock, the size and arrangement of the hotel, and more.
Typically, replacing hotel locks takes at least a few hours, while upgrading a lock can take much longer, possibly days or even longer.
The following are factors that affect the downtime required to replace or upgrade locks:
Old Lock Types: Different old locks take different times to remove and install. For example, ball locks are easier to remove, while mortise locks are more difficult to remove and install.
New lock type: The model and features of the new lock will also affect how long you need to be out of business for a lock replacement or upgrade. For example, if a new hotel lock that fits exactly where the original one was installed cannot be found, the door will need to be re-drilled, which may take longer.
Size of the hotel: The larger the hotel, the greater the number of locks needing to be replaced or upgraded, and the longer it may be out of business.
Arrangements: Replacing or upgrading locks requires downtime, which may impact the hotel’s business. Therefore, adequate planning and preparation are required during the shutdown to ensure that hotels operate normally.
Is new hotel lock system compatible with the old hotel door lock system?
The new hotel door lock system is compatible with the old one mainly refers to hardware and software compatibility:
Hotel lock hardware compatibility means the hotel plans to replace or upgrade the lock. The installation of the new hotel lock should be compatible with the hotel’s existing door locks to reduce the modification of the door installation holes, thereby reducing the workload.
Hotel lock software compatibility refers to whether the new hotel lock system can be directly applied to the old hotel lock system management software.
Whether the new hotel lock hardware is compatible with the old hotel door lock depends on the installation size of the specific new lock type, lock body, panel, and handle.
Suppose the new hotel lock model is the same size and interface as the old one. In that case, the new lock can usually directly replace the old lock without replacing the door or making other major structural adjustments.
If the hardware side of the hotel lock is different from the old lock, then the door may need to be re-drilled at this time, for example, when the size of the hotel lock body is different. Be aware of this problem. Of course, we will try to choose a new hotel lock that matches the old lock body to make replacing or upgrading it easier.
Note that unless you buy hotel locks from the same hotel lock supplier, in most cases, a new hotel lock system can’t be compatible with an old hotel lock system software. Because for the safety of the hotel, different hotel lock suppliers use different encryption methods
What’s the battery life of the new hotel lock?
The battery life of a new hotel lock depends on several factors, including the type and model of the hotel lock, the environment, and frequency of use, etc.
Generally speaking, our hotel locks will adopt a low power consumption design, and the battery life will be longer. The service life of the hotel lock battery ranges from 6-12 months, and the service life is also affected by factors such as the frequency of use of the lock and the ambient temperature.
At the same time, our hotel lock is also equipped with a low-battery warning function. When the battery power is lower than a certain level, the hotel lock will make a sound or flash a light to remind the user to replace the battery in time to ensure the normal use of the lock.
Does your new hotel lock system support PMS development?
PMS development means that the new hotel lock system can integrate and interact with the hotel management system (PMS) to achieve more efficient hotel operation management.
Usually, after you tell us that you need to develop a PMS, we will provide corresponding development SDK documents and API interfaces. Please check with your developers to confirm whether our API and development documents can be compatible with your PMS for integrated development.
If you are not sure how to implement the integration, it is recommended to consult relevant technical support or consulting service providers.
Who can help the new hotel lock installation?
Installing and commissioning new hotel locks usually requires professional technicians to operate.
Under normal circumstances, you can find hotel lock installers locally or install hotel locks yourself. We will provide the corresponding hotel lock installation manual and installation video.
But suppose you can’t find a suitable installer. In that case, we recommend installation and commissioning to our professional Installation service partner or authorized agents. We will also provide technical support and after-sales service to ensure the system can operate normally and receive timely maintenance and support.
How about the replacement parts cost of the new hotel lock?
The cost of replacement parts for new hotel locks varies with different lock types and materials; specific prices may vary.
Generally speaking, the main accessories of the lock include a lock body, lock cylinder, battery compartment, lock panel, key card, card issuer, etc.
Either way, we offer replacement parts at affordable, below-market prices. Please contact us for a quotation for accessories.
Do you offer hotel lock system management software, what’s the price?
We provide free hotel lock system management software and permanent free software registration codes, which are used to facilitate hotel management personnel to manage locks, query unlocking records, and set permissions.
At the same time, our Bluetooth APP hotel lock system also provides a cloud management platform, which can remotely access and manage hotel locks through the network.
Is it possible to remotely control the new hotel lock system?
Yes, you can.
If you use our Bluetooth APP hotel lock system and configure the corresponding gateway for the hotel lock, you can remotely manage the hotel lock system anytime and anywhere.
Please note: If you use the Bluetooth APP hotel lock system without configuring the corresponding gateway, you can still manage the hotel lock through our mobile APP within the Bluetooth range and assign the corresponding unlock code.
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