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Pros and Cons of a Card Access System for Hotels

It is rare today for visitors to a hotel to get handed a key to unlock the door their room. Most hotels have switched over to card access systems that allow visitors to use a card to access their room instead of a key. There are a number of benefits to switching to this type of access system, but there can also be a few drawbacks that you must consider when you are thinking about using this for your hotel.

Bed time - a designer pod in the 9h capsule hotel Tokyo

Bed time – a designer pod in the 9h capsule hotel Tokyo

One of the major benefits of a card access system is that your guests will find the cards much more convenient to carry around than a bulky key. Key cards can also stand up to things such as water submersion, being dropped on the ground and other common accidents. Another great benefit of having key cards over traditional key is that if the key card is lost or stolen, it can be instantly deactivated and a replacement card can be activated within moments.

Goście Dog Bark Park Inn

Goście Dog Bark Park Inn

 
Card key systems also have a number of drawbacks that can disrupt a guest’s stay in your hotel. One of the major issues with card keys is that they can wear out. Whether guests have been rough with the card while in their possession or the cards have simply been swiped hundreds of times, the condition can affect access. An old card’s magnet strip may not be able to be read properly, making it difficult to get into the room to which it was assigned.

Disney Hotel Door Access Card

Disney Hotel Door Access Card

 
Since the safety of your guests should be the top priority, you will also have to consider another major drawback of card key systems. That drawback is the potential for hacking in your card key system. This can render your cards useless, or worse: it can give people unauthorized access to guest rooms, offices and other restricted areas of the hotel. This can be prevented to an extent, but your hotel’s IT system will have to be carefully monitored at all times to prevent unauthorized access.

La Montana Magica Lodge Chile

La Montana Magica Lodge Chile

If you want to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of access systems that use key cards, you can learn more at Ademco Security Card Access Systems. It is important to understand the pros and cons so you can make a sound decision for any hotel building you are considering switching to this type of system.