Industry Update
Supplier News 8 October 2010

Onity® ADVANCE™ RFID Electronic Locking Solution Chosen for Award Winning Santa Barbara Ramada Limited Upgrade

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ATLANTA-- October 8, 2010 -- Onity recently completed installation of the ADVANCE RFID electronic locks at the Ramada Limited hotel located in Santa Barbara, Calif., bordering the coastal foothills of the Santa Ynez mountains. ADVANCE is a modular two-piece locking system that allows hoteliers to easily upgrade to the latest security technology without replacing their entire lock. The RFID reader technology is the most recent option to be added to the ADVANCE line. Onity, one of the world's leading providers of electronic locking solutions, is a business of UTC Fire & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).


The Ramada Limited was recognized this month at the Wyndham Worldwide Global Conference as being one of the top 25 Ramada properties in the United States, and is listed among the top ten hotels in Santa Barbara on TripAdvisor. The hotel chose the ADVANCE RFID lock, during a recent renovation, to secure its 126 guest rooms and suites. "We place a large emphasis on the safety and security of our guests, and we have proven that by investing in the latest security technology. We were also looking for a solution that would eliminate the demagnetizing of keycards from our old locking system that caused disruptions in our guests' stays. Having had no further keycard problems since installing the ADVANCE RFID locks, we have seen an increase in customer satisfaction," said Tom Patton, General Manager & Partner for the hotel.

ADVANCE RFID offers a selection of aesthetic options, including finishes, handle designs, and cover plates that allow hoteliers to blend the guest room door locks into any hotel décor. The modular design also allows a cost-effective upgrade path, making it easy and affordable to keep up with the latest security technology as it evolves.

The hotel also purchased over 100 electronic in-room safes to help protect and secure their guests' valuables.

For additional information, please contact Suzanne Fritz at 1-866-86-ONITY (66489), or visit

About Onity

Onity (formerly TESA Entry Systems, Inc.), a leading global provider of electronic locking systems, offers innovative technological solutions and services for the Hospitality, Corporate, Education, Government and Marine markets. The company's ever-expanding family of facility management solutions includes electronic locks, in-room safes, and Senercomm® energy-management systems. Headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, Onity has R&D and manufacturing operations in Spain, Mexico, China, and the U.S., as well as an extensive sales and service network that spans more than 115 countries around the globe. For information about Onity's electronic hospitality solutions please visit

About UTC Fire & Security

Onity is a business of UTC Fire & Security, which provides fire safety and security solutions to more than 1 million customers around the world. Headquartered in Connecticut, U.S., UTC Fire & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corp., which provides high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide. More information can be found at

About Ramada

With over 900 hotels around the world, Ramada offers high-quality accommodations at value prices. Free high speed Internet, comfy beds and a selection of hotels are some of the amenities being offered by Ramada. The Ramada Limited also offers guests free continental breakfast and swimming pools at most locations.

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Suzanne R. Fritz
Global Marketing Manager
Phone: 1-866-86-ONITY
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