A brief history

How VingCard Elsafe became the worldwide leader in hotel door locks.

When security counts in a hotel lock, VingCard Elsafe provides you and your guest with peace of mind.

Memoirs of a global leader in hotel security solutions

VingCard Elsafe's success can be attributed to an ideal combination of tradition and technology going back to 1864 when our parent company began making high quality door locks.

In the late 1970's, the world was in an era of rapid change. Technology was becoming a critical part of every business segment, opening new doors of opportunity and creating entire new markets. During that time, VingCard Elsafe recognized the hotel industry's need for more effective and efficient hotel lock system.

The first mechanical keycard operated lock was invented in 1976 by Tor Sørnes (Moss, Norway) and first sold to Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, USA in 1979. In the years to follow, VingCard continued to develop keycard operated locks and introduced the VingCard 3000 electronic lock in 1992. Since the beginning, VingCard has transformed lock-making from a simple craft into a multi-billion dollar, high-tech industry.

In parallel, Elsafe invented the first electronic in-room safe in 1976 (Leksvik, Norway). The industry-wide innovation made metal key safes obsolete by reducing maintenance cost, streamlining front desk operations, decentralizing security and providing convenience and security for the guests. In 1980, the seven first safe installations took place in the Canary Islands, followed by expansion to all continents.

In 1994, VingCard and Elsafe became part of ASSA ABLOY, the world's largest independent lock group company and now consists of 100+ companies around the globe. In 1997, VingCard and Elsafe International joined sales and marketing forces and became the largest solution provider of guestroom security. In the following years, VingCard and Elsafe continued to develop electronic locking solutions and in-room safes side by side, while expanding their sales network around the world.

In 2006 the two companies merged and became one and is now counting over 166 sales offices worldwide.

Norwegian Quality

With Norwegian heritage, we have managed to become the market leader by continuously introducing innovations to the industry and being dedicated towards providing total security solutions to the hospitality industry and facilities where security is essential. Product development takes place at the company's headquarter in Norway. Our dynamic R&D team has 30+ years of experience and committed to deliver technology, quality and design for future needs.

Product Portfolio

Today, VingCard Elsafe's product line consists of locks, safes, energy management systems and minibars. A complete selection of products suited to any facility in need of our products, we are your global partner in total security solutions.