BeLine consistently is chosen to be one of the top rated lock suppliers in the lodging and security industry. Rated as a top supplier, BeLine strives to always maintain a high level of confidence with the consumer. Reliability and quality speak for itself. We back up our product with a standard 3 year warranty with an option to upgrade to 5 years. BeLine has many types of locks, starting from the regular magnetic stripe technology (Cardlock 1000), then a step above to the smart card technology (Cardlock 1100SS) then finally up to the most recent RFID technology (RF1600). Click on the following links to read about the locks Cardlock 1000/1100(link to info)RF1600(link to info).
What type of card do you want to use at your hotel?
Choosing the type of card is very important and will affect your decision on the lock model too. It will mainly affect the overall dollar figure you'll spend during the lifetime of the locks. There are 3 main types of cards. The first type of card is the magnetic stripe card. This is similar but not the same as your credit card or driver's license. Your credit card or driver's license uses a higher quality magnetic stripe called High Coercivity, commonly referred to as "High-co". High-co magnetic stripe cards are very expensive and can cost up to 50 cents. The hotel industry uses the the lower quality cards call Low Coercivity, commonly referred to as "Low-co". Low-co cards typically cost about 8 to 10 cents and that is why large pizza chains give this card away for free. The hotel industry loves Low-co cards because half the time cards are not returned. Free is not always the best path to go in this case. Those free cards can be found to be the root cause in a problem because information is very easily erased from a Low-co card. Thus resulting in the guest returning to the front desk to get their card reprogrammed. BeLine's Cardlock 1000(link to info) uses magnetic stripe cards.
The second type of card is the IC card. "IC" stand for Integrated Circuit. The IC card has a chip on it so it is very good at keeping information. Since the adoption of IC technology, this card has eliminated the troubles that guests had experienced in the past. The cost of an IC card is 12 to 15 cents. The popularity of the IC card is rapidly growing because if the reliability and its ability to operate in extremely cold environments. Click on this link to see the frozen lock test.
The IC card is also reusable for many years, whereas the magnetic stripe card must be thrown away due to wear after a few weeks. Weighing out the price and disposal rates (lost or thrown away) between the magnetic stripe card and the IC card, the IC card is favored in the long run resulting in less technical issues while only paying a small fraction more. BeLine's Cardlock 1100(link to info) uses IC cards.
The third type of card used is the RF card. "RF" stands for Radio Frequency. The RF card does not need physical contact with the card reader inside the lock. The RF card is simply waved over the front face of the lock to read the card. The clear advantage of using the RF card is that the RF lock does not have a slot to insert the card. The elimination of the slot assures that contaminants such as dust and moisture do not enter the lock. The typical cost of the RF card is approximately 45 to 50 cents. The cost of the RF card is expected to decrease. If you're interested in the BeLine's RF1600(link to info) check with us regularly about the cost of the card. BeLine expects the cost of the RF card to be low enough soon to be suitable for the hotel industry.
Does BeLine offer a lock that will allow the guest to enter using their smart phone?
No. At this moment BeLine does not offer that technology. Until the technology and software package become affordable to the property, we will not implement that technology. It is estimated that the package can increase the cost by 4 times the normal project amount. The new method of guest door access by smart phone is a great idea. It is our opinion that the factors involved such as: cost of hardware and software, unproven security methods, the various smart phone makes/models/operating systems and the fact that the customer must download the app, are too many factors involved. Traveler's just want to get into their room! We don't want to make is harder than it needs to be.
If you're interested in this technology, keep in touch.
Are you new to electronic locks?
Assuming that you've read the information above, you must have a good idea of what kind of technology you want to use. The next step is to determine if the lock is going to fit on your door. STandard door thickness is 1+3/4". BeLine locks can fit on smaller doors but you will need an adaptor plate. If you have older 1+1/2" thick doors, the mechanical cartridge (mortise) that goes into your door will leave that part of the door with less than 1/8" thickness on each side. The thin wall results in a weak door. The plate is needed to establish support.
If you already have electronic locks your door already has a cutout. All door locks have a different cutout on the door. When speaking to a Beline Rep you should mention which lock you currently have installed. We will determine if you need an Adaptor Plate. The Adaptor plate will strengthen your door and keep moisture from penetrating into the door. Click on the following link to download the PDF document that explains the Adaptor Plate. Adaptor Plate(link to document).
Do you have regular keyed locks?
The are two types of setups with keyed locks. The first common setup is a door with just the single lock. This is the best case scenario because there is only one hole cut in the door. You will not need an adaptor plate. If you have two holes cut in your door, one for the lock and the other for a deadbolt then you might need an adaptor plate to cover the holes but mostly likely not. You will notice in older doors the two holes are spread apart much more. If the holes are cut differently throughout your property. This is because there was no standard of cutting doors many years ago. You may even notice that the deadbolt is very high above the door lock. In that case you will not need a cover plate and you can just keep the deadbolt hardware mounted but it will be unused. Fill out this measurement form and fax it to (713)271-5701. Don't forget to put your name on it and a phone number where we can call you. We'll let you know if you need an adaptor plate. Click on the following link to download the PDF document. Measurement form(link to document).
An exciting configuration that we will soon have is the "single latch" version of our locks. The Cardlock 1100 and RF1600 will soon come in a single latch configuration. The standard hole cut in doors are made for single latch locks that are found at any hardware store. The Cardlock 1100-SL and RF1600-SL will fit in this existing hole. Before selecting, the single latch over the mortise version, there are differences you have to understand. The mortise is a big cassette that needs a special pocket drilled in the side of your door, which is why some people avoid this route. The mortise has a built in deadbolt and anti pick latch built into the cassette, that's why it's so big. The majority of properties in the lodging industry use mortise locks. The single latch lock version does not have a deadbolt because there is no room for it. The purpose of the new single latch lock version, is mainly for people performing their own installations and to bring the overall cost of upgrading to cardlocks to a minimum. There are definite savings when choosing the single latch versions of the BeLine lock but there is also a lost functionality when compared to the mortise version.
Will you be getting new doors?
This the absolute best case scenario. When doors are prepared at the door manufacturer very minimal fire retardant material is removed from the door. Additionally, the manufacturer seals the edges of the cutout so moisture does not penetrate into the door. Give your door manufacturer the following document. This document is a mechanical drawing with information for their automated cutting process. Mechanical drawing(link to document).
Does BeLine offer installation services?
Yes. BeLine offers installations nationwide. We also offer installation in Canada and Mexico. BeLine offers a True Flat Rate Guarantee. This means that when we arrive to perform the installation we do not increase any installation costs for any reason. Even if you need more components such as a adaptor plate or long strike plate, BeLine will not charge for the installation of those added components. Once your quoted an installation rate, it's locked! The average installation flat rate for any state inside the United States is $30 per door for 60 or more locks. If you have less than 60 locks we can still accommodate this rate but we will have to plan your installation with other installations in your area or neighboring states. Remember the flat rate is our True Flat Rate Guarantee, thus travel costs are already factored in the rate.
Why should you trust BeLine to supply and install your locks?
BeLine is consistently chosen as one of the top electronic lock suppliers for the lodging and security industry. BeLine locks are designed to be highly reliable and service friendly. We use a minimal amount of components which results in easy service. When the BeLine lock is disassembled you will not find a big mess of mechanical parts and springs. BeLine locks are meant to be easily replaced and serviced. This means less downtime and service time for you. Our installation teams are fully certified by our ACE Installer Program. Our installers provide top notch work with attention to details. BeLine installers also know the importance of courtesy when performing installation while your customers are on the property.
Would you like free key cards?
In the past, Magnetic stripe cards were the most common type of cards given free from advertising agencies. These free cards have ads from major pizza delivery companies, restaurants and department stores. Because we believe that IC cards are the most reliable and cost friendly for the lodging industry, BeLine has partnered with the largest distributor of those free cards. IC cards are now available free in most areas. Ask your BeLine representative how to apply to the Free Card Program. Mostly likely, if you have major fast food chains or restaurant franchises in your area you will easily qualify for the Free Card Program.
Does BeLine offer other products for lodging businesses than just electronic locks?
Yes. BeLine offers CCTV system packages, energy saving switches and mobile phone jamming devices. The energy saving switch will accept the room card and supply power to the guest room. For these other products call toll free 866-374-5416.
Is there a demo kit available?
Yes. BeLine offers a 30 day demo kit. The demo kit is a fully operational lock that is mounted on a stand. Included are pre programmed cards that work with the lock. You can remove the lock from the demo stand to see the internal components or test fit it on your door. If you've received your demo and need instructions for it, read this document, Instructions for Demo(link to document).
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