September 15, 2020


INDIANAPOLIS, September 10, 2020 – The new Keyscan Aurora 1.0.21 access control management software from dormakaba provides a single software solution that powers Keyscan access control systems, regardless of size or complexity.


“We’ve added two innovative integrations: Destination Dispatch, a SMART elevator system, and ButterflyMX, a SMART video intercom system, to make it easier for individuals to move from one place to the next,” said Scott McNulty, Senior Product Manager, Electronic Access and Data. “Both integrations make it easier for users to flow efficiently and securely through the building.”


Reduce elevator wait times by automating

Keyscan Aurora integrates with the Destination Dispatch SMART elevator system, eliminating the need for traditional analog and relay-based connectivity to the elevator dispatching system. This means the elevator will actually already know which floor passengers are going to before they board.Destination Dispatch groups passengers for the same destinations into the same elevators, thereby reducing wait and travel times when compared to a traditional approach where all passengers wishing to ascend or descend enter any available lift and then request their destination.


Here’s how it works:

  • Passengers throughout the building present their access control credentials and call for an elevator using a touchscreen or keypad located near the elevator bank.
  • Destination Dispatch software analyses all elevator call requests and coordinates trips based on passengers’ floor access permissions set by Keyscan’s access control management software.
  • Destination Dispatch directs passengers to an assigned elevator bank.
  • Elevator arrives and takes passengers to their destinations faster and more economically.
  • This integration system is ideal for:

    • Buildings where all elevators in a group do not serve the same floors
    • Buildings with lobby congestion during peak hours
    • Buildings with more than one incoming lobby
    • A single tenant building with a restaurant that is only served by a single elevator in a group
    • A multi-tenant building where the common areas are dispersed throughout the building
    • A multi-tenant building where tenants may require exclusive elevator service
    • Manage access to your facility from your smartphone

    • Integrating a ButterflyMX system with Keyscan Aurora allows tenants to manage access to their facility from their ButterlyMX smartphone app using the permissions set in the Aurora database. They can also receive video calls, call elevators, unlock doors remotely, and grant managed access for delivery and service providers.

    • This integration offers enhanced, cloud-based/cloud-activated security and is ideal for office, co-working, industrial, warehouse and multi-housing settings.

      • Other Keyscan Aurora 1.0.21 enhancements include:

        • Introduction of the new Aurora API for simple, easy customer integrations with 3rd party systems
        • Additional features and improvements to dormakaba wireless locks, BEST offline locks and E-Plex locks
        • Ability to change new and existing credentials and send to one or more sites
      • For a full list of new additions, enhancements and changes in the Aurora 1.0.21, visit the Keyscan Aurora Software page at

TORONTO, ON, Sept. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To coincide with International Housekeeping Week, Days Inns Canada today announced a partnership with Serta Simmons Bedding to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of housekeepers at Days Inn locations across Canada.

The “Great Service Deserves to Be Recognized” contest is designed to celebrate the achievements and dedication of housekeeping employees and thank them for their ongoing efforts in keeping hotels safe and clean for guests and staff alike.

“Housekeepers are invaluable team members and contribute to the brand’s success,” said Robb Frias, Vice President of Operations, Realstar Hospitality. “All the more so today, with our new Count on Us initiative focused on enhanced cleaning protocols.”

From now until September 22, 2020, hotel General Managers can nominate their housekeeping associates based on the employee’s accomplishments, guest and/or co-worker feedback and any notable contributions during COVID-19. Nominees will have a chance to win one of seven prizes including a Serta mattress set, a Simmons mattress set and Wyndham Rewards points for gift card redemptions.


September 9, 2020

Knightstone Capital Management Inc. (“Knightstone”) is excited to announce the formation of the Knightstone Hotel Group (“Knightstone Hotels”). Knightstone Hotels is a strategic partnership between Knightstone Capital Management and hotel industry veteran, Bill Stone (“Bill”).

Led by Bill as President, Knightstone Hotels will focus on the acquisition, development, and asset management of high-quality hotel assets in Canada and abroad. Bill brings a wealth of experience to Knightstone Hotels as one of Canada’s premier hotel advisors and consultants. Over the past 30 years, he has been involved in 350+ hotel transactions, valued at more than $6B, comprised of single asset and portfolio sales of both independent and branded properties.

“Bill is an icon within the Canadian hotel landscape, and, coupled with Knightstone’s hospitality and development expertise, we will be exceptionally positioned to establish and grow a successful hotel portfolio to augment our
existing asset base. Bill brings immense experience in skillfully structuring and negotiating hotel transactions. Having worked with him closely over the past 10 years, we are excited to launch this new venture and harness Bill’s vast
expertise to position Knightstone Hotels as an industry leader,” says Alan Perlis, President of Knightstone Capital Management.

“We believe in the long-term potential of the Canadian hotel industry. Our relationship with Knightstone has complementary synergies and the united goal of acquiring and developing a portfolio of significant urban assets. We look
forward to helping Knightstone accelerate its growth in the lodging sector,” says Bill.

Before joining Knightstone Hotels, Bill was the Executive Vice President of CBRE Hotels, where, since 2010, he established and led one of the largest hotel brokerage and advisory fifirms in Canada. Bill is well versed in complex
transactions laden with brand, management, land leases, and rights of first refusal. He is an industry resource when assessing hotel values, and during management contract and franchise agreement negotiations. Bill also worked as a hotel real estate advisor for two decades before CBRE at Colliers International and Laventhol & Horwath. Additionally, Bill sits on the Board of Directors for the York School and chairs its Premises Committee.

Deborah Borotsik joins Knightstone Hotels, alongside Bill, as Vice President. Deborah brings to Knightstone Hotels over two decades of sales, marketing, and underwriting experience in the Canadian hotel industry. Before joining Knightstone Hotels, Deborah was Vice President of CBRE Hotels, where she was responsible for due diligence, strategic advisory, and valuation of transactions. Prior to CBRE, Deborah worked at Colliers International, as well as Price Waterhouse and Laventhol & Horwath.


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