I'm in the process of opening a hostel and have been reading a lot in this forum lately. So I feel well prepared :)
As most threads on RFID-locks are pretty old and things might have changed in the meantime I'm starting a new one.
My hostel will have 12 rooms and 80 beds. I want the doors to have RFID locks and I'm also considering to equip the lockers with RFID-locks. The costs for locker-locks would sum up to € 7.500 though... I would also have to have the lockers build in a different and most likely more expensive way. Do you think that's worth it?
With the cheapest (European) supplier electronic locks for doors and lockers, software and other necessary equipment would add up to € 12.000 + tax + Installation. I'm almost certain I can't afford it but a friend of mine gave me the advise to take a look at the chinese Version of ebay - www.alibaba.com.
They actually offer these locks for one third to one fourth of the price I would get here but I'm not too enthusiatic about chinese engineering...
Another friend who is concerned with imports from China told me to look for a Standard which is widely used and therefore likely to be copied from chinese companies. I could buy copied parts and the original Software then.
Well, this thread is probably pretty confusing but I would appreciate any advice!