Stockholm's Clarion Hotel is Now Testing Keyless Hotel Rooms
November 2, 2010 at 2:59 PM
It seems as if Holiday Inn isn't the only hotel to begin testing keyless hotel rooms.
The Clarion Hotel in Stockholm has also started to replace hotel room keys with guests' mobile phones. But while Holiday Inn uses Open Ways technology, whose software guests download to their phones, the Clarion is using Near Field Communication technology so that guests can simply hold up their phone to the room door to open it.
The technology also lets guests check-in before arriving at the hotel and to check-out remotely. And the hotel hopes the keyless technology will actually help with guest saftey.
If a mobile phone is lost, the access credentials can be revoked remotely and then reissued. This makes it impossible for unauthorized people to use a lost or stolen NFC mobile phone.
The hotel is testing this keyless entry for the next four months but guests have to be given phones especially equipped with the NFC technology in order to use it.
It's another teeny step towards keyless entry in hotels but we're confident that more and more hotels will try it out. Now, we just have to figure out what to do with our key card collection. Maybe build a hotel?
Have you ever tested a keyless entry system in a hotel? Did it work? Did you like it? Inquiring minds want to know!
[Photo: Clarion Hotel Stockholm]