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Another Hotel Plans to Use Your Smartphone as a Room Key

April 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM | by | ()

It's a technology that's been slow to take off but opening your hotel room via a mobile phone is one of our greatest dreams for hotelkind.

So far, we only know of a handful of hotels (about three or four) that actually employ this technology but OpenWays, a company that has created the software for phones to open hotel rooms, has just announced another hotel that will employ their technology.

The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Marion, Ill. is set to open in May and when it does, guests will be able to breeze past the front desk and head right up to their rooms, so long as their phone is in hand. Here's a little more on how it works:

OpenWays uses a Crypto Acoustic Credential™ (CAC™) and text messaging to securely deliver a unique acoustic key to the guest anywhere in the world. The CAC™ solution can be retrofitted to the major electronic locks on the market. It is compatible with all 6 billion mobile phones in the world, including all cell phone network technologies (GSM, UMTS, CDMA, 3GCDMA, 4G, LTE, WIMAX...) and ALL Mobile OS standards (Blackberry, Apple iPhone, Symbian, Google Android, JAVA J2ME, Microsoft Windows mobile and more).

This upcoming Holiday Inn will actually use a KABA Saflok RT RFID door handle and electronic lock with the OpenWays mobile key solution built in.

This is something that we think at least all new-build hotels should start implementing. C'mon, let's make mobile keys the Must-Have Amenity for 2012!

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