Hotels Now Switching To Smart Phones As Door Keys

by • November 9, 2010 • Hotels, TechnologyComments (0)4851

The Clarion Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden is one of many hotels that have recently begun trialing mobile phones as an alternative to room keys.  The devices use Near Field Communication™ technology, which is a wireless telecommunication standard that enables devices to communicate over distances of approximately 4 inches.  Clarion is distributing phones that are pre-loaded with the software to a select group of guests and employees, but the hope is to have people use their existing devices.  Specific features include:

Room reservation and confirmation, pre-arrival hotel check-in, the phone serves as a key (simply swipe the phone by the door lock), and check-out using your phone (automatically cancelling room access via the electronic key).

The technology is being made available by TeliaSonera™, who has partnered with the Clarion hotel and Swedish lock maker Assa Abloy.

Source: Times Colonist

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