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Mobile Phones Double As Hotel Keys

A Saflock opened through an iPhone

photo/OpenWays mobile key

CHICAGO – A new technology will encrypt a mobile phone to double up as a hotel room key.A code is transferred through text message by a hotel to a mobile phone. It is activated at a certain time of the day, enabling the cell phone to be an encrypted room key simply by passing it in the vicinity of a special electronic door lock.

Pascal Metivier, founder and CEO of manufacturer OpenWays, thinks that mobility is fast becoming the top technology solution for streamlining guest experience. Metiver says the new technology allows guests to access their rooms without having to stop at the front desk or at a kiosk upon arrival. OpenWays enables a guest to securely receive his or her room number and room key on any phone type or carrier network prior to arriving at the hotel. After proceeding directly to their room, they can open a door equipped with a door lock by Saflok.

The company guarantees full technical and future-proof compatibility with any mobile phone standard and immediate compatibly with all mobile OS standards.

"We are very pleased to work with Saflok in creating an all-inclusive RFID/Mobile Key solution," Metivier said. "When we unveiled OpenWays to the global hospitality market, Saflok was quick to recognize the value in offering a Mobile Key front-desk bypass option as a way to offer more convenience and more choice to guests. As OpenWays continues to be adopted by hotel companies across the globe, we are confident that Saflok's diverse customer base will bring increased market opportunities for us, and in turn, we will bring more self-service options to their loyal customers."

OpenWays is betting that mobile use for booking hotels and travel will only increase. As evidence, it cites industry analysts eMarketer Digital Intelligence predicting that the number of U.S. consumers using mobile devices to research travel will climb from 19.7 million in 2010 to 29.7 million in 2012.

Metivier thinks this technology is also good for the greening of hotels since it reduces the number of plastic keycards in production.

The company will hold a press conference at HITEC on Tuesday, June 21 at 10:15 a.m. at their booth.

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