Hilton will let you unlock doors with your smartphone

Hilton will let you unlock doors with your smartphone
Hilton has announced that its hotels will soon allow guests to use their smartphones as room keys. This is a $550 million investment and will affect all 4200 properties the company has worldwide.

Currently, all of its US-based brand hotels offer mobile check-in and check-outs – a function that is to be upgraded by the end of this summer, to further allow guests to choose their rooms while making reservations from their smartphone. Hilton further plans to first add the keycard feature to the app, then start adding support for all of the app's features on a worldwide scale. The process should begin early next year and be complete before the end of 2016.

Having to worry about the hotel's keycard is definitely one of the nuisances one has to deal with while on vacation. Hopefully, we will see more hotel brands jump on this bandwagon, since it's a convenient alternative in a world where (almost) everybody keeps a smartphone in their pocket.

source: The Wall Street Journal via SlashGear

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23 Comments

1. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

using NFC? iphone 5S owner will be piss off.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Paris locked out?

3. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

LOL yeah. "Dad, Why my iphone can't open my door. Fired the idiot who did this"

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Apple and it's users and fans don't like and believe in technology.

7. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Unless it's "Magical", "Good", "Easy"

4. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

They all don't care, cause they all said they have Air cloud.

9. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

Yea they have the retina thingy which apple says is the best in quotes. Samsung made it

10. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

lmao.

13. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Lmfao to...

22. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Samsung worked and labored for a screen that Apple designed, yes. Happy that you understand the pyramid here.

8. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

Yes your device must have nfc

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Where does it say NFC? There are many systems out there to lock & unlock doors with smartphones.

16. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Not NFC. BY THE WAY, iPhones are the first smartphones being implemented, globally. Good try though.

6. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

The hacker community will have Fun Lol xD

11. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

What a horrible idea.

12. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

But that one Apple guy said NFC was dead guys...i'm so confused

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I believe and assume, if I can recall, it was the garbage truck/lorry driver....?

23. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Read comment 16. I'm so confused also. Either a moron just assumed it uses NFC or I'm blind. Ignorance is bliss =)

17. linaresx

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

"Having to worry about the hotel's keycard is definitely one of the nuisances one has to deal with while on vacation." You must have a phone that's smaller than a keycard. Do you work at Jeffrey's?

18. VoicelessV

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

People always carry their smartphone, regardless of size. They are used to checking if it's in their pocket and many people won't forget theirs even when they are dead-drunk. However, people are not used to carrying, and being responsible for, a keycard that is basically only lent to them (not their possession) and they will be held accountable if it's lost. How did that concept evade you?

19. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Not 100% true. In some beach hotel, sometimes people put the walet & phone in room safe deposit while going to the beach (or pool)

21. linaresx

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

It doesn’t evade me, it's that sometimes we don't carry our phones. Sometimes we leave them in the hotel room so that we can either disconnect or just go to the pool. As much as I love them, there is a life without cell phones. Besides, the card is a lot easier to fit into that little pocket inside your swim trunks.

20. linaresx

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

Ooops posted here by mistake.

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