Holiday Inn testing out new feature that enables smartphones to act as a hotel key

Holiday Inn testing out new feature that enables smartphones to act as a hotel key
Mobile phones are slowly being embedded to a variety of technologies that aid us in our daily lives – such as being able to use it like a credit card for purchases. This time around, it looks like we can expect to see someday for our smartphones to act as our hotel keys to allow us access to our rooms while we're away for a trip. Two Holiday Inns are in the process of testing out a new system that allows hotel guests to use their smartphones to unlock their hotel-room door. Although there are systems out there currently using cards with RFID technology to accomplish the same tasks, the system being used for the two Holiday Inn locations will essentially replace the card with a smartphone – they view it as a simple solution seeing that there are more people carrying along smartphones with them as they travel. The two test locations will be running the new smartphone simulation for about 90 days before getting back feedback on its progress. If it proves to be a success, they plan on rolling it out to other locations where approximately 20 percent of the hotel rooms would be equipped with the new feature. We'd bet that you're more likely to misplace those hotel rooms keys/cards first before your precious smartphone.

source: USA Today via Textually



1. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

well as long as the new locks double as the classic card reader (as everybody does not have a smartphone) then it's a great adaptive fix for Holiday Inn and hopefully the rest of the world's hotel associations. ^^

2. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

I'm just waiting for the day where I only have to carry my phone with me when I go out...I hate carry changes, keys, wallets, cards, money, etc...

4. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

The problem is that everything is more easily forged and if passwords would be required on cell phones. Otherwise cell phone theft would be identify theft. As remote wipes are perfected I bet they could go this route. Cell phones replacing car keys (rumor is Chevy is working on this for Android), house keys, credit cards (already done in either China or Japan), drivers license, insurance card (already done by State Farm), etc..

3. paps511

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 01, 2009

what happens when someone writes software to copy the codes to get into a hotel room? free stay?

5. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I think they would notice when they rented the room and someone was already in it.

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