Mobile Key App for your Hotel Room
Going on a vacation to escape the hassles of your daily life, and the first thing you come across is standing in a queue to get checked In at your hotel. Not very vacation-y. To eliminate this feeling, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has added a Mobile key app in its app list. They hope that this will help lessen the bustle in the registration desk at their hotels.
This key will be bluetooth operated and will support any iPhone 4S or higher, and any other android device having Android 4.3 or higher. The bluetooth, when activated will get connected to the door’s lock and if the pre-fed combination of the lock and the bluetooth device matches, the doors unlatches itself. Since the locks will be battery powered, they would work even when the hotel computers are down.
Starwood wants to pilot this idea at their Aloft hotel in Cupertino in 2014 and then subsequently over all their branches. Starwood’s CEO Frits van Paasschen told The Wall Street Journal that he believes this new feature will “become the new standard for how people will want to enter a hotel.” He concedes that the idea might “be a novelty at first” but said he thinks “it will become table stakes for managing a hotel.” For those users who do not have supporting devices, the traditional check in method will still be available.
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