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Holiday Inn Testing Out Smartphone Room Keys Using Coded Audio Clips

openways I was reading an article on USA Today about a new pilot that Holiday Inn is testing out in some of their pilot hotels. They are using a new Open Ways technology to let you check-in and open your room door from your BlackBerry. I think that is kind of impersonal but cool at the same time. They are testing this along with simple RFID cards but I think the smartphone angle is interesting.

I dug a little into it and it turns out the Open Ways technology works by downloading an app to your phone and you can open the confirmation email to open the door. According to HotelMusings the system can work on any phone that has a speaker and can receive audio messages. This is because it sends a unique encrypted audio code that you play to the door lock and opens the door.

Could be interesting to see how this plays out. I want to see if people are interested in just walking into their hotel room without having to speak to anybody or wait in any lines.

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  1. Aloft is not a Holiday Inn brand hotel. Re-read the article.

  2. Can’t see this ever taking hold at higher end hotels though…

  3. Both Hilton and Marriott have been testing similar systems, and ONLY at their highest end boutique properties. Especially resorts.

    Me, I would rather have a cardkey. Or even better h

  4. Both Hilton and Marriott have been testing similar systems, and ONLY at their highest end boutique properties. Especially resorts.

    Me, I would rather have a cardkey. Or even better have a touchpad that I can pick the PIN that opens it when I check in. But that’s just me. If I’m heading back to the hotel to my charger, I don’t want to have to worry about my phone not having enough juice to play the music to get me in.

    from my BlackBerry Storm…

  5. I would love to have this service available, I go to many high end resorts and would love to get in by bypassing all the people in the front, i could get all settled and then return to the front for my keycard if I really needed it… I keep my phone on me at all times so that means I woulds always have access to my room.

    I love this Idea and I would love to see it implemented in more senarios throughout the travel industry.
    Matthew B

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