Well, not a huge surprise, but it appears mobile phones and personal communications devices continue to expand their scope and utility in every day life.
Now guests of a Stockholm hotel will be using mobile phones instead of keys to unlock the doors to their suites.
According to reports, the world’s largest maker of door locks, Assa Abloy AB has launched a pilot with Clarion Hotel Stockholm in which they will lend their guests mobile phones with close-range radio chips installed, similar to the new devices being used for contact-less payments at gas stations.
The test will involve asking repeat visitors during a four-month trial to check in using their phones before prior to their arrival, and to have their phones then activated as “keys.” Using this technology, they will then be able to skip the registration desk and unlock the door to their guest room by holding the phone next to the entry point.
The short-range radio technology, aka “Near Field Communication,” is expected to be built into smart phones over the next several years. ‘Near Field Communication’ is also expected to be offered for ticketing and card payments.
We’ll keep you posted on how the test will turn out. There are lots of questions, good and bad that I would have. It’s great if you use your phone for a lot of different tasks, but would it too easy for a less than honorable fellow guest or employee to get in on the same frequency with their own phone? How will security be ensured? Stay tuned to The Corporate Housing Network blog for the latest.