4 OCTOBER 2010
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InterContinental Hotels Group has introduced a door-key pilot scheme at the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O'Hare Rosemont and Holiday Inn Express Houston Downtown that may well become the standard for hotels around the world. Guests will have the option to “enrol” for MobileKey via the email sent prior to their check-in date or at the front desk.
OpenWays, the company that created the system, uses text messaging (SMS) to securely deliver an encrypted tone to the right user anywhere in the world. Installation of the technology at hotels involves a simple upgrade to all existing room locks. The solution is compatible with the latest smartphones and every cell phone worldwide as well as all the major electronic-locking systems and access-control systems. It invites each guest via email to "enrol" for the mobile room key service before their check-in date.
When the guest arrives at the hotel, the guest can bypass the front desk, go directly to the room, and via cell phone open the door lock. www.innovationcenter.ihg.com
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