Starwood hotels to offer smartphone keys to guests for unlocking their rooms

Starwood Keyless Hotel Door Unlocks with Smartphone

Is this the beginning of the end of hotel check-in desks? Well, it might just be, with Starwood, the famous hotel and resort chain all set to integrate the ‘holy grail’ technology of smartphone keys for guests. The accommodation giant will be trying out their hi-tech set up at two Aloft hotels in Harlem, New York City and Cupertino, California by the end of March. So, what does the ambit exactly entail? Well, according to the client, this will allow the guests to directly access their room by using their personal smartphone as the room key.

Starwood hotels to offer smartphone keys

The personalized accessing will achieved via a dedicated Starwood app. Consequently, every hotel guest (who have legally made their reservation) will be supplied with a virtual key in their smartphone. So, when they want to enter the room, the person has to tap the phone, and door lock will automatically open via integrated Bluetooth technology. Unfortunately, guests with older phone models or Windows phones might not be able to avail the remote ambit, as the system will only be compatible with iOS 5 (or higher) and Android 4.3 (or higher).

Starwood hotels to offer smartphone keys

Now, from the theoretical perspective, such a system should benefit the seamless guest handling side of the business. This is especially true for the holiday and vacationing seasons, when customers tend to crowd around the front desk for discounts, directions, and even when they are searching for their lost room keys. However, the technological scope of a smartphone key is in its nascent stage, with the security credentials still relatively unproven in the current state of affairs.

Via: SPGPromos


Dattatreya Mandal

A proud native of the beautiful steel township of Durgapur, West Bengal, Dattatreya’s fascination lies within a range of diverse matters. With a bachelor’s degree in architecture, he is quite fond of his hardcore strategy gamer as well as amateur historian tag. Of course, with over two years of blogging experience under his belt, he also likes to write about the latest updates on gizmo oriented products and home based technology.

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