Smartphones replacing Hotel Room Keys

Do you remember when you needed a key to use for a hotel room and then it became a card key with a magnetic strip on it?  In 2015, Hilton Hotel will be installing the new smartphone technology app that customers can access hotel rooms by using their smartphones.  The app will allow guests to unlock hotel rooms, skip the lines at the counter and go directly to their room.

“It felt like a minor revolution back when traditional metal hotel room keys were replaced with high-tech credit-card-style keys you could slip into your wallet for safekeeping. The little green lights and card readers mounted on doors made it seem like the future had arrived. Now that key cards are commonplace, it’s time to evolve to the next tech step: your smartphone.  Hilton Worldwide announced a slew of tech upgrades across its hotel system that will turn guests’ smartphones into the keys to a good night’s sleep when traveling. Much of this plan centers around the ability to use a mobile device to check in and choose a specific room based on a hotel’s digital floor plan. By the end of the year, this capability will be rolled out to over 4,000 Hilton properties around the world. It will work through the Hilton HHonors app for iOS and Android.  While those features are handy, the more interesting part of the announcement centers on the use of smartphones as room keys. Starting in 2015, Hilton will begin installing the technology required to let phones unlock doors, letting guests skip the usual line-waiting and check-in process and head straight for their rooms.  Information on how the smartphone keys will work is vague at best. Hilton expects to have the room-key tech rolled out in the US by the end of 2015 and globally by the end of 2016. This could be a welcome development for people who are prone to losing their key cards or accidentally leaving them in the room. It will be one less item to remember to carry with you. (CNET)

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