Hotels to Offer Special SmartPhone Audio Keys to Open Room Doors
This means that guests will be offered the option of having a unique melody sent to their smartphones and playing that to open doors instead of swiping keycards.
The OpenWays system is explained as being as secure as a traditional keycard system and sounds pretty simple to use:
The technology sends an encrypted, unique audio code to a guest’s phone prior to check-in. When played back outside the guestroom, the signal unlocks the door, letting the guest skip the front desk-guests would also receive a text message with their room assignments-while also eliminating the need for keycards.
The first hotels to test the technology will be the Holiday Inn Chicago O’ Hare Rosemont and the Holiday Inn Express Houston Downtown Convention Center.