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Stockholm hotel replaces keys with mobile phones

Stockholm hotel replaces keys with mobile phones

Published: 03 Nov 2010 07:16 GMT+01:00
Updated: 03 Nov 2010 07:16 GMT+01:00

A Stockholm hotel has launched a new pilot security system enabling guests to open their rooms, and even check in and out, with the help of their mobile phones, the participating companies said Tuesday.

Starting this week the Clarion Hotel Stockholm provide a number of guests with telephones equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

The chosen clients will not only be able to reserve their rooms and receive confirmation on the devices, they will have the option of checking in even before arriving at the hotel and have their electronic room key ready in the phone when they get there.

No need to stop by the reception. Guests can go straight to their room and place their phone in front of the lock and the door opens.

When they leave, they check out using their phone, and the electronic key is automatically cancelled.

"At TeliaSonera, we are looking at many ways of using the mobile phone to make our customers' lives easier," Johan Wickman, who heads up the Nordic telecom giant's research and innovation division, said in a statement.

"The NFC technology, along with other in-built technologies, brings a new dimension to the mobile device which opens new growth opportunities," he added.

TeliaSonera, which partnered with among others the Clarion hotel and Swedish lock maker Assa Abloy on the project, said the pilot test began on November 1st and would last for four months.

Over time, the telecom company said it aimed for the technology to be deployed at other hotels, as well as at commercial and residential buildings.

Meanwhile, Assa Abloy said the project was a world first and the goal was "to get feedback from guests and employees using the NFC phones for a variety of services."

NFC is a short-range wireless communication technology standard that enables the exchange of data between devices over up to a distance of 10 centimetres (3.9 inches).

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:08 November 3, 2010 by JulieLou40
Seems pointless to me. Unless I'm missing something...........
14:53 November 3, 2010 by MIK in Sweden
Excellent and it will save time consumed at Check in and Check out. Excellent for frequent travellers
15:01 November 3, 2010 by Sam1
Its not pointless,

everything will be smart in future your fridge your kitchen, and a phone is not lost like a key you can call it.

You will be able to do almost everything thru your smart phone in future.Prepare everything ahead..

Books are all electronic with RF news papers will have RF inbuilt that you will read with a special pen that translates and reads and shows you points..

Things will be in 3D every where and schools will stop teaching on black board and boring kids, they will have music, 3d, games, participation not just sitting and watching lectures...an adult will be from 15 ready to marry and have responsibilites, he or she will have a certified word at that age no need to become bold and old to have PHD things will be faster and we will remove that era out of ourself like an old woren out dress.
17:48 November 3, 2010 by calebian22
Sam,

You got a little off point, I think.
20:08 November 3, 2010 by Rishonim
So I how about verifying identity? will it be obsolete now?
06:35 November 4, 2010 by NovaLand
Great.. check in to the hotel and when you go out on friday night, get out and party and get robbed / your phone stolen. Once u get back to the hotel, your stuff at the room is gone too.
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