It also needs to work in the elevator up to your room if the hotel has such a security system (the W Hotel in Hong Kong does). The press release has it that“Starwood tapped the world’s largest lock manufacturer, Assa Abloy, to create an all-new, Bluetoothenabled lock as well as keyless software, which are designed to securely recognize and connect with a guest’s mobile device.”
So did it work? Well, no, the short answer is it didn’t. But we could make it work on the dummy door pictured here.
It’s the future, and it’s coming. While some hotels still have physical keys, and others have keycards, there’s little doubt that using smartphones (or perhaps smartwatches or other wearables) will soon become commonplace.
That’s for the long run, however. The short term vision is for this to be a point of differentiation – and when it starts to work for Starwood, it will be. That is until the other companies get it up and running as well. BT