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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

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