How’d you like to skip the front desk checkin when you arrive at your next hotel? I know I would.
Holiday Inn hotels is currently testing a program called MobileKey that replaces the standard room key with a smartphone. You simply book your reservation online and you’ll receive a text message with a link and a room number. When you arrive you just go to your room and hold the phone close to the door, hit the link and walla, the door opens.
We’re not sure if Bluetooth is required or really how the system works. They could very well tell folks they need to be in proximity of the door when in fact you can open it any where you have a cellular signal. Or perhaps you have to be connected to their wireless network.
As of now they’re only testing it at their Chicago and Houston locations.
Update: Looks like this trial started this past June and was set to last for 2 months. Those testing the program download a program and then place their phone near a special sensor, at least according to the Telegraph.