InterContinental Hotels Group to Trial Smartphone Room Keys

InterContinental Hotels Group to Trial Smartphone Room KeysInterContinental Hotels Group will start a trial on two Holiday Inn hotels in which it will be possible for guests to use their smartphones in order to unlock the doors on their hotel rooms.

Executive of IHG, Bryson Koehler, told the United States today that the proliferation of smartphones is growing in such a way that they have to look at what people are already bringing with them to make their stay more enjoyable, and that they don’t need to burden people with additional items which just clutters up their lives. He also said that the beauty of the smart phone is that they have already got it. Bryson Koehler stated that in order to use the service, customers will first need to download the “Open Ways” application, and that it is unclear which smartphone platforms the application will run on, but if the service is rolled out more broadly, only twenty percent of the hotel rooms will be equipped with the new technology, as it is expensive to implement.

The trial at the Holiday Inn Express Houston Downtown Convention Center will start beginning in June, and also at the Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare Rosemont. The trial will last for a period from sixty to ninety days, but USA Today states that it could last longer than that.

Guests that arrive and check-in at the IHG Hotels will be able to receive targeted reminders on how they can get bonus reward points, through the 30th of June. IHG has also recently announced that it will be able to connect guests using the Gowalla location-based social network in order to provide them with special deals.

Source: MobileBurn

Related posts

HP offers dv2, dv3 and new dv6 models for Students

HP is offering a couple of updates to its laptop lines notebook PCs and printers to help students and parents get ready for the coming school year. "From the ultra-light, backpack-ready HP Pavilion dv2z and the powerful HP Pavilion dv6t notebook PCs to the wireless-ready HP Photosmart Plus...

Toshiba updates its laptop lines

Toshiba has launched a massive refresh of its laptop lines with most models getting major upgrades. All new models will be available starting on September 29, 2013. "We really have created something for everyone here," said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba...

Transcend Releases MP330 Digital Music Player

Transcend announced the release of its  new compact size MP330 digital music player.  It support commonly used file formats FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) as well as MP3, WMA, WAV, and even WMA-DRM10 protected music files. The Player has easy-to-read OLED display with sing-along...

Leave a comment