September 24, 2010
InterContinental Hotels Group is piloting technology that allows travelers to use a mobile phone as a room key.
IHG earlier this month began testing the technology, called MobileKey, at two of its properties: the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O’Hare Rosemont and the Holiday Inn Express Houston Downtown, according to Business Travel News.
The properties are inviting travellers via e-mail to participate and receive a secure link on their mobile device to an encrypted tone that can open their room’s door upon arrival, bypassing the front desk when checking in.
Mobile technology developer OpenWays designed the technology, which IHG called an industry first.
The technology is compatible with all smart phones and other cell phones with text and Internet capabilities, according to OpenWays.
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