A world’s first pilot started in November 2010 at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm in Sweden. ASSA ABLOY, Choice Hotels Scandinavia, TeliaSonera, VingCard Elsafe and Venyon, a fully owned subsidiary of Giesecke & Devrient, have joined forces to replace hotel room keys with NFC-enabled mobile phones. The technology makes it possible for hotel guests to check-in and out using their mobile phones.

Guests are now able to check in to the hotel and receive the hotel room key directly onto their mobile phones before arriving at the hotel. Guests can also access other services via their mobile, and on departure, the check-out process using the phone promises to be easy and stress-free.

The technology also increases security. If a mobile phone is lost, the access credentials can be revoked remotely and then reissued. This makes it impossible for unauthorized people to use a lost or stolen NFC mobile phone.

The experience gained from the Clarion Hotel Stockholm pilot is planned to be enhanced and expanded over time to other hotels as well as to commercial and residential buildings.

Mobile contactless services such as payment, ticketing and loyalty have enjoyed successful pilots and are now being made available to the commercial market. Following the success of those pilots there is now a new category of services – mobile keys that can be added to the mobile contactless industry.

The five companies providing this service each brings its specific expertise to deliver a scalable and secure end-to-end solution created to improve the guest experience.

VingCard Elsafe launched its Signature RFID contactless electronic lock back in 2006. Since the beginning, VingCard Elsafe pioneered and drove the mass deployment of contactless electronic locks in the hospitality industry thanks to the flexible technology platform that made Signature RFID by VingCard contactless electronic locks compatible with all major ISO standards, including NFC standard. Signature RFID contactless electronic lock by VingCard has contributed with a seamless and smooth integration of the Mobile Key application with the hotel electronic locking system.

VingCard - Signature RFID 
Contactless Electronic Lock

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