Research is being carried out to determine whether giving smartphone users the power to unlock hotel room doors with their mobiles is a sensible step to remove the need for check-in or key cards.
Guests would be able to walk straight up to their rooms by booking ahead of time and then using a downloadable app to unlock the room once they arrive. This would cut down on queues and save the hotel time and money.
A spokesperson for the two hotel chains conducting the tests said: "The holy grail item for us is to simplify the room-key hand-off moment at the hotel.
"We don't need to burden people with additional items; it just clutters up their lives. The beauty of the smart phone is that they've already got it."
If the trial is a success more hotels in the chain will be given similar functionality and travelling businesspeople with their BlackBerry or iPhone will be able to get into their hotel rooms in no time at all.
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