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Cell phone as room key? An opinion
“Visitors to a Stockholm hotel will be able to use mobile phones instead of keys to unlock the doors to their rooms.”
This was among the first travel news I read today. Before continuing reading I took a moment to remember how did the keys to different hotels we stayed at looked like. And beside cards (few hotels) I remembered having keys with special objects attached, something specific to that hotel.
Thinking then about the cell phone as an instrument for door locking and opening I also thought immediately to potential dangers – software exploits, privacy and so on – so I had to ask myself whether this is a good idea or not. Thinking also to the fact – mentioned in the news too – that the technology involves special devices (to program the cell phones and to read them) I realized that thess costs will reflect in ticket prices.
I admit I don’t have a problem with leaving the key at the reception desk when I leave a hotel – or ask for it when I return. I’m sure that if I can open the door with my telephone, so can the maid and other hotel personnel if necessary – so it’s not a solution for keeping the room locked while the occupants are gone (and in fact we all like to have our rooms cleaned, right?).
I also wonder about the cell phone you should have in order to be able to use the software. If you don’t own a special new technology telephone will everything be ok? Would there be problems?
Is the software so easy to use by anyone in the world?
So many questions regarding a single idea. What do you think?