KABA, OpenWays Collaborate on Mobile Locking System

| October 07, 2010

KABA, the provider of Saflok and ILCO electronic locks, has joined forces with OpenWays to deploy a keyless technology that enables guests to check-in remotely and unlock their hotel door with their mobile phone. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is the first company to install the MobileKey entry solution at its Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Houston - Downtown Convention Center.

KABA was tapped by IHG to implement the smartphone system at its Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Houston - Downtown Convention Center. KABA retrofitted all property locks with the OpenWays Crypto Acoustic Credential (CAC) upgrade module.

The OpenWays cell phone solution works in tandem with normal keycard operations and KABA locks handle both keycard and OpenWays phone access.ã•The new access system offers freedom of choice. A guest can use his or her mobile phone and go straight to their guestroom, or go to the front desk and get a keycard. The system works with any smartphone including the iPhone 4G, Android, Nokia Symbian, Blackberrys, Windows Phone 7, and with all other cell phones.

The MobileKey application uses a Crypto Acoustic Credential and text messaging (short message service, SMS) to securely deliver a key code to the right user anywhere in the world via a unique sound pattern. Thanks to OpenWays technologies, fraudulent sound recordings are ineffective. Nearby guests are not disturbed by the acoustic unlocking code since the sound is no louder than someone speaking into a phone.

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