New technology would turn smartphones into hotel keys21 Jun, 2012
The uniquely spelled company y!kes, creator of proximity-aware technology, has launched an automated access system for hotels. Designed to provide hotel guests with a range user options, y!kes’ technology serves as both a software and hardware solution through Bluetooth connectivity.
Offering hotel properties specially engineered y!kes y-devices for install, and consumers a customizable mobile app available for download on Apple, Android, BlackBerry and Microsoft smartphones, these y!kes technologies work together to ease check-in and accessing different areas of the property.
Upon complete implementation, y!kes is able to retrieve data from the relevant Property Management System (PMS) to provide an alert through the custom mobile app on the day of check-in. Because this alert details their hotel room number, direct bypass of the check-in counter is possible. For the full experience, guests need only to have the y!kes mobile app running in the background of their smartphone as they move about the property. Upon arrival, guests are granted immediate entry into any on-site parking garage, with future generations of the technology allowing for immediate activation of pre-determined temperature and lighting settings as specified in the mobile app.
As guests proceed to their rooms, y!kes y-devices recognize the guest and allow for key-less entry to their designated room upon a touch of the door handle. The same key-less entry also becomes available for common areas such as a pool or fitness center. For security, the system allows guests to enter only the permitted areas or floors based on their loyalty status or guest room. On the day of check out, guests can check out via the mobile app from anywhere in the hotel and receive a bill directly to their designated email address.
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