OpenWays releases BlueWays, a mobile key product that uses Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) and iBeacon to enable quick and cost efficient deployment, due to upgrade kits made for the major hotel lock brands.
The design for BlueWays evolved from the technology developed for OpenWays popular residential mobile key solution, OKIDOKEYS. BlueWays uses the advancements offered by Bluetooth 4.0. (also referred to as Bluetooth Smart, 4.0 or BLE). These new capabilities enable the BlueWays receiver to be discreetly placed inside the room and under the lock inside trim where it is virtually invisible. For the highest security, BlueWays uses OpenWays end-to-end 256bit AES encryptions.
OpenWays also is introducing BlueWays+. Whenever hoteliers desire to address more than Bluetooth 4.0 cell phones, they can upgrade to BlueWays+. BlueWays+ adds an external wireless wall-mounted receiver which expands the technology capability to include Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, RFID and Crypto-Acoustic Credentials (CAC), which empowers each of the 7 billion cell phones in the world to work with BlueWays.
BlueWays+ is capable of enabling NFC or RFID cards to provide enhanced security for those without a mobile phone, or enabling waterproof wristbands for children in resort environments. When the next new technology is created for the mobile space, OpenWays will develop an upgrade to this "+module" to address its use. BlueWays+ also contains door-bell functionality.