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[February 02, 2014]

Hotel chain to provide smartphone keys [Big News Network (United Arab Emirates)]

(Big News Network (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) When booking in to a hotel Smartphone users may never have to stop at the registration desk again.

CNN has revealed hotel chain Starwood intends sending digital keys to guests phones via an app.

This means they will never have to check in or fish around for old-fashioned plastic swipe cards.

Arriving guests will be able to bypass the front desk and go straight to their rooms by adding the app to their recent iPhone models and newer Android phones.

The app will use Bluetooth technology to unlock the room.

Starwood owns more than 1,150 hotels in nearly 100 countries.

The new key-plan will be started over the next three months in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City and Cupertino, California.

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