Book a hotel room, arrive, check in at the desk, receive a key and then go to the room. That’s the way things usually work.
HotelTonight, a web site that enables individuals to get low-price deals on same day hotels, and Brivo Labs want to take a couple of steps out of that equation. The companies want people to book hotels on the app, get receive a room number and then use their mobile handset to access the room, says Lee Odess, general manager at Brivo Labs.
Users will be able to conduct the entire transaction from their handset with the Google+ account. Hotels will enable access through near field communication or Bluetooth low energy on the handset. There is the possibility that users may be able to use a wearable device for room access in the future, Odess says.
The system is using Brivo Lab’s Social Access Management (SAM) API. The project with HotelTonight utilizes the “digital pass” feature of SAM, which enables identity credentials to be linked to a smart phone. This number enables the hotel to recognize patrons via identification on their phones. Simply put, guests won’t need a key card anymore, because all that data will be stored on the phone.
The technology is on display at this year’s Google I/O in San Francisco before being rolled out to the general public.