TeliaSonera and VingCard (ASSA ABLOY Group) demonstrate hotel room access using an NFC mobile phone and lock.
Today, TeliaSonera and VingCard (ASSA ABLOY Group) demonstrated using an NFC mobile phone and an NFC lock to access hotel rooms in Stockholm. Near Field Communication (NFC) technology allows customers to access services by simply touching their phone to NFC-enabled locks, readers, turnstiles, posters and point of sales terminals.
With Signature RFID/NFC, the latest product from VingCard for contact-less electronic locks, hotel guests can use their mobile phone to open the hotel room door. The booking confirmation, room number and an encrypted room key is sent to the guest’s mobile phone before they arrive at the hotel, avoiding the need to check-in at the front desk. On arrival, the guest can proceed directly to the room, where they open the door simply by using their NFC-enabled mobile phone as the hotel room key. The mobile phone can also display loyalty information related to the stay.
“NFC has the potential to offer a new level of simplicity for users. We and VingCard have today jointly demonstrated the possibilities of one important example. We want to build the ecosystems with strong players, like VingCard, for different NFC applications. TeliaSonera offers Telia Kvittens services for the Swedish market, which have received very good customer and user feedback. We will continue to work together with partners to offer more NFC-based services which add value to customers“, says Lars Klasson, CTO and SVP Mobility Services at TeliaSonera.
SWP (Single Wire Protocol) UICC (Universal Integrated Circuit Card) based handsets are expected to emerge on the market next year. TeliaSonera and VingCard are exploring opportunities for further co-operation in the field of NFC access management.
About Near Field Communication, NFC: NFC is based on a combination of electronic transmission standards known from the chip card industry. The technology allows electronic transmission of data across distances of up to 10 cm. The NFC standard incorporates important security features required for the transmission of sensitive data for identification, ticketing and payment. Data are transmitted at a frequency of 13.56 MHz. NFC is standardized in the following norms: ISO 18092, ISO 21481, ECMA (340, 352 and 356) and ETSI TS 102 190. The technology is compatible with the international chip card standard ISO 14443 A/B. SWP (Single Wire Protocol) is an approved ETSI standard for how to connect the UICC (SIM card) with the NFC chip in the mobile phone. TeliaSonera has for some time been a forerunner in the innovative forums that have explored new opportunities based on the NFC technology. NFC is an important technology for the Telia Kvittens services offered in Sweden. Telia Kvittens comprises mobile and web-based services which simplify field work planning and follow-up.
About TeliaSonera | TeliaSonera provides telecommunication services in the Nordic and Baltic countries, in Spain and the emerging markets of Eurasia, including Russia and Turkey. We are the leading European provider of quality cross-border voice, IP and capacity services, provided through our wholly-owned international carrier network. In 2007, TeliaSonera’s net sales amounted to SEK 96 billion, and at the end of December 2007 the total number of subscriptions exceeded 114 million in 18 countries. The TeliaSonera share is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange and the Helsinki Stock Exchange. Simplicity and service are important tools for us in creating profitable growth and value for our customers and shareholders. Read more at
About VingCard Elsafe | The world leader in hotel security technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality has products installed in more than 35,000 properties worldwide, securing in excess of 6 million hotel rooms. The ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company, is a world leader in security and hospitality systems. VingCard provides numerous electronic locking system solutions, including traditional magnetic-strip, smartcard systems and the latest RFID electronic locks compatible with the main ISO standards: ISO 14.443A (MIFARE), ISO 14.443B, ISO15.693 and NFC-compatible (Near Field Communication), fully integrated PMS interface software solutions and worldwide service and support. Elsafe provides the only UL-listed (1037) hotel safe series on the market today in keypad and card-based models. Safes that include an internal power outlet to support recharging of laptops and camcorders also are available with a UL listing. Elsafe customers also enjoy the same worldwide service and support. The ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Group is dedicated to the hospitality industry. For more information on VingCard Elsafe, visit or
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