100% of the World Cell Phones to Open Doors with OpenWays’ Apps
Hospitality’s FIRST Check-In /-Out Solution with Mobile Room Key Delivery for ALL Cell Phones is at IH/MRS!
The co-founders and well-known security and hospitality industry veterans behind the OpenWays solution includes Pascal Metivier, Paul Zimmerman, Josh Alper and Mauri Maza.
OpenWays will debut in Booth No. 3169 at IH/M&RS, Nov. 8-10, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
“Automated check-in and check-out solutions have been of high interest for years in the hospitality industry as a means to allow guests to avoid the time-consuming and burdensome check-in and check-out process,” said Metivier, OpenWays Founder and CEO. “After all, waiting in line is highly incompatible with the expectation of a pleasant stay.
“Mobile network operators and hotel executives for years have had a shared vision for bringing cellular-technology to traveling consumers for services including loyalty management, travel companion applications, credential management, hotel check-in/out with key and lock management, voucher management, convention management and more,” he said. “In fact, several hotel chains have already engaged with offering cell-phone based check-in and check-out solutions to their guests, but none of them has yet found an immediate solution for delivering the room key to the guest phone. That is what OpenWays solved and offers now.”
He explained that OpenWays’ is based on an open platform that is fully interoperable between carriers and can be deployed NOW, very easily and quickly worldwide, without having to wait for other technologies that could take years to reach critical mass like Near Field Communication (NFC).
“With the ability to address 100% of today’s cell phone users, OpenWays is ‘paving the road to NFC’ by enabling the 4 billion cell phones in service today with a contactless solution for which we filed several patents,” Metivier said. “On behalf of the OpenWays team, we are proud to see the shared hotelier/traveler mobile room key vision come to fruition, and we are thrilled to be first to introduce and deploy it to the global hospitality industry.”
“OpenWays brings numerous benefits to the industry,” Metivier said. “It removes the need for a guest to stop at the front desk or at the kiosk upon arrival, thus streamlining check-in and eliminating the frustration of waiting in lines; It contributes to reducing the number of front desk transactions allowing for reducing front desk operating expenses; and, it contributes to selling hotel stays at a greater profit margin when the solution is leveraged to the benefit of the chain and property-direct sales channels.”
OpenWays also allows for better guest service, said Paul Zimmerman, including features like “change my room” and “extend my stay” all managed on-line through the use of the guest cell phone without having to ever get down to the front desk to get a new key card.
“OpenWays offers significant security and operational improvements by managing master keys in an on-line fashion with real time cancelation in case of a loss, and it eliminates the need for hotels to purchase, issue and dispose of plastic key cards for cell phone users,” he said. “This not only saves time and labor costs, but it significantly helps the environment.”
Finally, Zimmerman said OpenWays aids in a hotel’s e-marketing efforts by providing a vehicle for continual communications with the guest before, during and after his/her stay. It also helps hotels to deploy value-added mobile applications, including loyalty programs, widgets, Web2Mobile, etc., with automatic hardware and carrier detection allowing for full content compatibility.
A Simple, Secure Solution
“OpenWays is enterprise friendly because it interfaces with central-reservation systems, property-management systems and the major electronic-locking systems on the market today,” Alper said. “In addition, it works with all new and existing electronic locks or access control systems regardless the card technology being used (magnetic-stripe card, smart card, proximity card, RFID cards, etc). This means it doesn’t matter what type of existing hardware the hotel has, a simple upgrade to what already is installed will have OpenWays immediately operational.”
OpenWays also is consumer friendly because it is 100% compatible with ALL cell phone network technologies (GSM, UMTS, CDMA, 3GCDMA, LTE, WIMAX…) and ALL Mobile OS standards (BlackBerry, Apple iPhone, Symbian, Google Android, JAVA J2ME, MICROSOFT WINDOWS mobile…), he said.
“The OpenWays contactless solution is fully interoperable between carriers and can be deployed NOW, very easily and quickly worldwide. In addition, we are leveraging very high industry security protocols to offer a safe application,” Alper said. “This application is being made available to hotel chains and independents through a network of integrating partners, including the major electronic lock manufacturers, system integrators, kiosk and CRS/PMS providers.”
At IH/M&R, OpenWays will demonstrate its application and announce a series of Integration Partners at a Press Conference to be held Nov. 8 at 10:15 a.m. in Booth 3169.
“There are no key cards greener than the OpenWays credentials as they are only made of data,” said Josh Alper. “Our solutions pragmatically contributes to carbon foot print reduction plans and are very well aligned with the sustainable development policies of our customers.”
To pre-schedule an in-person demonstration of OpenWays at IHM/RS, call Barbara Worcester at (440) 930-5770 or email her at email@example.com or Pascal Metivier at +33 6 85 622 306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About OpenWays | OpenWays is a global solution provider of mobile-based access-management and security solutions. With offices in Chicago, Las Vegas, Seoul and Paris, OpenWays provides technology solutions allowing for the secure issuance and delivery of access rights and keys process via any cell phone operating on any network. The OpenWays solution is truly unique as it built on the concept of credential dematerialization. The OpenWays mobile room key solution works on ALL the 4 billion cell phones in service in the world today. For more information, please contact Pascal Metivier at ++ 33 6 85 622 306 or email email@example.com or Barb Worcester at +1 440 930 5770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone: (440) 930-5770