hetras and Zaplox have the keys to the future
New generation hotel chain HTL introduces futuristic door-locking technology
already your 10th hotel this month. You fumble in your pocket for your hotel key. Now which way do you insert they key? Where did you put your key anyway? You're too tired to remember. Out of your pocket you pull your smart phone. Now you remember! Just tap on the mobile key app, press Unlock and your door opens.
Stockholm open their doors today. The journey starts even before check-in. Guests pre- register and pay for their stay. On the day of arrival, the key and the room number is pushed to the guest's mobile key app on their smart phone. And that's all there is to it. Upon arrival at the hotel, the guest can go directly to their room.
What makes this all possible is the new
Having just opened - on time, no less - in the beginning of May, HTL is already runningat high capacity. "Guests and staff have piloted the system since beginning of May and already opened doors countless times with the Zaplox app and we're still waiting for the first complaint. Not only does the system simply work, but the guests enjoy it," continued Högefjord.
Zaplox expects that as hotel guests becomeaccustomed to using their smartphone as their key, they will strive to use the same solution for all other doors in their daily life "The same app can open everything," said Magnus Friberg, CEO of Zaplox (pictured right). "Together with our partners, we can retrofit almost any existing door to bring our modern technology to traditional buildings. It's easier and cheaper than many realize." HTL has contingency plans in place in case a guest loses their smartphone or the battery dies. Pillau(pictured right), managing director of hetras, happens to be the very first user of a Zaplox key on the hotel's opening night. "It worked brilliantly. But it's more than just a cool gadget. It's improved security from the guest's perspective and it saves money for the hotel. Think of all those expensive RFID cards that no lo longer have to be produced. So it's environmentally friendly as well."
Will smartphone-based keys replace that bulky key chain in our pocket? It may takesome time, but companies such as Zaplox and hetras have shown that the technology is here today.
Hetras develops cloud-based hotel management software and enables hoteliers to change the way they connect and engage with their guests. Hotels can take advantage of a fully mobile guest journey to generate higher revenues and decrease operational expenditure. Automated processes and data analytics offer increased service levels, as well as cutting-edge marketing strategies and operational change. Hetras is a subsidiary of the Chinese hotel technology leader Shiji, and a proud technology partner in the "FutureHotel" project of the Fraunhofer Institute Germany.
For more information on hetras, contact:
Astrid Neumann, email@example.com; +49 89 716718510