During a recent visit to Starwood Hotels & Resorts W Hollywood Hotel, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak demoed the hotel chain’s new keyless entry system. The system, dubbed SPG Keyless, launched last month and allows guests to unlock their hotel rooms through an app installed on their iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth.
SPG Keyless works by downloading the SPG: Starwood Hotels & Resorts app and then registering your device. If an upcoming stay is compatible with SGP Keyless, the device receives a push notification to notify the guest and to begin the setup process. Once you arrive at the hotel and your room is ready, another notification will let you know what room number you are in and you can then proceed to unlock your room and enjoy your stay without having to interact with the front desk. Because the app uses Bluetooth technology, the app works with a wide ranges of devices, including older iPhones which don’t have the NFC chips that the newer iPhone 6’s have.
Check out the Woz’s experience using SGP Keyless in the video below.
The SGP Keyless system launched last month, and eventually guests will be able to use the app to further customize their stay from indicating any personal preferences in room location, and eventually even be able to request housekeeping and room service from the app.
The system is currently available in ten hotels, including locations in China, the U.S.A., Mexico, Qatar, and Singapore, with more locations being added in the future.
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