SOURCE: OpenWays


November 02, 2011 09:00 ET

OpenWays Announces Next Generation Mobile Key Apps for Smartphones

Mobile Key Apps Now Available for ALL Smartphone Operating Systems

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Nov 2, 2011) - OpenWays, inventor of Mobile Key and the world leader in mobile based hotel front-desk bypass solutions, will unveil its next generation of mobile applications at the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York Nov. 13-15. The new apps makes it possible for ALL smartphone operating systems, including Apple iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone 7, J2ME, Symbian OS, Brew, MeeGo, and Bada, to run the Mobile Key App.

Mobile Key by OpenWays is the first and only ubiquitous mobile phone-based front-desk bypass solution that is truly deployable today and enables hotel guests to use any of the 5.8 billion cell phones worldwide as a room key. It is fully interoperable, carrier independent and highly secure. This self-service option is meeting guests' demands for more service and it's reducing hotels' operating costs while building competitive advantages.

"Mobile Key continues to grow in demand among travelers as an alternative, self-service method for securely unlocking room doors without having to stand in line at the front desk to obtain a plastic room key," said Pascal Metivier, OpenWays founder and CEO. "As more and more hotel companies and independent operators request this service, we needed to make the Mobile Key app available to everyone -- and that meant extending it beyond just the Apple iOS platform."

This generation Mobile Key app, like its first generation platform, allows smartphone users to securely obtain their room number and room key by simply pressing an icon on their intelligent device. New to this release is the way the apps are developed, using an innovative cross-compilation technology combined with semantic analysis. The approach means that the deployment, maintenance and updating of Mobile Key apps across all platforms are much simpler than ever before.

"The next generation of Mobile Key apps also is ideal for hotel staff to have on-line, real-time management of its master keys," Metivier said. "With Mobile Master Key by OpenWays, a lost or stolen master key can be neutralized in real time without having to walk to all locks in the building for reprogramming, like it has to be done today."

OpenWays Mobile Key apps can be used with existing hotel chains mobile applications to be offered as a value-added service to mobile guests while increasing lucrative direct bookings, which carry higher margins than those through indirect channels. In addition to its smartphone application mode, Mobile Key remains available in the highly ubiquitous and efficient "ALL cell phone" mode that already has proven to be a great success with hotel guests and continues to drive strong repeat business.

To learn more about the Mobile Key apps:

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Barb Worcester
    PRPro / OpenWays
    Tel: (440) 930-5770
    Email Contact

    Andrew Sanders
    Tel: (732) 707-1869
    Email Contact