Ask any smartphone user how the popular devices have changed their lives since they first came out and you’re bound to hear some interesting stores. Smartphones have been developed to the point where for some it seems entirely impossible to get through the day without them. Users can already accomplish a lot of tasks through their handheld devices, and if international hotel chain Starwood Hotels’ new pilot program works out, soon travelers will be checking into the chain’s hotels without actually having to step in front of a check in desk.
The pilot program has been launched in two Starwood Aloft boutique hotels, one in Cupertino and the other in Harlem, New York. The rooms will be equipped with locks that will be able to read Bluetooth proximity keys. Travelers will receive their keys prior to arrival through a special application, which is compatible with iPhone 4S, 5, 5s and the 5c, as well as recent Android smartphones. Starwood has developed this system in collaboration with Sweden’s Assa Abloy AB, which knows well known lock brands such as Yale and HID. The chain hopes that after this pilot program is successful, it can roll out the system in Aloft and W Hotel portfolios by the end of this year, covering as many as 123 locations in the U.S.