Hilton to use smartphones instead of key cards consigning them to the dustbin

Love it! I hate those stupid room key cards!

It felt like a minor revolution back when traditional metal hotel room keys were replaced with high-tech credit-card-style keys you could slip into your wallet for safekeeping. The little green lights and card readers mounted on doors made it seem like the future had arrived. Now that key cards are commonplace, it’s time to evolve to the next tech step: your smartphone.

Hilton Worldwide announced a slew of tech upgrades across its hotel system that will turn guests’ smartphones into the keys to a good night’s sleep when traveling. Much of this plan centers around the ability to use a mobile device to check in and choose a specific room based on a hotel’s digital floor plan. By the end of the year, this capability will be rolled out to over 4,000 Hilton properties around the world. It will work through the Hilton HHonors app for iOS and Android.

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