As technology has increased in recent years so has the frequency of data breaches. These breaches are focused on older, static technologies; not unlike that of hotel locks and keycards.
Once the keycard is created the information is embedded on the magnetic stripe or written into the smart chip, there is no way to change it without getting that card back and creating a new card. This is a difficult and cumbersome process that leaves guest security vulnerable.
Why Go Mobile?
This problem is easily solved by taking the focus of hotel security away from the hardware and leveraging a software focused solution. Mobile Key provides a more flexible, software oriented
way to manage access to guestrooms. Much like mobile phone payment processing, by introducing tokenization and credential dematerialization, every transaction, or unlock event, uses a unique string of data that will only work one time and will dematerialize (or expire) once it has been used.
OS Level Security – The mobile OS platforms enforce an additional layer of security by requiring that a local application be installed on the smartphone in order to use the hardware (i.e. Bluetooth radio in the case of mobile key). The main reason for this is to block the potential for a website, or other remote source, to operate any hardware on a user’s device without permission.
Digital vs. Physical – Frequent travels often keep their keycard in the envelope with the room number on it making easy for thieves to obtain this information. Moving to a digital method of delivering the key places the key, and room specific information, behind the security that most smartphone users implement on their devices (Fingerprint, Pattern, PIN, etc.).
Why Not NFC?
The obvious difference between payment processing with mobile devices and mobile key is that payments uses NFC vs Mobile Key uses Bluetooth. Many claims have been made that mobile
devices will one day open hotel locks based on the phone directly interacting with the RFID reader on the lock. In reality, this could never happen as the NFC protocol used in access control is different than that for payment processing. The NFC devices in smartphones are generally not compatible with the MiFare readers commonly used in access control.
As we enter into an era where terms like “hacks” and “leaks” are household words, the time has never been more critical for hotelier’s to seriously consider implementing modernized security
measures. Mobile keys and Bluetooth enabled locks provide your hotel with a level of safety that meets, and often exceeds, rigorous industry standards.
Contact STAYmyway today to find out more about our cost effective solution to today’s security challenges.