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Vingcard introduces Google Wallet compatibility for mobile access hotel guest keys

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Vingcard launches Mobile Access for hotel keys compatible with Google Wallet, enhancing guest convenience and security without the need for additional apps.

STOCKHOLM – Vingcard, an Assa Abloy company and provider of advanced technologies for the hospitality industry, has announced the launch of Mobile Access featuring hotel key compatibility with Google Wallet. In collaboration with NXP Semiconductors, a leading provider of secure connectivity solutions for embedded applications, the latest offering for Mobile Access maintains a priority on security while making room entry fast, easy and always enjoyable.

Designed as a web provisioning-enabled feature, Mobile Access with hotel key compatibility for Google Wallet sidesteps the need for guests to download an unfamiliar mobile app before being able to receive and use their digitalized key. Now, guests can simply click on a link in their check-in confirmation email to locate their room key with the option of adding it to Google Wallet. Once seeking room entry, guests can effortlessly navigate Google Wallet to locate their hotel key, with a blue check mark appearing to indicate that the digital key is correctly being used when presented to the appropriate lock.

“Preferences for what counts as convenient check-in and room entry are as varied as the type of guests that hotels serve, so we are proud to offer a digital key solution that can adapt to suit the specific needs of each property and guest,” said Li Wang, Senior Vice President and Head of Hospitality. “Whether accessing their hotel key through mobile app or digital wallet located on their Google or Apple device, guests using Mobile Access gain the ultimate convenience of choice and instant service, while advanced security measures ensure enhanced safety and relaxation at all times.”

Mobile Access supports its Google Wallet compatibility using Near Field Communication (NFC), a more secure data transmission method that is made even safer by the use of NXP’s MIFARE 2GO credential solution. MIFARE 2GO is a cloud service that is responsible for card lifecycle management and the complete card digitalization process for placing the room key in Google Wallet. It importantly provides hotels with the ability to adopt the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) recommended advanced encryption standard for digitalized offerings. Using MIFARE 2GO, properties can also allow mobile key services to co-exist alongside keycards and other physical credential options.

“Working with Vingcard on this project, which is the first MIFARE 2GO deployment in hospitality, will undoubtedly lead to more personalized guest experiences that deliver on individual standards for comfort and convenience,” said Philippe Dubois, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Secure Transactions & Identification at NXP. “The new MIFARE 2GO feature sets enabled by NXP allow a tailored mobile experience for hotel guests. This includes adding a digital key card to a guest’s Google Wallet once they book a room, with the room number automatically updated following check-in, regardless of whether the guest prefers a remote check-in or in-person experience.”

As a flexible mobile key solution, Mobile Access in addition to providing app-free digital wallet compatibility, can also be integrated into a hotel’s mobile app alongside other amenities and services. For properties lacking their own guest-facing app, Mobile Access can also be deployed as a standalone service or alongside other desired functionalities using the third-party Certified Partner program.

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