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Who needs a plastic keycard to let you into your hotel room when you can have a Samsung Galaxy S III (S3). As the primary sponsor of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Samsung is getting involved in a big way. This latest collaboration sees them providing the official smartphone of the Games to 40 VIP rooms at the Holiday Inn London Stratford. 

The phones come with a custom application built in, and allow guests to express check in and out, change TV channels, activate the in-room air conditioning, order room service and even let themselves in to the hotel room in place of a keycard.  Oh, and since it is a phone, you'll be able to use it to actually call people too. For the full run down head on over to the source link below. 

Source: Samsung

 
There are 8 comments

zorak950 says:

This is the sort of thing NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi Direct, and other short-range wireless data transfer technologies is all about: one device that can control everything.

The concern, of course, is security; if your whole life is in your pocket, what happens when someone picks your pocket (literally or figuratively). As we consolidate more and more, as I think we will, there will need to be simple, innovative solutions to protect people's data.

misterfan says:

I agree.

I think people will have to get into the mentality of protecting their phone with as much care as their own wallet.

I wonder what the statistics are of smartphones out there that do not have at the least some kind of simple passcode when unlocking.

l00natic71 says:

I see it the same as losing or getting my wallet stolen. There is a way to protect user data, encryption, pattern lock, remote wipe and so on.

icebike says:

I'd worry less about losing my phone, and worry more about having this capability hacked.

Turns out, hacking hotel door locks is not always that hard, depending on the brand name and model.

codemonkey85 says:

Even as frightening as those black hat hacks are, it's still much easier for a common thief to just grab your door key than to fuss with hacking your door lock.

That being said, these corporations need to take their security much more seriously.

Touchpaddle says:

Does the hotel key app keep track of the hotel name and date/time of each room entry?

Just wondering about privacy issues if I have to use my phone when entering the room
with my female guests. (for example, can my girlfriend and/or wife take my phone
and see where it's been?)

xweb10 says:

It's 2 AM, I come back to my hotel room, and I can't get in because my LTE, 4.65" screen battery sucker died after 6 hours. Damn! :)

I still love my GN.

captobie says:

VIP room at a Holiday Inn? Seriously?