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OpenWays Announcing: MOBILE KEY TRIO with Triple Play Reader
Including CAC™, Pure NFC™  and RFID technologies for
Upgrading Existing  Electronic Locks

 
Triple play reader combining Crypto Acoustic Credential + PURE NFC™ + RFID offering the
most versatile technologies to deliver highly demanded front desk bypass solutions


Chicago — Nov. 13, 2012 — OpenWays is unveiling a new, cost-effective solution for making a hotel's existing electronic locks new. MOBILE KEY TRIO with Triple Play Reader combines CAC™ (Crypto Acoustic Credential), Pure NFC™ and RFID card reading capabilities. The integrated solution enables hotels using older magstripe locks to upgrade to a triple play reader while gaining the benefit of Mobile Key for guests and Mobile Master Key for staff.

OpenWays introduced MOBILE KEY DUAL© with Pure NFC™ in February as a way for hotels to invest today in a truly deployable mobile-based room key solution while being future proofed when NFC reaches critical mass in mobile devices. MOBILE KEY DUAL© with Pure NFC™ is the only front desk bypass solution on the market that enables guests to avoid lines at check in and use any cell phone in the world as a mobile key PLUS it adds NFC features while allowing hotels to remain mobile carrier and lock provider independent. MOBILE KEY TRIO, which involves 27 patents and patent filings, adds the RFID key-card reading capabilities.

"MOBILE KEY TRIO with Triple Play Reader is giving hoteliers the ability to upgrade the major electronic-locks on the market while significantly increasing security and creating new service opportunities for hotels and guests," said Pascal Metivier, OpenWays Founder and CEO. "Today, less than 0.05 percent of the 6.5 billion mobile phones on the market are NFC enabled. It will take several years before any NFC phone critical mass is truly reached. As a result, offering multi-technology reading capabilities is the only way for hotels to enjoy now the true benefit of Mobile Key front desk bypass and build a competitive advantage while ensuring their technologies are future proofed.

"Just because a salesman demonstrates an RFID lock opening via an NFC demo cell phone, it does not mean that the lock is truly NFC compliant. As a matter of fact, hoteliers tested NFC as early as 2010 to discover that things were not as simple as advertised. For more information, read: "OPENWAYS ANNOUNCING: Mobile Key DUAL© with Pure NFC™ in Cooperation with Nordic Choice Hotels, NOKIA and NXP," and "Nordic Choice Puts Guestroom Access on Mobile Phones."

Being truly NFC compliant is complex
None of the door locks on the market today are truly NFC compliant. Hoteliers should carefully read the standards published by the NFC forum (www.nfcforum.org) before buying an RFID lock thinking that it will be NFC usable in a few years when NFC-enabled mobile phones are generally available.

Mobile Key TRIO can upgrade the major electronic locks


"What hoteliers may not realize is there is no such a thing as one NFC," Metivier said. "The multiple standards incorporated within NFC are each very different and will have a major impact if wrongly selected. Therefore, investing in RFID locks will not guarantee compliancy with the new generation NFC-equipped phones."

Beware of hidden fees and mobile carrier dependency
Hoteliers should be concerned about all the hidden fees that will have to be paid to mobile carriers when the day to deploy comes. Are the ongoing Mobile Key service costs clearly defined and understood? What are the fees associated with NFC SIM or embedded secured elements, NFC download fees, NFC transaction fees, NFC applet development costs, NFC applet maintenance costs, TSM fees, and the cost to upgrade a hotel's RFID lock hardware when a change of standard occurs?
 
Even more important than concerns over costs is this question: "Why is there not a single hotel on earth that has deployed an NFC-based mobile key solution using simple RFID locks?"

Triple Technology, Triple Advantage
MOBILE KEY TRIO with Triple Play Reader was developed in cooperation with NXP, the world leader in RFID and NFC technologies. In addition, the solution comes equipped with all the necessary MIFARE RFID licenses. Equally importantly, Mobile Key TRIO is mobile carrier independent. Finally, Mobile Key TRIO is highly secured and leverages a 256 bit Advanced Encryption Standard also known as AES cryptology. As security standards require replacing the crypto keys in each RFID lock on a regular basis, Mobile Key TRIO also offers a highly efficient patent pending crypto key obsolescence management with automatic replacement.

"MOBILE KEY TRIO with Triple Play Reader will be new for a long time," Metivier said. "This development shows OpenWays’ commitment to helping hoteliers make wise buying decisions. By combining mobile CAC, NFC and RFID technologies, we are delivering the best-of-all-worlds solution to our customers."



Come discover Mobile Key TRIO at Equip'Hôtel in Paris (November 11th till November 15th) at the following booths:
  • Quadriga (Hall 2, A74)
  • Swisscom Hospitality (Hall 2, G16)
  • Locatel (Hall 2, C69)
  • KABA SAFLOK (Hall 2, E16)
About OpenWays
OpenWays is a global solutions provider of mobile-based access-management and security solutions. With offices in Chicago, Las Vegas, Seoul and in Europe, OpenWays provides technology solutions allowing for the secure issuance and delivery of access rights and keys processed via any cell phone operating on any network. The OpenWays solution is truly unique as it is built on the concept of credential dematerialization. The OpenWays mobile room key solution works on ALL the 6.5 billion cell phones in service in the world today. For more information, please contact Andrew Sanders at (732) 707-1869 or email asanders@openways.com. More information can be found by visiting www.OpenWays.com.

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Contact:

Barb Worcester
PRPRO /OpenWays
Tel: (440) 930-5770
barbw@prproconsulting.com

or

Andrew Sanders
OpenWays
Tel:  (732) 707-1869
asanders@openways.com


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