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New Zealand’s first smart hotel integrates digital key functionality into property’s ‘mia’ mobile app for full service personalization with features that include mobile temperature and lighting control.

Stockholm – November 13, 2018 – mi-pad Queenstown, a newly opened property in Queenstown, New Zealand, has bolstered its reputation as the country’s first smart hotel with the implementation of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Mobile Access.

Installed along with VingCard Allure door locks, the digital key platform provides guests with a seamless arrival experience that allows them to use personal smart devices as a room key.

Provided as a feature of the property’s ‘mia’ app, mobile access forms a vital part of mi-pad’s strategy to provide its guests with a next generation hotel stay experience.  

The integration of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Mobile Access into mi-pad’s mia app joins other functionalities that guests can control via their personal mobile device. This includes the ability to control thermostat and lighting settings, as well the option to check in or out without having to first visit the front desk.

Those arriving with mia already downloaded on their device can now take convenience a step further, with ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Mobile Access allowing guests to go straight to their guestroom from the moment that the assigned room number and digital key details are transmitted.

With the nature of hotels being a 24/7 operation, mi-pad seeks to implement services that operate based on a guest’s unique schedule and preferences,” said Stephen Borcoskie at mi-pad Queenstown (www.mipadhotels.com).

“With ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Mobile Access, we are able to fulfil this goal from the moment a guest enters our hotel until their stay ends, at the same time ensuring they always feel safe in their surroundings.”

Developed using ASSA ABLOY’s Seos technology, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Mobile Access leverages advanced encryption technology to safeguard digital key and room number information from data theft and unauthorized access. Once generated, such data is then transmitted to guest devices using a secure communications channel and is then stored inside a digital vault within the hotel’s app. Once a guest presents their device within proximity to the appropriate guestroom lock, digital key information is again transmitted via a secure channel in order to ensure that data is not able to be compromised at any step of the process.

With the additional implementation of VingCard Allure door locks, mi-pad Queenstown not only gains a platform that is fully compatible with ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Mobile Access, but also one that offers an array of unique guest experience-enhancing features.

The lock eliminates the need for external hardware by providing a sleek and interactive LED panel adjacent to the door. This allows hoteliers to implement a customized panel background with colors and designs that accentuate a property’s unique style and brand. When equipped with an accompanying guestroom-facing touch panel, guests can also post notifications such as “Do Not Disturb” and “Make Up Room” without having to first open the guestroom door.     

For more information about ASSA ABLOY Hospitality and its comprehensive line of electronic in-room safes and locking solutions, please visit www.assaabloyhospitality.com.

About ASSA ABLOY Hospitality

The global leader in hotel security technology for nearly 40 years, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality is a part of the ASSA ABLOY Group, a publicly listed company with 47,000 employees. With products installed in properties all over the world, securing millions of guestrooms globally, the company’s comprehensive range of security and technology solutions is comprised of VingCard electronic locks, Elsafe in-room safes, integrated software platforms and advanced mobile access solutions. Its latest innovation, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Mobile Access provides advanced security for hotels and augments the stay experience for today’s tech-savvy guests. Operating with secure Seos technology, Mobile Access allocates guestrooms and generates encrypted digital keys over a secure channel. This allows users to bypass the front desk and access their assigned guestrooms via their personal smart phones and watches. In order to provide best-in-class customer service, ASSA ABLOY Hospitality offers support in more than 166 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.assaabloyhospitality.com.

Contact: Riise Walker, Marketing Manager ASSA ABLOY Hospitality

Riise.Walker@assaabloy.com / +1 (972) 692-3167

About mi-pad Hotels

mi-pad Queenstown is a next generation, energy-conscious hotel experience for the smart traveller. The six-storey hotel features 57 stylish and well-appointed rooms and is the ultimate marriage of technology, sustainability, comfort and convenience.

The $15m John Blair-designed hotel is in the heart of Queenstown, less than a two-minute walk from the vibrant centre with its hundreds of bars, restaurants and activity operators set on the shores of stunning Lake Wakatipu.

MIPAD Holdings is a joint venture project between local Queenstown developer, Lewis Gdanitz, and TJK NZ Ltd, most notably recognized as the owners of luxury boutique hotels, The George, Christchurch and Regent of Rotorua.  mi-pad Queenstown is the first hotel for the group and there are already views for expansion, with new sites being identified and intentions to expand over the next 10 years.

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