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Hyatt will be the first organization to add full Apple Wallet integration for NFC hotel keys, starting with six facilities in the US.
Following the initial announcement of the expansion of Apple Wallet technology at WWDC 2021, Apple appears poised to introduce worldwide support for hotel keys at Apple Wallet on Wednesday.
The system reportedly runs through the World of Hyatt mobile app. Much like adding other passes, the screen offers the user a button to add a key to the wallet. Accordingly, they are added to the Apple Watch.
The Apple Wallet entry contains contextual information, such as booking dates, hotel name, booking number, and more.
TechCrunch notes in a report from Wednesday that guests may not have to have a strict “check-in” in the lobby if this option is used. The application can send a notification to the user that the room is ready, and check-in and check-out processes can be performed on the phone.
Further implementation of the technology will require upgrading the building’s infrastructure, including locks and more.
The report claims that support for hotel keys will be available on Wednesday for iOS 15 and watchOS 8 users.
Hyatt facilities that support hotel keys in Apple Wallet at launch
- Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
- Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa
- Hyatt House Chicago / West Loop-Fulton Market
- Hyatt House Dallas / Richardson
- Hyatt Place Fremont / Silicon Valley
- Hyatt Regency Long Beach
Hyatt originally said it would introduce the technology to more than 1,000 facilities later in 2021. It is unclear whether this schedule will be adhered to.
Other hotel chains have similar execution-related executions, compared to Apple Wallet. Hyatt’s implementation is the first to use all of Apple’s technology, including a low-power mode that uses mass transit passes.
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