Hospitality security systems specialist VingCard Elsafe has launched a new smart check-in solution that allows guests to check in remotely through their PC or web-enabled mobile devices and bypass the front desk at check-in, using NFC-enabled mobile phones as virtual guestroom keys.The technology is based on Near Field Communication (NFC), a secure delivery infrastructure for distributing and managing virtual keys securely on mobile devices, using a short-range wireless communication technology standard that enables the exchange of data between devices over about a 10 centimeter distance. With the new VingCard Elsafe NFC solution, hotel guests can book their hotel rooms as usual, through a PC or any other web-enabled device. Upon the day of arrival, the room number and the digital hotel room key is sent securely to the guest’s mobile phone. When the guest arrives at the hotel, they can bypass the front desk and proceed directly to the hotel room. The hotel room door is unlocked by simply holding the phone near the door lock. “Our groundbreaking NFC-based mobile key solution is a simple, user-friendly way to save valuable time for today’s tech-savvy guests,” said Tim Shea, global president for VingCard Elsafe. “Because our solution uses NFC, it requires no additional action by the guest such as dialling a number at the door, making it the quickest, most convenient and reliable solution on the market. This is game-changing technology for the hotel market that doesn’t require additional hardware expense to deploy.”VingCard Elsafe’s NFC solution also provides end-to-end security by making it impossible for unauthorised people to use a lost or stolen mobile phone. Security managers can add, remove or update access rights for any of the users instantly, regardless of if the doors are online or offline.