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OpenWays adds NFC to its Mobile Key for hotels


OpenWays already got the worlds of smartphones and hotel keys more acquainted, now it wants to make them even more intimate. Working with NXP semiconductors, OpenWays has announced it's bringing a little near-field magic to its Mobile Key solution. Now, you can receive your room number direct to your phone, saunter past reception and wave yourself safely past the door. The makers claim that the optimized antennas mean it can work with any phone, carrier and lock system, effectively future-proofing it. So, next time you're off on your travels, best be a little more careful, as this is one room key reception are unlikely to replace should you lose it. Full PR after the break.

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Access Control Goes Mobile: NXP and OpenWays Bring Mobile NFC
Keys to Hotel Chains

NXP's leading NFC and Contactless Reader Technology enhances OpenWays Mobile
Key Services

Eindhoven, Netherlands, and Chicago, USA, February XX, 2012 – NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) today announced that its identification technology enables a new enhanced version of the popular OpenWays mobile hotel key service. OpenWays Mobile Key accelerates the check in process allowing the guests to bypass the check in, receive their room number and use their mobile phone as the hotel room key. Through its work with NXP, OpenWays can now include NFC technology into their service, enabling hotel chains to provide their guests with an ultramodern, future proof access solution. The OpenWays Mobile Key DUAL© with Pure NFCTM will be incorporated into the Mobile Key service offered by major hotel hotel chains starting with Nordic Choice Hotels in Scandinavia.

OpenWays,a leading provider of mobile key solutions, recognized the convenience of NFC and selected NXP for its superior end-to-end solutions expertise to help create the Mobile Key DUAL with Pure NFCTM service hotel key system. The NFC smart phones will securely transmit hotel key credentials to the room doorlock via NFC. The OpenWays doorlock utilizes the flexible NXP PN512 NFC transceiver IC and Software stack while the OpenWays application is based on NXP's open source NFC operating stack integration for Symbian, Android, and other operating systems.

NXP helped to add NFC support with optimized antennas to the previously introduced CAC (Crypto Acoustic Credential) technology within the power efficient and compact OpenWays reader. This brings OpenWays into the unique position to operate across all phones, carriers and lock systems today.The result is a simple, reliable, secure and intuitive NFC keys service that is cost effective to deploy in new hotel development and hotel upgrades. The OpenWays NFC reader is available in form factors allowing both an upgrade to existing hotel locks and in a OEM version for embedding into new locks.

At the Mobile World Congress Show 2012 (Barcelona, Spain, Feb 27-Mar 1, Hall 1, booth 1F14), NXP and OpenWays will demonstrate the Mobile Key services utilizing NXP's leading NFC technology.

"We selected NXP because of their NFC and contactless leadership position as well as their expertise in embedded mobile security. As top hotel chains deploy mobile front desk bypass services, they demand solutions that are truly deployable today while being future proof.As NFC phones continue to appear in the market it was logical to add NFC support to our Mobile Key offering while remaining fully interoperable and ubiquitous, " said Pascal Metivier, founder and CEO of OpenWays. "Having on our side a technology provider with long-standing, end to end NFC and security expertise is very important to us. NXP's position as the co-founder of NFC and potential to collaborate and bring new secure NFC innovations to market with short design in cycles made them the ideal partner".

"New innovative services such as OpenWays Mobile Key are exactly what we envisioned as the value add of NFC enabled mobile solutions," said Henri Ardevol, vice president and general manager, secure transactions, NXP Semiconductors. "We are happy to contribute our expertise across the contactless and security ecosystems as well as our extensive NFC domain knowledge to OpenWays."

NFC is a market proven, standardized technology co-invented by NXP and Sony in 2002. NXP is at the center of this ecosystem, fueling its development by partnering with almost all major handset manufacturers, mobile OS providers and applications developers. NXP is the No1 supplier to the Identification market globally, and leverages its leadership in contactless and security technologies to provide complete Mobile Transactions solutions: NFC controllers, Secure Elements in all form factors, NFC tags and infrastructure reader ICs. Currently OEMs have selected NXP's NFC technology for more than 130 mobile devices.

OpenWays features a dematerialized key transmitted to users via mobile phonesand ultimately to an OpenWays readers via a Crypto Acoustic Credential (CACTM) encrypted acoustic tone or NFC to very securely deliver a key to the right user anywhere in the world. The OpenWays solution involves 26 patent filings and patents.

The OpenWays doorlock reader uses NXP's RFID / NFC transceiver PN512. The NXP PN512 is used to power industrial RFID / NFC application, NFC enabled consumer
devices and POS terminals worldwide. NXPs open-source NFC software is incorporated in AndroidTM, versions 2.3.3 and 4.0

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