iPhone now optional key replacement at Las Vegas Strip hotel

From health monitoring to credit card replacement, the iPhone has a lot of uses. A property on the Las Vegas Strip has found a new use for it. Boutique hotel and casino The Cromwell Las Vegas now allows guests to unlock their hotel room doors with their iPhones. The technology is called eKey.

When guests check in, they are sent a text message with a link to download the Cromwell app. From there, guests set up an identification number, and with a little help from Bluetooth technology, they're good to go.

"I travel a lot from New York to California to here to everywhere. I got to say that was pretty impressive to be able to do that and use it immediately," business traveler Priscilla Murtha said.

While eKey grants easy access to guests, it's not as easy for criminals to get in. Caesars Entertainment has been developing and testing the technology for two years. The eKey system eliminates some of the security risks associated with keys that use magnetic strips.

"It's completely secure. We've gone through tons of security testing to ensure the privacy and safety of all of our guests," said Danielle Gaccione, Caesars Entertainment's director of digital product management.

If guests have multiple people visiting their rooms, access can be granted to their iPhones as well. Eventually, guests may be able to enter their rooms without checking in at the desk at all.

Guests can still use a traditional key if they prefer. Currently, the technology is only available for the iPhone, but it could be expanded to different devices.


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