Zaplox, a digital guest solutions provider, has announced the introduction of NFC mobile keys in Google Wallet at Strawberry’s Clarion Hotel Post in Sweden.  

This development is said to position the hotel as the first in the world to offer mobile keys in both Google Wallet and Apple Wallet, using NFC technology. 

Strawberry Strategic Growth vice-president Christian Lundén said: “Becoming the first hotel in the world to offer mobile keys in both Google Wallet and Apple Wallet is a testament to our commitment to enhancing the guest experience at every touchpoint and underscores the importance of collaborating with industry-leading technology partners.  

“Our guests are always at the heart of everything we do, and we strive to continually improve the guest journey with innovative solutions that meet the expectations of the modern traveller.” 

The new offering allows guests to add their room key to Google Wallet, enabling them to unlock their room and access other hotel facilities with their digital key.  

In 2023, Zaplox first entered a partnership to create a proof of concept for mobile keys in Google Wallet at Google’s Bay View Suites in Mountain View, California.  

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This leveraged the existing BLE technology.  

This is said to be the initial phase of a partnership that led to the introduction of mobile keys at Clarion Hotel Post. 

The company further noted that the recent launch is said to be a result of Zaplox’s partnership with Google, Vingcard, and NXP Semiconductors

Zaplox CTO Kim Lood said: “We are honoured to announce the launch of mobile keys in Google Wallet. This launch demonstrates our vision of delivering next-generation technology and proves that when visionary minds unite and work together with the latest technology, we can truly leave a mark on the industry.” 

This system is compatible with Vingcard door locks and the Vostio Access Management system by Vingcard. 

The latest announcement comes shortly after Radisson Hotel Group’s collaboration with Zaplox to introduce digital keys, in June 2024.