Samsung is providing their vision of the “connected” hotel room for guests of London’s Stratford Holiday Inn during the summer’s Olympic festivities. They service is being provided to Holiday Inn VIPs, with 40 room equipped to allow guests to check in and out, unlock hotel room doors, and control the TV and air conditioning all from a Samsung Galaxy S3 handset. Control of these parameters comes via a Holiday Inn app for Android phones and utilizes the Galaxy S3’s built-in NFC capabilities.
Samsung says this is the first time such a hospitality solution has been implemented outside of Asia, and if response is positive look for Holiday Inn to rollout similar features at more hotels. Samsung is the official mobile communications partner of the Olympics, and is taking the opportunity to cash in on their status as much as possible. Look for more from Samsung as the games kick off this weekend.