AirBNB and locks

Why isn’t there a way for AirBNB to work either with NFC or some SMS / bluetooth enabled ‘smart lock’ so that you don’t have to physically meet up with the owner to get keys?

Especially when so many buildings these days charge thousands of dollars to re-key the building in case of loss of the exterior door key – and have an external buzzer / dialer. Wouldn’t it be easier to setup your entry to point to your google voice number, and when you have guests, forward it to Twilio which would then either buzz the person in, or not, based on an API  call to AirBNB’s backend?

For the interior door key, something like this would be good:



This could also integrate with the app.


Imagine, also, having a hotel keycard like a Zipcar keycard.

That would work in any Marriott or even all Starwood Preferred Guest properties, and that based on my smartphone booking, would be allowed to enter the room that I booked. Skip the checkin counter, and just proceed directly to my room.




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