- LEAPIN Digital Keys granted lucrative patent in China, one of the largest markets for LEAPIN's technology.
- The patent covers the use of Application Programming Interfaces with smart locks to enable a full automated smartphone self check-in for value-added hotel management
- The smart lock market is expected to see explosive growth from € 234M today to € 3.2B by 2019 (Next Market Insights - see report here)
- Granted patent positions LEAPIN as a leading technology enabler in the growing Chinese tourism market - travel within China, which currently accounts for most Chinese travel and travel spending, is projected to increase by 16 percent per year and to be worth ¥3.9 trillion ($615 billion) by 2020 (China Business Review)
- Lock manufacturers and hotels and resorts can deliver more efficient hotel property management, increased security, streamline services, and allow their guests to bypass the reception desk and go straight to their rooms and unlock their doors with their smart phones.
The patent award allows LEAPIN to extend its smartphone self check-in process to hotels in China that want to increase their security, increase their occupancy rates by having a key differentiator in offering smartphone self check-in, and it means guests will no longer have to line up to check-in at a reception desk anymore.
Hotels that install the LEAPIN Digital Keys solution can take advantage of other features such as being able to offer a loyalty/concierge app with the LEAPIN technology, which can be used to push relevant content to guests, upsell tours, and capture important data to improve the stay for the guest. Guests will benefit from the LEAPIN technology as it can easily be grouped with a room service/request app to more easily communicate their desires by ordering room service, and making simple requests such getting more towels, by hitting buttons in the app.
"The award of the patent in China is particularly significant for the mass adoption of LEAPIN's smartphone self check-in technology with China well placed to become one of the world's largest markets for tourism, improving the stay for foreign speaking visitors", said LEAPIN's Chief Executive Officer, Steve Dunn.