Hotel Access Control Explained

By Brian Rhodes, Published Jul 11, 2022, 09:20am EDT (Info+)

Hotel access control does not work like typical commercial access control, because doors in hotels are not typically directly connected to a central server.

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How does hotel access control work, then? How can the hotel ensure that cards are used properly? In this report, we cover:

  • Hotel locks not typically networked
  • Why mobile key apps control more than doors
  • Credential overviews and prices
  • Typical hotel door lock price
  • How systems protect against unapproved access
  • Advantages of hotel vs commercial access systems
  • Safety and security concerns with hotel access

Locks *** ********* *********

*** ******* ********** ** ********* ******* 'hospitality' *** ********** ****** ******* ** the **** ** *** **********.

* *****/*********** **** **** ** *** networked ** * ****** ** ***** valid ** ******* ***********, *** **** unlocking **** * ********** '***** **' to ****. *** ********** ****** ******** all ********* *** **** ****** ** activate *** ****.

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** ********, ** ****** ****** **** uses *** ********** ** ******** * request *** ******. *** ********** ****** does *** ***** * ******* ** open *** ****, ** ****** ********** the ****** ******* ** '********' ******* for *****.

*** ********* ******** ** *** ********** can ****** **** * ******* ********** database.

The **** ** ******

* *********** ******** ** ***** ** hospitality ****** ** *** ************* ** Bluetooth *** ***-***** **** **** ** addition ** **-***** ** ********* **** keys.

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*** **** ** ***-***** *********** ****** features **** ******** **** **** ** not *****, **** ** ******** ******* to *****-** *** ****** ***** ***** without ******* ** ****** ***** **** clerks.

***** ****** *********** ***** **** *** require **** ** ****-***** ********** ** the **** ****, *** *** ************* activities *** ******* ** *** *** via *** *******-********* **********.

Apps *** ********* & *********

**** ***-***** ***********, ***** ****** ******** and ******** *** ***** **** ********* to *****.

*** *******, ********* **** *****, ****, or ****** *** ** '****** **********' via *** **** ****. ******* *** share **** **** **** ******, ** even ***** ** ***** *********** *** be ******* ***** *** **** *** debited ** *** ****'* ******* ****** the ****.

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**** ****** **** ***** ***** ** control **** *******/*******, ***** *****, ** room ******* ***** **** *** ***, and ***** ****** ********** ***** ** packages ***** ** **** *** ******** or **** ********* ** * ******* hotel.

Hotel *********** ********

** *** *********** ********, ****** ******* systems ******* ** **********, ***-********* **** reader/locks, * ***** ***, ** * card ********** *** ******* ****** *****.

** **** *****, *** ******* ********** workstation, ******* ** *** ***** ****, encodes * ******* **** ****** ****** data. *** ******-***** *******, *** **** data ** ****** ** * **** lock *** *** ** ***:

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***** ******* ****** ***:

  • ********: * ****** **** ** ******** the ******* ** * '***** ****', 'Master ***', '************ ****', ** ***** type ** ****. '***** *****' ********* open *** ****, ***** * '****** Key' **** *** **** **** ***.
  • ***** ****/****: *** **** ****** * **** is **** ** **** * ****. This *** **** ******* * '***** time' ** ********* ******* **** ****** time.
  • **** ******: * ****** ** ***** ******** to *** ****/**** *** **** *****. This ********* ****** ******* ** *** door *** ***** ****.
  • ******** ******: * ****** **** **** ********** the ********** ********/*****/**** * **** ** encoded ***. **** ******** ***** *** card *** '**** ***' ** ******** facilities.

*** **** **** ****** ** *** credential ****** ** ********* **** ** should ******, ** *** ****** ****** is *********** *** ********* *** **** lock ** '*******' *** ***** ** access ******** **** **** * **** is *********.

Keycard ******

******** **** ** *** **** *** these ******* ** **** ******** *****. Unlike ***** **** ****, ******** **** be *********** ****** ** ******* ***** a ******-***.

*** **** ****** ***** *** **** size ***** **** **** ****** $*.** - *.** *** ****. **** ******** size ******** *.***" * *.***", *** same **** ** * ****** ****, and *** ********* **** ** *********** PVC *******.

** **** *****, *** **** ** these ***** *** ******* ********** ** advertisement ***** ** ********* ********* ********, local ***********, ** *********** **** * hotel:

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Magstripe ******* *****

* *** ***** ** ***** ***********: the **** ******* ** ***** ***** are * '******' ********** ************* ******, ******** ** **** ********* types ** ***********, **** ** *********** smartcards.

***** **** *** ****** ** *** periodic '***************' ** ***** ***** ** subjected ** **** **** ******** *******, this ********* ** ***** ********* ** a ******** *********** ** *** **** of '***** ******* ****' ** *** issued **********. *** ******** **** ******** method ******** *** ***** ******* ** expiring ***** * ***** ****, ***** a *** ****.

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RF ** *********** **********

** **** *****, ***** ***** ******* common *********** ******* **** ** ********** access, ***** ****** *** ******* *******.

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***** ***** ***** ** *********** **** not ************* ****** ********* ** ********** of *** ******. **** ******* **** already ** ******** **** *********** ********** use.

Door **** *****

***** *** ***** ** **** ******** can **** ******* ********* ** ****** and ******, '*****' ***** *** ** purchased *** **** **** $*** ***. Some ******* ****** **** ** '****** hotel' ****** **** *** **** **** $75 ***. ** ********, **********-***** ********** electronic ****** ******* ******* ***** **** upwards ** $*,*** *** ****.

** *******, **** ***** *** ******** to *** **** *** **** ******* door ***** ***** *********** ** ******* cutouts. ****** ***** ***** ** ********** access *******, *********** ******* **** **** with * ******** **** ** **** and ****** ** ******* ** ******** types.

Protecting ******* ********** ******

* ****** ******** **** ****** **** hospitality ******* ** "*** **** *** door **** **** ** **** ** card?"

***** * ****** *****-**/*****-*** ********, **** answer ** ********** ** *** '***** date *****' ** ****** ******* ** the ****. **** *** ***** *** date ** *******, *** ******* **** on *** **** ** **** ** 'invalid' ****** * ******* *****.

*******, *** ******* **********, **** ********** early *****-**** ** ******** *****, ******** cards **** * ***** ****. ** accommodate *** ***** **********, ** ** a ****** *********** **** ***** *** the ************ ***** *** '*********' ***** day, *** *** '********' ***** ** a ***** **** **** *** ******* daily **** *** ************ ***** ****** their ***** ***** ****** ***** ******.

************, ******** ***** *** *** *********** by *** **** ****** ***** ** guest *****, *** *** ** ********** for ********** ******. *******, * ****** feature ** ***** ***** ** *** 'mechanical ********' ******** **** ******** *** external **** ****** **** ******. *** these *************, ** ** ****** ** see * **********, ***** **** **** in *** ***** **** ****** ****** in ** *********.

Advantages ** *********** *******

*** **** ******* ************** ** ***** access *******, ******** ** **********, ** they *** *********** ** ********, ********, and *******.

******* *** ****** '**** ****' ********** these ******* **** ******, *********** * new **** *** ******* ** ** a ***** ** **** ****** *** inexperienced ****** ** ******, *** ******* of ***** ********** ****** *** ****** be ****** **** ****** **** ******* 'key **********' **** *********** *******.

***** ********** *******:

  • ******* ********** ***** ** *******
  • **** ** ********** ***** ** ************* lock
  • *** ** ********** '****** ***' ** throwing ********** ******** **** ****** ****
  • ********** ******** **** ***** ********* ****** at *** *****
  • *********, **** ******** **** ** ** 200 - *** ****** ******** *** forensic ************** ** ******

Disadvantages ** ***** ** ********** ****** *******

*******, *********** ********** ****** *** ******** for ****** ********** *** **** ******** that ***** ******* ********* ***'*:

  • *********** ************** ** ********* *******
  • ******* ** ******* ******** ****** ********* and ****** *********
  • *********** *** ** *********** ******* ** 'blacklisted'
  • ***** *** *********** ** '****** ****'
  • *********** *** **** ** * ****-********* basis *** ***** ******** ***********
  • ******** ** *** ********* ******* ** battery ***** *** ** **** ******** and ******* ** ********
  • **** ********* ** *** ****** ****** in ***********

Hotel ******* *** ****** ****** ********

***** ****** ******* ** *** * market ******* ********* ******** ** *** security **********.

***** ********** *****, ******* ******* *** high *********** ******* ****** ** ***** systems ***** ********* **-***** ** ***** maintenance *****.

** *******, *** ******** ******** ** traditional '*********' ****** ******* ** **** as '********' *** ******* ******** ** the *** ****, *******-***** ************ ***** in *** *********** ******.

*********** ****** ************* **** *** ******* their *** ********, ***** ********* *** traditional ********** *******. **** ******** ***** is ********* *** ******* *******:

  • ******* *** **** ***, ********* ******* the ****** ********* ** ********** **** pursue.
  • *** ************ ** **** ** ******* pricing. ***** ******* ****** ** *** 'RMR' ** *********** ******* ******, *** as * ****** **** **** *** door ******** *** ************ ***** **** cost.
  • *********** ****** ********* ***** '******* *******' as '****** *****', *** ***** ****** buy *********** ******** (*****, ******* *****) from ********** ******* ******** **** *********** supply ************, ****** **** ******** ***********.

Hotel ****** ******** ********

******* ****** ********* **** ********* *** risks ** ***** ****** ******* ******** to ********** ******. **** **** *******, where * ******** ** ******** ***** encoded ***** ***** **** **** * 'Master ***' ********, *********** ******** * single ***** ** **** ***** ****:

*** **** ********* ** **** ******** can ** *******, *** *** ********** mitigated, **** ***** ****** *******. **** a ***** ********* ********** ****** ******, such ** ***** ***** *********** ** corrected ** ****, *** *** **** lock ****** ********** ** ****** *** open ** ****** ****** ** ******* users ***** *** ******* ** *********.

[**** ******* *** ********** ******** ** 2016 *** ************* ****** ** **** to ******* ******** ** ***** ****** control **********.]

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