#BigDNT January: Openkey

At the beginning of his pitch for Dallas New Tech, TJ Person tells the story of his family’s 14 hour Christmas trip and the fun they had in Orland.

“We stayed at this really cool hotel,” said Person, CEO of Openkey. “It had 1800 rooms and is 36 acres. We were about a mile and a half out from our room when we realized we didn’t have the key.”

Person did the math for how much it cost a hotel company to replace a plastic card and realized that there was a huge need to help the hotel industry shift to mobile locks. Openkey worked closely with lock companies to help develop a universal app that worked with any software or SDK a lock pad used. Utilizing Bluetooth technology, Openkey creates a virtual pass that eliminates the need for the plastic card.

TJ Person didn’t just stop at the hotel door. Openkey also helps to reduce overhead by allowing customers to check in via mobile instead of the front desk. Person stated that they work with each hotel location to create a user-friendly mobile interface that seamlessly syncs with the hotel’s systems. The mobile app will allow guest to request room service or keep in touch with the hotel staff. Already amassing $8 million since the company’s launch, Openkey looks to grow their business further and partner with more hotels and resorts.

Check out Person’s pitch below.

Rebeca Easton