Fukuoka inn taps 'Internet of Things' fad for smartphone crowd | The … – The Japan Times

August 22, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

A small hotel in the city of Fukuoka is adopting “Internet of Things” technology so some of its guests can adjust their room conditions via smartphone.

And Hostel opened Friday as Japan’s first inn to fully use IoT technology, the operator said. Sony Corp., Kyushu University and IT ventures contributed technology for the hotel.

The technology has been incorporated into four of the hotel’s 11 rooms. Guests will be able to control locks, lighting and air conditioning, as well as order room service, by operating 10 appliances via smartphones provided by the hotel.

The rate for an IoT-equipped double room is ¥9,500 ($94).

A Tokyo-based developer of the smartphone app used by the hotel said it hopes to open more IoT-driven hotels in Tokyo and Osaka in the future. It said the technology can also be applied to schools and nursing homes where students and residents want to lock and unlock items by smartphone.