Hotel Guest Keys That Work With Vending Machines

A pair of companies is pushing an approach where hotel guests could use their electronic room key to also open vending machine snacks, which would then be automatically charged to the guest's room.

The new approach, from Cstar Technologies and Fastcorp, would theoretically make such purchases easy to order repeatedly, offering revenue and margin that could more than compensate for reductions in "honor bar" purchases.

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