Espionage Fantasies Are Real: Now Introducing Keyless Entry at ACME Hotel


The future is now! ACME Hotel Company, a boutique lifestyle hotel located in Chicago’s vibrant River North neighborhood, is here to allow for a swift entry AND ease travel pains with the introduction of the mobile key solution developed by y!kes. Guests can bypass the front desk and ride the high-tech highway straight to their room. No keys, no problem – just grab your phone.

ACME PR Release

Y!KES AND STANLEY SECURITY Partner to Deliver Hotel Stay of the Future

STANLEY Security, a leading global manufacturer and integrator of comprehensive security solutions, and y!kes, creator of first-of-its-kind, proximity-aware technology, announce a strategic partnership to deliver a new access solution for the hospitality industry through the combination of high-quality door locks with sophisticated mobile key technology.

The strategic partnership with STANLEY Security represents y!kes’ first with a door lock manufacturer, allowing the company to deliver a comprehensive access solution complete with its mobile key technology. This new offering adds to y!kes’ current single path product that is equipped with Bluetooth and RFID technology for quick and seamless retrofitting of existing hotel doors to enable mobile key usage with existing mortise locks. All y!kes solutions come readied to integrate with a hotel’s Property Management System (PMS).

“With the help of STANLEY Security and its reputable door lock product, we are now able to provide a comprehensive lock system ideal for newly constructed hotels and those requiring complete lock replacements,” said Ben Robertson, founder and CEO and y!kes. “This marks a very important milestone in our journey to evolve the guest experience.”

“Partnering with Y!KES will give us a valuable introduction into the hospitality industry,” said Joe McCormack, President, STANLEY Mechanical Security. “Our mortise locks with the inclusion of y!kes technology will provide safety, efficiency, and convenience to the hospitality industry and the countless guests they serve daily.”

STANLEY Security and y!kes will be demoing the comprehensive solution together at HITEC< the world’s largest hospitality technology show, June 21-23 in booth #1357.

To learn more about Stanley Security solutions, visit To learn more about y!kes mobile key technology, visit

To download the full press release, click here.

yikes nominated for TechPoint’s 2016 MIRA Awards

yikes is proud to be nominated for TechPoint’s 2016 MIRA Awards. yikes is among the ninety-eight people, products and companies nominated in 14 categories to make up the competition for the TechPoint Mira Awards. The announcement begins a two-month process of interviews and deliberations by judges to pick winners that will be honored April 23 at a black-tie awards ceremony and gala.
In 2015, yikes achieved critical milestones to its development, including:
– the launch of its mobile key/reporting Portal platform, enabling hotel staff to manage mobile key assignment, and pull reports on equipment status, room access.
– Shared Key feature, allowing hotel guests to share access to their rooms with traveling companions, directly from their mobile apps.
– Mobile Engine (SDK), allowing major hotel brands to more easily integrate yikes’ mobile key into their own operating systems and their guest-facing apps.
– Android OS
– Property Management System integration, allowing hotels to automatically download guest data into the yikes Portal, thus eliminating most human interference in the check-in process.

yikes releases its Web Portal at CityFlatsHotel in Michigan.

yikes releases its Web Portal at CityFlatsHotel properties in Holland and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

yikes, a pioneer in proximity mobile access solution, releases its web-based mobile key management platform at two CityFlatsHotel properties in Holland and Grand Rapids, Michigan. “This is a logical step in the deployment of our technology” says yikes CEO Ben Robertson, while yikes team trains the front desk personnel at the Grand Rapids property. “CityFlats is a modern, hip hotel targeting Millennials and tech enthusiast travelers.” yikes’ web portal offers easy room and mobile key assignment, system monitoring, built-in reports, and data management. Read full article.

Electronic locks as data-analysis tools

yikes featured in Hotel Management (part 1). Data collection is so important to the activity of hotel locks that currently the action of locking a door is secondary.
Bob Keck, senior director of hardware development for yikes, a creator of direct-to-room technology services, said data can be used to track when a guest enters or exits a door and can also be used to monitor lock batteries so maintenance can replace the components before they fail.

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 y!kes! Proximity awareness tech startup is making life simpler.

Everything is now automated or on-demand. With the snap of our fingers (or push of a button) we can hail a taxi, get the lawn mowed, and even order dinner and drinks. When we go on vacation or travel for business we expect the same on-demand, hassle-free style of service. We want what we want when we want it, right? Many processes fall short of this new customer expectation when it comes to travel, but Indy-based proximity awareness startup y!kes is ready to fix it. Keep reading . . .