18/11/2015: The European Commission has awarded start-up LEAPIN Digital Keys funding in the first phase of their prestigious Horizon 2020 SME Instrument program to explore the feasibility of rolling out its digital key/smartlock technology in hotels across Europe.
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe's leaders and Members of the European Parliament.
The Australian start-up which incorporated in the UK and set up offices in London earlier this year, utilises smartphone and cloud based technologies to enable guests to digital check-in to hotels and receive their time-sensitive digital keys for their rooms in their smartphones. In particular LEAPIN's Digital Keys work for any size hotel, and through any booking channel.
"Our technology will allow the European travel industry to effectively improve management and security. Not only will this have a positive business impact for hoteliers, travel software companies, and our lock manufacturer partners, but it will bring convenience benefits and savings to the guest by facilitating the shift to digital check-in and digital keys", says Steve Dunn, CEO/Co-Founder of LEAPIN Digital Keys.
In the latest round of funding, the European Commission received 1873 proposals, and 141 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from 24 countries were selected for funding.
About LEAPIN Digital Keys
LEAPIN Digital Keys delivers a Hardware Development Kit, a Software Development it, API's and smartphone apps to manufacturers, software companies and hoteliers so they can build smartlocks and offer digital check-in and digital keys.
About the European Funding for Research and Development
Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Seen as a means to drive economic growth and create jobs, Horizon 2020 has the political backing of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament. They agreed that research is an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs. By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
See EC announcement here https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/141-highly-innovative-smes-get-funded-under-phase-1-sme-instrument (see LEAPIN Digital Keys listed on page 104 of List of Beneficiaries in Phase 1).