HT's Editorial Advisory Board, comprised of hospitality executives from a variety of industry segments, offers insights into what challenges and opportunities are emerging in technology for 2012.
Interactive displays increase interest and local business traffic for a Canadian visitor center.
Entropic and Philips Hospitality have teamed to deliver infotainment services via existing coaxial cable.
HT's "2012 Lodging Technology Study" suggests that hotels spend and have no incremental income. Hotels are racing to the innovation table to figure out how to add the right type of functionality to the guest room, without the promise of more revenue.
From expanding bandwidth to RFID locks, hotels scramble to meet consumer expectations for in-room innovation. To that end, here are five of the hottest guestroom trends to watch for in 2012.
The Grand Hyatt in San Francisco has rolled out installation of VingCard's Orion energy management system, RFID locks, Elsafe safes and VISIONLINE access control system.
The LodgeNet mobile app will let hotels provide customized communication to guests, and will give guests control over in-room TVs from their iPhone, iPad or Android.
Debuting in March, iHome HiDM5 offers hotel guests a wireless keyboard and speakerphone for Bluetooth-enabled tablets and smartphones.
The Hyatt Regency New Orleans has turned to KABA Lodging for RFID keycards. The hotel, which only permits keycard holders to guestroom floors contains 1,193 rooms.
LodgeNet Interactive Corporation and REELZCHANNEL have announced a brand new movie channel, the premiere channel, allowing studios to promote their latest releases to frequent movie-goers.