The latest tap monitoring and mobile payment options help restaurants reduce loss at the tap, and can actually improve customer relationships. But, one question may be on the minds of guests and workers alike,"Will the new technology interfere with the restaurant's atmosphere?"
MasterCard has announced its forward-looking plan to enable the latest capabilities in electronic payments and security.
Several Vancouver-based restaurants now include QR codes on their menus. This tech will allow diners to use their smartphones to access information about ingredients used to create their meal.
Revenue management firm Sceptre Hospitality Resources will migrate 600+ of its clients' hotels to Whiteboard Labs' Windsurfer CRS program by the early part of 2012.
According to Ovum, an technology analyst, Android will eclipse Apple's iOS within the coming year. Nevertheless, it is believed that developers don't prefer one technology over the other; in fact, developers back both Android and Apple's iOs.
Caribou Coffee Company has chosen to safeguard its free Wi-Fi access at over 400 stores. The Caribou Coffee IT team chose OpenDNS for its fast and reliable DNS resolution.
While at the National Retail Federation Annual Convention and Expo, Epson highlights the release of its software development kits for mobile printing apps. The technology is operable for handhelds such as iPad, iPod, iPhone and Android.
Fujitsu Components America has released a thermal receipt printer which is compatible with Apple iOS, Android and Blackberry operating systems. Bluetooth and USB interfaces make the printer useful for mobile retail/foodservice applications.
Intelity is launching ICE Instant, which will allow hotels to name their own price for a customized, mobile version of Intelity's virtual concierge platform. The custom app is then available for guests to download to smartphones and tables.
Texas Roadhouse is catering to kids and parents with a coloring app for iPhones and iPads. The app allows families to paint, save and share their masterpieces via each families' social network and at home.