What You Missed at HITEC 2010: Top News & Product Releases

By Christina Volpe, Associate Editor | June 29, 2010

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professional's (HFTP) annual Hotel Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) descended upon Orlando, Florida's Orange Country Convention Center last week (June 21-24) offering attendees a glimpse at some of the latest technology solutions to hit the hotel market. For those industry executives who were not in attendance at this year's show, Hospitality Technology offers this recap of HITEC's top product releases and hotel implementations. Here's what you missed:

PMS, POS and enterprise technologies
Agilysys' Guest 360 PMS Now Available
Guest 360 is a full-function PMS that utilizes a services-oriented architecture to provide a highly scalable and flexible solution for hotels and resorts of all sizes as well as multi-property operations.

Micros Adds New Features to Opera Enterprise Solution

Customer facing technologies, including the addition of mobile applications, promise to enhance the guest experience, streamline operations, and allow hotels to become more environmentally friendly.

hotel SystemsPro's Guest Service and Sales & Catering Solutions Now iPad Ready

New mobile capability for the hotel ServicePro guest service system and hotel SalesPro online sales and catering solution promises to give operators the ability to generate revenue with more effective sales processes.

MSI's Place Point POS Now Accessible on iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch Devices

Expansion to the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch products allows hoteliers alternative tools to leverage point of sale functions and enhance guest service.

Micros Debutes Latest POS & Enterprise Technologies

Micros enables the 'Hotel of the Future' with Simphony, mycentral, and Micros' latest integration with the iBahn in-room dining solution.

Genares Reservations Services Demos Latest Reservation Solutions

Genares Reservations Services demoed enhanced features to its booking engine technology, social media marketing, and reservations technology.

Maestro PMS Unveils ResWave Direct Website Bookings Using Social Media and Mobile Devices
Maestro's integrated real-time ResWave Booking Engine enables independent hoteliers to drive reservations from Twitter and Facebook, as well as the iPad and other mobile devices.
 
Guestroom and property technologies
Guestroom 20X Integrates Innovative Tech into the Guestroom
Technologies featured in the exhibit include a cell phone application that unlocks the guestroom door with a unique audible signal, integrated environmental room controls via touch screens that include Internet access; a bathroom mirror that broadcasts the day's weather, news and health data; and more.

LodgeNet Unveils Cloud-Connected Interactive Television Offering

LodgeNet's Envision product offering connects TV to the cloud, delivering Web media, guest apps, and robust hotel marketing capabilities.

LG and Swisscom Launch All-in-One TV Solution

ConnectedHotel TV delivers interactive high def television, video-on-demand, and complete wired and wireless Internet connectivity through one converged network and one TV without a Set-top box.

SuiteLinq Unveils Multi-Platform Interactive Portal

Developed using Microsoft's .NET Framework and Windows Presentation Format, SuiteLinq v5 features a broad array of interactive services and content specifically geared toward the interest of travelers and is deployable on SuiteLinq Desktop devices, guest laptop connectivity portals, and digital televisions.

VingCard Elsafe's Wireless Online Security Solution Helps Hoteliers Go Green

Making its debut at HITEC, the new wireless solution from VingCard Elsafe enforces green initiatives and promises to better positions hotel properties to make a real difference in the global environment.

Salto Demos Latest Hotel Security Tech

Products include AElement, Salto's brand new RFID lock and the XS4 Locker lock, designed to provide protection for hotel pool, spa and staff area lockers.
 
The new system is part of Aptech's commitment to evolve its back office accounting and business intelligence solutions on the most current technologies that provide scalability, flexibility, and ease of use.

Alloso Technologies Delivers BI Reports via Mobile App
The new iPhone app provides general managers with immediate access to actionable business insights delivered by Alloso's Portfolio One system.

This is part of Mandarin Oriental's overarching strategy to build a highly responsive IT infrastructure with the applications and tools needed to provide personalized guest experiences worldwide.

InterContinental New York Times Square to Heighten In-Room Experience with Media Portal

Slated to open this July, the InterContinental New York Times will feature the SuiteLinq interactive portal providing digital content, connectivity, interactivity and commerce-ready delivery programs specifically created for the global hospitality industry.

Starwood Embraces Adaco as its Recipe Management Platform

Following an in-depth vendor selection process, Starwood chose Adaco for its scalability, its ability to track nutritional values, and for its ease of sharing, exporting and importing information.

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