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Marriott reveals 'IoT' hotel room of the future...

Marriott reveals ‘IoT’ hotel room of the future…

1000 561 Daniel Fountain

As technology continues to evolve and play an increasingly active role in our daily lives, Marriott International has teamed with two leading companies – Samsung and Legrand – to launch the hospitality industry’s first Internet of Things (‘IoT’) hotel room to inspire the ultimate hotel experience of the future.

The IoT Guestroom Lab – powered by Marriott’s Innovation Lab at the company’s corporate headquarters – explores concepts that have the potential to elevate the guest experience, create more efficient hotel room design and construction, and contribute to Marriott’s global sustainability efforts and goals. As the hospitality industry’s “smart” hotel room, the Lab allows multiple responsive IoT systems, devices and applications to communicate with one another to serve guests and optimise hotel operations.

“We know that our guests expect to personalise almost everything in their lives, and their hotel experience should be no different,” said Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International. “By teaming with best-in-class partners, we are leveraging mobile and voice-enabled technology to give our guests the ability to set up the room to best meets their needs – whether that is creating the ultimate relaxation environment or one that enables productivity for business travelers.”

“At Samsung, we aspire to make life easier and better for our consumers, whether they’re at home or their home away from home,” said James Stansberry, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ARTIK IoT, Samsung Electronics. “Partnering with Legrand and Marriott, we can offer users unprecedented levels of control and personalisation, thanks to our end-to-end IoT services powered by the ARTIK platform and the SmartThings Cloud. From intuitive lighting to voice-activated room controls, we’re delivering customisable, intelligent experiences that make our consumers’ lives more convenient, productive and secure.”

Developing an intuitive system is critical as Marriott seeks to continuously innovate the global guest experience across its 30 brands. The technology inside the IoT Guestroom Lab allows, for instance, a user to ask a virtual assistant for a 6:30am wake-up alarm, to start a yoga routine on a full-length mirror, request additional housekeeping services and start the shower at the desired temperature stored in their customer profile – all by voice or app.

“We’re proud to be innovating with industry leading partners to get closer to revolutionising the guest experience, along with hotel operations and even hotel construction,” said Karim Khalifa, Senior Vice President, Global Design, Marriott International. “Together with Samsung and Legrand, we are well on our way to creating the hotel room of the future.”

“At Legrand, we offer a suite of power, light and data solutions that bring power and connectivity to previously untapped locations. Legrand is partnering with Marriott to improve the guest experience in a cost effective and intuitive manner. This work further supports our Eliot Program in North America, Legrand’s global IoT program that encompasses our ambition, drives our product innovation and fosters our partnership in the IoT space,” said Ken Freeman, Senior Vice President of Demand Creation, Legrand. “Legrand’s product portfolio can elevate a property by turning everyday features into lasting highlights. We are thrilled to collaborate with Marriott and Samsung to conceptualise and deliver on the future traveler’s needs.”

Marriott is working towards a future where hotel owners would have a seamless, transparent and flexible end-to-end solution that requires minimal equipment, while customers would enjoy an integrated experience with access to their own data and information, as well as accessible voice and mobile-optimised controls. Such systems would also benefit hotel operations and improve personalised service by, for instance, allowing staff to provide services at a guest’s desired time.

Following the three-month-long IoT Guestroom Lab, Marriott, Samsung and Legrand will analyse feedback to continue innovating with IoT technology. Consumers will start to see elements of the technology in hotel rooms within the next five years.

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Excel = Hotel Tech Live

Hotel Tech Live: Visit Hotel Designs on 4102

1000 453 Daniel Fountain

Hotel Tech Live – running alongside several design and technology shows – is the UK’s biggest event for the technology, systems, products, and services that are breaking new ground in the hotel and hospitality sector.

As technology becomes more critical to the hotel and hospitality industries, Hotel Tech Live provides you with an unprecedented opportunity to find the very latest cutting edge supplies designed to create a truly unforgettable experience for your customers, from the innovators behind these industry-transforming solutions.

With hundreds of companies exhibiting at the event showing off the latest technology, tools, systems and advancements and the very future of the hotel industry, there will be no shortage of people to meet and things to see. Meanwhile, the show brings some of the brightest and ambitious minds who, across two days of seminars and panels, will be sharing their insight and knowledge on how hoteliers can transform their business for the future.

Hotel Designs will be exhibiting at both days of the show, come along and say hello to editor Daniel Fountain and sales manager Jennie Lane on stand 4102

EasyLink by Hypnos

Product Spotlight: Hypnos launches EasyLink for hospitality industry

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Award-winning British bed manufacturer and Royal Warrant holder, Hypnos, has launched its new linking bar innovation, EasyLink specifically for the hospitality sector.

Following consultation, Hypnos has developed its latest innovation in response to the increasing demand from housekeepers for Zip and Link beds that are easier and safer to use, and quicker to transform room function.

EasyLink by HypnosWith EasyLink, linking bars are placed on top of the bed base instead of the bottom, meaning housekeepers no longer have to lift the bed to access the linking bar underneath the bed base, or have an unsightly linking bar on the front. Housekeepers will be able to operate the new linking bar by standing up, rather than kneeling to operate external and under linked options, making the job more comfortable and safe to do.

Clare Taylor, Hypnos Contract Beds Marketing Manager, said: “As a trusted supplier to some of the largest independent hotels, groups, spas and resorts in the world, Hypnos holds a reputation for innovating products that meet the requirements of our customers in this sector. Our latest innovation, EasyLink, offers a discreet solution of linking that doesn’t take away from the aesthetics of a bed base, and has been developed specifically with housekeepers in mind. What’s more, we’re delighted to offer this new product as our standard linking option, available to hoteliers at no additional cost.”

For more information on the full Hypnos range, please visit www.hypnoscontractbeds.com