INNCOM Implements Cost-Effective, Wireless Room Control Network at Marriott Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

  • Honeywell
  • 11.10.11
The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has recently upgraded its guestroom temperature control system to a networked energy management system utilizing the Deep Mesh Network (DMN) architecture from INNCOM.

Since the 1,310-room property converted to this robust wireless environment nearly eight months ago, energy consumption has dropped by 21 percent without requiring the 40-year-old facility to undergo an extensive or costly installation effort. Best yet, the hotel is well positioned to adapt to future technologies.

INNCOM is a global hospitality industry leader in advanced energy management and Integrated Room Automation Systems (IRAS) for hotels and resorts. With extensive experience in networking guestroom equipment spanning more than a quarter of a century, INNCOM is considered to be a pioneer in wireless environment installation.

"Over the past few years we have witnessed the need for a robust and reliable wireless architecture that is available at a lower installed price than traditional wireless systems, and that has the capability of adapting to future technologies," said John Tavares, INNCOM VP marketing and sales. "Our Deep Mesh Network uses advanced radio frequency technology to provide better control and monitoring over a hotel's HVAC, lighting and other equipment with the goals of reducing energy consumption and simultaneously improving the guest experience. By migrating to a wireless environment, hotels such as the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa receive state-of-the-art integrated room and building automation for a much lower cost."

Tyrone Crockwell, director of engineering for the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Market Engineering for Marriott’s properties in Hawaii, said INNCOM's Deep Mesh Network architecture is working exceptionally well at the property.

"Marriott has been working with INNCOM for many years and has complete confidence in the system for saving energy and lowering associated costs," Crockwell said. "When you have a building of this size and age, energy conservation is critical. With the cost of some of the building management solutions on the market, we couldn't afford to do a property-wide network overhaul. With INNCOM's wireless DMN, however, we were able to quickly add four wireless sensors into each guestroom for each of our four communication points (HVAC, lighting, thermostat and door controls) and a signal sent from each unit travels wirelessly through the building to communicate with the server. It works great."

Key Features of INNCOM's DMN include:

  • Low cost network infrastructure is embedded in the thermostat and other room devices
  • One Edge Router for up to 250 rooms
  • Minimal network installation effort
  • ZigBee™ (IEEE 802.15.4) based designed to work with ZigBee Pro, ZigBee 2006 and 6LoWPAN
  • Supports HTNG Room Control Protocol allowing for multi-vendor integration
  • Multipath packet routing provides enhanced transport reliability
  • IPv6 ready for future expansion provides for direct IP addressing and communications with end devices
  • IPv6 edge routers support flat connectivity between devices allows support of third-party devices such as iPads
  • Real Time data transmission

"As more and more hotels face the challenge of dealing with rising energy costs, we are confident that they will find INNCOM's Deep Mesh Network architecture to be an affordable solution for updating their network infrastructure," Tavares said. "We look forward to discussing hoteliers' network architecture concerns at the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show in New York, and we encourage everyone to stop by the SAFLOK Booth 2902 to get a demonstration of how this solution can help their hotels quickly lower energy consumption."

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