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A great deal has been written over the years about the viability of moving a hotel’s property-management system (PMS) to the cloud to take advantage of the latest technologies, but hoteliers need to realize that it’s not the only viable option. All platforms have advantages, including self-hosted, private cloud and on-premise solutions that leverage the latest mobile, contact free and web-based technologies. Independent operators can still enhance the digital guest experience, support personalized and mobile check-in, deploy contact free technologies, and secure hotel/guest data even if their PMS does not reside in the cloud. It should not be a question of “Cloud or On Premise?” but rather “Does the PMS solve your business objectives in both technology and service?”

Much has been written in the mainstream hospitality press about the challenges COVID-19 has presented to the industry. Hotels are in more pain than at any time in our memories. Because of the extensive media coverage, I won’t dwell on this topic further in what is primarily a technology column. But it’s the background for this week’s column, and so merits acknowledgement.

Are You All In?
Posted: 07/27/2020

Imagine everyone in your organization engaged, aligned, and performing to their potential. Imagine everyone playing “All In.”

Great organizations have synergy. Their culture allows them to play to a rhythm at a different tempo than the average organization. How do you get that at your organization?

Many front-line hospitality workers rely on tips for a significant part of their paychecks. If not for tips, many hotel associates who serve as waitstaff, bartenders, housekeepers, bell staff, concierges and pool attendants would soon be looking for other jobs. This is a regional issue: in most of Asia and Europe, staff get higher base pay, and tips are either not expected at all, or are truly discretionary. But in the U.S., Canada, Britain and other countries, tips are an important reality, and one that’s not likely to change anytime soon.

As somebody who’s helped to grow a company from 13 people to nearly a thousand, I know very well the excitement that comes with having a mindset focused entirely on growth. Every newly acquired customer, every new office and every milestone means the gap between you and your nearest competitor is that much bigger and that much harder to overtake.



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Wallpaper, Dual-View and Holograms: The Biggest and Best of DSE 2017

05/10/2017
by Bill Geoghegan

In a world constantly vying for your attention, unexpected content and form factor is king. While large digital displays in High Definition (HD) or Ultra High Definition (UHD) are almost a commodity, new form factors are successfully capturing the attention of potential consumers. Whether it is the digital outdoor roadside signs that change every few seconds, a series of displays with sequenced creative content, or displays that draw attention because of their unusual size or placement, digital signage is being used to capture the attention of a growing population which is fixated looking at mobile phone screens.

The 2017 Digital Signage Expo held in Las Vegas was a Mecca for new designs and content systems geared to Digital Out of Home (DOOH) advertising.

Both literally and figuratively at the front of the exhibits was LG, which introduced a family of products based on their organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology. This technology allows displays to be curved and ultra-thin. In addition to a multi-curved display, LG also introduced its Wallpaper and Dual-View products. The Wallpaper is 3.65 millimeters (0.15 inches) thin, can be viewed from any angle, weighing less than 17 pounds for a 65-inch display. Dual-View has displays on both the front and back, which can be presented as the same or different content. I guess if both sides are independent displays, there is no front or back. It can be suspended from above with a rotating mount or configured in a stationary flat or curved display.

LG Curved Dual-View Display
Beyond the standard 16x9 aspect ratio screens, a number of vendors are offering displays in configurations that lend themselves to specific application such as directions, notifications, etc. Aspect ratios of 16x5 lends itself to displays that are mounted perpendicular to a wall, with information such as airport gate numbers with the flight and departure information alternatively displaying.

Numerous vendors displayed integrated touchscreen solutions for self service, for uses like restaurant menus. The success of these offerings is dependent on the integration of the touchscreen with the back end process, and the intuitive organization of the content. Two concerns with the touchscreen self-service environment are that the screens are difficult to keep clean with the high finger traffic, and the reticence of many people to touch a surface that has been touched by others. Perhaps the most futuristic and Sci-Fi like product presented at DSE may be the answer.

While it is not yet ready for commercial use, Asukanet out of Japan has engineered an interesting solution. The content of a standard monitor is passed through a plate at a 45-degree angle and is re-formed in mid-air as a hologram. That hologram can be configured to re-form within a specific location. A sensor can determine where a person is ‘touching’ the hologram, and interpret that location as any touchscreen interface would. The result is a screen that never needs cleaning and can’t be contaminated. Asukanet only sells the plates, but the integration of this clever product into production looks like it is only a matter of time. To see the technology, go to www.aska3d.com.

Please look for the Summer/HITEC issue of Hospitality Upgrade where more information about TV technology will be shared.

About The Author
Bill Geoghegan

LGT Consulting


 
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