INNOVATIONS IN HOTEL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Connectivity Is Key For Marriott

When Marriott guests connect their digital personal devices to high-definition liquid crystal display televisions from LG Electronics, they plug into a special connectivity panel that automatically registers each device, be it an iPod, Palm Pilot, laptop, video game or camcorder.

That connectivity is the key reason Marriott International selected LG as its preferred supplier of high-definition LCD TVs, says Lou Paladeau, vice president of operations technology.

“Marriott selected LG Electronics as our preferred supplier of high-definition LCD televisions because of LG's willingness to co-develop and design an intelligent connectivity panel to our specifications,” he says. “This connectivity panel takes our guests' viewing and computing experiences to a new level and is proprietary to Marriott.“

When guests plug in, their personal devices are automatically registered so they can “begin to work, relax or be entertained using the 32-inch television,” Paladeau says.

The new TVs — already rolled out to the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center and the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 50,000 will be installed over the next four years, primarily at full-service Marriotts — enhance the guest experience, Paladeau says.

“Our HDTV provides guests with full access to their own portable content while at our hotels,” he says. “Through our 32-inch high-definition screens, guests can see their information in far higher fidelity and resolution than on their smaller devices.” Circle 70

Coffee Makers

Four-cup commercial coffee makers from Classic Coffee Concepts are said to provide hotter, faster and better coffee. Models CC40 (white) and CC43 (black) each provide one hour to shut-off, non-stick warming plate, pause & serve, a large pour-in water reservoir and more. The stylish black model CC43 model is now available with a stainless steel decanter as model CC43S. Circle 71

Room Navigator

FSR, a supplier of audio and video switching equipment, introduces the Room Navigator, a multi-video format A/V switcher and control system in a box. Functions can be controlled remotely with one of two designer-style switch plates, via RS-232 or the built-in IP port with integrated web server. The rack unit contains three video switchers, an 8×1 com-posite video switch, a 4×1 RGBHV switch and an 8×1 S-video switch. Circle 72

License Scanner

The IdScan driver's license card scanner recognizes licenses from all 50 states. Within seconds of inserting a card into the scanner, the reader will collect all data from the card front and place it in appropriate database text fields for easy storage and customized data management, while also providing separate picture files of the cardholder's photo and signature. Circle 73

Massaging Recliner

The Human Touch back-massage recliner with calf- and foot-massaging footrest from The Sharper Image incorporates many of the customizing robotic massage features of its quad-roller massage chair. The chair also features a full-body stretching — a 15-minute massage and stretching program for a tension-relieving spa experience. Circle 74

Artificial Palm Trees

Artificial palm trees from Tropical Palm Trees can create a lush and inviting atmosphere around any indoor or outdoor pool area. UV-stable polyethylene is used to give fronds realistic action in the wind as well as durability. Tahitian Coconut Palms feature an all-steel superstructure and a tough outer composite trunk. Circle 75

Sports Network

Speed Channel is a 24-hour network geared to the country's millions of motor sports enthusiasts. The network trackside, under the hood and behind the scenes for motor sports action. The channel is backed by Fox Sports. Circle 76

ATM Solutions

ATM Systems provides elegant, custom ATM solutions for the hospitality industry. Whether one prefers traditional or more contemporary designs, the company ensures that it will provide ATMs an elegant appearance that blend nicely with hotel décor. Circle 77

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