INNOVATIONS IN HOTEL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

A New Way to HSIA

High-speed Internet access is becoming a standard amenity hotels are offering to stay competitive. Connie Buck, general manager of the Quality Inn & Suites, Shamokin Dam, PA certainly knows that. At her former post as GM of the Comfort Inn, Selinsgrove, PA, Buck struggled with erratic and slow dial-up service before turning to Telkonet's HSIA solution.

Using patented powerline communications (PLC) technology, Telkonet delivers broadband Internet access by using a building's existing, standard electrical wiring.

Telkonet's PlugPlus system converts virtually every power outlet in every room to a high-speed data network. Hotel guests gain HSIA via Telkonet's iBridge, which can be included in guestrooms or given to guests at check-in.

“The two installers completed the job within two working days,” says Buck. “There was absolutely no disruption to guests. And the pricing was attractive, too, since Telkonet offers a subscription pricing model.” Circle 70

Meeting Room Tables

Comfort Leg meeting room tables from Midwest Folding Products increase seating capacity and improve guest comfort, claims the company. Legs are designed to not interfere with chair spacing so more chairs can be set at the tables. Tables are available in steel-edged plywood top, decorative laminate plywood core top and lightweight ABS plastic top. Circle 71

Language Training Program

Specifically designed with the hospitality industry in mind, Workplace English teaches life skills, not just words, claims the company, Workplace Languages. Workplace English focuses on everyday English and takes the emphasis off grammar. Its common sense, everyday approach allows students to use their new language skills immediately. Circle 66

Two-Way Radios

Motorola introduces DTR Series digital on-site two-way radios. The DTR Series delivers the benefits of advanced digital technology, operating without monthly fees, service contracts or per-minute charges.
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Pathway Lighting

Safe N' Secure pathway lighting from Saflok has been designed as a bolt-on device to accelerate any emergency evacuation process. It takes effect when the lights' sensor, which is housed on the lock trim, detects the ambient hallway lights becoming too dim. The lighting is also a Messenger-compliant device, which enables it to become part of a wireless network that is controlled remotely. Circle 73

Work Shoes

Shoes for Crews introduces the Panther, with a sleek, pull on design and high-performance slip resistance. The shoe features a slip-resistant outsole, leather with nubuck trim and cushioned insoles. Circle 74

Iron

Classic Coffee Concepts presents the Classic 1100 watt model 16300 iron. The iron features 15-minute automatic shut-off with a power reset button plus a 13-foot heavy service cord to eliminate the need for extension cords. Circle 75

Elegant ATM Solutions

ATM Systems provides elegant, custom ATM solutions for the hospitality industry. Both traditional and contemporary designs are available to blend nicely with any hotel décor.
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Floor Coverings

Durkan Patterned Carpet has created a signature group of floor coverings. Wild Fire, a collection of patterns that strikes a balance between both traditional and contemporary styles, features machine-ready designs that can be executed as either print or Computer Yam Placement.
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In-Room Safe

Dometic Corp. introduces the Executive Safe. Sporting a handy slide-out drawer, the safe can stand alone, be easily integrated into existing furniture, or supplied in custom cabinetry. The Executive model has full electronic security with mechanical backup operation. It features a carpeted interior and LED screen and is large enough to accommodate a laptop computer.
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Management Solutions

AltiusPAR delivers next-generation hospitality management solutions for hotel companies, providing an enterprise suite of inventory management, central reservations, revenue management, and sales and catering technology solutions. AltiusPAR removes the hurdles hotels face when managing complex inventory and pricing data across multiple channels. It incorporates leading technologies from Oracle and PROS. Circle 79

LCD Monitor

Elo's 1747L touchmonitor uses the latest projected capacitive technology, which enables touches to be sensed through a protective layer in front of the display, effectively allowing the monitor to be installed behind store windows or specialized vandal-resistant glass. The sensing technology is unaffected by moisture, heat, rain, snow and ice, or harsh cleaning fluids, making it ideal for outdoor applications. Circle 80

Internet Marketing

TIG Global introduces Destination 1, an online marketing solution for convention and visitors bureaus. Destination 1 is a suite of turnkey, comprehensive interactive marketing services designed specifically to advance the marketing and sales objectives of CVBs and destination marketing organizations, giving clients the edge in the race for Internet positioning. Circle 81

Trash Receptacle

United Receptacle's new Hide-A-Bag neatly conceals poly bags to maintain an orderly appearance. Simply place the poly bag in the liner and drape over sides, then slide the receptacle over the liner to conceal the bag and hold it securely in place. The 3.5-gallon steel receptacle is available in black or satin stainless steel to complement many decors. Circle 82

Water Temperature Regulator

Megatron, a complete prepackaged control station designed to regulate and maintain water temperature for hot water systems in lodging facilities, is available from Leonard Valve Company. All units are furnished factory assembled and tested with all inlet, outlet and return piping for fast, quick, easy and money-saving installation. Circle 83

No-Odor Coatings

Rust-Oleum Corp. offers a line of industrial coatings that have no application odor, making them ideal for use in occupied areas without the discomfort sometimes associated with paint fumes. Sierra Performance Coatings are water-based industrial-grade coatings that contain no solvents, hazardous air pollutants or volatile organic compounds. The product line includes primers, wall, floor and trim coatings that include acrylic urethanes, epoxy-acrylic enamels and epoxy concrete enamels.
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Carpet Backing

The Mohawk Group has developed several new carpet backing systems. The initiative has yielded solutions offering both uncompromising performance and unparalleled environmental qualities, it claims. There are 11 backing systems available from The Mohawk Group. Circle 85

Surface Cleaner

U.S. Products, makers of professional carpet cleaning and restoration equipment, introduces a new, dual surface cleaner. Called the King Cobra 1200, the machine cleans upholstery and carpets using hot water extraction as well as hard surface floors. The 1200 also includes a built-in 25-foot hose reel for convenient hose management, a wand holder, chemical storage system, and large transport wheels that allow efficient one-person transport. Circle 86

Sales and Catering Report

Newmarket International has released Delphi.Net Version 2.3, an upgrade of its automated sales and catering system for mid-scale, limited service hoteliers. Delphi.Net offers mid-scale properties may of the same features found in its flagship product, Delphi, for large hotels and banquet facilities. Delphi.Net is a centrally hosted web-based product, available by monthly subscription. Circle 87

Guest Seating

La-Z-Boy Contract Furniture Group introduces a full-featured task chair which carries a low entry level price and two new guest seating styles with frames that feature a blend of wood and metal to create a clean and distinctive look. The new task chair, called Buddy, is a functional and versatile chair that is built for comfort. The fully upholstered chair moves seamlessly from the office to conferencing applications. Circle 88

Beverage Service

Vollrath presents the Triennium beverage service for an elegant and upscale addition to tabletop service presentation. Available in satin or mirror-finish style, Triennium offers a triangular-shaped design that will complement any décor. Circle 89

Internet-Based Tracking

MTech introduces its new PMWorks Plus service, a hosted, Internet-based application delivering real-time tracking of work requests and guest incidents for gains in productivity and guest satisfaction. PMWorks Plus allows any hotel staff member with a phone or web browser to quickly and easily report not only work order requests, but also guest-affecting issues and incidents. The system automatically assigns and dispatches the task or issue to the correct parties. It reports the status in real time and then tracks the task for management reporting. Circle 90

In-Room Entertainment

TotalVision is a provider of In-Room Entertainment. Its systems include Video on Demand, just-released movie selections, Internet television with wireless keyboards, cutting-edge games with wireless game pads and in-room Internet wiring services. TotalVision solutions are accomplished through state-of-the-art digital equipment. Circle 91

Allergy-Friendly Rooms

Pure Allergy Friendly Rooms provides a comprehensive allergy-reducing system for the hospitality industry. Air-handling units are cleaned and sanitized. The room features a state-of-the-art art purification system that delivers clean air to guests, 24 hours a day. Carpets and upholstery are treated with a solution that removes dirt, bacteria and mold. A bacteriostatic barrier called Pure-Shield repels microorganisms and prevents odor. Circle 92

Environmental Coatings

Sherwin-Williams introduced the GreenSmart designation for its environmentally preferred products. Harmony Interior Latex is an ideal choice for an environmentally preferred coating that offers a high-hide, durable finish for occupied spaces. Formulated with anti-microbial properties, Harmony is a zero-VOC, low-odor, silica-free coating that allows immediate digital equipment. Circle 93

Fitness Equipment

The Skier's Edge Big Mountain Series All Mountain Master delivers an intense aerobic workout while preparing the ski enthusiast for the slopes. The unit is versatile, easy to use, durable and simulates different styles of skiing, claims the manufacturer. The All Mountain Master accommodates different skiing techniques and fitness levels with six adjustable stance positions. Circle 94

Textile Wallcovering

Milliken & Company introduces 180 Walls, a self-adhesive textile wallcovering that hangs without paste; experiences no wet movement, shrinkage or corner peel; and can be removed years later without damage to walls. In addition, stain-repelling and mold-inhibiting features have been added to 180 Walls to ensure ongoing ease of maintenance. Circle 95

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