INNOVATIONS IN HOTEL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Access Control Solutions
DeskLinc from Saflok is a safety system with the ability to offer smart card capability as a standard feature. DeskLinc enables lock audit information, staff access and egress records, as well as lock error codes, to be tagged onto the smart cards. Circle 100
Laundry Room Tables
Midwest Folding Products' laundry room tabletops are constructed of solid, 5/8-inch-thick, 47-lb. industrial grade particleboard, surfaced with high-pressure plastic laminate and backed with a phenolic sheet to prevent moisture penetration. Tops are edged with vinyl T-molding and secured with staples from the underside of the tabletop. Circle 101
General Mills introduces an assorted pack of adult-branded cereals to help hotel operators deliver on-the-go nutrition, including Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Whole Grain Total, Total Raisin Bran and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
US Products uses web video to describe in detail the features, benefits and operation of its products, starting with its new low-moisture Agitator 20 extractor. The company manufactures carpet, drapery, upholstery, restoration and ceiling cleaning equipment.
Ethics in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry, a new textbook published by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, addresses the challenge of providing hospitality students with the basis for a strong moral compass. The book explores general questions, such as: Is ethical behavior good for business? Is it enough to obey the law? It also explores specific ethical issues such as whistle blowing, racial discrimination, truth in advertising and more.
Chilewich's new Hotel and Restaurant Division offers tabletop and front-of-the-house products, in addition to floor covering products. Customization is available. Many of its textile styles are also available for upholstery, room dividers, window coverings and a range of uses for both indoors and outdoors. Circle 105
Swingframe Mfg. adds a new wood profile to its line of large format Swingframes. The patented swing-open Swingframes include a solid natural ramin wood profile available in a wide range of contemporary finishes. Swing-frames are offered in a variety of sizes including 36 × 48, 40 × 60, 36 × 72 and 48 × 96 inches. Circle 106
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. Circle 107
The IDT Group provides in-depth, clean and de-duped guest databases extracted from a hotel's PMS, websites and other miscellaneous sources. IDT continues to expand its modular offerings to include a wide variety of applications and services that are spawned from the databases in the PMS and other point-of-contact systems. Circle 108
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 109
Sharp introduces its PN-455 45-inch Professional LCD Monitor for use as digital signage and information displays. The monitor has a full 1920 × 1080 HD resolution with more than six million pixel elements for accurate and precise image reproduction. Circle 110
Viking's K-1900 series of hotline phones are designed to dial a programmable 1-32 digit telephone number each time the phone's handset is lifted. The phones may be programmed to touch-tone or pulse dial and will not dial on incoming calls. The phones are phone-line- powered and feature no dial pads, hearing-aid compatible handsets, handset volume control, call fraud restriction, programmable security code, ring detection and touch-tone programming. Circle 111
Solid Surface Furniture
Corian is a solid surface material known for its use in countertop applications. However, it lends itself to many imaginative uses, claims FTF Design Studio, which has taken Corian and custom-made coffee tables, consoles, bathroom sinks and dining tables in custom colors for its clients. FTF is a modern design firm, with strong interests in custom furniture, specializing in high-end residential and commercial projects. Circle 112
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 113
Shoes for Crews introduces Legend, a loafer with timeless styling and advanced slip resistance. In addition to the SFC III slip-resistant outsole, the shoe features full grain leather, water resistance, shock-absorbent stitched-down outsoles and cushioned insoles. Circle 114
Event Software Solutions
TimeSaver Software offers its free Room Viewer product for qualified meeting and event planners, Room Viewer Meeting Planner Edition and the release of Room Viewer 7.0. Room Viewer software provides hospitality professionals with tools to create quality event layouts through a fill-in-the-blanks form. Circle 115
Chicken Breast Fillets
Pierce Chicken introduces Southern Style Traditional Breaded Breast Fillets, just one of several new ready-to-cook products available from the company. Pierce Chicken developed the two-ounce fillet to help operators take advantage of the growing popularity of breakfast biscuits, kid sandwiches and appetizer sandwiches. Circle 116
Sloan Valve Company's Royal Flushometer features dual-filtered diaphragm technology, which keeps debris from clogging the Flushometer and prevents valve run-on; a non-hold open handle that automatically shuts off regardless of the handle position; a non-adjustable, water-conserving design; and more. Circle 117
Leonard Valve Company offers Surfashower wall-mounted shower systems for lodging facilities. Surfashower comes in a wide range of preassembled models: single temperature, thermostatic, pressure balanced, single or multiple users and ADA compliant. Each model comes with an 18-gauge stainless steel cover, vandal-resistant design and installed or hand-held showerheads. Circle 118
FSR has added black, gray and clay color choices to the all-metal, beveled carpet rims of the RFL-AV floor boxes. The floor box manufacturer also will custom-match colors for special applications of the floor boxes it manufactures to handle AV connections in raised access floors. The RFL-AV boxes are available in two sizes and three color styles. Circle 119
Showtime fills the room with unlimited entertainment: Hollywood Hits No One Else Has, original series and pictures, unique live events and championship boxing on America's #1 Boxing Network. For more information, visit www.sho.com. Circle 120
Interactive marketing company TIG Global is using the SiteCatalyst Suite from Omniture to provide hospitality clients in North America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean real-time access to customer trends. The Omniture software is tailored to meet TIG Global's business needs and client additions. TIG Global measures the effectiveness of clients' websites by analyzing web traffic trends, geosegmentation and behavior statistics. Visit www.tigglobal.com and www.omniture.com. Circle 121
The Maiman Company's patented NEER VENEER Thermal Fused Flush Door is crafted from a solid, 42-pound green-certified core, the heaviest in the industry. Providing high strength and security and low sound transmissions, the maintenance-free facing is thermal fused directly to the core, creating a monolithic structure that won't delaminate and resists warping, chipping, scratching and denting, the company says. Visit www.maiman.com.
The 200-GTT from Sioux Steam Cleaner Corporation is self-contained on a heavy-duty, steerable, tandem axle trailer. The conservatively engineered unit will provide 3 GPM steam at 100 PSI and 320 F. It is an ideal solution for thawing frozen culverts, hydrants and valves, and facilitates removal of ice build-up on roofs, pipes and drains, according to the company. Visit www.sioux.com. Circle 123
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