INNOVATIONS IN HOTEL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

THE ENERGY-EFFICIENT ANATOLE

The Hilton Anatole has been retrofitted for energy savings. The payback for the $3.5-million investment should come through in less than four years, thanks to the efficiency of the system and a $1.2-million rebate from the state of Texas.

The investment funded installation of a Trane Summit heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system for the public and meeting spaces, along with installation of in-room control systems from INNCOM International. The system is expected to yield $600,000 to $700,000 in savings per year, according to Tom Smith, director of engineering at the Dallas landmark.

“What we've been trying to do for years is get a total energy package for the Anatole, and when the state came up with this rebate program, we investigated what the potential savings would be and what the capital investment would be,” says Smith. “It appeared we'd save between $600,000 to $700,000 a year in energy and get the rebate.”

The INNCOM component is key because it can distinguish between a vacant and occupied room. “In a convention hotel like this, the rooms are vacant more than they're occupied, because people at conventions leave their room all the time and the system has the capability of setting back the temperature two or three degrees when they're gone,” Smith says.

Also involved in the project: Bill Russell, vice president of INNCOM International. “I pushed for the project for six or seven years,” says Russell. In 2005, the Anatole posted $750,000 in energy savings; the facility's total energy bill runs $4 million to $5 million.

Jeff Hunt, project director, analyzed the potential savings and did the paperwork required for an energy rebate application. He says the Anatole is midway through a one-year metering and verification period. The results will determine how much the actual rebate will be. “The biggest impact will be during the summer months, because there's an electrical demand component that weighs heavily in the rebate,” he says.
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Kid-Friendly Textiles

Sina Pearson Textiles' new collection, Good Wishes, is a high-performance fabric that incorporates Crypton technologies, making it stainproof, waterproof and odor- and-bacteria resistant. Inspired by drawings by second-graders, the pattern features a cluster of stars for making a wish. Six colorways offer the stars in a light neutral against a colored ground. Ten percent of sale proceeds benefit Quilts for Kids.
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Iron

Classic Coffee Concepts presents the Classic 1,100-watt model 16300 iron. The iron features 15-minute automatic shutoff with a power reset button plus a 13-foot heavy service cord to eliminate the need for extension cords. Other features: buttons for “spray mist” and “burst of steam,” non-stick coated sole plate, visible water level window and an easy-fill watering opening.
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Key Card Technology

DeskLinc from Saflok is designed to offer the flexibility and function of a large-property front desk system for less cost. The multi-technology system offers smart/memory card capability as a standard feature at no upcharge. DeskLinc converts the employee's keycard into a device that stores/carries and downloads information from the lock. It enables lock audit information, staff access as well as lock error codes, to be tagged onto the smart cards.
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Serving Ware

American Metalcraft presents pedestal platters and bowls in its new 2006 product catalog. Translucent green glass features staggered step pedestal bases that create a dramatic effect. All pieces feature the pedestal base.
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Access Control

Access-Plus On-Line Security by Security Innovations, Inc. delivers on-line access control with latch technology, remote auditing, real-time reports, credit card keying and other standard features and options. The system sends an alert when a door is forced open, has optional paging and creates and deletes keys instantly from the front desk.
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Lighting Products

Advance introduces a new e-Vision Mini 39-watt electronic HID ballast for metal halide lamps. Ideal for a variety of downlighting, track lighting and accent lighting applications, Advance's ballast offers design freedom as well as opportunities for significant cost reductions. The Mini 39-watt ballast measures up to 30 percent smaller than comparable 20-watt products while driving lamps nearly twice the wattage.
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Umbrellas

FiberBuilt Umbrellas introduces two new contract quality models, Augusta and Bridgewater, which feature the FiberTeak simulated wood pole. The textured wood grain finish looks and feels real but has the structural and durability advantages of fiberglass. The market style canopies are available in a variety of sizes, venting options and fade-resistant fabrics.
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Fingerprint Recognition

NCR Corp. offers fingerprint recognition solutions to help address security and privacy issues. Its comprehensive strategy includes consulting, point-of-sale, self-service, software integration and strategic alliances.
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Broadband Solutions

Merlot Communications, a manufacturer of products and solutions that enable the transmission of voice, data and video over ordinary telephone wiring, has created a strategic partnership with StayOnline, known for its Wi-Fi hospitality solutions. The combination of products, expertise and industry knowledge offers an alternative for hoteliers seeking the economic benefits of a wired/wireless broadband offering.
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Dehumidification Units

The Unitary Products Group, a Johnson Controls Co., offers its three- to six-ton Sunline MagnaDry dehumidification units. The MagnaDry Reheat Series packaged units remove moisture and use a reheat mode of operation that doesn't rely on electricity or natural gas. The units combine a high-efficiency single-package heating and cooling unit with an advanced dehumidification system that allows maximum dehumidification independent of the cooling load.
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Book for Waitstaff

The Wealthy Waiter is a book written for waiters and waitresses who could increase a restaurant's bottom line while building their own nest eggs. The authors outline how servers can improve their own lives while adding to the sales of the restaurant in which they work. They go on to show servers how to best channel their income to build toward their short- and long-term goals.
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Sandwich Boards

Walls + Forms Inc. offers Graphic Signage Boards that bring the original early 20th century advertising medium into a new era. Sandwich boards offer interchangeable graphic capability and are available in a tripod, standard A-Frame, and corner wall-mount design. All accept standard 24 × 36 posters and silk screen/vinyl decals on materials including marker board, Masonite and corrugated plastic.
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Banner Display

Walls + Forms Inc. introduces BannerStand, an adjustable height floor standing banner displayer. The platform features an adjustable banner height and has a square base. It is constructed of sturdy steel. Custom colors are available.
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Carpet Designs

Roma is one of several new Grand Plaza modular carpet designs from Milliken Hospitality that leverages the precision and dimensionality of its new high-definition technology. Roma's rich fleurs-de-lys and scrollwork project is available in nylon or 80/20 wool/nylon.
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Marketing Textbook

Hospitality and Tourism Marketing, the latest title published by the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, presents marketing as the driver of every hospitality and tourism business and the force that guides all hospitality decisions and actions. The book focuses on the strategic dimension of contemporary hospitality and tourism marketing management.
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Flat TV

Philips 32HF7543/37 widescreen flat TV delivers multiple LCD display technologies to produce razor sharp images and brilliant colors. The integrated SmartPlug provides seamless pay-per-view system connectivity.
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