INNOVATIONS IN HOTEL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
Silent Knight Secures Staybridge
The Staybridge Suites-Cleveland East, a three-story, 123-unit property in suburban Cleveland, is doing well. Until recently, however, the direction of its fire protection system was an issue. Literally.
“The majority of fire protection systems are installed horizontally,” says Dan Klag, owner and president of Cleveland-based Life Safety Systems, which, with engineering firm Thorson Baker, helped design the property's system. “Due to the nature of the hotel's construction, we were unable to use horizontal conduits. So instead of horizontal-type rungs of cabling, we used vertical risers as the backbone of the system's piping.” They also trimmed labor and material costs.
Klag recommended a system from Silent Knight, part of the Honeywell Life Safety group. He knew that system well.
“Before I founded Life Safety Systems, I was with a local electrical contractor, where I developed a technologies division,” says Klag. “While I was with this division, which specialized in fire protection systems, I became familiar with Silent Knight, particularly its Farenhyt product line.”
With more than 1,000 addressable points, the Farenhyt IFP-1000 Analog/Addressable Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP) is ideal for mid- to large-sized institutions like hotels, Klag says.
Staybridge representatives requested certain modifications to the system, necessitated by Staybridge's own stringent fire safety standards.
State code did not require smoke detection capabilities in the corridors of buildings equipped with sprinklers, Klag says. But Staybridge did, and the property owners complied. Further modifications followed, facilitated by the system's flexibility. “Almost anything that is asked of us can be accomplished with the core system we have in place,” Klag says.
“We put together a design that would trim installation cost and time, based on the vertical configuration,” he adds. “But without a product that could accommodate this design — a product that would help the owners achieve total code compliance — it would have all been for nothing.” Circle 100
ATM is a premier provider of both traditional and contemporary designed cabinets to blend the ATM with a hotel's decor. Elegant Designs and Extraordinary Solutions are two of its offerings. Circle 101
Spa Quality Shower
The new Sunbeam Shower-head Massagers 6911/6913 offer guests a refreshing spa-quality shower while minimizing water usage. Eight spray patterns use an estimated 2.5 gallons per minute. Rubber spray heads make for easy cleaning. Available in white and chrome. Circle 102
Found in many European hotels, the Corby pants presser is well known to Americans who travel overseas. It is particularly popular with guests who have a busy schedule and is great for business or leisure pants. Now distributed in the U.S. by Focus Products L.P. Circle 103
A new pay-per-view interface box from LG Electronics combines the Pro:Idiom digital rights management system, advanced digital TV tuner and auto-sensing remote jack pack capability. As properties upgrade to HDTV capability, the HCS5610 allows hoteliers to add features such as compatibility with LG's optional auto-sensing remote jack packs to their existing flatscreen monitors. Circle 104
The ZVOX 425 HS wireless wall-mount home theater creates surround sound from a single cabinet just five-inches deep. The design requires no external speakers, no external subwoofer and no speaker wires. Designed specifically for use in hotel guestrooms, the 425 HS is said to be simple to install and secure, integrates seamlessly with VOD/PPV systems, and allows management to preset all crucial audio levels to reduce noise complaints. Circle 105
Silver State Inc. announces Lush Life, the latest Crypton collection. Lush Life incorporates contemporary and edgy designs within the performance fabric, Crypton. The collection features oversized graphic motifs, textured boucles and opulent patterns with an edge and modern yarn-dyed stripes. Circle 106
Entertainment While Exercising
Life Fitness introduces an enhanced 17-inch diagonal widescreen attachable TV that complements both new and previously purchased Life Fitness cardiovascular equipment. Guests can control their own viewing experience and personalize their entertainment with an enhanced remote control for closed captioning, mute, previous channel and a numeric keypad. The HD-ready TV is ergonomically designed. Circle 107
Milliken Damask HD is a jacquard fabric that combines a soft, natural feel with performance and durability. The new high luster designs create a bolder, more distinct pattern effect with higher contrast. The damask products also retain their pattern definition and color after numerous launderings. Five patterns include Symphony, Over All Rose, Fleur-de-lis, Deco and Satin Blend. Custom patterns are also available. Circle 108
Electronic Locking System
VISIONLINE by VingCard is a new radio-frequency online electronic locking system for hotels. It was developed to offer hotel-iers a cost-effective way to facilitate reliable, wireless two-way communications from stand-alone electronic locks to the hotel's host security system. VISIONLINE provides total security control from one central location, utilizing RF-online communication capability that eliminates the need to travel to each guestroom to reprogram individual locks, identify and change low batteries, or cancel or re-encode cards. Circle 109
FollowMe Hospitality Print from Ringdale, Inc. brings connected services to hotels that cater to business travelers. With security built in to the solution, guests can print their own documents when it's convenient for them. The service enables guests to access the hotel's printers on their own laptops from the privacy of their rooms. Circle 110
NCR Corp. launched an enhanced hotel self-service kiosk solution, NCR Xpress Hotel. The next-generation self-check-in solution combines the strengths of NCR and its subsidiary, Kinetics, to deliver best-in-class software and hardware to the industry. NCR Express Hotel includes NCR ResortPort kiosk hardware, with a compact design that helps enable hotel operators to place the kiosk where it best serves hotel guests. It is also available with an optional integrated bidirectional passport reader and 2D bar-code imager. Circle 111
Sunbeam's new retractable cord hairdryers deliver up to 1,875 watts of power with salon-quality results, says the company. The units come with safety plugs and are available in a variety of colors. Circle 112
Rubbermaid Commercial Products offers an addition to its line of high-capacity Housekeeping Carts: the Triple Capacity Cleaning Cart. Providing maximum capacity in a minimum footprint, the new cart offers attractive and efficient waste and linen collection for front-of-house applications in the hospitality industry. The carts can also be customized in a variety of ways. Circle 113
Pineapple Hospitality supplies hotels with Environmentally Sensitive Amenities, a 100-percent biodegradable line of bottled soaps, shampoos and other products. They are said to deliver high quality for guests while helping hoteliers keep costs down and reduce the amount of waste entering landfills. Circle 114
Manitowoc Ice, Inc. introduces the S-Series 1470C air-cooled remote ice machine. With QuietCube technology, the 1470C is said to be 75 percent quieter than standard remotes due to the compressor and the condenser fan motor being housed in a remote condensing unit located away from the ice machine head section. The unit is one of the first ice machines to meet the Tier 3 energy efficiency specifications of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency. Circle 115
Soiree from Durkan is a transitional carpet collection. Available in both print and computer yarn placement designs, Soiree offers a variety of fun, stylish patterns. The collection includes one four-door rug, one 72-inch medallion, 12 broadloom patterns and five design borders. Circle 116
Vertical Systems Inc. (Vsi) has developed a variety of prepaid-card programs to help hotels streamline the billing process while offering guests access to business-center services. Included are the Group Card, Executive Card, Custom Card and Value Pass. The company ships the Prepaid Card Kit to the hotel at no charge. The hotel is billed only when the cards are used. Circle 117
The PowerTower from Gaia Power Technologies offers a single, turnkey inverter/battery package in a grid-tied configuration that is eligible for federal and state incentives. The unit accepts power from a wide range of renewable and traditional power sources and outputs clean, conditioned and uninterrupted AC power, regardless of source quality or weather. The PowerTower eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming self-assembly by including all balance-of-system components in a single unit ETL listed to UL 1741. Circle 118
Online Registration Service
SAFLOK launched the Reggie online registration service prototype. Via both the Internet and a convenient, portable and inexpensive mini keycard encoder, users can reserve and register their hotel rooms, encode their own keycards and then use the keycards to gain access to their assigned rooms without ever seeing the front desk. For the frequent traveler with multiple travel stops, Reggie enables users to bypass traditional check-in methods. When a booking is completed, it enters the properties into a standard PMS system. Circle 119
J.T. Eaton distributes Rodent Rock bait stations. The products are manufactured by J.L. Innovations. The patented plastic stations are designed to have the look and texture of granite, slate and sandstone rocks, thus blending in with the landscaping while protecting it from rats and mice. The stations are secured to the surface by PermaTite bait stakes, by liquid adhesive or by a 15.5-inch cable stake. Each station is capable of holding more than one pound of bait. Circle 120
Card Key Switches
Watt Stopper/Legrand has developed a line of card key switches to help hotels stop the energy waste of guestroom lighting being left on when no one is present. The switches comply with energy codes that require that hotel guestrooms have a master switch at the entrance of every room. The HS series switches enable or disable power to a select number of electric circuits and loads present inside a guestroom. Circle 121
Luxury Steam Showers
SteamSuite revamps the hotel bath by converting ordinary showers into luxury steam showers. The units take just one gallon of water to power a 20-minute steam bath. The units feature Wrinkle Free technology. Guests push a button and in minutes their outfit is wrinkle-free. The unit uses less than one quart of water to steam clothes. The generator's distribution center can be installed up to 50 pipe feet away from the shower enclosure, enabling numerous options for placement. Circle 122
Marinex tableware from Lancaster Colony Commercial Products features fully tempered and shock-resistant glass pieces designed to enhance the table or ambiance with a clear elegance when used together as a set or as an accent. Selections are available in clear glass, as well as special order amber, blue or smoked glass colors. Circle 123
Newmarket International, Inc. introduces Delphi 9.5 to help companies transform their sales performance and strategy. The enhancements, features and functionality enable companies to maximize rates and revenues, streamline processes and create memorable experiences for their customers. Circle 124
United Receptacles introduces Avenue by Howard Products steel outdoor receptacles. The design is inspired by elegant wrought iron of yesteryear, with steel mesh detailing and strong vertical rails to create a charming yet avant-garde effect. Four models range in size from 16-gallon to 46-gallon capacities. Circle 125
Tropitone Furniture Co. launched the Ovation EZ Span Collection as a contemporary and upscale alternative to traditional strap furniture for resorts and luxury hotels. Large oval castings at the front and back of the wide and slightly crowned-shaped arms of the chair, in addition to an extra wide stretcher on the back of the chair, give the collection durability as well as style. Circle 126
Black & Decker Hardware and Home Improvement Group launched K2 Commercial Hardware, a collection of stylish industrial door hardware solutions that includes cylindrical and tubular levers, deadbolts, door closers and exit devices. Fusing durability and innovation, K2 products create simple, cost-effective solutions for commercial property access and security. Circle 127
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