Industry Comes Together at HiTec Show

By Cablefax Staff

Many are gathering in Minneapolis this week for HiTec, the world’s largest hospitality technology show. Ruckus Networks, part of CommScope, used the showcase to announce it has expanded its portfolio to include fiber-to-the-room.

It’s also teaming with several IoT vendors, including ASSA, ABLOY Global Solutions, AVSystem, Kontakt.io, Qubercomm, Telkonet and TraknProtect, to help hoteliers with a unified network infrastructure for services such as connected entry, safety buttons, energy management and location-based advertising.

Charter‘s commercial unit Spectrum Enterprise is also on the ground at HiTec this week, touting how TV for hospitality can improve the guest experience. Spectrum Enterprise Fiber Connect Plus with Moviebeam features more than 250 hours of exclusive free Showtime content, the latest pay movies, free movies and a variety of programming packages. Other features includes custom content and the ability for guests to cast from personal devices to the hotel TV.

It’s an important segment, with Hospitality Technology’s 2019 Lodging Technology Study finding that 42% of hotels plan to increase their tech budgets this year to upgrade guest WiFi, while 41% plan to upgrade or add smart TVs/streaming capabilities. Monday’s breakout sessions included a look at how tech can improve the front desk experience.

One firm hoping to help there is Broadband Hospitality, which recently merged with Allin Interactive. It’s offering a live video concierge capability for the DigiHD ITV and DigiMobile app for guest devices.

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Posted on: June 18, 2019

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