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The following webinars are listed in chronological order and are available at no cost to members of HTNG. A special thank you to our members who have dedicated their time to share their expertise with you.
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Presenter - Frank Jewett, VP of Hospitality, UIEvolution, Inc.
Presenter - Brian Hamilton, Senior Director of Global Risk Products, Visa, Inc.
Presenter - Yanick Pouffary, Chief Technologist, Mobility & Networking Technology Services, HP Enterprise
Bluetooth has become ubiquitous in mobile phones, and is gaining traction in other aspects of technology - but how can hotels leverage recent advancements in Bluetooth? This session covers the technology behind Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy while identifying different capabilities and use cases that each technology enables. you will leave this session with a deep understanding of the technology and the potential innovations it may enable in your hotels.
Presenter - Frank Jewett, Executive Director of Product Solutions, UIEvolution, Inc.
Exploding bandwidth needs and wireless coverage are driving the importance of a robust and reliable wireless network in hotels. This session covers recent advancements and deployment strategies for wireless technology in the hospitality industry. Consumer devices and the evolution of wireless technology are also discussed at length in this webinar. Other topics include:
Presenter - Perry Correl, Principal Technologist, Xirrus
The session includes vital information about PON and its importance to the hospitality industry. If you are planning on upgrading your network infrastructure of building a new network, this webinar will provide insight into a cabling infrastructure with an expected lifetime of several decades. Topics covered in this session include:
Presenter - Greg Dawes, Senior Sales Engineer, Zhone Technologies
Small cell technology can improve cellular coverage at your properties. This session covers the basics of small cells and shares how best to leverage that technology in the hospitality industry. This session will explain small cells and provide insights into deploying this technology. It will cover the future of small cells as 4G becomes the standard for cellular communications. Topics covered in the session include:
What are small cells?
Power & Back-haul requirements:
The Future of Small Cells
Presenter - Jim Parker, Senior Manager – Antenna Solutions Group, AT&T Services, Inc.
Are you evaluating fiber optics as an alternative to copper cabling in hotels? Do you want to know more about this bandwidth-expanding solution? If so, then consider this webinar. Fiber 101 represents the first webinar in a series from the HTNG Fiber to the Room Workgroup. Fiber optic types, construction, benefits, performance and other related topics are presented.
Presenter - Dave Cunningham, Enterprise Market Manager, Corning MobileAccess
Wi-Fi is a critical product offering for hospitality, rapidly becoming a must-have service, but sometimes difficult utility to manage efficiently. A Cisco consulting engineer takes viewers through a summary of Wi-Fi trends that are impacting hospitality, provide system design guidelines, optimization tips and best practices for hospitality deployment of Wi-Fi technologies and provide a look into the future of Wi-Fi offerings.
Presenter - Nick Irvine, Consulting Systems Engineer, Cisco Systems Inc.
The adoption of smartphones and tablets will grow with a 30% CAGR through 2014. 90% of these devices will be Wi-Fi™ enabled with a projection that 64% of all mobile IP traffic will be video by 2013. Hoteliers are confronted with supporting this proliferation of guest mobile devices and guest applications on the hotel’s wireless LAN along with new staff devices. This webinar will explore the direction of these devices, the types of applications guests and staff will be using, the new IEEE 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, what hoteliers should be planning for and how they can leverage their Wireless LAN to improve operational efficiency and engage their guest better by providing new guest services to ensure a great guest experience.
Presenter - Cal Calamari, Senior Consultant, Motorola Solutions
Connecting video devices in a guestroom, or even in other locations throughout hotels has always been problematic. The right connector always seems to be missing, or the available input/output jacks aren't compatible. Learn about a new industry standard from the Wi-Fi Alliance that should help make those issues a thing of the past.
Miracast™ is a solution for seamlessly displaying video between devices, without cables or a network connection. Users can do things like view pictures from a smartphone on a big screen television, share a laptop screen with a conference room projector in real-time or watch live programs from a home cable box on a tablet. Miracast connections are formed using Wi-Fi Direct™, so access to a Wi-Fi® network is not needed. The technology is particularly suited for hotel applications because it works across a variety of devices, regardless of brand. Connections are easy to set up and use since the devices choose the appropriate settings automatically.
Presenter - Kevin Robinson, Senior Marketing Manager, Wi-Fi Alliance
802.1x Security Standard (2012)
For well over the last decade, security has played a major role in any LAN and Wireless-LAN infrastructure. One of the earlier security concerns that many industries had was how can they authenticate a user or a device before it gains access to a network medium. IEEE developed the 802.1x standard to address these security concerns. The 802.1x standard (Port-Based Network Access Control) takes advantage of some of the physical properties of the IEEE 802 standard and creates an Authentication, Authorization and Accounting framework.
The 802.1x standard was initially created to address access control on the LAN. However, because wireless networks were quickly becoming the preferred medium and thus extending a company network infrastructure, IEEE later modified the 802.1x standard to include 802.11/WLAN. As more and more industries, especially the hospitality industry, extend their networks (LAN and WLAN) into public areas, the network infrastructure needs to have a security mechanism to control access where a user/device is allowed to go and create an audit trail. This webinar includes a brief history of 802.1x, the components of its framework, how it works, the advantages and disadvantages, and how it can be incorporated into an existing infrastructure. The targeted audience for this webinar is anyone with basic to intermediate network knowledge who is looking to better understand this technology and how it can enhance their network infrastructure from a security perspective.
Presenter - James Holder - Senior Network Engineer, Swisscom Hospitality
802.11u Wi-Fi (2012)
Mobile data requirements are doubling every year and are already starting to overwhelm data networks. Major Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) worldwide have embraced offload to Wi-Fi as the only practical solution. However, roaming connections to Wi-Fi are rarely automatic or instantaneous, if available at all. The 802.11u specification addresses this problem by facilitating automated connections and handoff between cellular and Wi-Fi, and it potentially enables usage tracking for revenue sharing among roaming agreements. In addition, the 802.11u specification is really a next generation, improved WiSPr protocol. As such, the new specification will improve the usage, security, and roaming in hotspots like no technology before it.
Interest has continued to grow in the role of Wi-Fi in the public arena. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), struggling to cope with the deluge of data being sent to and from Wi-Fi enabled devices such as smartphones and mobile-connected tablets and notebooks, are considering Wi-Fi hotspots as a means of offloading their congested cellular services. MNO’s are also considering Wi-Fi as a tool for retaining customers and attracting new ones. Existing hotspot operators will be presented with opportunities to embrace new revenue streams and business models as the market evolves. The industry is addressing the primary shortcoming of the Wi-Fi hotspot (ease-of-use) with new technology and standards based on IEEE 802.11u which promises enhanced network selection and roaming capabilities that will make Wi-Fi as easy to use as a cellular service.
This webinar covers the how the 802.11u standard improves security, the ease of use for end users, and authentication of Wi-Fi hotspots; what the standard includes; and a projected timeline on the release.
Matthew FitzGerald – Senior Systems Engineer – Hospitality, Ruckus Wireless
Rob Fowler – Business Development Director, HP Networking
HSIA & Bandwidth Management for Hospitality (2011)
The Internet has become a part of almost everybody’s daily routine, for business, personal interest or both. Guests, often with more than one device and with access to premium or HD content, have increasing demands on internet service. Hoteliers and system providers who are trying to keep up with these demands will benefit from this webinar to learn more about ways to manage this.
This webinar outlines what guests are expecting from their hotels’ HSIA, covers current and future technology trends, and also provides strategies on how to improve this guest and corporate amenity. The Infrastructure Resource Team arranged for Elfiq Networks to lead this webinar on the subject to provide clear information about bandwidth management options. The session will outline best practices and what other properties are leveraging in the small-to-midsize hotel space as well as the larger properties.
Presenter - JP Hebert - Vice-President of Business Development, Elfiq Networks
Vendors are pushing virtualization to solve nearly every technology problem, without explaining what it is or why it will help. Servers, networks, and even workstations are all coming under the virtualization umbrella. This webinar helps explain what virtualization is and how it might benefit your organization when planning for new services and technologies. HTNG’s Infrastructure Resource Team's focus includes the opportunities and challenges of Network Virtualization, so they arranged for LGEricsson to lead a webinar on the subject to provide clear information about network design options. The session helps separate fact from myth, discussing several technologies and their applicability – or lack thereof – in the small-to-midsize hotel space.
Presenter - Iain Kenney, Director of Product Marketing, LG-Ericsson
Hospitality Optical Transport - GPON (2011)
The bandwidth to support guests is ever-increasing and the convergence of multiple services over an IP infrastructure is adding to thatincreasing demand. Traditionally, copper has been used to provide the transport for the different services such as telephone, TV, and Internet access, but the increasing costs of copper coupled with the decreasing fiber-optic cable costs and increasing bandwidth demands, has made the use of optical fiber more attractive. This presentation will cover the different fiber deployment options like Active Ethernet and PON, the equipment required for each option, and an analysis of when a fiber deployment makes sense.
Presenter - Greg Dawes, Systems Engineer, Zhone Technologies.
Long Term Evolution (LTE) Cellular Systems (2011)
Long-Term Evolution (LTE) is the newest version of 4G cellular technology now being deployed, and it has important implications for hotel wireless network design and cellular coverage support. More and more guests are using smart phones and tablet PCs to collaborate with colleagues and/or access personal content in the guest room. How will the introduction of LTE-enabled smart phones and tablet PCs impact the guests' expectations of in-room entertainment services (i.e., voice, Internet access, and TV services)? Cathy also discusses the impact of LTE on the hotel's existing LAN, WLAN, and cellular infrastructure.
The content is most appropriate for financial and general management members, rather than for technical staff.
Presenter - Cathy Zatloukal, Principal, 5thGenWireless