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HTNG has released a number White Papers. These efforts reflect hundreds of hours of contributions from some of the best hotel, engineering, and marketing minds in the business.
The first White Paper, released in June 2005 and titled “Convergence: Hotel Technology for Today and Tomorrow,” addresses the issue of network infrastructure in hotels. For years, hotels have been built with separate networks to support different applications, including in-room entertainment systems, telephony, high-speed Internet, building control systems, and administrative systems. The hotel CIO/CTO community has known for years that the redundancy in cabling is costly, and that the historical approach made it difficult to get these different systems to work cooperatively. This White Paper makes the business case for migrating hotels to a single converged network; identifies the alternative infrastructures that should be the targets; and considers the key applications that need to coexist – entertainment, Internet access, telephony, and room controls.
The second White Paper from 2005, “The Guest of the Future: In-Room Technology Preferences Today and Tomorrow” represents an amazing view into the needs of tomorrow’s guests, and what it will take to satisfy them. Hotel rooms being built today will, over the course of their lifetime, be occupied mostly by people who are still under 30, or even 20. Their expectations will not be the same as today’s travelers, and if the hospitality industry is to succeed at meeting those expectations, it needs to understand how the expectations of younger generations differ from those of older ones – and how they are likely to continue to evolve over time.
The third White Paper, released in June 2006, is "A Guide for Understanding Wireless in Hospitality." The advanced communication and wireless capabilities provided by a converged network allow hotels to offer new or improved communication and entertainment services to guests, and to equip staff to respond to guest needs in real time. In addition to answering general deployment question for wireless networks, this discusses various wireless technologies that exist today, and those that will be available in the near future. An extensive glossary is also included to help readers better understand the terms used in the wireless world.
The fourth White Paper, also from 2006, is titled "Next Generation Converged Media Set-Top Box: Guestroom Technology Convergence". It outlines a converged end-point, located in the guest room, that acts as the platform to connect all guest-facing and concealed entertainment, communication, and in-room control functions.
Hotels are constantly challenged to delivering WiFi connectivity, mobile phone signals, two-way radio, paging, and other radio-frequency based services. Guests and staff need pervasive coverage, and owners need a future-proof solution with at least somewhat predictable costs.
When hotels are looking to upgrade from older, analog CRT-based television technologies to current and future standards such as flat-panel displays, digital signals, and high-definition, they face a bewildering array of issues. Many hotels have discovered that upgrading to flat-panel displays is nowhere near as simple or inexpensive as they thought, because many older infrastructures cannot deliver acceptable quality pictures on newer, digital displays.
New rules issued by the major card brands in the United States related to EMV technology go into effect on October 1, 2015, which has generated a lot of questions from hoteliers looking to understand what EMV is, what they need to do to support it and what happens if they aren’t ready by October. There has been a lot of hype in the news media about EMV, with varying levels of accuracy, unfortunately making it difficult to separate fact from fiction. This paper is intended to clarify the subject of EMV and to equip hoteliers with the information needed to make the right decisions for their business.