Donâ€™t be surprised if you bump into ultra modern electronic equipment in your hotel rooms the next time you check in – In-room electronic connectivity for hotels is becoming a widespread reality soon enough, and thatâ€™s exactly why all hotels and consumers alike should take notice of this emerging technology.
What are in-room electronic devices when it comes to the hospitality sector?
These devices can be anything – from the ceiling fan above you to the music system next to you. The idea is simple. Take his for example – a TV remote lets you switch channels and change volumes among others. The in-room electronic devices are something similar to that. You can pretty much control your curtains, lighting or music with your smartphone, without having to physically move an inch. All a guest needs to do is to sync their phone along with the smart device inside the room, and he will have full control over it.
How do in-room electronic devices work?
The answer lies in a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chip, that will simply be embedded on any smart device inside the hotel, allowing them to monitor and measure the activity in the real world. As with any computing device, devices with In-room electronic connectivity for hotels will have some computing power hidden under the hood, which allows them to analyze incoming information and transmit it. Future roadmaps for these devices also reveal that manufacturers are pushing for a more interactive relationship between the device and the owner. Your hotel refrigerator could possibly tell you of what is in stock, what is fresh and what needs to be thrown into the trash. The same goes for curtains that automatically detect lighting conditions and position themselves. It is estimated that in 2020, about 50,000 billion devices will be connected to the Internet in order to provide citizens with a range of smart services and applications, that we have never been exposed to before.
Why do we need them?
In room electronic devices have a number of benefits for both the hotel business and the guests. We are not talking about one off, small scale benefits. This technology will play a major part in how we live our lives.
Letâ€™s look into some high level advantages:
- Simplifies operations and accelerates processes – you do not need to install multiple physical switches or put in effort to operate each of them.
- Small changes, big impact – connect devices anywhere in your hotel enterprise business systems and observe the big difference in saving money and time.
- More satisfied customers – any information helps determine the products and experiences that your customers are looking for. By studying behavior patterns and anticipating trends you basically give your customers what they want, even before they know they want it.
- New business opportunities – more smart devices results in a wider information flow and a new world of possibilities. To a restless mind, this directly translates into other business opportunities.
- Agility – the handling of information allows better and faster response to competition, changes in the hospitality industry, customer demand and changing market conditions.
- Let your devices talk – sensors embedded on these devices can tell you which rooms need services and repairs on the go. A nonfunctioning air cooler will immediately alert your staff that it needs your attention. Devices in your hotel business can create a whole new level of efficiency if you allow them to talk to each other, with your employees and customers.