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2021 INTEGRATION AWARDS Hotel/Hospitality
BOXBUILD:
BLOC HOTELS
CONTROL SYSTEM
Boxbuild, Crestron help
Bloc Hotels adapt existing
hardware with connected
hotel solution SYMBIoT
By Zachary Comeau
BLOC HOTELS, a U.K.-based hotel chain
known for its innovative design of hotel
rooms, realized they had to adapt their
existing hardware and create inventive
software to realize their vision of offering a
superior experience for guests. They needed
a control backbone that would be both
resilient and secure.
" Initially, we wanted to develop a completely
new hotel stay experience for our
customers that was seamless, touchless,
and secure, " explains Olivier Delaunoy,
Bloc Hotels' Chief Technology Officer.
" However, the technology we needed to
control our rooms was not available, as no
one had attempted this before in the hotel
industry. "
Boxbuild, a hospitality-focused integrator,
offers a connected hotel solution
SYMBIoT, which gives guests total control
directly from their mobile device. SYMBIoT
While the system was designed before COVID-19 disrupted the world, the fact that it
reduces contact with surfaces that are commonly touched is a very fortunate by-product.
is the brain at the centre of next generation,
smart hotel rooms.
Bloc Hotels turned to Crestron and
SYMBIoT to create this experience. A
contactless technology solution, SYMBIoT
provides a bespoke cloud-based room
control management system that integrates
with the hotel's property management and
POS systems to control the entire hotel
experience and environment.
The solution allows guests to control door
entry, lights, climate, blinds, and TV in the
room from their own smartphone or tablet,
as well as check in and out. They can even
operate the elevators and be guided to their
room. There's also no need for a key card
or for guests to download an app. Nothing
else is needed to access the system.
" Guests receive a confirmation email
with a clickable electronic key, and away
they go! What's more, it's included with
their stay. For those guests who prefer the
more familiar analog methods, such as key
cards, the hotel offers that option, as well.
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This marks a huge shift at the right time! "
says Delaunoy.
Bloc Hotels plans to open additional
hotels in the near future and will roll out this
technology to all of them. SYMBIoT is also
making the technology available for implementation
at other hotel chains.
Equipment Highlights
(all Crestron)
C3-Series Control System
AV3 3-Series Control System
CP3 3-Series Media Presentation
Controller 101 MPC3-101 DIN
Rail 60 Watt Cresnet Power Supply
DIN-PWS60 DIN Rail High-Voltage
Switch with Digital Inputs DIN8SW8I
Digital QMT Shade Motor
for QMT3 Series CSMI-QMTDC163-1-EX
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