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Automation can also help reduce energy
usage. The 1 Hotel franchise specifically focuses on energy consciousness
on many levels − providing guests with
room details such as LED bulbs, filters
in all taps, sinks and showers, and a
complimentary Tesla electric vehicle
and a bicycle valet service at the Central
Park location. All 229 guest rooms are
outfitted with automated lighting fixtures, and the lobby is illuminated
with over 250 zones of automated
lighting, which the staff can change at
a moment's notice.
The lighting scenes reduce energy
usage by being set to "off" as often as
possible. For example, a sensor can activate them by detecting when a guest
walks into a room, or the lights can
be set to turn on and off based on the
time of day or even the sunset. Guests
enjoy the automated experience, but
behind the scenes management gets the
major benefit. All of the devices in the
rooms can be controlled from the master system so that nothing is running
when it shouldn't be. Keeping several
hundred light bulbs off and thermostats down makes a huge difference in
energy consumption.

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REDUCING ENERGY USAGE

1 Hotel Central Park

TEAM DEPLOYMENT
AND MAINTENANCE
The energy management features in an
automation system can benefit any hotel
to keep operational costs down, and this
information can also be used to improve
service team deployment and room
maintenance. By using electronic donot-disturb, hoteliers can detect which
floors have the most rooms closed off
to cleaning each morning to properly
deploy service teams. Sensors or status
of connected devices in the automation
system can also work in hoteliers' favor
by indicating which devices are working
or when HVAC units, for example, need
maintenance or need to be replaced.
Instead of waiting for a guest to report
that a light is out or a TV isn't working, the hotel can respond proactively
by receiving notification through the
system that a device is down, taking the
room out of guest rotation and deploying
a team to correct the issue.
Creating these systems is no easy
task, as each one is custom-generated
for both the hotel guests' and operational needs by integrators, in cooperation with designers, architects and
engineering teams. When the process
is started, the integrator will determine each hotel's goal for the system -
guest comfort, reduced energy usage,

or operational efficiency - and will
design and select product accordingly.
But regardless of the expectations of the
clientele or management, technology
in any hotel has one thing in common:
it must be easy to use, or it won't get
used at all. If the guest cannot figure
out how to use the automation system
within the first few seconds of touching
the remote, touch screen or keypad that
controls it, the experience could quickly
become negative.
Hospitality technology is an investment, and it takes a great deal of coordination and customization to get it right.
While many are special cases now, these
examples of technology will become the
standard in hospitality. As these technologies continue to advance, hoteliers
will find new ways to use them for
improved guest experience and operational efficiency.
■
Bill Lally is the president
of hospitality integration
firm Mode:Green. He
has extensive experience
and background in a
variety of areas ranging
from commercial audiovisual and
control systems to energy management,
broadcast, recording, post-production
and hospitality.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - March 2018

Letter From the Chairman
Letter From the President & CEO
#AAHOACON18 Spotlight
Government Affairs & Advocacy
The C-Suite
Common Ground
Elevate Yourself to a Higher Role in the Industry
Next-Level Housekeeping via Technology
Mentoring Matters
Small Business
Finance
Marketing
Technology
Compliance & Legal
Leadership
Guest Experience
Aahoa Founding Members
Classifieds
Advertiser Index
Back of the House
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Intro
Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - cover1
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Letter From the Chairman
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Letter From the President & CEO
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - #AAHOACON18 Spotlight
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Government Affairs & Advocacy
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - The C-Suite
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Common Ground
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Elevate Yourself to a Higher Role in the Industry
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Next-Level Housekeeping via Technology
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Mentoring Matters
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Small Business
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Compliance & Legal
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Leadership
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Guest Experience
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Aahoa Founding Members
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Classifieds
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Advertiser Index
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Today's Hotelier - March 2018 - Back of the House
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