IoT Evolution: The IoT Comes to Hospitality with First Smart Hotels

Written by Ken Briodagh

The Connected Home is becoming a thing of the present, and, thanks to a new project from CytexOne, so is the Connected Home-away-from-home.

CytexOne is a developer of intelligent, connected environments, and it has launched a new initiative called CytexOne Hospitality, which is said to be the first and only company dedicated to creating and managing smart hotel environments. The goal is to deploy IoT solutions for hospitality businesses that will improve staff productivity, guest comfort and building energy efficiency and security while maintaining a connected environment.

Network World: How the hospitality industry is embracing the Internet of Things

How the hospitality industry is embracing the Internet of Things

There’s no question that the Internet of Things can make an enterprise more efficient. The harmonizing of sensors, devices, and data harmonized into one system gives rise to context-aware computation and enables the environment to respond instantly to change, be it in temperature, light, movement or other factors. This not only brings numerous new opportunities, but also significant cost savings, music to the ears of today’s business leaders.

Welcome to CytexOne Hospitality, the World’s First Smart Hotel Business

We are pleased to announce the formation of CytexOne Hospitality LLC, the first and only company dedicated to creating and managing smart hotel environments. And we had a few very kind words from 451 Research’s Brian Partridge:

“Given its years of experience, CytexOne is a great example of a company on the pioneering side of the IoT curve. While IoT will have a role to play in several industries, we anticipate demand will be particularly strong in the hospitality segment. Resorts and hotels can use IoT systems to enhance guest experiences while also reducing their overall energy costs which is a recipe for compelling ROI.”

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We’re Talking Smart Hotels at This Week’s IoT Summit!

This week we are teaming up with Control 4 to tackle a very hot topic: designing and delivering Internet of Things technologies for Smart Hotels and Hospitality organizations. Our panel, “IoT that Sizzles: The Hospitality Industry’s Three-in-One Value Proposition,”will explore IoT opportunities in hospitality, in-app commerce-driven apps and sensor and device-driven productivity services. The panel will also explore real-world energy efficiency and managed security IoT deployments at premier hotels and resorts.

Press Coverage: Barron’s – New TVs, New Advisors

by Glenn Kenny

The world of home entertainment technology is evolving at breakneck speed. In the same way flat-screen televisions made the tube television as quaint as a rotary phone virtually overnight, the once familiar plasma display panels are now on the way out.

They are being replaced by 4K display, which delivers 4,000 pixels of resolution, a huge leap over the current home high-definition format, which maxes out at 1,080 pixels. The 4K display televisions range in size from 39 to 85 inches and prices, accordingly, range from $500 to $40,000.

Bed Bugs of the Internet

Am I really vulnerable?

Why risk the well-being of your home and business when you can take simple precautions to ensure that they are safe and secure? For the sake of this discussion, we don’t mean having an alarm system installed or contracting with a central monitoring station. The risk we’re referring to is more virtual in nature, something you can’t see, hear or touch, and unfortunately, you won’t even notice it until the damage has been done.

Child’s Play

A bright, colorful touchscreen is tough for any kid to ignore. And although they are meant to be touched, those eye-catching buttons can cause real havoc around the house when poked by the curious fingers of a 5-year-old. Unbeknownst to you, that little rascal has reset the thermostats and disarmed the security system. Given the amazing technical aptitude of most kids, he may have even discovered how to get at the R-rated movies you keep on your own DVR.

Automation for Insomniacs

Restless, sleepless nights: they happen to everyone. Whether you can’t wind down, relax your mind or simply get comfortable, insomnia is bound to strike. If you suffer from occasional sleep deprivation, there are home technologies that can help. Their effectiveness might not be scientifically proven, but the when they’re set up correctly they’ll at least create an atmosphere that’s conducive to catching a few zzzzzs.

Sweet Lullaby. Soft, gentle music can ease you into sleep, and there’s no better way to do this than with a whole-house music system that can be programmed to play sleep-inducing music over the bedroom speakers. A home systems installer can set up the system to send tunes to the bedroom every night at 11 p.m., for example. Conversely, the upbeat, loud music can go to the room promptly at 6 a.m. every weekday morning as your automated wake-up call.

Fade to Black. As the music plays, a lighting system can gradually lower the intensity of the lights over whatever time period you specify. It’s a nice feature for anyone in the family, especially kids who may be afraid of the dark. Like the music, the adjustments of the lights can happen automatically, or you can activate the features by tapping a button on a keypad, touchpanel, your smartphone or tablet.

Curtain Calls. If your bedroom has motorized draperies or shades, add them to the bedtime routine. Per a predetermined schedule, they can close to block out the sun and provide the privacy you need for peaceful slumber.

Pathway Lights. Nothing sabotages sleep like bright lights do, so rather than have the bedroom (and bathroom) fixtures go to full brightness when you turn them on for a midnight trip to the bathroom, a lighting control system can keep them at a level that’s easier on the eyes, from the hours of 11 p.m. until 6 a.m., for example.

If you suffer from insomnia, ask your home systems installer about these and other routines he can set up put you on a path to a better night’s sleep.


Get Your Motor Running

It’s okay to put motors in your home theater or media space. Really, it is. There will be no grease or exhaust fumes to contend with–just pure ease and enjoyment when you incorporate them into the space wisely. Over the years, manufacturers have developed a variety of clever motorized electronics products; they’ll not only appeal to your tech-savvy side, but will provide plenty of  practical benefits, too, like helping maintain a clean room aesthetic and enhancing the performance of an A/V system.

In a dedicated theater you may not mind leaving a huge projection screen and video projector out in the open for all to admire. But if your media space doubles as a family room, you, or at least someone in your family, may want to keep the technology under wraps until it’s time to watch a movie. A 120-inch piece of white synthetic material might look magnificent when it’s displaying a bright, vivid picture, but it adds nothing to the décor when it’s blank. So, if you’d rather let a room’s design and architecture be the eye candy during non-viewing times, motorized lifts can be a multipurpose media room’s saving grace.

Like the equipment they’ll be moving, lifts come in a variety of styles, differing in how much weight they can move, how far they can travel, how quietly they can operate, and how they’re intended to be installed. Consequently, you’ll need to gather the crucial equipment specs before buying a lift (your CE pro can handle all of this for you). Just as important, you’ll need to determine if your theater has the proper structural support. Combined, the lift and the projector can add up to a heavy load for the joists in the ceiling to bear. Moreover, there needs to be enough clearance within the ceiling for the projector and mount to rest, as well as ample air ventilation. Ceiling clearance can also be an issue for a retractable screen. And both lifts will need access to electrical power. Finally, there’s the throw distance to consider. Projectors vary in how far they can “throw” an image across the room and onto the screen. The length of the room, the size of the screen and the capabilities of the projector will all impact its ideal location. It’s quite possible that this spot isn’t up to snuff structurally—just one more reason to hire a pro for this potentially complicated installation.

Smart Doorlocks: the Darlings of Automation

Electronic door locks hit the home electronics market a few years ago, and since then have skyrocketed in popularity. Over the years they’ve also gotten smarter, and easier to integrate into a complete home automation package. Naturally, they offer a new level of home protection, but when tied to a home automation system they can also be the “trigger” point for many interesting automation scenarios.

One of the most common features that a home systems integrator can unlock (pardon the pun) is having the smart lock text an alert to you whenever someone disengages it. Since smart locks can be programmed open only when certain preset codes are entered, the text can tell you specifically which code was used to open the door. This way, you’ll be able to confirm if it was the kids, the babysitter, the housekeeper, your mother-in-law or someone else.

Through proper integration of the lock and programming of the automation system, an unlock signal can also trigger certain lights in the house to turn on, motorized draperies to open … anything at all that makes your house feel more welcoming. When you leave and engage the lock, the opposite can happen: all lights off, drapes closed, etc.

Embedded with wireless technologies like Wi-Fi and Z-Wave, electronic locks are able to communicate easily with any other device on these networks, making them a fairly easy addition to your home. They don’t look too shabby, either. New models feature built-in touchscreens and illuminated keypads for aesthetic appeal and improved usability.

Of course, locks will always be a mainstay of a well-secured home, but with new technology built-in, they’re capable of so much more. Be sure to discuss all the options with your home systems integrator.