Solution Includes Revenue Sharing Business Model
|BLUE BELL, Pa. and NEW YORK, N.Y., May
6, 2004 - Unisys Corporation and KoolConnect Technologies have formed a
strategic alliance to provide advanced video-on-demand (VoD) and interactive
television services to the hospitality industry. This alliance
joins leading enterprises in hospitality technology and services and allows
hotels to offer guests VoD services that are considered the next "must
The joint Unisys/KoolConnect solution is being offered to qualified hotels with a no-expense, revenue-sharing business model that includes no up-front or ongoing subscription and support costs to the hotel. Key features include fully digital streaming video, DVD/VCR-like functionality, a wide range of content including some of Hollywood's biggest movie hits from the top studios, and custom branding where the host property may apply its own branding to the system.
"We were very impressed with KoolConnect's technology and felt that having the system supported by a company like Unisys was a real winning combination due to their experience and ability to deliver the high level of service that our guests expect," said Jack Stere, vice president of Operations for Capitol Hotel Group. "In today's competitive lodging market, it's important to stay ahead of the curve in terms of services and technology and we feel that this new VOD system will be extremely valuable to our guests."
Under this alliance, Unisys, a technology services company with a 50-year history of successfully serving companies in the travel and hospitality industries, will provide network design, deployment and support services for the new solution. KoolConnect, a leader in developing and providing futuristic streaming video technologies to the hospitality industry, will deliver application, architecture and content services.
Prior to formally introducing the new services at the June Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) show, KoolConnect has already signed several properties for the new solution, including the 900-room Boston Park Plaza and two properties owned and operated by Capitol Hotel Group. These properties join previous KoolConnect clients, the W San Diego and Westin Detroit Airport, who have been upgraded to the new technology platform and enrolled under Unisys support services.
Unisys and KoolConnect will be demonstrating their new Video on Demand/Interactive Television solution at the HITEC, June 22-24 at the Dallas Convention Center, Booths 636-638, in Dallas, Texas.
Weber Shandwick Worldwide for Unisys