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Le Meurice Paris Tunes In to iHome®

At the forefront of design, comfort and technology, guests of the Parisian Palace
now wake to their personalized and preferred iPod music

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Visit Booth No. 3346 at the International Hotel/Motel &
Restaurant Show, Nov. 9-11

RAHWAY, N.J. — NOVEMBER 5, 2008 — Hotel Technologies, an affiliate of SDI Technologies and leading worldwide manufacturer of award-winning iPod® accessories, has made yet another French connection with its iHome™ in-room digital alarm clock radio with iPod docking/charging station. Through its distribution partnership with Colombes, France-based Comtrade (www.comtrade.fr), iHome is now installed in 160 guestrooms and suites at the legendary five-star Le Meurice Hotel in Paris. 

“Le Meurice is at the forefront of design and technology, and therefore we continually strive to offer the best service and amenities to our guests,” said Lorraine Bossi, Le Meurice purchasing manager. “That means making iPod accessories, such as iHome, readily available in our guestrooms so that guests can listen to – and even wake-up to -- their personal music selections.

“Because the iPod has become an essential part of day-to-day life -- at home, in the car, outdoors, on the plane, and now at the hotel -- it only made sense for us to add the Hotel Technologies’ iHome to our guestrooms,” she said. “iHome enables guests at Le Meurice to feel at home by listening to and waking to their own music while charging their iPod for their next day of sightseeing or business in the City of Light."

Le Meurice is a luxury hotel in the heart of Paris with a prestigious location between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre on the fashionable rue de Rivoli. Following centuries in which Le Meurice has played host to international royalty, fashion designers and countless public figures, this five-star Paris hotel is a place where history and the latest fashionable trends meet.

“Le Meurice is a hotel that epitomizes luxury, elegance and tradition,” said Chris Gowdy, Hotel Technologies Vice President, Sales Division. “In addition to providing impeccable service, Le Meurice perfectly blends classic design with modern technology, as witnessed by placing our iHome on 18th-century style furniture of each of the rooms. 

“Hotel Technologies is committed to designing innovative products and smart design concepts that are in tune with today’s technology and travelers,” he said. “Likewise Le Meurice is in tune with its guests and the lively rhythm and elegance of one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Paris. The combination of iHome and Le  Meurice brings together the best in design innovation and superior sound with the pinnacle of comfort and splendor. We’re absolutely delighted to be part of the Le Meurice experience by providing their guests with enhanced functionality and customized listening options.”

Tuned into Guest Expectations

iHome, available in black, white or silver, requires little set up as it comes with auto-set™ technology; the time is already set and includes FM pre-set buttons, allowing staff to set four popular stations as an added convenience. The “Gentle Wake Alarm” feature wakes sleepers up gradually with increasing volume.
 
“When the iPod is plugged onto the socket of the iHome, its battery is automatically charged,” Bossi said. “Furthermore, the radio alarm/stereo can be programmed either for sleep or wake up, softly or dynamically, with the sound gradually increasing from higher or lower, all without affecting the alarm, or the user’s sound settings. It’s a great way to provide true hospitality through technology.”

iHome will be on display in Booth 3346 at the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show Nov. 9-11 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Call Chris Gowdy at (908) 419-0086 to pre-schedule an appointment.

About iHome and Hotel Technologies

Hotel Technologies was established in 2005 as a division of SDI Technologies to market SDI’s iHome and Timex clock radios and iPod electronics to the hotel trade.  The first iHome product introduced, the iPod Clock Radio, was an unqualified success that became the top-selling iPod accessory for the year, and firmly established iHome as the premier brand in the iPod electronics market.  Since then, iHome has been at the forefront of design with a growing lineup of award-winning iPod-compatible audio products that includes portable and home speaker systems, as well as new lines of mobile phone and computer speakers. 

Acknowledged for its innovative features, unique designs, and advanced technology, iHome has already garnered several prestigious industry awards and recently expanded its offerings via licensing agreements with Microsoft and Bluetooth to develop audio electronics for their respective media devices and technologies.

iHome supports its franchise with national print, broadcast, online, and outdoor advertising campaigns, and the company’s products can be found worldwide in 54 countries or on the web at www.ihomeaudio.com.

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Contact:

Chris Gowdy
VP Sales
Hotel Technologies
cgowdy@sditech.com
Tel: 908-419-0086
 

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Also See: iHome™ Named ‘Best Alarm Clock’ by THE WEEK; iHome(tm) Named 'Best Alarm Clock' by THE WEEK; Hotel Technologies' iPOD stereo alarm clock radio continues to win top honors / February 2007
‘Award Winning’ iHome ‘In Tune’ with Guests’ Entertainment, Travel Needs / March 2006


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