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Miami and Niantic, Conn. — March 15, 2011 — When the Bardessono Hotel in Yountville, Calif., deployed the Room Expeditor (REX) tool from MTech in March 2009, it became the first property in the world to equip its room attendants with an iPod Touch to instruct them on which is the next most important "vacant" room to clean, based on a collection of variables. Today, the 62-room luxury property, managed by MTM Luxury Lodging, is first once again to benefit from streamlined technology integration between MTech's REX and INNCOM's Integrated Room Automaton System (IRAS) that now alerts staff when stay-over rooms also are ready to be refreshed.
"Being able to integrate REX with the INNCOM IRAS provides tremendous value from a guest-service standpoint," said Chuck Marratt, MTM's Vice President, Information Technology. "Previously, when a guest checked out, the vacant room would be placed into queue and cleaned based on the readiness of its next occupant, the next guest's VIP status or other pertinent criteria. Today, because the INNCOM system detects if a physical body is in the room or if the room is empty, it has been tied directly to REX to notify staff in real time when a stay-over room is unoccupied and therefore able to be cleaned.
REX works in tandem with MTech’s Hotel Service Optimization System or HotSOS (pronounced hot sauce). HotSOS manages guest profiling, guest response, incident tracking, service recovery tracking, workflow automation, preventive maintenance, room inspections and MOD logs. Built on a “Software as a Service” (SaaS) platform, REX is easy to deploy and offers a wealth of enterprise data, especially when integrated with other hotel systems, including PMS, electronic-lock, CRM and loyalty systems.
"By integrating REX with the INNCOM Integrated Room Automation System, we are streamlining the flow of information from guest-to-attendant, manager-to-attendant and vice versa that much quicker," said Luis Segredo, MTech President. "Through this real-time communication, guest-centered decisions can be made faster and with more accuracy. We are delighted that our new integration to the INNCOM solution is working so flawlessly at Bardessono and positively impacting their guests' experiences."
INNCOM's IRAS with INNcontrol II is responsible for controlling guestroom lights, room thermostat, and high-tech, external Venetian-like blinds, designed to keep heat in or out when unoccupied or empty. INNcontrol II is a real-time, server-based application that allows a central point of monitoring and control for all guestroom devices. The software collects the data and shares it with REX and other applicable online hotel systems.
"A rented but unoccupied room is detected when the door’s magnetic switch detects door activity, but no motion in the room – meaning the guest has left the room," said John Tavares, INNCOM Vice President, Sales & Marketing. "That's the perfect time for the room to be cleaned. Therefore, a message is sent over the INNcontrol network to REX that notifies a housekeeper on his or her iPod Touch that the room is temporarily unoccupied and can be serviced. While waiting for the attendant to arrive, the INNCOM system will turn all lights off, set the temperature back to a pre-determined conservation level, and the solar shades will be dropped to enhance energy management."
Tavares said that by using "Fastpack Protocol" INNCOM can share information with a host of hospitality applications, including most property-management systems around the world.
"We are delighted that our guestroom controls are now integrated with MTech's REX solution," he said. "As more and more hotels become dependent on mobile devices for back-of-the-house operations, INNCOM's INNcontrol software has placed us in a solid position to integrate with other property solutions for enhanced service and increased energy savings. We look forward to future projects at hotels looking for similar functionality."
About the Bardessono Hotel
The Bardessono Hotel is a 62-room hotel with adjacent spa facilities and a gourmet dining experience. It is located in Yountville, Calif., situated in the heart of Northern California’s Napa Valley about 70 miles North of San Francisco. Opened in February 2009, the hotel’s spa features are available in-room – utilizing “spa butlers” and massage therapists – as well as in a full-spa building adjacent to the hotel. Skin revitalization treatments are available in-spa and poolside, using modern skin tightening and non-invasive face-lifting procedures. For more information, visit www.bardessono.com.
About MTM Luxury Lodging
MTM Luxury Lodging is regarded as the premier, high-end lodging management company for distinctive properties wanting to retain their individual identities. It has 15 to 20 management agreements for full service, luxury-lodging facilities. While its roots are in the Northwest, it now operates on both U.S. coasts and in the U.S. Midwest. It is valued by visionary owners and developers because it manages for the long term; it drives and maximizes asset value, financial and quality performance; and it understands the connection between respect, integrity, ethics, hard work, the human spirit, profit and quality. For more information on MTM Luxury Lodging, visit www.mtmluxurylodging.com
Since 1993, MTech has developed and installed solutions to help hotels work smarter — not harder. The company serves more than 1,800 hotels in over 40 countries. Focused on improving guest service by improving efficiency, MTech offers HotSOS, PMWorks, REX and now Libra OnDemand. All MTech solutions today are enterprise level, SaaS solutions that offer maximum value with limited investment. MTech also provides consulting and training services to help customers achieve maximum value from their investments. It serves its customers from data centers in Miami, Las Vegas and Hong Kong, and its company headquarters are in Miami. For more information on the company, please visit www.m-tech.com.
About INNCOM International Inc.
Founded in 1986, INNCOM develops, manufactures, and markets integrated room automation systems for the global hospitality industry. The company’s product line ranges from programmable digital thermostats to fully integrated energy management, lighting control and communication systems. All INNCOM products are designed to enhance guest comfort, safety and satisfaction while increasing bottom line profits for property owners. INNCOM systems are installed in more than 800,000 guestrooms in hotels in 42 countries. For more information, visit www.inncom.com.
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