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“Mansion on the Hill” Goes High Tech
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Davidson Hotel Company Selects StayOnline to Install
Wireless High Speed Internet Access
Atlanta, GA [October 7, 2002]— It sits high on a hill with its white-columned façade resembling a piece of history: The Holiday Inn Research Triangle Park near the Raleigh-Durham airport is affectionately named the “Mansion on the Hill,” and is quickly connecting into the high tech forefront. The Davidson Hotel Company, owner/operator of the hotel, has inked a deal to have wireless, high-speed Internet access installed throughout the building. StayOnline of Atlanta, the nation’s premier provider of 100% wireless high-speed Internet access solutions, is handling the install.

This isn’t the first Davidson Hotel to provide its guests with faster Internet connectivity through StayOnline.  Earlier this year, StayOnline enabled the DoubleTree Hotel in Atlanta-Buckhead with wireless access. According to Ron Hardin, Director of Technology for Davidson Hotel Company, wireless connectivity is no longer an amenity, but is today’s necessity.

“This is a ‘must-have’ service in the Research Triangle, and wireless Internet access provides a more flexible solution for our customers,” says Hardin.  “StayOnline’s system can also be implemented faster and with fewer hassles than wired alternatives.  Their wireless network covers the entire property, and they augment that with a redundant Cat5 cable network in our meeting rooms, so we can handle virtually any customer requirement.”

Through StayOnline’s state-of-the-art system, guests at the hotel will be able to ramp up the information superhighway at high speeds, while avoiding busy signals, lost connections and interminable delays often associated with dial-up connections. StayOnline will wirelessly enable all of the Holiday Inn’s 249 guest rooms, nine suites, meeting areas and restaurants, as well as common areas including the lobby. For Davidson, utilizing wireless technology also provides the hotel with considerable cost savings. 

“The quotes we received for a wired system were 2-3 times more expensive than StayOnline’s solution,” states Hardin.  “And StayOnline had a lower total cost of ownership over three years than comparable wireless systems.”

Using state-of-the-art, proprietary technologies, StayOnline provides complete, customized solutions for its hotel clients -- from its custom-engineered wireless network design to the latest high-sensitivity plug-and-play wireless antennas. 

StayOnline uses 802.11b technology, known as WiFi (Wireless Fidelity), to provide broadband access.  Implementation of wireless access also differs from traditional wired connections. A StayOnline system typically has a very quick install in comparison to traditional wired solutions, and provides easy reconfiguration flexibility as needs change and technology advances. StayOnline’s cutting-edge secure technology is fully supported by comprehensive, informative training programs. The company offers on-going professional support to ensure that the benefits of the solution are immediately realized and can be effectively marketed to competitive advantage to increase transient and corporate meeting business at customer hotels.

“Internet connectivity is an essential for hotels and their guests, but is powered by technologies that have seen many changes,” said Antonio DiMilia, President of StayOnline, Inc. “We’ve tapped into the most dependable components that are also affordable and adaptable.  StayOnline follows the belief that hotel technology amenities must benefit everyone, from meeting planners to hotel staff to the most important customer, their guests.” 

About Davidson Hotel Company

Davidson Hotel Company is based in Memphis, Tennessee, and currently operates 22 hotels across the United States, totaling more than 5600 rooms.  Davidson specializes in full-service, mid-size business hotels and resorts and offers a full range of hotel development and management services.  Its award-winning properties include affiliations with such brands as Marriott, Renaissance, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Sheraton, and Holiday Inns.  For additional information on Davidson Hotel Company or any of it’s hotels, please visit http://www.davidsonhotels.com, or contact Kathy Hood, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at khood@davidsonhotels.com

About StayOnline

Based in Atlanta, StayOnline provides state-of-the art-turnkey wireless high-speed Internet access/in-room PC solutions for the lodging industry.  StayOnline is the exclusive brand standard for all Hawthorn Suites hotels in North America as well as the exclusive AFM Preferred Alliance wireless high-speed Internet partner for the ASTON®, Best Inns®, Howard Johnson®, Knights Inn®, Park Plaza®, Park Inn®, Ramada®, Villager® Lodge and La Quinta® Inns brands throughout Canada.  In addition, StayOnline boasts an impressive customer base, including properties in the Sheraton, Homewood Suites, Embassy Suites, Hilton and Crowne Plaza Lodging brands.  Stay Online’s new StaySecure Web-enabled video surveillance solution allows properties to piggyback on the company’s wireless network for cost-effective real-time and archived security videos.  For additional information on StayOnLine and its lodging solutions, please visit www.stayonline.net


 
Contact:
Michael Henderson
StayOnline
Director of Marketing
Tel. (877) 668-3572, Ext. 212
mhenderson@stayonline.net
nternet: http://stayonline.net


 
Also See: Foundry Park Inn & Spa Massages History With High Tech; Adds Wireless High-Speed Internet Access through Partnership with StayOnline / Aug 2002
Innkeepers Hospitality, Inc. Connects with StayOnline’s Wireless High-Speed Internet! / July 2002
Noble House Hotels & Resorts Selects StayOnline for Wireless High-Speed Internet Access Program / Nov 2001


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