Hotel Online  Special Report

Second Wi-Fi Symposium to Focus on Bandwidth Needs
StayOnline Hosts Top Hotel & Technology Execs Gathering
in Coral Gables May 24-26


May 9, 2006 – Atlanta, GA – Wi-Fi hospitality space leader StayOnline is hosting the second annual, invitation-only North American Wi-Fi Symposium at the Hyatt Coral Gables in Coral Gables, Florida May 24-26.  Top hospitality and technology executives will gather to discuss and shape the bandwidth needs and future uses of wirelessly-enabled applications and mobility computing in the hospitality and travel industry.

Last year’s first annual symposium in Sandestin drew more than 80 technology innovators and hospitality technology decision makers for presentations on current and future uses of Wi-Fi, applications and infrastructure needed, and “blue sky” sessions. 

“The event presented by StayOnline represented a coming together of some of the best, most experienced minds in the wireless hospitality arena,” said Ron Peterson, Vice President, New Business Development for StayOnline.  “We are very much looking forward to a continuation of the discussion this year, particularly as it relates to bandwidth consumption.  IP-centric programs and devices can and will greatly impact a hotel’s infrastructure.”

StayOnline’s President and CEO Antonio DiMilia offers his views for the event’s success:  “The more devices, programs and games that operate via the Internet, the more that hotels and hospitality properties should be concerned with ensuring that they have the bandwidth and properly configured, flexible network needed to keep their guests seamlessly connected,” he said.  “Last year’s Wi-Fi Symposium generated an initial discussion in the hospitality industry that needs to be continued.  Our customers and technology partners have told us they are eager for an ongoing dialogue, particularly as it relates to appropriate bandwidth.”

Companies whose representatives will be speaking at the Symposium include AT&T, Cisco, Intel, Divitas, Globestar Systems and SpectraLink. Each will address the increased need for bandwidth over the next two years mandated by wireless-ready devices and how their product or solution will help manage that increase. 

“We’ve gone beyond just being able to exchange data on a laptop,” said DiMilia. “The fast adoption of iPods, gaming devices, VoIP, podcasts and vodcasts means the hospitality industry needs to stay alert to what’s here and what’s just around the bend and how it impacts infrastructure, cost and guest satisfaction. Cookie cutter networks are not the answer in the complex world blending voice, data, music and video in which we find ourselves today.”

About StayOnline®
StayOnline's wireless High-Speed Internet solution is installed in over 85,000 guest rooms in more than 600 hotels and resorts across North America. StayOnline meets the highest quality standards and is Intel® Centrino verified. For additional information on StayOnline, visit .



Karin Koser
KPK & Co.
Alaina Robertson
KPK & Co.

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