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.Minibar Systems Launches Smartcube
New cutting-edge automated minibar combines state-of-the-art technology, powerful software
and new high-end design to drive in-room retail and minibar profits for hotels
Rockville, MD. (November 7, 2006) - A ground-breaking new product from Minibar Systems combines cutting edge technology, upgradeability, eco-friendly materials, upscale design, and a strong in-room retail profit potential for hoteliers. Smartcube is designed to give hoteliers maximum flexibility in all areas of minibar operations. Choice of silent absorption, compressor and Peltier cooling systems, glass door designs with sensors for products, unlimited product choices and the unique ability to upgrade the technology, modify the configuration and change the look at any time are some of the key features asked for by hoteliers looking to maximize their in-room retail


Smartcube has been manufactured to the technical specifications of the industry and is available in both insertable and stand-alone models. To enhance visibility and guest usage, an exterior and interior lighting package has been incorporated utilizing blue and white crystal LED’s. The LED’s are particularly effective for furniture installations where minibars are typically in dark areas that are hard to see by guests. One of the most interesting technical features is Smartcube’s ability to upgrade its technology seamlessly from classic honor bar or semi-automated to fully automated without interrupting the daily operation. The fully automated model of Smartcube uses infrared sensing technology which is the most reliable in the market with near perfect performance proven over the past 10 years. Sales are immediately and accurately posted to the guests’ folio in real-time greatly reducing the amount of labor needed by hotels to service the minibars. The automatic locking and unlocking of Smartcube’s electronic lock is controlled by the hotel’s PMS system eliminating the need for keys.


The Smartcube software (S3) is Windows™ driven and designed to operate on the hotel’s network. S3 has been designed to be the most user-friendly software ever designed for minibar operations and features “one-click” buttons for easy use and quick staff training benefits. S3 also communicates in real time with each Smartcube minibar in the hotel as well as each minibar attendant. Live updates are sent via Bluetooth wireless technology to hand held units carried by the staff. Smartcube brings a new level of accuracy never before seen in the minibar industry. S3 gives hoteliers the ultimate in control with features such as: perpetual inventory, automatic daily reconciling, individual sensor fault reporting, detailed maintenance reporting via email, happy-hour and special pricing, expired product tracking and employee efficiency monitoring. A full selection of customizable reports giving up to date information can be viewed, sorted, and exported to other programs for further integration and analysis.


Minibar Systems is a Rockville, Maryland based company with 35 years of experience in providing in-room amenities to the hospitality industry. Its product lines include minibars, safes and a full range of support services including design, manufacturing and installation, in-room retail expertise, operations research, statistical analysis and ongoing training. In the past few years, Minibar has focused on expanding its in-room retail programs to hotels.


Contact: Walt Strasser
Minibar Systems



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