News for the Hospitality Executive
New Study Shows Significant Upfront and Ongoing Savings
for Hotels that Install Converged Networks;
Lorica Issues New Whitepaper with Case Studies
Buffalo, New York, June 16, 2008 -- Lorica Solutions (www.loricasolutions.com), the leader in converged managed networks in the hospitality industry, today issued a new whitepaper that reveals significant cost savings for hotels that install converged networks compared to traditional “multi-cable” networks.
Lorica Solutions is the developer of the Lorica Room Center (LRC), the only fully managed converged network specifically designed for the hospitality industry. The LRC acts as a communications hub and monitoring node for all in-room devices, enabling new technologies like HDTV, while providing proactive monitoring and support from Lorica’s 24x7 Network Operations Center and Help Desk.
The paper that was issued today by Lorica’s CEO, Mark Holzberg, Converged Hospitality Networks and Associated Cost Savings, is based on an analysis just completed by the leading technology and network consulting firm, Engineering Plus, based in Chicago. The firm was commissioned to compare the costs of installing a traditional network in hotels versus a converged network. The paper provides a compelling look into a cost- effective converged IP network infrastructure that will sustain future growth. Up front savings illustrated in the paper include both cabling and hardware reductions. To read the full report visit www.loricasolutions.com.
“This detailed analysis holds important data for any hotel that is either putting in a new network or renovating or upgrading its current network,” said David Straitiff, Chief Technology Officer for Lorica Solutions. “It confirms that a converged network can be installed at a fraction of the cost of a traditional one and is easier to manage, easier to monitor, and has lots of bandwidth to accommodate the newest technology.”
The paper outlines financial case studies of the specific differences and savings between a traditional hotel network and a converged network infrastructure in three typical hotel types:
As technologies in the hospitality field grow and change, industry developers
are challenged to efficiently design and implement a technology backbone
for hotels that will support both current and future guest room and
back of house applications.
Michael Augello, LRC Product Manager at Lorica , said, “We found that
hotel developers and management companies that put managed converged networks
into place can actually significantly reduce their costs while employing
a high bandwidth, future ready infrastructure .”
• Future Ready – The modular “plug and play” design of the LRC provides built-in expansion and upgrade capabilities that future proof the network. Modules include a ZigBee bridge for wireless communication to a range of in-room devices such as environmental controls, door locks and minibars as well as an Analog to SIPadapter which enables the use of cost effective analog handsets in conjunction with an IP PBX. Software upgrades and enhancements can easily and cost effectively be pushed out to the LRC remotely. There is also a wireless access point onboard each LRC for high-speed Internet access that provides a signal closest to where it is needed along with being proactively monitored and managed to enhance the guest experience.“By utilizing a converged network to push out disparate systems such as Voice, HSIA, and TV over a single infrastructure, hotels can realize significant efficiencies in design, construction, and maintenance,” concluded Augello.
About Lorica Solutions
Lorica will be exhibiting at the HITEC tradeshow in Austin, Texas
Copies of the White Paper will be available and an operating
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