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Hoteliers voted Verdant Energy Management Solutions as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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Verdant Energy Management Solutions

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100 out of 100
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Verdant is an industry leader in commercial energy management solutions. Our VX thermostat and Verdant EI energy management service deliver significant energy savings without comp...

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Hoteliers voted Telkonet, Inc as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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Telkonet

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23 out of 100
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Telkonet, Inc. (OTCQB: TKOI) provides innovative intelligent energy automation platforms to reduce HVAC runtimes, reduce associated energy costs, and engage & delight users. Helpi...

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Hoteliers voted Telkonet, Inc as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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Hoteliers voted Mellex Services GmbH as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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Samfex

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17 out of 100
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SAMFEX, is a unique back of the house, service & maintenance management software solution developed for hotels. Successfully assisting Engineering, Housekeeping, Asset Managem...

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Hoteliers voted Mellex Services GmbH as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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Hoteliers voted Schneider Electric as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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EcoStruxure™

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12 out of 100
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Improve financial performance, reduce carbon emissions and energy costs, and reinvest savings into the hotel guest experience. We provide innovative hotel technology — from conn...

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Hoteliers voted Schneider Electric as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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Hoteliers voted Zen Ecosystems as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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Zen Ecosystems

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7 out of 100
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Zen provides intelligent energy management solutions to businesses and consumers. We help you reduce your energy bills and allow you to take control of your energy through simple,...

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Hoteliers voted Zen Ecosystems as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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Hoteliers voted SensorFlow as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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SensorFlow

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3 out of 100
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SensorFlow's retrofit solution improves hotel energy efficiency by up to 30% by automating and optimising HVAC use in empty guest rooms. SensorFlow helps hotels be more energy-eff...

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Hoteliers voted Synapsys Solutions Ltd as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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Synapsys SIP

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3 out of 100
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Synapsys Solutions innovative hardware and software solutions help improve building performance, reduce time pressure on facilities personnel and help building owners improve the ...

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Hoteliers voted Synapsys Solutions Ltd as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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Hoteliers voted Siemens as the #3 Energy Management Systems provider in the 2021 HotelTechAwards
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Desigo

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2 out of 100
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From field devices to cloud solutions, from hardware to software: the comprehensive Desigo system portfolio comprises everything you need to turn your buildings into high-performi...

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What Will the Future of Hotel Sustainability Look Like?

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Gregor Herz
1 month ago

Climate change has been in the news again recently with a very stark warning from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). They concluded that global temperatures are rising at an unprecedented rate and that this should be considered a “code red for humanity”, according to UN chief, Antonio Guterres.  There have been strong indications that many areas previously thought to be low risk from the effects of climate change are now being affected. Recently, Greece—one of the Mediterranean’s top destinations—experienced the worst wildfires in living memory. Earlier this year, the west of Germany and surrounding countries saw extensive flash flooding and soil erosion that claimed the lives of over 180 people. 150 are still missing. And in Canada and the northwest United States, temperatures reached 49.6C (121.3F). The resulting wildfires and extreme temperatures are together thought to be responsible for over 1000 deaths in the region. Whole towns have been wiped off the map as a result.  With such damning evidence of the consequences of climate change, there are changes that need to be made across all industries. According to the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance, 1% of the world’s carbon emissions result from the hotel industry. 1% is a substantial chunk and as tourism continues to grow, this share or the world’s carbon emissions that hotels are responsible for will likely increase. What can hotels do to help contribute to a greener, more sustainable world? We’ve put together 5 ways hotels can become more sustainable in the future.   1. Focus on rewilding  Hotels rely heavily on tourism, and tourism relies heavily on beautiful scenery, wonderful wildlife, and clear oceans. The climate crisis has raised awareness of the need for rewilding. Rewilding means allowing areas of land to be left untouched indefinitely to enable parts of the natural world to regenerate to their former glory. Rewilding doesn’t only increase native fauna and flora, it also helps create carbon sinks that take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen back into the atmosphere. As people try to reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere, rewilding is an important and cost-effective weapon against global warming. Rewilding also protects regions from natural disasters such as flooding and landslides. The increased legislation binds with the soil to ensure it’s locked in place, and the natural barristers caused by trees and bushes helps reduce the impact of floodwaters that accumulate on land developed by humans. The hotel industry needs to start raising awareness and supporting the rewilding movement if they want to continue to benefit from the pristine scenery that’s so crucial to attracting guests. This includes lobbying for international cooperation on creating rewilding zones around the world on land and in the oceans. Educating guests at hotels on the importance of these initiatives will help drive support for rewilding from the general public, ultimately helping hotel businesses thrive in the future and improve conditions for humans everywhere.   2. Reduce the impact of hotels on the environment Hotels use huge amounts of resources to run their business. Even when there are very few guests staying, the hotel still needs to provide heating, lighting, and restaurant services to guests. These are examples of energy-intensive requirements that hotels always need to provide no matter the number of guests staying at any one time. To reduce their impact on the environment, hotels need to invest in solutions that enable guests to make environmentally-friendly choices during their trips. By offering guests the chance to drive the green revolution in hotels, the perception of the level of service that hotels offer won’t suffer—guests don’t like being told they need to make changes, but if they choose to make them themselves, they’re much more likely to view them favorably. An example of how modern technology can enable guests to make more eco-conscious decisions is SuitePad’s Green Option. Using push notifications the Green Option works much like the traditional “do not clean” sign on the door, but due to its digital format, it actively encourages guests and can notify them of the impact their choice can have on the environment. Some hotels also offer small incentives such as vouchers or free drinks to incentivize guests to make this choice. These types of features will soon start to become more commonplace at hotels as they seek to become more eco-friendly.   3. Rediscovering the staycation The term “staycation” is synonymous with the COVID-19 pandemic, but it could be here to stay. While vacationing locally or within your own country was a good way of helping reduce the transmission of the virus, it’s also an effective way of reducing travelers’ carbon footprint. With hydrogen power aircraft and solar-powered vehicles still a long way off, there’s a real incentive to reduce consumer carbon emissions. One return flight from Europe to the US produces as much carbon dioxide as the average vehicle owner produces from their car in a year. And this problem can’t be sorted with short-haul flights. In fact, short-haul flights are just about the most environmentally damaging way of traveling as airplanes use huge amounts of fuel to get off the ground. If you’re only traveling a few hundred miles, short-haul flights clock up the highest CO2 per mile ratio besides space travel. For hotels, this may mean switching their focus to people visiting from more locally. In places like Europe, this may be stretched to people from other countries that can be easily connected by train. By making tourism more local, the industry can significantly reduce carbon emissions, but it will take input from the airlines, hotel, and restaurant industries to achieve this. The good news is that this may not last forever. Engineers around the world are working on producing much more efficient and eco-friendly forms of travel including solar-powered cars and hydrogen-powered aircraft. Major advances in battery technology have also made electric cars much better than most people thought possible, and if this technology is adapted for airplanes and they are charged using renewably produced electricity, global air travel will enter a whole new, eco-friendly era.   4. Redefining extravagance Some of the most greenhouse gas-producing aspects of tourism are equated with decadence and luxury. Superyachts, for example, contribute a huge amount of carbon emissions and ocean garbage build up in some of the world’s more important ocean ecosystems. Despite this damage being well documented, there is very little currently being done to reduce these contributions, and the demand for chartering superyachts is on the increase. Of course, superyachts are not the only contributing factor, but they are a good example of how the modern superrich lifestyles of many people can contribute to climate change. Instead, there needs to be a shift in what extravagance and luxury really mean. It needs to be cool, exciting, and ultimately, desirable, for hotel guests to notably reduce their impact on the environment. This could come in the form of encouraging them to pay towards charity organizations when they book their vacation, or it could come in the form of making taking the time to actively contribute to rewilding projects while they’re on vacation. Rather than yachting over the world’s most pristine coral reefs,  why don’t we encourage people to take the time to contribute to coral reef rebuilding projects? These kinds of activities need to be prioritized and rebranded as attractive representations of extravagance if we are to help reduce the hotel and tourist industry’s impact on the environment.   5. Moderating business travel Before the pandemic, business travel was a common feature of a globalized business world. But, the increase in the need for video conferencing technology has shown that businesses can significantly cut the need for travel. In the future, businesses will need to make decisions as to whether it’s worthwhile or environmentally sustainable to send staff abroad for business trips when the meeting or conferences they are attending could easily be done online.  The reduction in business travel will also likely have an impact on the demand for business hotels, meaning that many business hotel owners will need to diversify their business to offer services to non-business guests.   Understanding the future of hotel sustainability Hotel sustainability will hinge on using innovative technology, changing attitudes, and moderating expectations. But, with time, new more sustainable travel and hospitality technology will enable hotels to return to operations much like we have today. Until then, it’s imperative that hotels do their bit in trying to reduce their impact on the environment.

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Clever Digs: IHG Hotels & Resorts and Josh.ai Create Hotel Room of the Future

Josh.ai
1 month ago

Introducing artificial intelligence in a way that feels natural. IHG Hotels & Resorts – known for venerable brands like InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Hotel Indigo – has designed the guest room of the future, partnering with Josh.ai to create a voice-controlled smart room at the Kimpton Rowan hotel in Palm Springs, CA. IHG is the first global hotel company to deploy Josh.ai – which builds upon its award-winning presence in the world’s most advanced residential properties – and is the only AI on the market committed to privacy, data security, and natural interactions with connected living spaces. A 2021 report from Euromonitor found that consumers are actively seeking digital services and experiences, like Josh.ai, which empower users through inclusivity, improve their quality of life, and promote personalization and well-being. The Josh.ai software features purpose-built natural language processing that understands multiple requests in one command; searches for specific music and video content through deep-linking; and leverages location and contextual awareness. Guests also have limitless capabilities at their fingertips through the intuitively designed Josh app. “We are constantly exploring next-generation technology to give guests epic experiences as they return to our hotels,” said Brian McGuinness, SVP, Global Guest Experience Shared Services, IHG Hotels & Resorts. “Josh.ai has never been used in a hotel room before and we look forward to discovering how AI can be more widely adopted by our properties around the world. We take great pride in pushing ourselves when it comes to digital innovation in hospitality.” A first for hotel guest rooms, each brand has been thoughtfully selected to promote well-being and performance, with a design aesthetic fitting of IHG’s Luxury & Lifestyle collection. The “hotel room of the future” explores the potential of guest interaction with their environment and employs connected devices that are borrowed from luxury smart homes across the globe, including:  Josh Micro is expanding its capabilities beyond convenient and secure automation of the room by introducing built-in hotel concierge responses, ensuring guests are informed of everything the Kimpton and Palm Springs has to offer during their stay. Ketra lighting, by Lutron, makes its hotel room debut, promoting well-being through tunable lighting that transitions with the natural rhythms of daylight. Guests can set the perfect mood by adjusting the color temperature from warm to cool, as well as the vibrancy and saturation of their lights. Lutron shades seamlessly provide privacy while balancing exposure to daylight in the bathroom.  Sonos speakers with an Arc soundbar tune every stay to the right beat with access to any genre, album, artist, or song. Whether a guest is watching TV or listening to music, the room will be filled with immersive and impeccable surround sound.  Samsung’s Frame TV transforms from an art piece to a high-performance 4K QLED display when guests are ready to watch their favorite content.  DISH TV offers guests a fully integrated live entertainment experience with the power of voice or tactile control. Watching favorite channels, shows, sports, and movies has never been easier. Roku provides access to popular streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and more so that guests can enjoy the comforts of home by binge watching a show or turning on a movie.  IPORT is powering Josh.ai’s unlimited manual control of the room with its sophisticated iPad mounting solution. Guests will always have access to adjust the room to their exact specifications through the user-friendly Josh app.  “At Josh.ai we are hyper focused on delivering experiences that are simple, privacy-focused, and magical,” said Alex Capecelatro, CEO of Josh.ai. “Our partnership with IHG couldn’t be a better fit as we endeavor together to transform the hospitality experience with natural voice control of lighting, shades, music, TV, and more! For example, guests can give a command like, ‘set the lights to warm white, listen to Hotel California, watch the Golf Channel, and when is happy hour?’ and Josh.ai will handle the rest.” To learn more about the “hotel room of the future,” please visit this interactive digital tour.   

Emerson Electric Co. Acquires Verdant Environmental Technologies

Verdant Energy Management Solutions
11 months ago

Emerson (NYSE: EMR) today announced it has completed the purchase of Verdant, a leader in energy management solutions for the hotel and hospitality industries. The addition of Verdant broadens Emerson’s growing energy management and optimization capabilities for residential and commercial applications. While the typical hotel guestroom is vacant more than 50% of the time, energy usage remains the second largest operating cost for hotels. Verdant’s products and services combine advanced occupancy and thermal sensing technologies with real-time analytics to ensure optimal energy settings, reducing consumption and maximizing cost savings for hotel operators without compromising guest comfort. “As the hotel and hospitality industries continue to work toward energy efficiency and minimizing their carbon footprint, having the right technology and software to make this a reality is vital for success,” said Brent Schroeder, group president of heating and air conditioning for Emerson. “This addition of an established and fast-growing commercial energy solutions provider complements our existing digital analytics and broad services capabilities and will also allow us to expand our efficiency offerings to customers in new markets.” The hospitality and light commercial industries are increasingly seeking opportunities to mitigate energy consumption and reduce operating costs while ensuring comfort. Verdant’s cloud-based intelligence platform, coupled with Emerson’s award-winning portfolio of Sensi products and commercial building controls, is helping both industry and consumers take action for a more sustainable and efficient future. Verdant, which was named a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company in 2019, is based in Montreal, Quebec and has about 70 employees.   ABOUT EMERSON Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial and residential markets. Our Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Commercial & Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency and create sustainable infrastructure.   Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical may be “forward-looking” statements, which involve risks and uncertainties, and Emerson undertakes no obligation to update any such statements to reflect later developments. These risks and uncertainties include the outcome and ultimate impact of the review referred to herein, as well as economic and currency conditions, market demand, pricing, protection of intellectual property, cybersecurity, tariffs, competitive and technological factors, among others, as set forth in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the SEC.