Lighting management system to make hotels smarter

Monday, 06 August, 2018 | Supplied by: Signify


Signify’s IoT system, Interact Hospitality, has debuted at AccorHotel’s Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore.

The system enables guests to alter lighting, temperature and make room service requests at the touch of a button. It also lets hotel staff know if a room is occupied and helps them to respond quicker to guest requests, providing useful information to improve the guest experience, optimise operations and save energy. The first commercial implementation of this smart system takes place at the 1261-room Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore.

By integrating lighting, sensors, HVAC and property management systems, it allows managers to monitor their entire property via a single dashboard. The system’s open Application Program Interface (API) enables its connection to a variety of hotel systems, so that real-time information can be fed into everything from housekeeping to engineering systems, helping to make hotel operations more efficient.

One of the key operational benefits of Interact Hospitality is energy savings. In hot climates especially, HVAC can consume more than half of a hotel’s energy use. By using data from occupancy sensors located in guest rooms and information from property management systems, Interact Hospitality can automatically turn down systems — including HVAC and lighting — when rooms are unoccupied. This allows managers to reduce electricity bills while ensuring rooms match guest preferences.

Katya Herting, Hotel Manager of Swissôtel The Stamford, said: “As a hotel catering for the next generation, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve how we manage our hotels and deliver new value for our guests. This new system helps us to improve levels of service even further and gives our managers a 360° overview of our operations across the entire hotel. This technology is helping us to eliminate unnecessary work for our staff while enabling them to service guest requests in record time.”

The intuitive room management system also displays information on room status so that staff do not reach out to guests unnecessarily. If a room is set to ‘Do Not Disturb’, the laundry delivery is automatically paused to respect guest wishes and save staff unnecessary trips and time. This also helps to increase staff satisfaction through more seamless processes.

Jella Segers, Global Lead Interact Hospitality at Signify, said, “With Interact Hospitality, we offer a fully integrated smart room system that helps a hotel improve its operational efficiency while enhancing the guest experience. For example, we know that around 35% of hotel guests leave a light on in the bathroom during the night to orientate themselves when waking up in a new environment. This may affect sleep quality and prevent deep sleep. With our new room management system, low-level night lights come on automatically when a person steps out of bed, so as not to wake them fully or disturb others in the room.”

Segers said, “In addition, hotel guests can now change the lighting easily at the touch of a button on the control panel, selecting predefined settings for example, when reading, working or to relax and unwind in their room.”

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