Smart hotels are one of the most exciting new trends emerging in the travel and hospitality industry today. The beauty of the smart hotel rooms lies in the excellent customer experience, while simultaneously cutting costs and streamlining the business end. If you’re thinking about traveling abroad, here are some things you’ll want to know about your upcoming smart hotel adventure:

Sustainability

As sustainability becomes more and more important, technology has to adjust to going green with the rest of the world. Smart hotel technology is able to detect a variety of things including whether or not a guest is awake or whether a room is occupied, allowing them to adjust lighting and temperature controls automatically. Most systems also come with an eco-friendly mode that maximizes the efficiency of utilities across the board. This leads to far less energy waste, meaning higher sustainability rates. That means you can rest easy knowing your vacation is as environmentally friendly as possible.

Entertainment

In-room entertainment has never been so customizable. Instead of dealing menu-less cable system, or a few hard to find channels, you will have access to a customizable smart TV operation. This will allow you to watch whatever you can find on the internet. Once you fall asleep, your smart room will be able to sense that you are no longer awake so that you can avoid waking up to a loud late-night infomercial at 3 in the morning.

You will also be able to connect as many devices as you want to your hotel smart system. While this does add convenience, however, it is good to be aware of protecting your identity, as virtual identity theft is a rapidly increasing issue. As can be seen in the 2016 publication What’s the Deal With Identity Theft: A Plain English Look at Our Fastest Growing Crime by Robert Ryerson.

Automation

The most exciting thing about an automated hotel is that you no longer have to wait for anything! Instead of trying to call the concierge for reservations, a taxi or room service, when they might have a slew of other customers to deal with, you can speak directly to your walls! Smart rooms come with voice recognition software allowing you to ask your room for anything you need, making everything as quick and easy as possible. You don’t have to spend time looking around for the right button or brochure. Furthermore, your smart hotel will be pulling from an internet-based database, allowing it to find options in a split second.

Other features of your smart hotel room may include automatic guide-lights that turn on when you get out of bed to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night and customer-tailored temperature and humidity settings.

Smart rooms might not solve everything about your travel plans, but they certainly come pretty close! Creating a comforting atmosphere full of brand new technology, you’ll find yourself in a fully automated world that provides high-end entertainment and the green mentality of sustainability at the same time.

Posted by Dwayne K. Kelley

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