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September 2022

8 reasons to invest in solar energy and make your Hotel smart & green


Hotels are among the most energy-consuming facilities in the world. Hotel smart automation solutions help reduce consumption, along with investments in clean energy that ensure a green future for your business. The Hospitality Industry continues to evolve, adapting to a changing climate by following the evolution of IoT and smart technologies and the adoption of Hotel automation solutions that can optimize energy use and preserve our planet's resources. Nowadays it is important to carefully consider these sustainability-related factors in front of every business decision, not only to pursue responsible development but also to meet the needs of increasingly diverse and demanding customers. Solar energy is an innovative and interesting technology for the Hospitality Industry. The benefits of these cutting-edge solutions are attracting the attention of many visionary players, and more and more Hotels are investing in this new field. Guests increasingly seek out 'green lodgings’ that demonstrate a concrete commitment to sustainability and certifications of the eco-friendliness of business activities. Creating green spaces, reducing carbon footprints, and using solar energy are examples of the commitment that Hotels are demonstrating every day with new technological solutions that can make sustainability a practical factor. The benefits of solar energy are abundant. Below [...]

8 reasons to invest in solar energy and make your Hotel smart & green2022-09-09T14:48:32+02:00

The must-have service in a smart Hotel: bandwidth


Internet network quality and adequate bandwidth ensure the efficiency of smart automation services, determining the technological level of a Hotel. In 2022, the Hospitality world is evolving more and more at the level of smart technologies and IoT, and Guest Room Management Systems, giving customers some autonomy in managing their stay and interconnected services that can meet all kinds of needs. We are talking, for example, about the increasingly popular self check-in, in which the customer arrives and can head directly to their smart room door and enter conveniently using the app on their smartphone. Another popular trend is the smart TV in guest rooms, which allows guests to enjoy a range of extra features, such as making restaurant or room service reservations directly through the TV or playing online streaming content of their choice. All these new directions in the Hospitality market rely on technological innovation in facilities and guest rooms, in addition to the increasingly 'taken for granted' Hotel Internet and Wi-Fi network. In 2022, it is not possible to conceive of a Hotel that does not have Internet access or provide guests with this service. The online browsing mode today also represents a parameter that defines the [...]

The must-have service in a smart Hotel: bandwidth2022-09-08T09:35:59+02:00

Telkonet Inc. Announces New Chief Sales and Operating Officer, John M. Srouji


Waukesha, Milwaukee (WI), 6th September 2022 - John M. Srouji is the new Chief Sales and Operating Officer (COO) for Telkonet Inc. (recently acquired by VDA Group) a US-listed company that offers Energy Management Solutions to the occupancy-based building controls market. Telkonet has historically served the Hospitality, MDU, and Military Housing segments, with more than 7,000 properties installed worldwide. Mr. Srouji will be responsible for the overall productivity and effectiveness of the Sales and Operations of the Company. COO responsibilities include leading and overseeing business operations to meet orders and revenue growth targets; driving customer excellence to ensure Telkonet continues to serve existing customers and effectively onboards new customers. Mr. Srouji will be responsible for developing and implementing strategy, policy, and procedures to meet the Company's targets. He will report to the Telkonet CEO. Mr. Srouji earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his Master of Science degree from New York University. He worked in the Building and Energy Controls Industry with Honeywell International Inc. from 2005 to 2022, holding various management roles such as Director of Business Development and Director of Operations. “I am glad to join the Group and am convinced that Telkonet is [...]

Telkonet Inc. Announces New Chief Sales and Operating Officer, John M. Srouji2022-09-06T14:15:49+02:00

August 2022

GRMS and EMS solutions: Until You See Me, I Do Not Exist


A room's access control technology automatically adjusts the functions of Guest Room Management and Energy Management systems by detecting guest presence and triggering a communications network between cloud and IoT devices.  In the Zulu language, the typical greeting is “Sawubona”. Unlike the English “Hello”, if you greet someone by saying “Sawubona”, it is a more personal and respectful statement meaning, “I see you”. And the traditional answer to “I see you” is “Ngikhona”, which means, “I am here”. When someone responds to you, “Ngikhona”, it tells you that they acknowledge you, and they understand that your personal dignity has been recognized. The underlying meaning is that “Until you see me, I do not exist”. With Guest Room Management and Energy Management platforms and devices, similar conversations are happening all the time. The value of cloud, smart, and IoT devices is not fully realized until they are recognized by other devices and by the platforms they communicate with. An example would be a Hotel guest who checks in remotely using the Hotel app. The PMS system alerts the Guest Room Management System and the Energy Management System that the guest room will soon have a new occupant. The room temperature [...]

GRMS and EMS solutions: Until You See Me, I Do Not Exist2022-08-24T10:20:13+02:00

April 2022

VDA Group is a strategic partner for Hotel Automation


Hotel automation goes beyond the installation of technology in guest rooms. VDA Group provides strategic consulting to customers who choose to digitize their Hotels. Investments by companies that are transforming their working environment continue to increase. This implies the adoption of new advanced business models that take advantage of artificial intelligence systems. However, the facilities provided by technology in the workplace do not replace the presence of the Person and the importance of providing assistance to its customers. Many B2B companies provide an operational consulting service, which is limited to the time of installation and commissioning of the products provided. On the contrary, the Italian multinational VDA Group is committed to ensuring a service capable of going beyond the mere supply of the product. In addition to the advantages of the digitalization of accommodation facilities, VDA Group is one of the few entities able to offer continuous strategic consulting to its customers and is committed to creating value for the person, the partner, and their experience. VDA Group is the market leader in its sector and a solution provider capable not only of providing the most advanced technologies in the field of Hotel Automation, but also as a strategic [...]

VDA Group is a strategic partner for Hotel Automation2022-08-03T12:14:41+02:00

March 2022

Can Hotel Room Automation really help you save on energy costs?


Faced with rising energy and gas costs, GRMS solutions designed by the VDA Group can help the hotelier optimize energy savings and pursue sustainability goals. The future of Hospitality aims at the digitalization and automation of services. The installation of artificial intelligence technologies allows Hotels to save on costs and energy consumption, in addition to all the advantages brought into Hotel management activities. The latest challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the positive aspects of these new solutions, exhibiting how essential it is to be able to remotely manage customer needs. For hoteliers who want to upgrade the structure using cutting-edge solutions, the VDA Group systems represent a safe and reliable investment to improve the management of the Hotel Rooms, optimize existing resources, and control consumption for a greener Hotel. In fact, by digitizing management processes you can achieve significant savings, integrate innovation, control costs, and reduce consumption. Etheos is the cloud-based Guest Room Management System designed by VDA to manage all the Rooms functionalities remotely via portable devices. The system is designed to allow the hotelier to improve the integrated control of all activities, and when integrated with the Energy Management System, to optimize energy savings, [...]

Can Hotel Room Automation really help you save on energy costs?2022-03-01T15:16:30+01:00

February 2022

Why is Hotel renovation a question of vision for the future?


VDA explains how to redevelop and renew your Smart Hotel in a safe way to effectively respond to the growing technological competitiveness of the Hospitality world. With the start of this new 2022, the world of Hospitality is increasingly linked to technological development and the adoption of the latest solutions in the field of Smart Automation. The past year has been a decisive period for investments in technologies to make smart structures, recording specifically an expenditure of 9.5 billion dollars (World Economic Forum). Hotels that want to keep up with the times and be attractive to customers must know how to conform to the new trends and in many cases proceed with a complete renovation of the accommodation. Nowadays, hoteliers must have the courage to take a step towards the future, innovating their accommodation facilities through technology. Each organizational system must know how to evolve over time by retraining processes to continue to represent, in the eyes of customers, a model of quality and innovation. 1. Full view The concept of restructuring concerns the complete transformation of the Hotel’s management system and, therefore, its evolution. The redevelopment project must provide for the adoption of a new perspective, [...]

Why is Hotel renovation a question of vision for the future?2022-02-01T12:54:07+01:00

January 2022

New collaboration in the Intelligent Automation Industry: market leader VDA Group acquires 53% of US-based Telkonet


An important step in the creation of a Group that places people at the center of smart technology evolution in the world of Hospitality. Pordenone, Italy – VDA Group, an Italian multinational operating in the field of Guest Room Management Systems (GRMS) designed for the Hospitality industry, has acquired 53% of the shares of Telkonet, Inc., a US-based company listed on the OTC market and operating in the field of Energy Management Systems (EMS). The new Group - with 7,000 properties and 2,450,000 products installed in facilities located in the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia - stands as the largest global player in a market currently without leadership, to define the future of the industry by emphasizing the value of People in the development of technologies aimed at comfort and energy savings. Expansion and dimensional growth, synergy in technology and market, and an opportunity to be a unique proxy for Hotel chains. These are the objectives of the newly formed Group that sees the possibility of being a solution provider, the global reference point of IoT technologies applied to the world of Hospitality. The software and hardware proficiencies, technologies based on cloud, the ability to adapt to [...]

New collaboration in the Intelligent Automation Industry: market leader VDA Group acquires 53% of US-based Telkonet2022-01-13T10:37:08+01:00

What has been the 5 transformations of the Hotel world in 2021?


According to VDA Group, the difficult pandemic situation in the last 2 years has led Hotels around the world to invest increasingly in technological developments and the adoption of IoT solutions. There are many epochal transformations that the pandemic has induced in 2021. On the one hand, the choice of cutting-edge technologies that allow both guests and Hotel operators to enjoy the advantages of the Smart Room (mobile check-in, Interactive TV to dialogue with the reception and to promote the services of the Hotel); on the other hand, the choice to aim at customization to retain the guest and increase the value of their stay.   This race towards the adoption of more functional and profitable measures is the consequence of 5 important changes that have been established in the last year, leading to a real evolution in the vision of the functioning systems of accommodation and, in general, in the future of Hospitality. 1. Leadership takes on a new vision Younger teams encourage interest in the latest technologies and understand the real benefits of a long-term investment. This technological enthusiasm is an essential factor in the constitution of the new leadership, which presents itself with fewer [...]

What has been the 5 transformations of the Hotel world in 2021?2022-01-18T12:48:39+01:00

September 2021

VDA Group and Trilux Partnership


The VDA Group - Trilux partnership to provide an enhanced guest experience to the global market Dubai, 19th September 2021 – VDA Group, a 40-year-old Italian manufacturer specialising in the development of advanced solutions for integrated Room Management and Interactive Television systems, for the international hospitality industry, is proud to announce a strategic partnership with TRILUX Simplify Your Light, presenting the most simple and reliable path to customized, energy-efficient, and sustainable lighting solutions globally. “VDA Group with its strong presence and focus into the hospitality market, with over 3000+ hotels and 300,000 keys as an installed base, and Trilux with a compelling reach and penetration across the Middle East - ASEAN region with a strong partner distribution structure, paves a perfect symbiotic relationship with VDA to cater together towards the hospitality market”, says Anoop Paul the CSO of VDA Group MEA. The VDA Group - Trilux partnership creates a unique synergy, which compliments the go-to-market strategy of both groups by virtue of a unified approach. When Lighting and the Guest Room Management System is offered as a combined proposition, it creates a fundamental dynamism that enhances and uplifts the guest experience. "TRILUX has with VDA Group the distinguished proposition [...]

VDA Group and Trilux Partnership2021-12-03T15:56:51+01:00
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