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Much has been written about the potential of the Internet of Things to revolutionise industry and our lives since scientists at Carnegie Mellon University connected a Coke machine to the Internet in 1982. That application was limited to reporting the stocking level and the temperature of the drinks, but it is significant that the first application the scientists thought about was related to food!
There is still a long way to go before IoT reaches its full potential, but in hotels, IoT technology is already starting to make an impact. This article describes three areas that hotel managers should be aware of:
In the hotel and hospitality industry, IoT and related technologies are starting to make a mark on the customer experience in several ways. DePinto listed some top trends already impacting the hospitality industry. These include:
On the operational side, there are numerous applications for IoT once sensors, connectivity and even actuators (where applicable) become standard in devices. By building a robust IoT platform for customer experience, a hotel will be well prepared to add other applications for hotel operations.
Building management systems are being transformed by IoT technologies. New terms such as ‘smart buildings’, ‘building automation systems’ and ‘the Internet of Buildings’ have been coined to encompass these new applications enabled by IoT. The low cost of IoT devices is also expected to lower the traditionally very high cost of building automation.
The devices that could be connected with IoT technology include: lighting, heaters, thermostats, cameras, water coolers, air conditioning, sprinkler systems, taps, showers, pipes, electrical switches, plugs, sensors for light, noise, smoke, humidity, and temperature.
Three areas of hotel operations that are expected to be impacted first are:
Many of the applications forecast to be enabled with the coming of IoT are some way from being practical and for hotel operations the practical applications are still limited.
In the area of pest control, however, Rentokil has developed a system of connected devices that are already installed in hundreds of customer sites.
The PestConnect system has a portfolio of pest control devices that have a range of sensors that send data automatically to a cloud storage system. Infrared sensors in the devices can detect a pest and activate a trap or allow it to access bait.
The devices then send their activation data to the Rentokil cloud storage system, and automatically trigger alerts to Rentokil technicians via a dedicated wireless network or a GSM mobile network.
Our customer portal, myRentokil, collects the data from the cloud storage system and provides an integrated reporting and analysis system. This system allows businesses to monitor their devices on mobile devices and analyse the data for their sites in real time.
The PestConnect system with myRentokil enables businesses to intelligently monitor and control pests. Combined with site assessments and recommendations from our highly trained technicians the system provides:
The Business Impact of Pests — Business Handling Food Report
From the pizza restaurant in Milan, Italy — whose business was suspended after the discovery of a cockroach infestation — to the high street food retail store in London — forced to close in 2012