Can you image yourself falling asleep to the sound of the waves and the blue of the sea, or being able to touch the moon with your fingertips? Or perhaps you’re the kind of person who fancies experiencing a live earthquake? Hostelco 2014 invited visitors to enjoy these and other experiences in the totally interactive Smart Room, an example of an intelligent hotel bedroom developed by the Hotel Technology Institute (ITH) and Broomx which uses state-of-the-art technology from the IoT (Internet of Things) to offer the ultimate experience of comfort tailored to guests’ individual preferences.
By means of an exciting journey in an area of 80 sq. m we first experienced the assistance of a robot receptionist capable of identifying us thru facial recognition technology. Once in the room, using a mobile app and our own smartphone as a remote control, we were able to customize the room with changes to both the ambience (thanks to an immersive screen system more than 18 metres long) and the furnishings.
These are just some of the options that the new IoT technology can offer hotels, and we discovered them in the Smart Room at Hostelco 2014. The variety of services that mobile apps can bring to the hotel and restaurant industry were the stars of a live competition/demo session in the IoTS space of Hostelco. A panel of experts evaluated the functionalities and capacity for innovation of the 10 apps submitted before choosing the winners.
Hostelco is hosting the debut of IoT Solutions, Fira de Barcelona’s new project based on knowledge and innovation and dedicated to the emerging Internet of Things sector, which will be incorporated into a large number of its trade shows. IoTS@Hostelco showcased the latest innovations in the interconnectivity of objects via the internet which, along with M2M technology and Big Data, will be revolutionizing the hotel and restaurant industry in the near future.