ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions Lifts Curtain on Vostio Location Solutions
Vostio Location Solutions with its Staff Alert portal is intended to help hoteliers meet and exceed property safety regulations.
STOCKHOLM — ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions has debuted its Vostio Location Solutions platform, with IoT and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology that is said to facilitate the rapid arrival of response teams to the precise location of an emergency or when a hotel employee is in distress.
As more cities, such as Chicago and Miami, pass ordinances requiring the adoption of staff safety technology in hotels, Vostio Location Solutions with its Staff Alert portal can assist hoteliers in meeting these property safety regulations, according to an announcement.
The new platform — which debuted at HITEC Minneapolis, held June 17-20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center — instantly pinpoints the exact location of a staff alert signal by floor and room number. With each employee equipped with their own alert device, the solution functions through the presence of BLE-based gateways, with the closest gateway receiving an alert signal the moment that a button is pressed.
Via the Cloud, first responders are then sent a text message with relevant room and floor information, ensuring the ability to react faster and arrive as quickly as possible, the announcement states. Designed on a modular platform, Vostio Location Solutions are capable of serving as a complimentary component of Vostio Access Management or as a standalone solution.
“The landscape of hospitality security is changing faster than ever, and with governments increasingly passing legislation that mandates stronger hotel safety procedures, we are honored to unveil an advanced platform at this year’s HITEC that can keep pace with evolving requirements and that, just as importantly, reassures guests and staff that help is always moments away,” says Markus Boberg, global president, hospitality at ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions.
Boberg continues, “While enhancing hotel security already makes this technology a worthwhile addition to any property operations, Vostio Location Solutions also represent ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions’ commitment to scalability, flexibility and the need anticipate future trends within the hospitality industry.”
As a Cloud-based and fully scalable platform, Vostio Location Solutions will ultimately be able to operate on the same network as an array of expense-reducing and revenue-enhancing functionalities, according to the company. These include real-time tracking for the precise location of amenities, such as maid carts, baby cribs, room service trays or A/V equipment.
Other feature sets will include the offsetting of operational costs by autonomously overseeing the performance of motorized systems, such as elevators, HVAC units, escalators and refrigerators. Using AI and BLE sensors, this can provide hoteliers with ample time to identify and correct any maintenance issue before it becomes a greater financial liability or guest-facing concern, the company states.
The new platform will also be subsequently enhanced to maximize guest satisfaction by identifying a guest’s specific location within the premises or as they arrive. With the download of a hotel’s app onto a guest’s mobile device, BLE beacons will be able to determine whether a person is located near a property’s entrance, restaurant, bar or spa and send promotional messaging relevant to their needs.
This functionality can also increase the potential of earning additional revenue by enticing guests to make purchases they may otherwise overlook. For larger properties, guest convenience can be further enhanced with a later enhancement that will offer the ability for guests to use BLE beacons as a wayfinding feature, with directions transmitted to their device in real time, similar to automobile GPS user experiences.
The following video illustrates some of the platform’s feature sets.
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