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ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions unveils Vostio Location Solutions at HITEC Minneapolis

Leading provider of security access technology introduces advanced platform for hotel staff alerts, asset management tracking and location-based marketing.

STOCKHOLM – ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions is set to debut its latest enhancements in staff safety technology, officially unveiling its Vostio Location Solutions platform at this year’s HITEC Minneapolis, taking place June 17-20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Vostio Location Solutions will be showcased at ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions booth #2708, where attendees will learn how state-of-the-art IoT and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology can be leveraged to ensure the rapid arrival of response teams to the precise location of an emergency or when a hotel employee is in distress.

Location Solutions Staff Safety Device
With the US hotel industry announcing its commitment to providing employees with safety devices and as more cities, such as Chicago and Miami, pass ordinances requiring the adoption of such technology in hotels, Vostio Location Solutions with its Staff Alert portal ensures that hoteliers are able to meet and exceed these property safety regulations, both now and in the future. This is accomplished through the ability of Vostio Location Solutions to instantly pinpoint the exact location of a staff alert signal by floor and even 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. 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,” said Markus Boberg, Global President, Hospitality at ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions. “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 also ultimately be able to operate on the same network as an array of expense-reducing and revenue-enhancing functionalities. These include tracking the precise location of amenities, such as maid carts, baby cribs, room service trays or AV equipment, in real time. Others include the offsetting of operational costs by autonomously overseeing the performance of motorized systems, such as elevators, HVAC units, escalators and refrigerators. Through the use of 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.

BluFi Gateway
Vostio Location Solutions is also set to be subsequently enhanced to maximize guest satisfaction by identifying a guest’s specific location within the premises or as they arrive. With the simple download of a hotel’s app onto a guest’s 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 instant needs. This functionality can also increase the possibility 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 seamlessly transmitted to their device in real time, similar to automobile GPS user experiences, and making any hotel environment seem as familiar to them as home.

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