As a hospitality provider, your main concerns are guest safety and satisfaction. Whether staying with you on business or for pleasure, guests must experience your property and brand in a way that makes them feel safe, comfortable and at home away from home - so much so that they want to return. The hospitality industry depends on hospitality with human-to-human interaction being key to guest satisfaction, but that doesn't mean there's no room for technology. In fact, situational awareness helps hospitality providers improve both risk management and the guest experience, blending the best in safety with the best of service through automation. The same applies to conference centers and entertainment venues, such as arenas and concert halls, where patron safety and service also are key.
Technology can be used in hospitality settings to improve both safety and service, protecting people, property and convenience/comfort. SARA is an automated alerting engine that integrates life safety, security and environmental controls, turning alarms from these stand-alone systems into detailed alerts for delivery to virtually any communication device. With the situational awareness SARA provides, the appropriate response can be initiated according to predefined alerting and escalation protocols to ensure staff and patrons get the information they need in the event of an emergency (e.g., fire) or operational disruption (e.g., spa temperature out of set range). Because of our expertise in computer telephony integration (CTI), we can control any screen and use it to deliver the desired content and services - from emergency alerting and response management to self-service.
Mobile duress is a key situational
awareness application for hospitality settings. For example, staff responsible
for cash handling within a hotel, casino or entertainment venue can be equipped
with mobile duress pendants to increase safety and security. Lone workers also
can use mobile duress buttons to summon immediate help. West 57th Street by Hilton Club, among some other large New York City hotels, is using
SARA to enhance life safety for engineering, housekeeping and security
personnel. If a pendant is activated, alerts automatically go to the security
team on duty as well as the director of engineering. Alerts include the pendant
ID and location data made possible by SARA's Positioning System, a built-in
vector mapping capability that helps responders find the source of an alarm
more quickly. If required, alerts are escalated via phone calls and emails,
including to the general manager. Mobile duress buttons also can be given to
celebrities and other high-profile guests.
Mobility and situational awareness go hand in hand, thanks to SARA and its universal alerting application with preprogrammed mobile dashboards for smartphones. Most hotel employees are lone workers constantly on the move, so smarter smartphones with the SARA universal alerting app enables them to respond to unfolding situations more quickly, initiate alerts and associated response plans more effectively, and escalate/notify others as necessary - all from one user interface. The SARA universal alerting app also powers wide-area mobile duress for summoning immediate help. And live video from integrated security cameras also can be pushed to smartphones and desktops. By giving SARA "eyes" through a capability called video paging, responders can see an event as it's unfolding to better inform response and resources. Prerecorded videos, maps/floor plans and photos also can be included in video pages.
Alerts should be delivered
in real time to multiple groups via multiple channels. This sort of
notification provides redundancy, which is critical to life safety.
However, mass notification also can be campaign-triggered, meaning tailored to
a specific group, as well as on-demand, meaning as necessary. SARA's modes and
actions are situation agnostic, so the solution can be used to drive awareness
transactions in regard to any situation deemed important, including general
announcements and reminders. And because the telephone is still an effective
means of communicating information, especially for organizations that need to
contact large numbers of constituents, SARA
capabilities to landlines and mobile phones. For example, a hotel/resort can
use mass dialing for safety and security alerts, schedule changes/delays or
guest service announcements and promotions.
Examples of specific SARA applications in hospitality settings include:
Meals, activities, surveys, maintenance, lighting and check-out are
just a few of the functions that can be integrated and streamlined to improve
communication, workflow and service. From ordering room service to making spa
appointments, our self-service solution gives patrons more control over their
stays while owner-operators make service delivery more efficient. Service
requests are delivered to the appropriate departments in real time so
transactions can be opened, tracked and closed with greater efficiency/accuracy
yet at lower cost.