The Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), running June 18 to 21 in Houston, Texas, is the world’s largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference. The event — three days of speakers, breakout sessions and vendors — offers attendees essential education, as well as access to top hospitality technology, industry experts and resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Here are a few products to watch out for at this year’s show.

The InfoGenesis 4.5.0 provides a modern POS platform designed to create a more meaningful guest experience. Promote venues using hi-res images with the new UI themes and more branding opportunities. Centrally-managed control with improved navigation enables staff to come up to speed quickly. A modern, secure platform leverages the latest Microsoft technologies to provide greater web, app and database server performance and security – Agilysis

Vostio by Assa Abloy Hospitality is the first true cloud-based hotel guest and staff-access management system, representing the next step in security technology. Vostio provides the ability to manage all aspects of security operations from anywhere, any time. Built with the latest industry standards, it ensures full data confidentiality, integrity and traceability. This maintenance-free system requires no local servers, is always up-to-date, backed up, secure and future-proof – Assa Abloy Hospitality


Avvio offers a guarantee to grow your direct bookings by at least 25 per cent with its new booking engine, Allora, the next-generation AI booking engine. Rich Tuckwell, president of Avvio North America says “We’re excited to be the first company to develop an AI-powered booking engine. Allora is developing new skills all the time, including a new chatbot, which allows guests to interact with the hotel via automated chat throughout the booking process.” – Avvio

The Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 and 310R are rugged, portable, pointof-sale (POS) devices designed and built for the hospitality market. A perfect choice for limited-menu efficiency, these all-in-one units are portable and can withstand harsh temperatures. The devices are packed with features such as integrated LAN connectivity, magnetic stripe reader and customer-facing display. Options include Wi-Fi, full-shift battery. – Oracle


Modio Guestroom Acoustic Control introduces soothing background sound into the room, allowing guests to control its acoustic ambience the same way they control temperature and lighting. The sound is similar to soft airflow, designed for comfort and engineered to cover up a wide variety of hotel noises. Far superior to ‘white noise’ apps or gadgets, Modio is a commercial-grade device that takes only minutes to install and is easy to retrofit, with no lost room night. – LogiSon

ICEvoice from Intelity leverages Amazon’s Alexa to give guests immediate access to hotel information, guest services, room controls, music, weather, flight information and more. Guests can speak to their room with voice-activated commands to adjust room temperature, turn on the lights or television and perform a range of other tasks. ICEvoice makes operational tasks more efficient — freeing up staff for interactions that require the human touch. ICEvoice also brings the power of voice command to the conference space. – Intelity

The Personal Area Networks solution from Intello enables easy-to-use guest casting and IoT. The solution creates dynamic private wireless LANs without the need for individual SSIDs, allowing customer devices to access any other devices assigned to their room within the private LAN, all while ensuring client isolation throughout the rest of the network. The new “As-a-Service” solutions recently launched in Canada and provide hotels with Wi-Fi networks or Casting Solutions for a fixed monthly price with no upfront investment. – Intello


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