High-performance, Multi-purpose Wireless Networks for Hotels and Resorts
Cancun, Mexico (Vocus) June 18, 2008
BelAir Networks, the leading broadband mesh network provider, today announced the deployment of a new wireless network at the Rosewood Mayakobá, an ultra-luxury resort on the exclusive Riviera Maya near Cancun, Mexico. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, working with CLC Networks, a BelAir Networks reseller, deployed a next generation converged communications platform that leverages BelAir Networks carrier-class wireless technology to support a wide variety of applications including high speed guest internet access, Point-of-Sale (POS) devices, VoWi-Fi phones and a text messaging rapid response system for guest service and safety across the resort.
"We're seeing a trend toward the requirement for multiple broadband internet connections for each guest room to support the different wireless devices that families travel with today. Our guests want to be both fully connected and fully mobile," stated Fred Crespo, Corporate Director, Information Systems, Rosewood Hotel & Resorts. "We also need to use our wireless network to support a full range of mobile applications that enhance the guest experience. After looking at competing solutions, we determined that the proven, carrier-class wireless technology from BelAir Networks, deployed in major cities and venues around the world, was an ideal solution. The network is opening up a new channel of innovation for how we deliver services to our guests."
Rosewood Mayakobá needed a proven, high performance, reliable and scalable wireless network that could address the multi-service communications requirements of both guests and staff across 1600 acres, 128 suites, restaurants, lagoons and a mangrove forest. They approached their communications challenge from a multi-tier, multi-technology perspective which required a wireless network powerful enough to handle multiple applications running concurrently using any combination of voice, video and data.
"Rosewood was committed to implementing the latest in converged resort technology for both guest services and staff communications," stated Michael Wagoner, VP, Engineering, CLC Networks. "To provide a solid wireless infrastructure in the middle of one of the harshest environments in which you could deploy, CLC Network’s experience with BelAir made the choice clear."
CLC Networks, a solutions provider based in Atlanta, worked closely with the resort and was instrumental in the successful deployment. CLC Networks deployed 13 quad-radio BelAir200 and 10 dual-radio BelAir100 wireless access nodes around the resort.
Guests now enjoy seamless wireless coverage from guest rooms to poolside and throughout the property. The service-focused staff at Rosewood Mayakobá is also now fully mobile and securely connected to the network via VoWi-Fi handsets, which also support a text messaging rapid response system eliminating the need for a traditional centralized dispatch center and enhancing the ability of staff to quickly respond to guests’ needs.
Wireless POS devices are enabling guests to place food and beverage orders with staff throughout the resort. These POS devices have also replaced an old paper checklist system that housekeepers used previously to manage minibar inventory. Housekeepers now post minibar charges directly from the room to the guest folio, eliminating the inconvenience of 'after departure' charges.
BelAir Networks is the trusted brand of leading hotels, resorts and entertainment venues. The company’s technology has been recognized with several awards including both an InfoWorld 100 Award and a PC Magazine Award for BelAir Networks Mobile Broadband Wireless Mesh Deployment at Dolphin Stadium, the largest Point-of-Sale (POS) network under one roof. BelAir Networks deployment at Thesen Islands, South Africa won a Prestigious 2007 CNBC International Property Development Awards.
The highly reliable and esthetically pleasing BelAir nodes enable hotel operators to get broadband wireless access up and running quickly with no disruption to guests, visitors or staff. These secure, reliable, and high-performance wireless broadband networks can be used to enhance the guest experience, improve productivity, reduce networking costs and increase revenues. Applications supported include high-speed Internet access, wireless point-of-sale (POS) systems for mobile check-in and food & beverage services, enterprise Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for staff, video security networks for surveillance and monitoring, and location based services for asset and personnel tracking and monitoring in larger resort properties, venues and amusement parks.
"BelAir Networks ability to support both guest access and hospitality enterprise applications with a single high-performance wireless broadband network in a matter of weeks makes it a very attractive solution to hotels and resorts," explained Dave Park, Vice President, Product Marketing, BelAir Networks. "Leading hospitality operators, such as Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, are turning to BelAir Networks to increase guest satisfaction with seamless high-speed wireless coverage throughout their properties."
For pricing and ordering information on BelAir Networks products, please contact BelAir Networks at info @ belairnetworks.com.
BelAir Networks will be at booth #919 at HITEC 2008, the world’s largest event for hospitality financial and technology professionals. The event will be held at the Austin Convention Center, June 16 – 19, 2008. For more information about HiTec2008, please visit http://www.hftp.org/HITEC.
BelAir Networks Director, Steve Carlock, will be hosting a live webcast: "High-performance, Multi-purpose Wireless Networks for Hotels and Resorts" including case studies on both Rosewood Mayakoba and Davidson Hotel Company’s Crowne Plaza Houston Greenspoint, on Tuesday, June 24 at 2:00 pm EST, and on Thursday, June 26 at 2:00 pm EST. To accommodate attendees in Europe, Middle East and Africa, an additional live webcast will be held on Thursday, June 26 at 2:00 pm GMT. For more details or to register go to http://www.belairnetworks.com/webcasts.
BelAir Networks is also a Platinum Member of HTNG, a trade association that facilitates the development of next-generation, customer-centric technologies to better meet the needs of the global hotel community.
BelAir Networks is the leading provider of mobile broadband mesh network solutions with more than 450 deployments worldwide, including leading cities such as London, Minneapolis, St. Louis, San Antonio and Toronto, as well as high-profile venues such as Lincoln Center in New York and Dolphin Stadium in Miami and in mission-critical Defense applications including the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Charleston. Seamlessly operated through the BelAirOS operating system software and managed by BelViewNMS, BelAir Networks offers the industry's most comprehensive product portfolio with the highest capacity, lowest latency and fastest roaming speeds.
About Rosewood Hotels & Resorts:
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, the newly opened Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta, CordeValle in San Martin, California, Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, Las Ventanas al Para?so and Rosewood Mayakobá in Mexico, Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo, Japan, and a triumvirate of world-class Caribbean properties – Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Caneel Bay on St. John and Jumby Bay on Antigua. For more information on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, please call 888.ROSEWOOD or visit rosewoodhotels.com.
About CLC Networks:
CLC Networks is a full service Systems Integration Company focusing on engineering, installation, and service of Wired and Wireless Networks, Video-on-Demand Systems, VoIP PBX Systems, and the True Converged Network for the Hospitality, Health Care, MDU, Hotspots and Educational markets. With 136 Certified Engineers strategically located Nationwide, and a consortium of over 500 Engineers, CLC Networks is capable of handling all aspects of Integration from Site Surveys, Deployment Planning, Product Staging and Burn in, Engineering, Installation, Training, Service, and Call Center Support. CLC Networks is proud to be a Professional Services Partner for BelAir Networks. For more information about CLC Networks, please visit http://www.clcnetworks.com.
About BelAir Networks:
BelAir Networks is the first company to offer scalable, mobile wireless broadband mesh networking solutions with the highest quality for data, voice and video. The company teams with world-class global partners to deploy proven, cost-effective wireless broadband mesh networks. BelAir’s wireless networking solutions are built on the only multi-service architecture for Wi-Fi, WiMAX, 4.9 GHz, 5.9 GHz and 4.4 GHz spectrum bands. BelAir Networks patented solution deploys quickly, blending into the physical infrastructure of downtown business districts, hotels and resorts, campuses, transportation systems and ports. Founded in 2001, BelAir Networks is a privately held company. For more information about BelAir products and customers, visit http://www.belairnetworks.com.