Intending to provide hotel network designers and their clients with resources to help with the deployment of fiber-optic networks within hotels, a new working group of the nonprofit industry association has been formed. The Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) claimed in a statement it aims to “assist hoteliers and technology providers in understanding when and how to use fiber to meet the challenges of skyrocketing guest bandwidth demands.”
The output from the new group will include educational resources and tools for hoteliers, network consultants and integrators, which can help them to evaluate fiber options versus traditional copper cabling in both new-build and retrofit projects. Planned resources will include best practice documents, design guides, a bandwidth calculator tool and webinars. Many of these items will be available for general use, while some will require HTNG membership.
Hotel companies that declared their intention to support this effort include Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Firmdale Hotels, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, InterContinental Hotels Group, Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group, Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International, Maybourne Hotel Group, Omni Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and White Lodging.
In addition to these hoteliers, many product and service providers also expressed interest in creating these resources, including AT&T, Cisco Systems, Corning MobileAccess, DCI Design Communications Inc., Engineering Plus, Enseo, Guest-Tek, Life|ware, Lufthansa Systems, Media Communications, Network Technologies, Inc., Quadriga, Ruckus Wireless, SOLiD Technologies, Swisscom, The Conceptual Group, Windstream Hospitality and Zhone Technologies.
HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, and other industry members including consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG’s members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. Membership in HTNG is open to hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, academics, press and others. Currently it has more than 400 corporate and individual members.