Exceptional Innovation debuts its standalone iQ cast entertainment product, powered by Google Chromecast. Built on the company’s previous success with iQ in-room’s integrated streaming capability, this offering is guest-experience driven to meet the need of hoteliers interested in providing an over-the-top streaming option for guests quickly and easily.
“From our first iQ in-room installation with integrated Chromecast, customers have asked whether we could provide our streaming functionality without requiring purchase of the set-top box solution,” CTO Eric Eichensehr said in a statement. “It provides hotel guests the ability to stream their own content, and it provides the hotelier a streaming solution without the need to install a set-top box in each room. This is a secure, easy-to-use solution that doesn’t require more equipment in the guest room environment.”
iQ cast enables guests to stream their favorite entertainment from their phone, tablet or laptop directly to their in-room TV using Chromecast devices in a variety of configurations. iQ cast can be implemented using the following three options:
- Integrated with the HSIA system to provide a seamless connected streaming experience directly to the guestroom TV.
- Integrated with interactive TV system to provide a guided streaming experience along with any interactive TV system.
- Standalone with a noninteractive TV or TV system to provide a streaming experience directly to the guestroom TV.
iQ cast also comes with a hotel systems dashboard that provides system analytics, graphical data, and reporting metrics to help hoteliers manage their devices and better understand device status, application use and performance, reliability and demand on the Wi-Fi network. For ease of implementation across the property, an Android-based setup tool is included to allow mobile setup of in-room devices.
iQ cast is available globally today with installations beginning immediately. While iQ cast is available as a standalone product, the Chromecast experience is also available with Exceptional Innovation’s iQ in-room solution with integrated Chromecast on the STB-4000 hardware platform for hoteliers who prefer a set-top box environment.