Hotel Technology Next Generation’s members have awarded the 2015 "TechOvation Award" to connectBsmart by Interel. The first runner-up technology was inGuest by Revinate, and the second runner-up was IDeaS Function Space Revenue Management by IDeaS. HTNG senior officers and competition emcee David Berkus presented the awards at the annual HTNG North American Conference in San Antonio late February.
Interel describes its connectBsmart solution as an online, beacon-as-infrastructure hospitality solution. This framework is built into the established Interel technology platform and the first generation of powered, networked Bluetooth beacons.
The first runner-up technology from Revinate is a comprehensive platform for connecting with guests pre-, during and post stay. Revinate says that with mobile technology at its core, inGuest is designed to extend hotel services to guests, 24/7, to drive more touch points with staff and increase revenue.
IDeaS Function Space Revenue Management is an innovation in revenue management. IDeaS describes it as a leap in technologies toward total revenue performance available to hotels.
HTNG's TechOvation Award is the next generation of the association's hospitality technology innovation competition, which launched six years ago as the "Most Innovative Hospitality Technology Award." HTNG expanded the competition this year to include live presentations. But at its core, the program still focuses on recognizing and rewarding technology innovation in the hospitality industry. The three finalists were selected from a pool of 18 leading hospitality technologies by a diverse panel of hospitality technology experts. The full audience at HTNG's North American Conference determined the final standings amongst the three finalists.