Finnish-based Original Sokos Hotel Kaarle has deployed the smartroom TV from Hibox to offer its guests modern, online TV and interactive services. Using an all-IP HTV solution from Teleste and Samsung made it possible to furnish the guest rooms with the IP connectivity needed for the deployment without the time and cost of pulling new cabling. The Hibox smartroom is a solution that offers guests with modern, online TV and interactive services and enables easier management of daily activities for the hotel.
“In addition to offering smart, interactive services for guests, they can now empower their staff with easier management of activities such as check-in and check-out as well as maintenance and cleaning,” said Jason Dando, director of hospitality and AV solutions for Teleste, in a statement. “The jointly-created Teleste and Samsung all-IP hotel TV solution has been designed to help hospitality operators embrace these kinds of innovations by enabling a smooth transition to IP connectivity, even in buildings where re-cabling is not a desired option.”
Deploying the cloud-hosted smartroom requires an IP network connection in every guest room. For Hotel Kaarle, the ideal way to establish the connectivity was provided by the all-IP HTV solution, which enables gigabit-level, robust IP connectivity over existing TV aerial cabling. The solution makes it possible for hotels to deliver a complete platform for a premium in-room experience without the need for pulling new cabling.
“This combination of Teleste’s DOCSIS solution and Samsung’s smart hotel TVs with built-in modems allows us to deliver digital experiences that guests have never seen before over coax cabling,” said Mathias Johnson, VP product, hospitality at Hibox. “The in-room installation is very elegant with no extra cables or boxes. Guests can cast their own content onto the TV and enjoy fast streaming from cloud services, through a rock-solid fixed data connection built on top of a regular coax antenna network. This is a game-changer for the up to 90 percent of hotels that lack a fixed network connection to the rooms.”
Based on the proven DOCSIS technology, the all-IP HTV solution uses Teleste’s DAH100 mini-CMTS at the hotel premises and a Samsung HE694 Series Hospitality TV with an in-built DOCSIS modem in each guest room. No other hardware is needed, which makes the solution quick and easy to install and ensures that guests will be able to enjoy seamless internet, Wi-Fi and TV services without outages or interference.