Whistle adds AI and workflow automation

With Whistle’s AI functionality, hotels can automate the workflow of many repetitive hotel and lodging tasks. Photo credit: Whistle

Whistle has released artificial-intelligence and workflow-automation modules for its Whistle guest text messaging platform. Adding AI capabilities to its platform will further improve hotel and lodging customer service and increase operational efficiency. The modules are being piloted at a major hotel chain.

Recognizing that hotels and lodging environments generally receive a set of common guest requests or questions, Whistle developed a homegrown conversational AI and machine-learning model. With the AI module, the Whistle guest messaging platform can categorize guest messages and, in some instances, automatically prompt the appropriate response back to the guest. For questions that do not have a definitive answer, Whistle is able to route the message to the appropriate hospitality team member, and even provides a set of suggested responses that the team member can choose between to be sent back immediately.

With Whistle’s AI functionality, hotels can automate the workflow of many repetitive hotel and lodging tasks. The platform is designed to recognize a guest request and auto-prompt service requests and work orders to internal departments for quick completion.

“Great customer service is a key differentiator to our customer base of quality hotel and lodging professionals,” Whistle co-founder/CEO Christopher Hovanessian said in a statement. “Whistle’s AI and workflow modules streamline maintenance and housekeeping tasks. This remedies routine customer issues very quickly, freeing up hotel employees to focus on more complex customer service requests, thereby delivering exceptional customer service and building brand loyalty.” 

The module currently has more than 90 percent and rising prediction accuracy, allowing it to understand many common guest messages and intents. The AI module applies to all hospitality departments including concierge, engineering, housekeeping, front office, spa, food and beverage and security.

“The ability to virtually interact with customers can be a wonderful tool, but this creates a lot of data that can be difficult to make sense of,” said David Peller, global head, travel and hospitality, Amazon Web Services. “Amazon Comprehend allows users to organize and understand that data to enable actionable tasks and powerful analytics.”