When The William Vale hotel in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn opens its doors early next year, guests not only will be staying at one of the biggest hotels in the borough’s hippest neighborhood, they’ll be staying in one of the most connected.
CytexOne Hospitality, a division of New York City-based integrator CytexOne Technology, is putting the finishing touches on the Wythe Avenue hotel’s automation, control and energy-savings platform, which features connected sensors, HVAC, lighting, thermostats, blinds, locks and roomservice solutions in each of the 183 guestrooms (including 25 suites) and conference/business rooms, reports The Var Guy.
The hotel, which is expected to open in March, will also feature 20,000 square feet of retail space on the bottom floor.
Automation will be triggered by room occupancy and can be remotely monitored and managed by CytexOne’s proprietary cloud-based platform, Atlas.
“We have a specific goal when it comes to the lifestyle of The William Vale and we know advanced technology and innovation are key components of that,” said Mordy Steinfeld, director of operations with Riverside Developers and The William Vale. “So, we sought out a Smart Hotel partner who could bring us a unified solution that addresses all of our needs — energy efficiency, technology automation, and comfort and convenience for our guests.”
The system’s sensors automatically adjust climate, lighting and shades, which can be triggered by preprogrammed events. If a sliding door to an outside balcony is left open for a certain amount of time, the air conditioning will turn off, or shades will automatically lower during the middle of a sunny day to adjust room temperature. Sensors can tell the HVAC system to adjust the room’s lighting or alert housekeeping based on occupancy and guest preference.
Data collected by the sensors and other touchpoints is fed to dashboards and allows management, for example, to monitor and compare the efficiency of one block of rooms with another, whether an air conditioning filter needs replacement, or how long it took housekeeping to clean a room.
“All of this information can be used to proactively fix problems, as opposed to being reactive. Management can see and understand where there’s an issue in real time,” Dan Levine, CEO of CytexOne Technology, told the Var Guy, adding that CytexOne uses the data to track and document the full solution’s ROI.