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Mr. Adelson

David Adelson

President & CEO, Intelity Corporation

David Adelson is founder, CEO and president of Intelity, creator of integrated guest services software for the hospitality industry. Since the company began, Intelity has installed its unmatched ICE platform on multiple devices (TVs, smartphones, tablets and PCs) at more than 500 hotels on six continents. It was the first company to allow hotels to offer guest services on tablet in guestrooms and through guests’ personal devices. Mr. Adelson has used his background in business that began with his graduation from Penn State as well as nearly two decades of executive leadership experience within the travel and hospitality industries to shape Intelity into a company with a presence within the portfolio of every major hotel brand in the world. In 2011 and 2013, Intelity was awarded with the HFTP Visionary Award. Mr. Adelson currently currently serves on the HTNG Vendor Advisory Council and has previously been an administrator for hospitality industry courses at Boston College, Cornell University and Drexel University.

Mr. Adelson can be contacted at 888.738.7271 or david.adelson@intelitycorp.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.