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Mr. Karmis

Christos Karmis

President, Mobilite

Christos Karmis is the President of Mobilitie, the leading wireless infrastructure provider of neutral-host Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), Small Cell and Wi-Fi networks. Mr. Karmis oversees Mobilitie’s major DAS and Wi-Fi installations across some of the largest venues in the United States, including the implementation of one of the world’s largest and most robust Wi-Fi networks in the hospitality industry at all MGM Resort properties in Las Vegas. Mr. Karmis and the Mobilitie team recently helped set the national record during the 2014 Kentucky Derby for the highest mobile data traffic ever transmitted through a DAS network during an event. Some of Mobilitie’s other marquee deployments this year include The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Edward Jones Dome (home of the St. Louis Rams), The Verizon Center (home of the Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals), Nationwide Arena (home of the Columbus Blue Jackets) and location of the 2015 NHL All Star Game, the Honda Center (home of the Anaheim Ducks), and many other large venues in the US. Before joining Mobilitie, Mr. Karmis specialized in real estate advisory services and the wireless communications industry with Deloitte Consulting. While at Deloitte, he provided operational and network optimization strategies to the world’s largest wireless carriers. Christos holds an MBA from the Warrington School of Business at the University of Florida, a Management Certificate from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University. Please visit www.mobilite.com for more information.

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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.