Editorial Board

Mr. Fifelski

Ted Fifelski

President and Co-Founder, SimplyTapp

Ted Fifelski is president and co-founder of SimplyTapp, the original developer of host card emulation (HCE) technology. Seeing the incredible potential that NFC had for banking and payments, Ted along with CEO Doug Yeager founded SimplyTapp in Austin in 2011. Their goal was to make mobile NFC payment technology a reality for card issuers, who could then offer their customers a secure, customizable and contactless user experience. Host card emulation describes the software architecture that did just that. HCE creates secure, identical card representation on a mobile device for the purposes of payments, transit and access. As President of SimplyTapp Ted is empowering more banks and card issuers with easy-to-deploy mobile NFC payments services for their customers. Prior to SimplyTapp, he founded MyPurchaseGives.com, a company that helped individuals and organizations make a sustainable contribution to the global community through everyday purchases. Ted has also held leadership positions within the Technology and Intellectual Property Research and Valuation team at Arthur Financial Services (AFS) and at World Trade Center Illinois (WTCI), where he facilitated relationships between foreign companies and businesses in the greater Chicago and Midwest regions. Ted holds his B.S. in Business Administration from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He lives in Austin, where he enjoys meeting other members of the city’s vibrant technology scene. Ted is a regular speaker at numerous events within the mobile and payments industries. To learn more about SimplyTapp and get in touch with Ted, visit www.simplytapp.com. Please visit www.simplytapp.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.