Editorial Board

Mr. Sisson

Mark Sisson

Co-Founder, NanoTouch Materials

Mark Sisson is the Co-Founder of NanoTouch Materials Mark Sisson is the cofounder of NanoTouch Materials, the world's first and only producer of NanoSeptic continuously self­cleaning surfaces. Mr. Sisson is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Computer Science. Prior to NanoTouch, he ran an award­winning advertising agency serving several clients in the hospitality, travel and food service industries. As a thought leader in creating self­cleaning products, Mr. Sisson is the author of editorial content for prominent industry publications such as ISSA Today, including articles such as The Psychology of Clean , NanoTechnology­The Next Really Big Small Thing , and most recently The War on Germs Goes High Tech He also manages NanoTouch’s research and development program, funded by a $2 million grant, to advance self­cleaning surface technology as well as discover new product applications for the hospitality, food service, healthcare, and facility management industries. This research, as well as current product manufacturing, is being conducted at the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research in Forest, Virginia.Mr. Sisson lives on his farm in Amherst County, Virginia with his wife and two children. Please visit http://www.nanoseptic.com for more information.

Mr. Sisson can be contacted at mark@nanoseptic.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.