Editorial Board

Mr. O'Day

Michael P. O'Day

Vice President, Wireless Networks, Corning Optical Communications

Mike O’Day is the vice president of the wireless market department at Corning Optical Communications, which is a sector within Corning Inc. that’s specialized in fiber and wireless solutions for communications networks. Since assuming this role in February 2015, O’Day has spent the past two years leading Corning’s wireless business unit. He is responsible for creating new markets and demand for the Corning® ONE™ wireless platform, an all-optical solution for enterprises’ cellular, Wi-Fi and Ethernet backhaul needs. Mr. O’Day is a telecom industry veteran with over two decades of experience. He joined the Corning family in 1998 with Siecor, which later became Corning Cable Systems (CCS). He worked in both strategy and marketing organizations for CCS through 2003 and helped lead Corning’s entry into the Latin American cable and connectivity business. As a knowledgeable wireless leader, Mr. O’Day brings a keen understanding of the wireless market and the requirements to be successful in this business. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. O’Day worked in CCS’s optical connectivity product line management organizations where he helped launch CCS’s fiber-to-the-home product lines in support of Verizon’s FiOS initiative. In 2010, O’Day became the program manager for Corning’s IDAS Wireless Program, culminating in the acquisition of MobileAccess in 2011. Following the acquisition, he served as chief of staff in the CCS technology organization. Mr. O’Day received his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in 1991 and his M.B.A. from Minnesota State University (Mankato) in 1998. He currently resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Please visit http://www.corning.com for more information.

Mr. O'Day can be contacted at 607-974-9000 or michael.oday@corning.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.