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Mr. Arner

Michael Arner

Chief Technology Officer, RoamingAround.com

Michael Arner is the CTO and a principal at RoamingAround.com, an industry and thought leader for location-based services with particular expertise in Hospitality. His team is comprised of veteran superstars from Mobile Payments and Mobile Carrier Applications. The RoamingAround platform is the most sophisticated, most flexible, most comprehensive solution currently on the market for hyper-personalized, location-contexted, dynamic mobile engagement and machine learning. It is also one of the very few to focus on the particular opportunities offered in Hospitality. Prior to RoamingAround, Mr. Arner was the co-founder and CTO of ROAM Data, a leading mCommerce platform provider. ROAM Data grew from zero to a $26M annualized run rate before being majority-sold for $120M to Ingenico. ROAM turns merchants’ mobile devices into secure point of sale (POS) terminals and turns the mobile marketing channel into a mobile sales channel by enabling secure commerce in mobile applications with convenient mobile checkout. The company won the 2010 Technology Innovations Award at ETA. Mr. Arner was also the CTO and co-founder of Marbles, the world’s first thin-client mobile software company focused on enterprise mobile workforce applications. Marbles was also the winner of multiple innovation awards. A longtime interdisciplinarian, Mr. Arner received his B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. in English Literature from Boston University. He has published essays on art and technology in both academic and popular presses. Please visit http://www.roamingaround.com for more information.

Mr. Arner can be contacted at 978-777-8787 or marner@roamingaround.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.