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Mr. Langston

Andy Langston

North America Enterprise Account Manager, Aptilo Networks

Andy Langston as North America Enterprise Account Manager works across North America to bring Aptilo’s extensive experience in Wi-Fi service management to enterprise customers. As evidenced by his numerous years of work in the engineering field, Mr. Langston has always shown a passion for understanding technologies and for helping companies find innovative solutions to their specific needs. Mr. Langston has been in the wireless networking industry for more than 10 years, working for multinational corporations in account management and business development. His background in the enterprise WLAN space includes more than six years with Samsung and Motorola. Mr. Langston’s experience includes working with Fortune 100 companies, and spearheading channel development, marketing, and new business launches. He has earned several higher education degrees. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University. He also earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Aptilo Networks is a leading provider of carrier-class systems to manage data services with advanced functions for authentication, policy control and charging. Aptilo Service Management Platform™ (SMP) has become synonymous with Wi-Fi service management and Wi-Fi offload in large-scale deployments with 100+ operators in more than 75 countries, and is a critical component of Wi-Fi calling and IoT. Please visit http://www.aptilo.com for more information.

Mr. Langston can be contacted at 972-767-6901 or andy.langston@aptilo.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.