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Mr. Brader

Reto Brader

Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Business Development, Barix AG

Reto Brader is VP of Worldwide Sales & Business Development at Barix AG, a Zürich, Switzerland based manufacturer of Audio over IP solutions, codecs and IoT devices for the Audio/Video, broadcast, security, retail and hospitality markets. Barix offers expertise and tailored solutions for system integrators that need to implement audio communications and control for a variety of applications in a cost effective professional way. Since joining Barix, Mr. Brader has assisted many small and large companies in implementing an audio distribution strategy while consulting small and large hotel and retail chains in particular. Mr. Brader brings 20 years of international experience in sales, marketing and sales development in the audio, video and datacom technology space. He holds a Master’s degree in Business and Administration (MBA) from University of Alberta; and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Fachochschule Brugg/Windisch. Mr. Brader is an expert on digital content distribution technologies, and has served at a speaker at recent audio-video industry events including the ISE conference in Amsterdam. Before joining Barix, Mr. Brader worked as a Sales Manager at IMS, where he helped customers improve their communications and management efficiency through innovative, user-friendly software-defined solutions. Before that, Mr. Brader held high level positions at Utah-Scientific, a broadcast equipment supplier where he served as Director of Business Development for three years; and Pixelmetrix Corp., where he served as General Manager of Regional Offices for nearly a decade. He began his career with Alcatel and Hewlett Packard in Switzerland and Canada as Product Manager, where he spent nearly five years. Please visit http://www.barix.com for more information.

Mr. Brader can be contacted at 414-343-32211 or sales@barix.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.