Editorial Board

Mr. Sekar

Kiren Sekar

Director of Marketing, Meraki

Kiren Sekar leads marketing efforts at Meraki, the leader in Cloud Networking. With a 100% cloud-based product line, Meraki’s architecture delivers out-of-the-box security, scalability, and management to enterprise networks. Meraki has been deployed in over 18,000 customer networks worldwide, including Stanford University, British Telecom, Burger King, Starbucks, and M.I.T. Meraki was named a visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Wireless LAN, and won Techworld’s Wireless and Mobility Product of the Year. Throughout his career, Mr. Sekar has worked to remove barriers to communication and collaboration through the use of technology. In both marketing and product development roles, he has furthered technologies that bring simplicity, ease of use, and cost effectiveness to previously complex solutions. Prior to Meraki, Mr. Sekar has held leadership positions in a number of Silicon Valley startups in engineering and management. Mr. Sekar began his career as a software engineer at Apple, where he was responsible for Apple’s networking and collaboration platform that today are used in every Mac, iPhone, and iPad. He holds numerous patents for networking protocols and collaboration systems. Mr. Sekar is active in network infrastructure community, having recently participated on panels in wireless, cloud computing, and wide area networks at Interop 2011 in Las Vegas. Mr. Sekar received his degree in computer science from Stanford University, where he specialized in networking and distributed systems. He is an avid skier, climber, and photographer. Mr. Sekar lives in San Francisco, CA.

Mr. Sekar can be contacted at 415-632-5800 or pr@meraki.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.