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Mr. Presworsky

Eric Presworsky

Chief Technology Officer, Zhone Technologies

Eric Presworsky is the Chief Technology Officer for Zhone Technologies and oversees the technical operations and development of Zhone's Single Line Multi-Service (SLMS) architecture as well as next-generation Zhone product offerings the long-term product roadmap. Eric was a founding member of Zhone's engineering team in 1999. He oversees the development of the company's $50 million release test lab at Zhone's headquarters in Oakland, Calif. - where Zhone Technologies' products are still tested and evaluated before being released to customers. Eric has 21 years of experience working with carrier, hospitality and enterprise customers to design, build, deploy and manage world-class networks. Within his day-to-day responsibilities he also manages the product engineering, product management, technical publications and Global services and technical support teams at Zhone. He was instrumental in developing Zhone's Gigibit Passive Optical Network (GPON) come to market. Under his leadership, Zhone has shipped enough MXK hardware to support up to 15 million subscribers on Passive Optical Networks (PON) and deployed enough ONTs to create more than two million high-capacity broadband access points around the world. Eric is a thought leader in the telecommunications industry and has spoken internationally on the value of next generation fiber technologies, serving as an advocate for the industry as a whole. Prior to joining Zhone, Eric served as Assistant Vice President of Carrier Systems Development for Lucent Technologies Internetworking Systems Division, formerly Ascend Communications, Inc. Prior to Lucent, Eric also held numerous technical management positions at several leading telecommunications companies, including BellCore and XCOM/Level 3. Eric received his Bachelor of Science in Communications from State University of New York College at Buffalo and his master's degree in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. About Zhone Technologies Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) is a global leader in the fiber access market, serving more than 750 of the world's most innovative network operators. The IP Zhone is the only solution that enables service providers to build the network of the future today, supporting end-to-end Voice, Data, Entertainment, Social Media, Business, Mobile Backhaul and Mobility service. Zhone is committed to building the fastest and highest quality All IP Multi-Service solution for its customers. Zhone is headquartered in California and its products are manufactured in the USA in a facility that is emission, wastewater and CFC free. If your hotel could benefit from a lower cost of ownership, an upgrade to a highly secure and robust platform, fill out this complimentary cost analysis assessment for the POL solution that is right for you: [http://bit.ly/1J0UMZo][1]. [1]: http://bit.ly/1J0UMZo

Mr. Presworsky can be contacted at inquiries@zhone.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.