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Mr. Berglund

Mattias Berglund

Manager, Tata Communications

Mattias Berglund grew up in Sweden and graduated from the University of Stockholm in 2008 with a master's degree in business administration and a bachelor's degree from the Nordic Retail College. He stands at the forefront of the fast moving technology; Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS). Mr. Berglund has taken a particular interest in a communications protocol that is going to be a key component of CPaaS going forward, Rich Communication Services. Moreover, he means that recent innovation and creativity around the protocol has sparked ideas and increased interest from the telecommunications ecosystem.

Mr. Berglund has dedicated his professional career to the communications industry, where the first 8 years was spent at Ericsson. Furthermore, he has a broad experience from various positions such as product management, business management and sales. In 2012, an exciting opportunity opened up in the United States, and Mr. Berglund decided to relocate to New York.  There he started at iConectiv as the General Manager for a messaging product line, focused on developing products that would assist mobile network operators to monetize application to person (A2P) text messages.

He currently works with enterprise service innovation and business development at Tata Communications. Mr. Berglund has throughout his career been involved in numerous A2P related technology projects across the globe. Additionally, he works with several fortune 500 companies. It is in this capacity Mr. Berglund frequents hotels across the United States and his favorite city Miami, where the sun is shining, fishing is excellent and the temperature rather different from what he is used to.

Please visit http://www.tatacommunications.com for more information.

Mr. Berglund can be contacted at 551-666-3338 or mattiasberglund1981@gmail.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.