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Mr. Driedger

Michael Driedger

CEO, Operto Guest Technologies

Michael Driedger has more two decades of experience in architecture, building design and construction with a passion for energy efficiency, sustainability, and intelligent systems designed to improve our overall quality of life.

Mr. Driedger founded Edge Consultants in 2012 to provide sustainable building services to clients in the Middle East, North America and Europe. While providing green building services to some of the largest hotel providers in Riyadh he was staggered by how hotels use as much energy as an outpatient hospital. It was this insight and standing in line at the check in desk after a 30 hour journey from Vancouver BC, Canada, that led to a pursuit to change building technology in the world of accommodation.

In 2016 Mr. Driedger spun a software company out of Edge Consultants to address the lack of connected software solutions in buildings (most specifically accommodation) and co-founded Operto Guest Technologies. The company brings building technology advancements to the fast paced world of accommodation. Since its introduction in 2016, Operto has revolutionized the way that hotels manage rooms, check in, energy and even air quality. The product is now being used in six countries around the world.

Mr. Driedger is passionate about commercializing IoT technology to solve guest experience, sustainability and cost efficiency challenges in hotels and short term property and vacation rentals.

Mr. Driedger is currently the CEO of Operto Guest Technologies and on its board of directors with Executive Chairman Darren Huston (former CEO of the Priceline Group). He resides in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.

More information available at www.operto.com and www.edgesustainability.com

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

Mr. Driedger can be contacted at +1 778-713-0528 or michael@operto.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.