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Mr. Metivier

Pascal Metivier

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, OpenWays

Pascal Metivier is widely recognized within the global hospitality industry and the security industry as a specialist in hotel security, responsible for several of the security technology patents now in existence. In 2009 he launched OpenWays as the hospitality industry's first global provider of mobile-based access-management solutions. With 17-plus years of electronic-lock/door hardware and access management expertise, Mr. Metivier developed a way for consumers worldwide to use any of the 5.5 billion cell phones on the market today (any network and any OS standards) as a mobile room key. Prior to founding OpenWays, Mr. Metivier served as President of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality EMEA and Latin America, parent company of VingCard, Elsafe, TimeLox, Uniquey and SafePlace companies. In addition to his leadership role he also led a major NFC mobile phone initiative that earned the title: “The Best NFC Service of the Year 2008” by The NFC Forum. Before joining ASSA ABLOY, Mr. Metivier served as Global Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Onity Inc. (formerly TESA Entry Systems), a global provider of electronic locking systems and energy management systems. He was largely responsible for leading the company's sales growth and re-branding initiative. He also made key contributions in leadership positions with CISA Security Products, CISATRON LTD, CISA Spa and SECURIDEV/FONTAINE. Mr. Metivier resides in Paris, France, with his wife and three daughters.

Mr. Metivier can be contacted at ++ 33 6 85 622 306 or pmetivier@openways.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.