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Mr. Khairallah

Michael Khairallah

Senior Security Systems Consultant, Security Design Solutions

Michael Khairallah is a physical security systems consultant, expert witness and featured speaker with Louisiana based Security Design Solutions (http://www.sds-web.net). He has been in the security industry for 30 years and specializes in performing vulnerability studies and creating system designs that help businesses mitigate security threats. Mr. Khairallah is the author of “The Physical Security Systems Handbook” a guide for the security professional on assessing security needs and acquiring then implementing security systems. His book emphasizes the business methods used to design and implement the systems needed by businesses to mitigate vulnerabilities and reduce loss. He has also authored, or contributed to, numerous articles on physical security. Mr. Khairallah is a native of New Orleans and was educated at LSU where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Business. He served in the United States Navy as an Electronic Countermeasures Specialist and worked 10 years in the Bell System specializing in data communications. Mr. Khairallah entered the security industry in 1980 with Cardkey Systems then founded Card Access Systems where he served as President and CEO for 17 years. Mr. Khairallah is a Board Certified Physical Security Professional (PSP) and a member of ASIS International where he served as Regional Vice President. He is a member of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants and the FBI Infragard Program. Mr. Khairallah specializes in the application of access control, closed circuit television systems, alarm monitoring systems and perimeter protection systems. His expertise includes system design, product application and project management. Michael has developed systems for: • Airports • Banks • Petrochemical Plants • Educational Institutions • Government Agencies • Hotels • Manufacturing Plants • Medical Facilities • Office Building • Public Utilities • Research Facility • Residential Communities

Mr. Khairallah can be contacted at 985-809-1711 or michaelk@sds-web.net

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.