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Mr. McIndoe

Bruce McIndoe

President, iJet Intelligent Risk Systems

Bruce McIndoe is President of iJET, a 3i-MIND Company. An iJET founder, Bruce has been the key contributor to the company's strategic growth, securing its position as a leader in business resiliency with the development of the Worldcue® Global Control Center. Under Mr. McIndoe's leadership, iJET has grown from a start-up to an established global provider of travel risk management services for more than 500 organizations in the public and private sectors. With many years of experience in intelligence operations and information technology, Mr. McIndoe is a seasoned expert in travel security, intelligence and risk management. He has more than 30 years of experience in the planning, design, development and deployment of a number of large, world-wide intelligence and risk-management systems. He is also involved in the integration of Internet technology and application integration frameworks to support group work throughout the enterprise. Prior to joining iJET, Mr. McIndoe was the founder and CEO of CSSi, an Inc. 500 and four-time Washington Technology FAST 50 company that developed intelligence collection and processing systems for various national intelligence organizations. In addition, he was one of the lead architects for the one of the most productive intelligence programs in the National Security Agency's history. He was also a major contributor to the Future Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Systems Architecture Program and several major Communications Security (COMSEC) programs. Mr. McIndoe holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and is a trustee of Allegheny College, where he received his Bachelor of Science in physics. He has been cited as a travel security expert on NBC Nightly News and MSNBC and was recently recognized as one of the "Top 25 Most Influential People in the Travel Industry" by Business Travel News. He is an active speaker at conferences and for industry groups such as GBTA, ACTE and NBTA and is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College teaching intelligence related courses.

Mr. McIndoe can be contacted at 410-573-3860 or bruce@ijet.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.