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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 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.