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Mr. Horner

Ted Horner

Managing Director, E. Horner & Associates

Ted Horner is Managing Director of E. Horner & Associates, a technology consulting practice specializing in the hospitality industry. Mr. Horner is widely respected as Australia's leading consultant in this area. Over the last 22 years Mr. Horner has consulted for a variety of clients from developers and international operators of large resorts, boutique hotels golf clubs, convention center's and licensed clubs covering the full range of technology namely: • PMS • POS • Sales & Catering • Food & Beverage • PABX • In Room Guest Entertainment including Digital Video on Demand • Broadband & Wireless • Golf & Spa Systems • Club Membership In 1996 Mr. Horner launched Australia's first dedicated hospitality technology exhibition and conference which continues each year as Hotel Operations Technology (HOT). In 2002 he was a founding member of HTNG (Hotel Technology Next Generation) a non-profit body which was established in the US to promote open systems integrations between vendors in the industry and today he is an Executive Advisor to HTNG. In 2004 Mr. Horner was the first non-US person to be elected to the HITEC Technology Hall of Fame for his contribution to the advancement of technology in the hospitality industry. Since the early 90's he has traveled extensively throughout the world to speak at many hospitality technology conferences and has written many articles on technology that have been published all over the world In 2011 Mr. Horner established an alliance with JBA Consulting Engineers, a company started in Las Vegas in the 60's and now has seven offices worldwide with multi-discipline expertise in electrical design, security, AV, fire and safety, data center design and systems integration. In the last 12 months Mr. Horner has formed a strategic alliance with jba consulting engineers in Las Vegas who are a world leader in providing consulting advise to the casino/resort market on a global basis.

Mr. Horner can be contacted at +61 2 98768119 or ted@hornertech.com.au

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.