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Published on : Wednesday, October 5, 2016
A new study released last month from the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association , shows that business travelers in the U.S. and Canada want technology amenities that “most hotels do not currently offer.” Hotel Technology Study: How Do North America-Based Business Travelers Use and Feel about Hotel Technology? revealed that 35 percent of business travelers want more regular outlets and USB outlets, and 32 percent want in-room chargers for smartphones and/or laptops. The Kube Clock™ for guestrooms and the Kube 5 Portable for public spaces from Kube Systems is meeting these business traveler demands, while the soon-to-be-released Kube Essentials will make mobile device and laptop charging available in 2017.
“While in-room mobile device charging has infiltrated the hospitality market for more than a decade, the technology to support all mobile devices on the market – including smartphones, tablets, cameras, wearable technologies, and even laptops – is relatively new,” said David Weinstein, Kube Systems Vice President. “As guests continue to bring two or three devices while they travel, hotels need to be able to support these charging demands. Supplying a charging station that only powers one type of mobile device is detrimental to customer satisfaction. Our charging solutions power ALL types of mobile devices simultaneously using the latest wired and wireless technologies.”
In a prepared statement about this study, GBTA Foundation Director of Research Monica Sanchez said: “In the future, hotels could invest in innovative new technologies, but should also continue to focus on improving existing amenities.” Kube Systems does just that.
“Kube Systems understands that hoteliers don’t want to reinvest in new equipment each time a global charging standard changes,” Weinstein said. “Therefore, we protect the owners’ investment by equipping each Kube (Clock, Portable and Essentials) with replaceable and upgradeable modular cables that keep these units from becoming obsolete. By making the hardware is fully upgradable, we are future-proofing hoteliers’ investments.”