Cobalt Robotics , Bear Robotics | August 24, 2021
The pandemic upended many sectors with mass layoffs at the beginning of COVID-19 and ended with record labor shortages. The hospitality sector in particular was deeply hit with massive unemployment gaps that ran well above the national unemployment rate during the pandemic. While other industries have started on the road to recovery, the hospitality industry is still 2.8 million jobs shy of where it was in February 2020.
With more than 60% of Americans willing to travel again, 55% of U.S. companies planning to resume business travel within the next three months and more than a third of current hospitality workers planning to exit the industry, the hotel industry is in a bind.
Long-term labor solutions in the area are needed to meet the rising demand for travel and seismic shifts in the hospitality workforce. This is where 3D camera-equipped robots can play a role. Robots are some of the most impactful forms of hospitality technology hoteliers can invest in to maintain efficiency, serve guests and aid understaffed operations.
Solving staffing shortages
From retail stores to the hospitality realm, customer-facing industries are already solving staffing shortages and improving operations through robots equipped with 3D imaging sensors. For example, restaurants have added self-navigating robots for food delivery and table bussing while grocery chains have discovered that robots can assist in cleaning, providing stock management alerts and checkout duties.
These tasks are typically limited in their customer-facing duties but are repetitive and time-consuming activities that are easily programmed into digital sidekicks. This makes robots an ideal solution to the staffing shortages many hotel properties are experiencing. Properties of all sizes are starting to realize the practical uses for service robots - or “co-bots,” which work alongside humans to extend and improve performance, taking the burden off human workers so they can handle more demanding responsibilities.
A popular function behind the implementation of 3D camera-embedded robots is the ability to increase self-service functionality, increase convenience and improve customer experiences for guests. Mobile robots can perform navigation tasks that include guiding guests to their rooms and delivering commonly requested room service items such as pillows, blankets, towels and toiletries. They can even operate as roving security guards throughout the property.
3D facial authorization, like the technology used to unlock your smartphone, can be employed to recognize guests and address them by name, adding a sense of personalization and high-class service. Meanwhile, guests can say goodbye to fumbling for key cards, and hotel staff no longer have to worry about reprinting numerous key cards.
Housekeeping and sanitization may be the most demanded and high-ROI use of 3D robots. Robots can manage in-room and common area cleaning tasks such as vacuuming and sanitation, while specially equipped units can completely disinfect high-touch areas and items. Equipped with a UV light and disinfectant sprays, these popular cleaning companions can eliminate germs off the surface of elevator buttons, doorknobs and TV remotes in just seconds.
Safety and efficiency of 3D tech
3D cameras are the key to robots handling tasks alongside human workers. 3D camera technology enables mobile robots to identify and avoid obstacles and people with extreme accuracy. The camera technology can accurately perceive depth to navigate highly populated space: From high foot traffic in hallways to luggage and bags stacked in lobbies, 3D robots can navigate through it all. Using their depth-sensing capabilities, they can also spot anomalies like an open hallway door or atypical presence of individuals in a given space.
When combined with SLAM (Simultaneous Location and Mapping), the technology that scans and creates a digital map of the space, self-propelled 3D service bots can deliver food, drinks and other amenities anywhere within the hotel property. No matter the obstacle, SLAM-supported 3D can seamlessly navigate and deliver guests what they need.
Cobalt Robotics and Bear Robotics are two companies utilizing 3D camera technology in the hospitality robotics sector. Cobalt Robotics, a U.S.-based company, develops 3D camera-equipped robots available for security, facilities management and concierge services. Bear Robotics offers robots specializing in food service deployments. The cost of utilizing robot workers in these instances is often comparable or less than an hourly worker. Combine these savings with the elimination of sick days, injuries or other disruptions and hotel managers are left with a more cost-effective way to handle routine tasks.
Another vital form of ROI in employing 3D robots in hotels is that they can collect data on guest preferences, facility status and upkeep, security and more. This information is critical in helping hotels run more efficiently and with a greater focus on customer satisfaction.
The future of hotels
The pandemic has created vast uncertainty for the hospitality industry. It remains to be seen how guest bookings and behaviors, hospitality economics or competitive activity will change for the long-haul post-pandemic.
What is certain, however, is that labor will be forever impacted - and that technology, specifically reliable and multifunctional robots, will be part of the future of hotels.
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Hawaiian Airlines | December 13, 2021
Amadeus has been selected by Hawaiian Airlines as its next-generation technology partner. Implementation of the Amadeus Altéa PSS suite will begin in Q1 2022 with targeted completion in 2023. Altéa is at the heart of the Amadeus Airline Platform, an open technology platform built for innovation, agile collaboration, and simplified interactions that will equip Hawaiian Airlines with the best technology to deliver superior service to its customers.
The airline will join a community of 200+ airlines around the world, shaping its operations and passenger experiences with leading technology from Amadeus. The Hawaiian Airlines and Amadeus partnership will enable Hawaiian Airlines to:
Deliver a modern, efficient reservations solution for front-line employees to aid customers in purchasing, changing, and using services from the airline.
Provide airport staff with a new, modern user experience to simplify complex tasks, resulting in more time to care for customers.
Connect to the Amadeus Payment Platform, allowing the airline to integrate modern payment services to Altéa and provide new payment capabilities for its customers.
Equip its teams with modern, seamlessly integrated technology that provides real-time access to data insights.
“The past few years have been transformative for Hawaiian Airlines in many ways and have led us on a path to take major steps in preparing for the future,We look forward to this expanded partnership that now includes Altéa PSS, which increases our flexibility to introduce new products and allows us to create a great customer experience.”
-John Jacobi, Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Hawaiian Airlines
We are excited to welcome Hawaiian Airlines to the Amadeus community. We are confident that our partnership will enrich Hawaiian Airlines’ customer and employee experiences, said Rajiv Rajian, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Americas, Amadeus. “We have built a close working relationship over the past several years, and we are thrilled to begin a new chapter with Hawaiian Airlines. We believe the Amadeus Airline Platform will deliver the technology to enable Hawaiian Airlines to deliver a superior traveler experience.
Hawaiian Airlines is an existing user of Departure Control Flight Management, Amadeus’ load planning solution, and as part of this expanded partnership, the airline will implement Amadeus Departure Control Customer Management. Also, to help Hawaiian Airlines continue to be flexible and responsive to health and safety requirements, it will implement Traveler ID for Safe Travel, an Amadeus solution that allows passengers to verify their health documentation directly through the airline app or websites. Additionally, Hawaiian Airlines will be connected to the Amadeus Payment Platform, ensuring they can provide their customers a seamless payment experience.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 17 years (2004-2020) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation and was named No. 1 U.S. airline by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards. Consumer surveys by Travel + Leisure and TripAdvisor have placed Hawaiian among the top of all domestic airlines serving Hawaiʻi.Now in its 93rd year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaiʻi's biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers approximately 130 flights within the Hawaiian Islands, daily nonstop flights between Hawaiʻi and 16 U.S. gateway cities – more than any other airline – as well as service connecting Honolulu and American Samoa, Japan, South Korea, Sydney, and Tahiti. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaiian’s Auckland and Brisbane flights remain suspended.The airline is committed to connecting people with aloha by offering complimentary meals for all guests on transpacific routes and the convenience of no change fees on Main Cabin and Premium Cabin seats. HawaiianMiles members also enjoy flexibility with miles that never expire.Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com. Follow Hawaiian’s Twitter updates (@HawaiianAir), become a fan on Facebook (Hawaiian Airlines), and follow us on Instagram (hawaiianairlines). For career postings and updates, follow Hawaiian’s LinkedIn page.
Travel powers progress. Amadeus powers travel. Amadeus’ solutions connect travelers to the journeys they want through travel agents, search engines, tour operators, airlines, airports, hotels, cars and railways.We have developed our technology in partnership with the travel industry for over 30 years. We combine a deep understanding of how people travel with the ability to design and deliver the most complex, trusted, critical systems our customers need. In 2019, we helped connect over 1.9 billion people to local travel providers in over 190 countries.We are one company, with a global mindset and a local presence wherever our customers need us.Our purpose is to shape the future of travel. We are passionate in our pursuit of better technology that makes better journeys.Amadeus is an IBEX 35 company, listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange under AMS.MC. The company has also been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the last ten years.
Nuvei Corporation | May 27, 2022
On May 26, Nuvei Corporation announced its partnership with Scott Dunn, an award-winning luxury tour operator. Nuvei will provide Scott Dunn with a comprehensive global payment solution, including smart routing and payments orchestration. Nuvei accelerates businesses through modular, flexible and scalable tech solutions so that leading companies can adapt next-gen payments, offer various payout options and benefit from banking, risk and fraud management services and card issuing.
Post-pandemic the travel industry is expected to take off. According to Statista’s Digital Market Outlook Report, travel and tourism market revenue is predicted to reach the U.S $ 637 billion in 2022.
“The entire digital travel experience should be seamless from the moment a holiday is booked to getting to your destination. Payments are an integral part of that for both holidaymakers and businesses as global travel revenues grow, The Nuvei team’s extensive knowledge of our industry, coupled with a strong product stack and global reach, were instrumental in our selection process. With Nuvei as our payment provider, we are well positioned to grow further in key markets globally.”
-Scott Dunn’s Chief Financial Officer Mark Woodall.
Commenting on the partnership said: As a business that believes in exceptional experience, innovation and service, we’re delighted to partner with Scott Dunn
“Our global acquiring and payments gateway solutions offer scalability; while our smart routing engine will help define, configure and manage transactional routing in real time. Partnering with Scott Dunn will further position Nuvei as the payments partner of choice for the travel and mobility industry,”
-Nuvei Chair and CEO Phil Fayer