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CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes WiSuite as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. WiSuite’s Central Control and Monitoring system interfaces with WiSuite’s ZigBee Wireless Digital Thermostats to provide real-time building, zone, room and device level controls, monthly temperature schedules, device history and maintenance alerts.
More than 40 Marriott hotels throughout Texas are doing their part to help the Texas environment. TXU Energy recently conducted energy audits at several large Marriott properties in the state. The recommendations, if fully implemented, would reduce electricity consumption by more than 2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year.
MADISON HEIGHTS, MICH.—Two long-time hospitality industry stalwarts—SAFLOK and INNCOM International Inc.—recently announced a strategic alliance. The collaboration has yielded a new radio-frequency (RF) interface for energy management. Hyatt Regency Chicago is the first property to adopt this new interface. An existing SAFLOK customer, Hyatt Regency Chicago is updating from the SAFLOK MT (multi-technology) locks to SAFLOK’s Quantum ädese locks and installing energy management thermostats with an RF interface.
NEW YORK—The total number of exhibitors may have been less than previous years due to the economy and other factors but the number of vendors offering green products and services was stronger than ever at this year’s International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS). The event was held November 8 to 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Visitors to the show found exhibitors featuring amenity bottles that biodegrade much faster than traditional plastic bottles; dispensers that eliminate amenity bottles altogether; a nonprofit that matches up hotels with other nonprofits to help eliminate food, toiletry and paper waste; water filtration systems; fabric made with eucalyptus fiber; water-saving showerheads; “green” garment bags; pillows made with fibers from recycled plastic soda bottles; and towels that promise up to 42 percent in energy savings.
GERMANTOWN, MD.—Telkonet, Inc., a company that develops and manufactures proprietary energy management and Smart Grid networking technology, announced that it has been ranked number 64 in the latest Technology Fast 500 list, Deloitte LLP’s ranking of 500 of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.
MADISON HEIGHTS, MICH.—SAFLOK has announced a collaboration with Control4. As a leader in electronic locking systems and part of the Kaba Group, SAFLOK has integrated some of its best-selling Messenger technology on the Control4 Suite Systems for “smart rooms” at hotel properties. “This integration will be a winning technology venture for SAFLOK, Control4, and most importantly the hotels,” says Kerry Hirschy, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Kaba Lodging Systems.
NIANTIC, CONN.—INNCOM International Inc., based here, and Exceptional Innovation (EI) of Columbus, Ohio, announce a joint partnership that will give hoteliers a one-stop shop for integrated hotel technology solutions. As part of the partnership, INNCOM will incorporate its guestroom-control systems (which include digital thermostats and fully integrated energy management, lighting control and communication systems) with EI software.
ABU DHABI, U.A.E.—The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has revealed that more than 90 percent of the hot water at its 408-room Aloft Hotel will be supplied through energy harnessed from solar panels. Aloft Hotel became the first hotel in Abu Dhabi to make such use of solar energy when it launched on October 25. A total of 560 solar panels, covering an area of 2,300 square meters, have been installed on the roof of ADNEC Car Park A. These panels heat water for the hotel’s 408 guestrooms, two production kitchens, food and beverage outlets, hotel offices and the swimming pool. The panels will save an estimated 870 megawatt hours of electricity every year by making use of the infrared component of sunlight to generate energy. The solar panels were manufactured in Germany by WOLF GmbH. Last month, ADNEC introduced a major recycling program to support the emirate’s recycling agenda. Recycling stations were installed throughout the venue.
ALSIP—Litetronics International, Inc. has expanded its Spiral-PAR collection with the addition of 9-watt PAR20 and 23-watt PAR38 lamps. The 9-watt PAR20 replaces a 35-watt halogen lamp, and the 23-watt PAR38 replaces a 90-watt halogen lamp. Both are available in 2700K, 3500K, and 4100K. All three 23-watt PAR38 models and the 2700K 9-watt PAR20 are Energy Star qualified.
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.—WattStopper announced that its Birmingham, Alabama, office has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance. WattStopper improved its energy performance when remodeling the facility, which had previously contained both office and warehouse space.
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