DCI, a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, managed services along with NEC Corporation announced that The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center, one of the world’s leading destination resorts, is the first hotel to install NEC’s Application Platforms for Hotels, announced to the U.S. market in April 2013. The NEC Solution Platforms with its Application Platforms for Hotels resides on a single server platform, and is a groundbreaking first for the industry. The Woodlands Resort was looking for more than a basic communications system; it wanted a combination of reliability, mobile communications for its staff, and leading edge services for guests. DCI – Design Communications LLC, the leading technology solutions and services provider to the hospitality industry, as well as a certified Platinum NEC dealer, worked with The Woodlands Resort and presented the NEC solution.
“As a world class destination resort, The Woodlands Resort was seeking a proven partner who can bring innovative, leading technology to complement the level of service our guests expect,” said Jose C. Garcia, director of IT at The Woodlands. “Our decision to select NEC is based on its history of success in the hospitality industry, proven support, and a highly innovative solution. Additionally, NEC will provide us with a seamless transition to an all-IP platform.”
Located in the master planned community of The Woodlands, about 30 minutes north of Houston and established in 1974, The Woodlands Resort offers 36 holes of championship golf and is undergoing an extensive renovation and expansion that will be completed in the Fall of 2014, adding 184 guest rooms to its original base of 220 plus rooms and its 60,000 square feet of meeting space.
The new Application Platforms for Hotels has the following features:
- Mission-Critical Unified Communications applications to improve productivity, such as presence, call control, instant messaging, group chat, mobility, collaboration and voice/video conferencing.
- A PC attendant console application designed specifically for the hospitality industry which optimizes performance and enhances guest services through a specialized keyboard, guest directory integration with PMS, HotSOS* integration, intuitive Wake-Up Call scheduling, Room-Direct-Inward Dialing, guest messages, emergency on-site notification and the ability to handle higher call volumes more efficiently.
- Mobility solutions ranging from mobile clients supported on both Android and iOS devices that provide single number reach and dual-mode capabilities for seamless roaming between Wi-Fi and cellular networks to WLAN and DECT mobile handsets.