Why do I need Digital Signage?

What is digital signage?

When people are discussing digital signage, they are referring to a type of display used in many environments to inform and engage passersby. A great example of digital signage are the monitors found in hotel lobbies. These monitors are used to inform guests about the weather, restaurants in the area and even provide them with directions to their rooms.

What are the benefits of digital signage?

The greatest benefit of digital signage is that it grabs the attention of anyone passing by. In this digital era, people are trained to look at screens for information so it is a natural choice for reaching large audiences. In addition, you can deliver information in real time and have multiple messages being sent out at once.

What kind of content can I show on my digital signage?

You can show virtually any type of content in your digital signage – it can be customized to your needs and changed at any point.

  • Text and graphics
  • Wayfinding/maps/directories
  • Video and audio
  • Schedules
  • Weather/news and stock updates
  • Web pages
  • Cable feeds
  • Polls/contest
  • Advertisements

and so much more

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Breezer Oasys: Latest in Hospitality Cooling

Cool guests and Create Incremental Revenue

Extreme heat can have a negative impacts on the hospitality industry. As heat rises, hotels and restaurants with large, outdoor entertainment and dining areas risk revenue loss unless they are able to find effective cooling solutions. Breezer Oasys helps businesses reduce temperatures and creates pleasant, cool spaces for dining and entertaining. Your guests are sure to spend more time at your venue and become loyal customers.

How it Works

The Breezer Oasys produces comfort zones in hot environments by creating micro-climates. Using environmentally friendly evaporative cooling technology, the Breezer Oasys is capable of dropping ambient temperature by up to 27⁰F – without getting you wet!

Key Features

  • Cools up to 1,500 sq. ft.
  • Has oscillating head with ergonomic design for easy placement
  • Has 4 wheels to allow for easy transfer anywhere on property
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Choosing the Right Hospitality Safe

Three types of safes

There are three basic types of hospitality safes: shelf mount, drawer safes and wall safes which come in black or beige.

Shelf mount:
The shelf mount safe is the most popular type of hospitality safe and comes in two basic sizes – 17″ and 19″.

The 17-inch safe fits a standard laptop while the 19-inch gives a little more room for miscellaneous items. Both safes can be mounted to a pedestal and placed anywhere in the room.

Drawer safe:
This safe is made to fit in drawer spaces. They can be opened via the top or the front depending on the type of drawer. There is a great variation in width to accommodate the different drawer sizes.

Wall Safe:
The wall safe is similar to a residential safe that can be recessed into the wall or surface mounted. These safes are great to place in closets but the space must be spec’d prior to installation to assure a perfect fit.

When choosing the best safe for your room make sure to consider guest storage needs, dimensions, location and color.

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Why Consumer TVs Don’t Belong in a Commercial Environment

Price difference

The disparity in price between consumer and commercial electronics has always been distinct; that difference is even more noticeable in TVs.

So hotel owners and managers are starting to ask themselves why they should buy the higher priced commercial panel instead of the cheaper model on sale at the local big-box retailer especially when all they need is a basic TV.

Here are 4 points to consider when making that decision.

  1. Warranty:
    Consumer TVs have a 90 day to 1 year warranty. If that consumer TV is placed in a commercial setting, the warranty may become completely void. Hospitality TVs on the other hand have a 2 to 5 year warranty which often comes with on-site support.
  2. Duty Cycles:
    Consumer TVs are typically built to run four to eight hours a day while hospitality sets are designed to be used for 15 or 16 hours a day. There are even some panels that can run 24/7.
  3. Guest Proof:
    In order to make it easy for users to change settings, many consumer sets have accessible external controls. Those controls are physically hidden, and are able to be locked through settings on the TV, in a commercial set giving the property the comfort of knowing that guests are not changing any pre-set limiters.
  4. Guest Centered:
    There are extra features that a come standard on a hospitality TV that you are not likely to get with a consumer model. For example, some TVs have a special start-up channel with relevant information about the hotel and the surrounding area. Pro:idiom, which is an internal chip that allows hotels to run video signal, is also another very popular feature available in hotel TVs.
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Which are the Germiest Spots in Your Hotel Room?

Out of the 19 surfaces tested at a study done at the University of Houston, the germiest spot in hotel rooms were the bathroom sinks and floors, light switches and TV remote controls. The average remote was found to have 67.6 colony-forming units of bacteria per cubic centimeter squared.

So how do you protect your guests from potential hazard and ensure a clean environment? The easier way is to provide them with a Clean Remote with every TV. The Clean Remote has been tested to be 99% cleaner than standard remotes and will help reduce germs, viruses and bodily fluids often found on standard remote controls.

Not only is the Clean Remote effective, it is also easy to use and works with over 200 brands of hospitality TVs. The remote has a spill proof, easy wipe non-porous surface which makes it simple to disinfect when necessary. In addition, there is a hidden battery compartment with attached door so batteries aren’t taken and the door isn’t lost.

Since cleanliness is one of hotel guests’ top two priorities – the other is safety – buying Clean Remotes is one of the simplest solutions to ensuring your guests keep coming back.

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Give Your PTAC a Check-Up Today

With the winter season in full swing, now is a great time to check your PTAC units to make sure they will operate to their full potential.

Here are top 5 tips to keep your PTAC in cooling shape:

  1. Make sure to keep the filter clean. All you have the do is remove the filter, vacuum it, and then put it back in its place. However, if the filter is extremely dirty, you may have to go a step further and use a mild soap in order to clean it properly because if you don’t, the air flow will still be blocked.
  2. Check things like the thermostat, switches, power cords and controls. It is very important that all of these items work properly. If one of the power cords go bad, then a replacement is a definite must.
  3. Confirm there are no air leaks by checking the unit where it’s sealed against the wall. If there are leaks, make sure that you get them repaired as soon as possible.
  4. Clean the coils. Here you might have to use a professional coil cleaner if the coils are extremely dirty. However, make sure that you use the appropriate cleaner because some may be too harsh for indoor coils, while others are designed to be used on outdoor coils.
  5. Finally, make sure that you check any obstructions that may be located near the unit that could be causing problems. For example, trees or shrubs that may be too close to the unit could cause air flow problems, causing the unit not to work properly.

Do you have any tips of your own?

Let us know!

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Why Your Guests Expect an Interactive Program Guide

Hospitality TVs are not only starting to look slimmer, they’re getting smarter. Hotel TVs are evolving from something you watch to something you interact with. The latest TVs have features that allow you to log onto Facebook, get local information, order room service, and even mirror your smart phone.

For that reason having an IPG User Trendinteractive program guide is crucial to your guests’ experience. On average, home users visit their IPG 15 times per day and interact with it for 16 minutes per day. Not to mention that about 1/3 of content selection is discovered in IPG.

With an IPG, your guest won’t have to check the printed channel guide to see what channels are available. They won’t have to keep clicking the up and down button to change the channel. On Samsung TVs, for instance, they can hit the guide button and a grid will come up. Then it’s the familiar process of choosing their program via the directional keys just like they would on their TV back home.

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Open Sesame: GE’s Latest Oven Door Works like a Drawer

GE’s (NYSE:GE) newest cooking invention—the Easy Load Oven Drawer—is all about making meal preparation easier on the cook. The new GE Profile™ Series 30″ Free-Standing Double Oven Range has an upper oven that slides out, similar to a cabinet drawer, which improves stability compared to a traditional oven rack and gives cooks better access to food.

The practical design of GE’s new Easy Load Oven Drawer makes common cooking tasks easier to
complete. Roasting potatoes? Give them a quick stir without the hassle of oven mitts.

Need to add a bit more seasoning to broccoli? Sprinkle it on, right there while it sits on the oven rack. Want to check the temperature of the pork chops? Insert a thermometer without reaching in the oven to pull out the pan.

“Ergonomically, GE’s new sliding oven drawer makes perfect sense,” says Chris Naber, senior design engineer at GE Appliances. “With the entire oven drawer rolling out, people don’t have to bend over and reach in to remove what they’re baking. You simply hold the handle of the top oven door, pull it down to peek inside or fully slide out the drawer to access your food.”

In addition to the easy slide oven drawer, the oven is fully equipped with the latest features:

  • True European Convection with Precise Air for perfectly even results without turning the pan
  • A flexible cooktop with 6-inch, 9-inch and 12-inch Power Boil burners to fit your pots and pans
  • Expandable Bridge Zone for elongated pans such as griddles
  • Fast preheat for nights when you need to have dinner on the table quickly
  • Two ovens with 6.6 cu. ft. total oven capacity so you can prepare multiple dishes at once
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The 6 Elements of Persuasion

The word “influencer” gets thrown around a lot in business, but how does the power of the persuasion really work? An infographic from U.K.-based virtual phone service Everreach, explains the elements companies can utilize to impact their customers and get to “yes.” The list is based on the teachings of Dr. Robert Cialdini, author of the popular book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion.

For businesses, the principles of “reciprocity” and “scarcity” are big factors in the persuasion game. Customers feel more inclined to appreciate your business, for instance, when they’ve been given something personalized or unexpected. In that same vein, they also tend to want things that are scarcer, which is why limited-time offers tend to be a big selling point.

Customers are also big on trust. Your company can build lasting customer relationships by emphasizing your knowledge and “authority” in your industry. Try providing a trial period for your service, allowing your future clients to make a small commitment to start.

For more on how to influence your customers and potential clients and the importance of consensus and finding common ground, check out the infographic below:

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Corrosion Protection – Extending the Life of Your PTAC

Along coastal regions industrial, commercial and residential equipment including air conditioning coils, all require corrosion protection from the abundance of contaminants found in the atmosphere. Investment in a quality corrosion-resistant coating is usually less costly than unit or coil replacement, inefficient unit operation, constant unit maintenance, discomfort or lost production costs.

Every General Electric Zoneline PTAC unit can be ordered with a special treatment, placed on the interior components of the unit, to reduce the effects of corrosive environments. Not only will you gain savings in the extended equipment life, but corrosion protection will also result in lower maintenance costs, better operating efficiency and reduced service expenses.

Corrosion protection will also extend the life of your warranty as General Electric will not cover failure or damage resulting from corrosion due to installation in a coastal environment, except for models treated with special factory-applied anti-corrosion protection.

So if you are within 5 miles of non-fresh water or any sort of constant contamination, be sure to cover your investment and get corrosion protected PTAC units.

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