Marriott and Samsung Team Up for IoT Hotel Room of the Future

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The smart hotel room includes multiple IoT systems, devices and applications to serve guests and optimize hotel operations.

The IoT may be coming to a hotel room near you soon, thanks to a partnership between Samsung, Marriott and Legrand. The three have been working together on the IoT Guestroom Lab, which explores IoT concepts designed to improve both guest experience and hotel design and construction. The smart hotel room features a variety of IoT systems, devices and applications that communicate with each other to serve guests and optimize hotel operations

“We know that our guests expect to personalize almost everything in their lives, and their hotel experience should be no different. By teaming with best-in-class partners, we are leveraging mobile and voice-enabled technology to give our guests the ability to set up the room to best meets their needs—whether that is creating the ultimate relaxation environment or one that enables productivity for business travelers,” Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer at Marriott International, said in a press release.

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Some of the technology on display in the IoT Guestroom Lab enables guests to ask a virtual assistant for a wake-up call, start a yoga routine using a full-length mirror, and start the shower with their desired temperature, all via voice commands or through an app.

“At Samsung, we aspire to make life easier and better for our consumers, whether they’re at home or their home away from home,” said James Stansberry, Senior Vice President and General Manager of ARTIK IoT, Samsung Electronics. “Partnering with Legrand and Marriott, we can offer users unprecedented levels of control and personalization, thanks to our end-to-end IoT services powered by the ARTIK platform and the SmartThings Cloud. From intuitive lighting to voice-activated room controls, we’re delivering customizable, intelligent experiences that make our consumers’ lives more convenient, productive and secure.”

The IoT Guestroom Lab will run for three months, after which the companies will analyze the feedback it generated. Marriot said guests will start to see the IoT technology in hotel rooms within the next five years.

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