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Beekeeper Wins the 2018 HTNG TechOvation Award at HT-NEXT

Pictured left to right: Rob Graves, Datatrend Technologies, Corey McCarthy, Beekeeper, Michael Blake, HTNG

Beekeeper is a digital workplace app where operational systems and communication channels live within one secure, intuitive platform. Beekeeper connects desk and non-desk employees across locations and departments in real time via mobile or desktop, and includes an intelligent dashboard to help companies improve internal communication and streamline business processes.

Beekeeper said it was thrilled to be named the HTNG 2018 TechOvation Award Winner. Its digital workplace platform reaches every single employee with relevant messaging. This is critical to the 1.9 million front- and back-of-house hotel employees who don't sit at a desk or have a company email address. Creating a great employee experience translates to a great guest experience. Winning the 2018 TechOvation Award signifies that hoteliers see a dire need for digital transformation in workplace communications. Beekeeper not only empowers staff, but its open API supports integration with existing operational systems. That means hotels can use Beekeeper for payroll, scheduling, file sharing, task management, and other systems.

"The Beekeeper app uses both factors of convenience and mobility that we see rapidly growing in the hospitality industry," said Michael Blake, CEO of HTNG. "We recognize Beekeeper for their innovation and are very happy to announce them as HTNG's 2018 TechOvation Award Winner!"

InnCable by InnSpire was a finalist in this year's TechOvation Award. The InnCable is really a "computer in a cable." This Android device makes any TV smart and connected by plugging one end into a network-socket, and the other into the HDMI-port of the TV. The InnSpire features - with all the Sales, Entertainment and Analytics - become instantly available for guests to enjoy their experience even more.

protel.IO by protel hotelsoftware was also a finalist in this year's TechOvation Award. Delivering open and performing data integration, protel.IO is vendor-neutral by design. This framework is able to move any data in any format through any number of destinations, using standard HTNG messaging. Real-time data from touch-points across the hotel ecosystem can be subscribed/contributed to, surfacing actionable business insights from real guest preference.

The HT-NEXT Awards Program was sponsored by Datatrend Technologies.

"Technology innovation in the hospitality industry is crucial to growth and continued success," said Rob Graves, Vice President of Datatrend Technologies. "We are so proud of the winners of the HT-NEXT Innovation Awards and we applaud their creative solutions! I've said it before, as a road warrior myself, it's a great time to be a traveler with so many improvements to the guest experience. Sponsoring this program means a lot to Datatrend. Our mission is to help organizations continually modernize their technology to not only better their uses' experiences, but to enhance business outcomes. This program is a perfect complement to Datatrend's role in hospitality technology innovation. Congratulations to all winners and participants; this is a huge accomplishment!"

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