Why Hotels Should Consider Investing in Device Agnostic Presentation Tools

Michal Christine Escobar
Senior Editor (Hotels)
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As in-person meetings begin to resume, companies are increasingly deploying bring your own device (BYOD) programs to encourage workers to use technology they are familiar and comfortable with. However, BYOD programs also create a need for device-agnostic hardware and software tools that foster productivity, engagement and idea-sharing – especially within schools, offices and hotels.

Recognizing this, Panasonic recently introduced the PressIT Wireless Presentation System – a plug-and-play solution that allows users to easily connect and share content without network setup, software or driver installation. By connecting the receiver to the projector or professional display in the meeting, conference or huddle room and plugging the transmitter into the presenting devices, employees can press a button and instantly share content. This takes the guesswork out of dealing with uncooperative, unreliable and complicated technology – allowing users to focus on sharing content. Additionally, the system allows for simultaneous collaboration as four presenters are able to display visual and audio content at one time.

To learn more about device agnostic presentation tools and their potential within the hospitality industry, HT spoke with Rudy Vitti, Group Manager – Product Marketing, Panasonic.

How will hotels benefit from using these types of presentation tools?

Hotels often bring together groups of people within their conference rooms, meeting spaces or event spaces. In these scenarios, guests may be presenting a corporate presentation at an important meeting, collaborating for a group project or sharing personal memories or stories as might happen at a wedding. Offering these customers a device-agnostic presentation tool provides hotels the chance to offer improved flexibility and productivity to customers while saving time and money, making for a better experience for all.

In addition to increased flexibility, this technology can create a smoother process for presenters to share content, making meetings and events more productive. Instead of spending time trying to find the correct adaptor for your presenting device, a device agnostic tool will come with any hardware requirements needed.

Saving time and money is another key consideration. Often hotels hosting major events or meetings gather all content from each presenter and then upload the content onto a single, presenting device. Managing file formats, compressing larger files and waiting for these items to upload properly will likely take a significant amount of time and energy for IT staff, putting a strain on resources. However, because device-agnostic presentation tools encourage people to use their own devices, this helps to streamline the prep time for sharing content.  

What are some additional benefits to device-agnostic tools?

With device-agnostic tools, events and meetings hosted at hotels can take on a whole new form. Rather than wasting time switching between presenters, conferences and events can proceed virtually uninterrupted because the presenters can smoothly transition between devices and the content being shared. The audience’s attention can remain captivated, even as sessions or topics change.

Additionally, with device-agnostic presentation tools that are also wireless, people will have the ability to present from their seats without needing to connect using any cables or cords. In today’s climate where social distancing is key, this can help reduce foot traffic and person-to-person contact. Plus, hotels can offer more flexible floor plans for customers, allowing for layouts conducive to collaborative events, since the layout will no longer need to be based on where the cable connections are.