LodgeNet launch solutions group

Interactive Corporation has announced the launch of the
LodgeNet Professional Solutions Group.It is a professional service group that
will work with customers to plan, manage, and implement High-Definition
Television, Broadband Internet and other digital media and content
initiatives, helping customers meet the needs of an evolving technology
environment. As a part of this announcement, the company also unveiled its
new Certified Installation Program. This new offering will leverage the
resources of the Professional Solutions Group to provide customers with a
turnkey solution that ensures a quality High-Definition experience for
hoteliers and their guests.

As the challenges related to planning and implementing new media and
connectivity systems grow in complexity, LodgeNet has increasingly been
asked by its customers to assist in planning, design and implementation of
new technology solutions that go beyond the basic implementation of video
on demand (VOD) systems. The launch of the new Professional Solutions Group
was driven by LodgeNet’s practical experience with the issues facing
partners in both hospitality and healthcare that are considering new media
and content solutions for their properties.

  Services provided by the Professional Solutions Group include planning
and managing all aspects of High-Definition conversion for hotels, offering
professional advice and implementation, and ensuring proper selection of
hardware and execution of project installations. With the creation of this
new department, LodgeNet will now have a team dedicated to providing these
services as a dedicated business group in support of its customers’ needs.

  Over the past few years, LodgeNet has planned and implemented solutions
for a wide variety of premier locations, including managing the MATV system
design and implementation for The Waldorf=Astoria in New York, the Westin
Arlington, and the Westin Boston Waterfront, among others. In addition,
LodgeNet has planned and managed system design and implementation projects
for a variety of healthcare facilities including, Sanford USD Medical
Center (Sioux Falls, SD), Edward Hospital (Naperville, IL), Baylor Medical
Center (Plano, TX), and THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano (Plano, TX).

  “In launching the Hyatt Place(TM) brand, we wanted to create a
completely new and exciting guest entertainment experience,” said Richard
Morgan, Senior Vice President of Operations for Hyatt Place. “We chose
LodgeNet to help us plan and manage this project based on their 25 years of
experience. The result is that our new Hyatt Place guest rooms are a
showcase that feature High-Definition entertainment and expanded media
connectivity options.” “Our project for Hyatt Place exemplifies the growing
demand in our industry for upgrading hotel rooms to High-Definition,” said
Matt Sandvold, Senior Director of Technology and Content Implementation and
head of the Professional Solutions Group for LodgeNet Interactive. “We
created the LodgeNet Professional Solutions Group to partner with our
customers and support their plans to implement High-Definition and other
digital solutions in a way that saves them time and money, and offers a
premium experience to guests.”