Hilton Selects Xybernaut for Wearable Computers

Xybernaut Corporation
(Nasdaq: XYBR) has announced that Hilton Hotels and Resorts
(NYSE: HLN) are selectively deploying a new technology that will bring check-in, check-out and other hotel services to where they`re most convenient for the guest.
Hilton guest service agents, concierges and other customer service representatives will use Xybernaut Mobile Assistant® V (MA® V) wearable computers as the basis for a wireless/mobile check-in system, augmenting existing registration processes.

The relationship was formally launched with an initial deployment at the Hilton`s largest hotel resort - the 3,432-room Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki Beach.

This enhancement is part of Hilton`s goal to maximize guest loyalty and satisfaction through technology, by providing innovative options to how and where guest services are delivered. Plans are to expand the use of wearable computers to other properties as a new tool to maintain Hilton`s leadership in customer service and to equip team members with mobile technology to enhance the guest service experience.

Last Fall, Hilton was presented with and tested the Xybernaut MA V to assess its functionality, ergonomics and return on investment at the Hilton San Francisco and the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Results of the trial demonstrated that providing access to critical data when and where team members most need it, without being tethered to a fixed workstation, enhances both customer service and other hotel operations.


Though Hilton is one of the largest hotel organizations to formally take advantage of Xybernaut mobile/wearable solutions, hospitality franchises of all sizes are constantly looking for new ways to boost their value and build affinity with guests. “We believe our trial and successful deployment with Hilton will be replicable and scalable with other organizations throughout the travel, leisure and hospitality markets,” said Edward G. Newman, chairman, president and CEO of Xybernaut.

The solution is being serviced by Datanamics, Inc. a Team Xybernaut VAR that concentrates on hospitality/travel/leisure markets. The system works by equipping customer service representatives with a full PC-equivalent wearable computer configured with wireless network connectivity. The wearable computer is equipped with touch screen enabled flat panel display (FPD), body-worn printer, mobile credit card processing equipment, a room key encoder and direct integration with the property management system.

If a queue at the registration desk starts to form and all traditional workstations are staffed, additional Front Desk agents can walk out from behind the desk to assist customers in the lobby. Also by evaluating arrival and departure logistics, we can bring our services to the customer - curbside at the porte-cochere, in elevator lobbies, convention/meeting facilities, or even at the hotel`s restaurant.

These roving staff members are able to build affinity among customers by: 1) speeding up the check-in process; 2) quickly reducing lines; 3) answering specific questions such as restaurant or entertainment recommendations; and 4) assisting guests in account review and check-out.

“The use of Xybernaut`s MA V wearable computers by Hilton Hotels is another example of a mainstream industry realizing the applicability and ROI benefits of wearable computing,” stated JB Rauch, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Xybernaut.