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theWit Chicago – Hotel Of The Future

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Charlie | Monday 16th, 2010, 12:00am BST

Even in a city known for its architecture, theWit Doubletree in Chicago, Illinois stands out, thanks in no small part to the neon green lightning bolt down the exterior facade. It is a design element that boldly proclaims something even more interesting is going on inside. Indeed, theWit is one of the most technologically advanced hotels in the world. At the heart of theWit is an IP-based infrastructure powered by NEC Univerge IP Solutions that enhances the guest experience. In guest rooms, temperature adjusts automatically through sensors that detect the space a guest is occupying and moves the energy accordingly to warm or cool. In public spaces, atmosphere is programmed via carefully selected audio — birds chirp during the day, crickets each night. In-room VoIP color touch screen phones connect guests with information such as weather updates, flight status, and hotel services without any human-to-human interaction. Each staff member carries an iPhone or an iPod Touch, so when a guest needs an extra pillow or bag pick up, an alert goes from the guest room phone to theWit staffer that is closest. As a result, the request is fulfilled faster. But this isn’t just technology for technology’s sake. Everything has a purpose. To better understand those purposes, we caught up with Darrin Pinkham, Chief Technology Officer for the hotel, and got a sneak peek at the technologies that theWit’s parent company, Hilton, will roll out in the years to come. Full article at PCmag.com Ôªø