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PPDS Debuts Energy Efficient Digital Signage Series

PPDS Philips Tableaux digital signage in a restaurant

PPDS, the exclusive global provider of Philips professional displays and solutions, is excited to announce the launch of a new game-changing and industry-advancing range of full size and full colour ‘zero power’ Philips Tableaux advanced colour ePaper (ACeP) signage displays. Each is capable of delivering 24/7 vivid content, while running entirely unplugged and without using a single kilowatt of electricity.

Unveiled on Philips booth (3P600) in Barcelona, these ground-breaking Philips Tableaux displays from PPDS mark the introduction of a brand new product category into its ever-evolving portfolio of professional displays, (including digital signage, interactive displays, direct view LED and professional TVs).

Part of a relentless focus and deepening commitment to bringing high impact, highly sustainable and more eco-friendly solutions to market, the new Tableaux displays from PPDS are the world’s first 60,000 colour (including blue) ePaper signage solutions launched by a leading display manufacturer. Designed to deliver an array of exciting new opportunities – including cost and energy savings – for customers operating in a variety of verticals, with hospitality being key.

Stretching the boundaries of possibility

Available in 25” 16:9, and 28” 32:9 stretched variants at launch, Philips Tableaux displays are an ideal energy saving solution for businesses across the sectors looking to digitise their paper-based signage delivering messaging such as store opening hours, timetables, and menus, or promotions and offers, or for those looking to swap out their current digital models (where features may far exceed day-to-day requirements, adding unnecessary running costs) with colourful, power-free, easily updatable Android SoC displays.

Perfect for any environment, including in spaces with limited or no access to power sources, the Tableaux range will show content without even being plugged in or using power at all. Light enough to be moved around easily when required, the displays only require connection to an electricity source when content is being updated, and immediately revert to zero power upon completion. Content updates can be managed manually, or entirely remotely using PPDS’ in-house or third-party professional display control and management platforms. The Philips Tableaux Series will also soon be compatible with the evolutionary PPDS Wave cloud-based fleet management platform, designed and built exclusively for Philips professional displays.

No plug, no problem

PPDS has already received significant interest and orders from around the world, including for customers in the retail, corporate, hospitality, food and beverage, public spaces, transportation and healthcare sectors, following a global pre-launch at its Global Access: Future Tech showcase ahead of ISE.

Further Philips Tableaux display sizes will be added in the coming months, with customers invited to learn more and to experience for themselves the current and future plans from PPDS on Philips stand 3P600 during ISE 2023.

Martijn van der Woude, VP Global Marketing and Business Development at PPDS commented: There are very many instances where digital signage is used only display still images, which may change only once a day, and sometimes even less. For these, you do not need a solution that offers a refresh rate of, for example 60fps, or to invest in a technology that far exceeds the capabilities required to achieve the desired impact. With the Philips Tableaux Series from PPDS, businesses can achieve their aims and ambitions at a fraction of the running cost, bringing immediate savings for themselves and for the environment.

“Sustainability is a top priority for many businesses. In a survey taken during our Global Access:Future Tech event, 68% of end customers said that it is business critical and 59% of Sis said the same. At PPDS, we feel it is our duty to lead the industry with this challenge, bringing products that deliver on energy and environmental savings, without compromising customers’ digital display objectives.”

PPDS’ commitment to sustainability has been cultivated over many years, and the company continues to embed this aspect as a key pillar in its strategy and future plans. Accelerating the topic of power savings into 2023 to address spiralling energy costs and to support businesses in achieving their sustainability and environmental goals and ambitions – including those set by local governments around the world – PPDS is taking a leadership role in developing technology to significantly reduce power consumption, carbon footprint, and resources used, without compromising the quality of performance for which Philips professional displays are known.

Franck Racape, VP Global Commercial at PPDS added: “At PPDS our mindset is to listen to the market and lead from the front in delivering the solutions customers need, when they need them. Sustainability and energy consumption are both becoming an increasing part of the conversation and this is something we have focused heavily on in the past 12 to 18 months.

“Today, here at ISE 2023, the latest examples of that strategy are on display, and we’re delighted to be the first leading display manufacturer in the global market to introduce these full sized, full colour Tableaux displays. These provide incredible opportunities, allowing businesses to digitise their business communications and messaging in ways they never thought possible. The Tableaux Series is the perfect, complementary solution to our wider range of incredible Philips professional displays, providing customers with a full portfolio of choice and opportunity to fit their everyday – and extraordinary – needs.

Martijn van der Woude concluded: “We have already been overwhelmed by the interest of our Tableaux displays ahead of ISE 2023. This display is a game changer for our customers and the wider AV industry…presenting results that speak for themselves. We look forward to welcoming you to our booth 3P600 in Barcelona so you can see and experience them for yourselves.”


Mountainside Retreat Getting a Timesaving ‘Lift’ with New Accounting Solution

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Business at the Mountain Lodge Telluride is simply sensational, especially since the slope-side sanctuary built for adventure seekers transitioned its back-office accounting solution to PVNG by Aptech. With business on a steady incline, the property needed an accounting system that streamlined data entry – especially when it comes to uploading payroll for its large seasonal workforce. PVNG gave Mountain Lodge Telluride the lift it was looking for.

“One of the biggest benefits of PVNG is the ability to upload journal entries,” said Huascar (Rick) Gomez, chief financial officer, Mountain Lodge Telluride. “This comes in handy for the large income journal and payroll. Before, we were not set up to receive a direct file from Paylocity for the payroll entries. That meant we had to go into the General Ledger and enter each line item one at a time for each employee. However, with PVNG, we can export this information into a .CSV file which then uploads into PVNG so no line-by-line items have to be keyed in. This is a huge time savings, and it also removes the possibility for human error. Now in busy season, efficiency is key, and that’s exactly what we get with PVNG.”

PVNG is a game-changer in the world of hotel accounting. It features Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, Statistics, Financials, and Bank Reconciliation modules, along with web browser navigation to upload the hotel data remotely. PVNG also contains OCR invoice processing, a myriad of payment options, drill-down capabilities in financial statements and reports, and the ability to handle single or multi-property accounting. It can also be deployed as a hosted service.

Mountain Lodge Telluride delivers an authentic Western alpine experience, with guests choosing between hotel-like lodge rooms and one-, two-, and three-room suites, and condominiums or luxury log cabins with ski-in/ski-out accommodations. Amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, ski rental at onsite with Christy Sports, ski lockers and storage, electric car charging stations, multilingual staff, outdoor heated pool & hot tubs, fitness center and steam room, The View restaurant, meeting and event facilities, concierge services and more.

“We are delighted that Mountain Lodge Telluride is having such a tremendous experience with PVNG,” said Cam Troutman, Aptech vice president. “Seasonal operations like Mountain Lodge Telluride need to be able to rely on their accounting solution to ensure all financials – such as payroll, invoice entries, revenue reports, and account inquiries – are being processed quickly and correctly and without downtime. PVNG streamlines common daily procedures and makes them user-intuitive, allowing operators to accomplish daily accounting requirements with a minimum number of steps. Plus, our hospitality-specific formulas, like RevPAR, Occupancy,

and ADR, can be accessed with greater flexibility and drill down – something Aptech customers need and appreciate as travelers and profits return.”

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ROAR Appoints Christopher Young as Chief Technology Officer


ROAR, a company providing workplace panic button solutions, has hired Christopher Young as its Chief Technology Officer. He brings more than 20 years of technology experience to a role that will oversee product, engineering and quality assurance for the company’s signature staff safety platform.

Young previously held vice president roles in R&D, product and technology, most recently working for data analytics and integrations company Qlik. He was recruited for his ability to deliver complex solutions with a focus on migration, storage and operationalization of data. As part of ROAR’s plan to scale, Young will audit technology features and work closely with the sales team to deliver additional customer value to meet the company’s vision of protecting one million people in the next few years. This includes rolling out enhanced reporting, monitoring, and emergency response.

“I'm thrilled to welcome Christopher to the team. His extensive experience in leading and inspiring engineering and product teams will drive our company's growth as we aim to increase the number of individuals protected threefold while maintaining exceptional service for our hotel and healthcare clients,” said ROAR Chief Executive Officer Yasmine Mustafa. 

ROAR has patented a Bluetooth low energy mesh network system for security devices which can work in any type of building, and “self heal” in real-time. In the early 2010s, Young worked for leading kidney health company DaVita Healthcare Partners, leading a replacement of their proprietary electronic medical record system for more than 2,200 locations. This transferable experience will support ROAR’s penetration and various applications across the healthcare market.

“Every person has the right to feel safe within their workplace, particularly in healthcare and hospitality where their workers can be some of the most vulnerable,” Young said. “I joined ROAR because of the alignment between their mission and my personal core values. I am excited to work with our internal teams to deliver critical workplace technology to organizations enabling their employees to feel safe at work.”


Tripleseat Announces Partnership and New Integration with Cvent

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Tripleseat, a cloud-based sales and catering management platform for hotels, announced it has partnered with Cvent, a provider of meetings, events, and hospitality technology, to deliver a new integration that will help unify and automate the event inquiry and management process.

The integration will link Tripleseat's platform with the Cvent Supplier Network. When event planners use Cvent to submit a request for proposal (RFP) to multiple venues, they will automatically be added to those venues' Tripleseat accounts as new leads. Venues must be both a Cvent Supplier Network member and a Tripleseat customer to take advantage of this integration.

In addition, the integration enables venues, especially hotels, to benefit from the global reach of these two companies. Tripleseat is used worldwide by more than 15,000 restaurants, hotels, and unique venues that have booked 10 million events and have seen a 35% increase in customer revenue; while more than 90,000 corporate planners rely on Cvent to source venues and manage their events.

"There is no doubt that the number of events being planned and the cost per event is growing," said Jonathan Morse, CEO of Tripleseat. "Which is exactly why we partnered with Cvent. Our new integration will help venues that work with both Tripleseat and Cvent to reach thousands of event planners who are looking for properties to host their events in 2023."

"This partnership will make it easier for Tripleseat customers to view, organize and respond to RFPs they have received through the Cvent Supplier Network," said Jim Abramson, Vice President of Product Management at Cvent. "We believe this will help venues prioritize leads, streamline RFP response, and ultimately, win more business."

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Ottonomy.IO, Goggo Network Team Up for Fully Autonomous Robot Deliveries

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Ottonomy.IO and Goggo have teamed up for last-mile deliveries in Spain and Europe. Fully L4 autonomous robot will be traveling on public sidewalks to deliver commercial goods to consumers.

Goggo has already started its deliveries with Ottobots in the Spanish cities of Alcobendas and Zaragoza, and will be expanding to other European cities soon.

Goggo Network has added the Ottobot to current fleet of robots and Autonomous Vehicles for last-mile deliveries of its partner network of retailers and restaurants.

"Now with Ottonomy in our fleet, we continue building our unique, innovative and sustainable last and middle-mile logistics services with autonomous vehicles and robots in Europe, '' said Yasmine, co-founder and COO of Goggo Network. "We selected Ottonomy.IO because of its leadership in building fully autonomous delivery robots. We are happy to integrate the Ottobot into our AV fleet, as it provides an extremely safe and efficient mode to reach customers to our network of retailers and restaurants."

Ottonomy.IO is a recipient of the 2021 Sustainability Product of the Year award by Business Intelligent Awards, Ottobot was officially launched in January 2022. Following that, the Ottobot 2.0 was released in August 2022, and in January 2023, the Ottobot Yeti, a fully autonomous robot capable of making unattended deliveries, was launched. Ottonomy has led the autonomous robot market with solutions for retailers, restaurants and e-commerce delivery with its diverse capability for airport, curbside, first and last mile delivery solutions.


Hifive Launches to Help Employees be Recognized and Rewarded in the Workplace

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Hifive is making waves in the hospitality industry by helping service employees receive recognition and increase their income for their hard work through their feedback and digital tipping solution.

Staff members such as housekeepers, concierge, and front desk employees often work behind the scenes and their contributions may go unnoticed by guests and management. With the increasing trend of digital payments, many people no longer carry cash on them, making it difficult for them to leave tips for service staff. This can be a problem for hotels, as tips can be an important source of income for employees and a key factor in improving customer satisfaction. Hifive's cashless digital tipping solution makes it easy for guests to leave a tip for service employees by using a QR code. Guests can scan the QR code using their mobile device and use options such as Apple Pay or Google Pay to complete the transactions. If they prefer, guests can also manually enter their card details to leave a tip. This not only makes it easy for guests to leave a tip, but it also ensures that the service employee receives it in a timely and secure manner.

But Hifive's solution doesn't just stop at digital tipping. Guests can also leave reviews about their property experience during the tipping process, giving a feedback mechanism for general managers and hotel owners to utilize as a way to improve existing and future guest service experiences. In addition, the platform also allows service employees to receive recognition for their hard work, through a system of ratings and reviews, which both property personnel and employees can keep track of.

One of the most exciting features of Hifive's solution is the recent launch of its instant payouts. The instant payout feature allows service employees to disburse the tips earned from their digital wallet, who can choose from various payout options, including their bank account, Cash App, Venmo, or even in the form of a gift card. This gives employees greater flexibility and control over their earnings and eliminates the need for them to wait for a paycheck for tips to be distributed. Given Hifive is a B2B solution, the startup also offers an option where tips can be run through payroll.

"We are thrilled to offer our digital tipping solution to the hospitality industry," remarked Anirudh Emmadi, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Hifive. "We understand that employee retention can be a challenge, with many individuals feeling underappreciated and undervalued. Our platform addresses these issues by providing a mechanism for staff to receive recognition for their efforts and to be appropriately compensated for their services, while also enabling guests to provide feedback on their experience at the property."

Hifive's digital tipping solution is a win for service employees, guests, and business owners. It helps employees increase their income and receive recognition for their hard work, while also giving guests an opportunity to share their experience and giving businesses valuable feedback on their staff and helping to improve the overall experience for guests.