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PALO ALTO, CA – August 23, 2007 – As hotel owners operate in an industry with high overheads, they are eager for a system that offers precise communication between devices and decreases the maintenance, energy and operational costs. Appropriate implementation of building automation systems (BAS) connects all of the hotel’s sub-systems into a single platform.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (www.buildingtechnologies.frost.com), Strategic Assessment of the North American Hospitality Building Automation System (BAS) - an End-User Insight, reveals when building and hotel owners become aware of the availability of open and interoperable solutions, they are no longer apprehensive about investing in rapidly evolving building automation technologies.

The most critical part of a hotel manager’s job is to provide guests with a pleasant experience and ensure maximum guest retention while minimizing energy consumptions. Integrating controls save costs as operators are better able to view equipment performance and be more proactively involved in preventative maintenance. Through this converged network, hotel staff gain further value from the BAS to exceed guest expectations by determining and resolving problems before guests are affected. With the ability to reduce energy consumption, BAS is a huge asset in positioning a hotel as a ‘green building’.

Advanced BAS that come equipped with graphics, enable hotel operators to view systems in real time, allowing them to maintain equipment with greater ease. Similarly, wireless sensor networks in BAS can help end users achieve unprecedented levels of functionality.

“Wireless technology in BAS offers major labor savings for facility operators; as a plug-and-play application, the control center for wireless control and automation systems can be placed anywhere in the building,” says Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Jorge Moreno. “There is no need for wiring back to the control server since there are no retrofits.”

Hotels with medium to low occupancy do not find systems with motion sensors profitable. Once suitable building automation hardware and software are identified, they can be used to control room temperature and air quality. They can also control the amount and contrast of lighting in the room as well as the lobby and restaurants to create a pleasant ambience.

For BAS to be a greater commercial success, decision makers and building automation practitioners have to be educated about the technology’s availability and capabilities. Manufacturers have to highlight the benefits of improved guest services as well as lower energy, repair and replacement costs. Once all the stakeholders of a building are completely aware of these advantages, they can work together to enhance building integration.

“BAS manufacturers have to develop cost-effective, flexible and well-integrated automation solutions that can be easily manipulated to meet the demands of end users,” notes Moreno. “The ability to create advanced strategies in building automation as a whole is essential for manufactures to survive the current revolution in wireless and central controls.”

The Strategic Assessment of the North American Hospitality Building Automation System (BAS) - an End User Insight is part of the Building Management Technologies Growth Partnership Service. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants. Interviews with the press are available.

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services, and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics. For more information, visit http://www.frost.com.
 

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