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Top Communication Trends in the Hospitality Industry 

A long time ago, hotels, motels and other hospitality businesses had a simple space in people’s lives. They were a place for guests to lay down away from home. But anyone who’s spent time in the hospitality industry in the last few years knows that the role of technology in hospitality businesses has expanded.

In many instances, they’re becoming hubs of activity unto themselves. Much of this activity depends directly or indirectly on technology, making IT more vital to hotel operations and the guest experience than ever before.

So, below are some top communication technology trends in hospitality today. Check them out.

Mobile Device as Door Key

At some hotels, you can open the door to your room using your smartphone. 

It’s amazing that something as simple as a door key could undergo so much change. But the tool that once began as a carefully shaped piece of metal rapidly turned into electronic key cards and is set to shed its physical form completely. The next chance of the hotel key transforms it into data on a guest’s mobile device. Some hotels have already begun using implementing this, whether it involves NFC technology or scanning a code like many airports now do with plane tickets.

Service Automation

Self-serve is in. Today, many guests like technology over human interaction for easy tasks. Remote check-in and check-out choices are popular, and some hotels are starting to work with apps that let guests order room service right from their mobile devices.

Fixed-Mobile Convergence

Remember room phones? Probably not. Today, mobile devices have relegated the conventional room phone to obsolete. However, the room phone of the future may serve as a hub for a bigger connected experience.

Tech Lounges

Airline check-ins. Local info guides. A place where people can get out of their rooms but still access the internet to relax or get work done. The need for technology in hospitality increases each year, and savvy hospitality businesses are changing these guest desires into stylish semi-public spaces where guests can use tech on their terms.



Classrooms of the Future

While educational standards might vary from school to school, there is one thing that is always the same: the classroom set up. Desks are arranged in rows and the teacher is at the front and teach. This set up has changed very little in years even with all the technological progressions that have been made.

Things need to change if classrooms are to meet the needs of the contemporary learner. Below are some ways to produce the classroom of the future

Create technologically smart spaces

The way classrooms are set up needs to change.

As education begins to encourage technology in the classroom, space itself must morph and become technology-friendly. This can be done by providing charging ports in desks or throughout the classroom. Students must not have to compete for three electrical ports. Classroom USB chargers let students charge devices while working. The hope is that if more students are using technology, they need to be able to sustain their learning devices’ battery life.

Role of the Teacher

Teachers need to see that their role in the classroom is changing. Blended learning offers students control over their learning and teachers, while still critical aspects, need to be trained on how to teach and handle the classrooms of the future.  Teachers may not be up at the front and lecture but teach from the back and have an eye on student’s screens.

Constructing classrooms

Architects also need to be very aware of the needs of future students and construct classrooms accordingly. Classroom of The Future, an initiative in San Diego is encouraging educators and builders to think about what schools of the future have to allow better Wi-Fi and buildings need to be eco-green.

Communicating differently

Teachers, students, and parents can be more connected than ever. This will change the classroom. Via social networking, the classroom is a more open space and parents can view what happens each day. By sharing homework assignments, reminders and disciplinary emails the classroom of the future is now more seen by everyone involved.

 



Flip Phones Making a Comeback

Still yearning for your Motorola Razr flip phone? Good news. A newer version of the ultrathin phone, hugely popular upon its 2004 release, is going to hit the market soon. Lenovo-owned Motorola is currently doing tests on the $1,500 model to be released in an exclusive partnership with Verizon.

According to current news, CNET states the smartphone to be shown at Mobile World Congress. Samsung is expected to display its Galaxy X, also with a folding screen, at the same event.

According to The Verge, Microsoft is also creating foldable and dual-screen devices, which are often viewed as productivity tools. 2019 is gearing up to be the year of the foldable phone.

Those old flip phones are expected to make a comeback.

Motorola, responsible for over 27% of US mobile-phone shipments in 2004, sold over 125 million Razr phones before Apple moved to dominate the market with the release of the iPhone in 2007. The company redid the Razr as the Droid Razr, also with Verizon, in 2011, but with little success. As reported, the company’s share of US phone shipments was less than 5% in the third quarter of 2018.

Swapping Smart Phones for Flip Phones

According to numerous media outlets, the largest trend this year is the return of the humble flip phone. The Seattle Times stated that the flip phone is going to be the newest protest statement.

Most folks are trying to separate themselves from their social media addiction which appears to be a common thread among those turning to an unconnected handset. Also, most want to show their kids that a smartphone isn’t your best friend.

The one old flip phone that many are hoping to see a reappearance of is one of the top-selling phones of all time, the Motorola RAZR. Lenovo has hinted that we could see the return of Motorola’s beloved flip phone.



Cell Phones for the Visually Impaired (Part III) 

Help in Using Your Phone

Finding the right phone is crucial but often getting information and help in using it is also imperative, especially if you’re visually impaired. A visit to sites such as the American Foundation for the Blind, the Carroll Center, and similar sites can usually get you in the right direction.

Some of the Right Smartphones

There are several brands of smartphones that offer software that can help the visually impaired.

If you’re trying to find a smartphone with some of the right features built-in, you want to take a look at the LG phones (For instance, the V30, G5, Stylo, etc.)

  • LG phones typically have:
  • audible cues
  • Braille display support
  • screen magnification
  • a screen reader
  • high contrast mode
  • voice output of messages
  • caller ID
  • voice menus
  • audible key identification
  • audible/tactile key feedback

Truthfully, not too bad right out of the box for a user with low vision and a more limited budget.

You’ll want to be sure any phone you choose has as much RAM as possible to make the phone do all you need it to do.

Cellphone Options

There are both simple, large font smartphones and the basic flip phones available which might be the ideal choice for users who have low vision or blindness. Here are a few other ones to consider:

Snapfon is basic with big buttons, simple to read font and 8-speed dial functions.

Jitterbug’s FLIP phone has a big, bright screen, easy menus, big buttons, and it can even act as a reading magnifier and flashlight. It might be right for seniors or those with a milder vision loss. Their Smartphone also provides simple menus, larger font, voice typing, and a bright screen for those who want something a little more sophisticated.

If true accessibility and basic are what you need then Odin VI might be worth looking at. The phone is a basic slider design and has:

  • a good screen reader
  • announcing caller ID
  • audible text messages and phone status
  • an easy to read display which can easily be adjusted


Cell Phones for the Visually Impaired (Part II) 

Cell phones are good tools for increasing productivity, providing security, and enhancing lives with better communication. However, these same devices can be a little more problematic for those who are blind or visual impaired. For these people, there are truly two choices:

Find a good smartphone that comes with the software and features that make them accessible.

Find a basic phone which is simpler to feel and work if you don’t want to delve into the world of touchscreens, text to speech apps, and so on.

Smartphones with The Right Software

Smartphones now have software that will read the text on the screen.

The accessibility features of smartphones have grown drastically in recent times. Major makers now have software that more truly supports accessibility and there is no extra cost to pay.

Screen reading software can be very helpful in removing the barrier of having to read text on the screen in order to navigate on a cell phone. It’s also good for reading websites, emails, and other information brought up when using the browser.

The iPhone has VoiceOver which reads what you touch on the screen and even describes everything happening on the screen, like low battery alerts and informing you of the identity of callers. It’s simple to access by just triple-clicking on the home button.

It will describe images, read email, web pages, and more to you.

To help with composing text messages, it will read not only as you touch letters but also as you enter them, it can correct misspellings, as well as support other modes of entry like handwriting and dictation. There is even a Braille keyboard feature.

Android phones have TalkBack. This service also has a screen reader, voice commands, and lets you connect a refreshable Braille display. Users can alter the display and font size, contrast, and color. They can also utilize a zoom or magnifier function. It adds spoken, audible, and vibration feedback to the device so that seeing the screen is not required.

 



Cell Phones for the Visually Impaired (Part I)

Current technology has come up with cell phones for visually impaired people. These are supposed to give all types of cell-phone facilities to the blind by overcoming the obvious barriers.

Below are some technologies that can aid blind people when it comes to using mobile phones:

Screen readers

Technology like this can make life easier for the visually impaired.

This is a software product that can be very helpful for the blind, getting rid of the biggest barrier faced by them, vision. This software reads out to them the text on the screen, assisting them in operating the phone. Besides making and taking calls and reading messages, this software also lets them read websites and other information that may come up with the use of the browser.

This software is in phones like Nokia N82 and N86. These have KNFB text recognition technology with which users can take photos of items like labels, menus, etc., and then have them read aloud. Also, an iOS application with the same technology was recently launched.

Voice control

This is very useful for visually impaired as well as other folks. Voice control removes issues that come with using keypads which offers less tactile feedback. As far as regular folks are concerned, we all face situations where our hands are busy when we need to use our mobile phone.

BlueAnt provides a Bluetooth Voice Control headphone, named V1, which lets users control all mobile phone functions with voice. This works on any mobile phone that is Bluetooth enabled. With this, some of the most advanced smartphones of the current times can be used by blind and visually impaired people.

Android voice actions

Android has come up with many functionalities that can be used with voice commands.  Once set up correctly, this technology can make many Android phones, such as the touch-screen ones, usable by visually impaired and blind individuals.

 



Best Medical Alert Systems (Part IV) 

ResponseNow

Highlights

  • Outstanding Customer Service
  • 30-Day Battery Life on Cellular Unit
  • Automatic Fall Detection + GPS on Cellular Unit
  • Free Month of Service

Overview

ResponseNow is an Oregon business known for quality products and excellent customer service. There has been much talk about their equipment and their customer service beliefs. Since their values are quite exceptional, this company is highly recommended. One top recommendation is their cellular-based medical alert system called “Belle” due to its long battery life.

 

QMedic

Highlights

  • 1000 ft In-Home Range
  • Activity Alerts
  • Cellular or Land-line Options
  • Two Year Battery Life

Overview

Choose a bracelet or a pendant.

QMedic provides one of the few “smart” in-home medical alert systems on the current market. You can pick from a wristband or pendant and cellular or landline base station. With a good range of 1,000ft radius from the base station, it outshines most other in-home systems in this way.

Besides the in-home range, QMedic also has activity alerts to sense deviations in sleep and activity patterns. You can also pick to have alerts sent to the professional monitoring center or set up family/caregivers to be notified.

Alert1

Highlights

  • Affordable
  • Choose T-Mobile or AT&T for Cellular Unit
  • Free Shipping, Free Activation

Overview

Alert1 has numerous new medical alert systems to choose from today. They have a conventional basic pendant-style device, a pendant with fall detection, and a small mobile (cellular-based) emergency response button called the “Kelsi”. Alert1 has an American based emergency response center and prices are low. The one thing to know that while there is no fee for termination, if you cancel, you will forfeit your pre-paid services.

Alert1 has a no-termination fee option for Senior List customers. To get this value-add, you have to let them know you were referred by The Senior List. They will put a note in your file so you can terminate without forfeiting your pre-paid monies.

 

 



Best Medical Alert Systems (Part III) 

GreatCall Lively Mobile

Highlights

  • Works on Verizon Cellular Network
  • No In-Home Range Limit
  • Waterproof
  • Fall Detection & GPS in One Unit

GreatCall makers of the award-winning, easy-to-use Jitterbug cell phones with health and safety services also has a medical alert device named the Lively Mobile.

Medical Alert systems don’t have to operate on a landline anymore.

GreatCall has three different tiers of mobile medical alert service: Basic, Preferred and Ultimate. Included in Preferred is Urgent Care which lets you speak to a live nurse or board-certified doctor, 24/7 without an appointment. Also, you can get a prescription for common medications over the phone. GreatCall Link app aid caregivers to remain informed about the safety and health of family members with GreatCall products. Ultimate has everything from Preferred and Basic plans plus automatic Fall Detection which senses falls and calls a 5Star agent ASAP plus free product replacement in case the device is ever stolen, lost, or broken.

GreatCall’s mobile GPS service is on the Verizon network which sets it apart since all other major medical alert companies are on AT&T or T-Mobile networks. If Verizon works well in your area, Lively Mobile is a good choice for you.

LifeStation

Highlights

  • Low Costs
  • No Long-Term Contracts
  • Five Day Battery Life on Cellular Mobile Unit
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

Overview

LifeStation has been serving consumers for over 40 years. Recent updates to both their customer-service group and equipment have improved the overall consumer experience dramatically. We like seeing medical alert companies go for greatness, and we are happy to see big LifeStation improvements over the past year.

LifeStation has three medical alert configurations; A land line (traditional), an in-home cellular (for those without a landline), and a mobile (cellular) for that on-the-go. Also, LifeStation has a fall detection option, which will automatically call for help if the pendant senses a fall.

 

 



Best Medical Alert Systems (Part II) 

Medical Guardian

Highlights

  • Traditional & Cellular Options
  • Easy Ordering & Set-Up
  • 1300 ft In-Home Range
  • Customizable Solutions

Overview

Which medical alert system is best for you?

Medical Guardian has been another best recommendation for a long time. Feedback from users has been overwhelmingly positive about their services and products. Medical Guardian provides in-home medical alert systems, a cellular option, as well as a fall detection option. Prices are low and there is no equipment to purchase. Also, no long-term contracts.

Just so you know: In 2015 Medical Guardian was selected as one of the “Best Places to Work” by the Philadelphia Business Journal. We believe this speaks highly about the company, the people, and the culture they are creating.

LifeFone

Product Highlights

  • Free spouse coverage
  • Price lock for life guarantee
  • 1300 ft in-home range
  • Add fall detection for only $5/month

Overview

LifeFone is a customer-friendly company with a winning combination of top-quality equipment, affordable costs and excellent customer service. LifeFone has an assortment of medical alert systems at-home (no landline required) and on the go for more active folks. Also, they have the lowest price for optional fall detection on the market today.

GetSafe

Highlights

  • Voice-activated wireless mini consoles
  • 30 Days Risk-Free
  • 1300 ft In-Home Range
  • Simple pricing

 

Overview

GetSafe introduced their latest take on keeping individuals safe with a high-quality, well-known medical alert manufacturer. The sleek design and simple-to-install hardware are just the beginning. Select between landline or cellular option (no landline needed) with a great 1300ft in-home range. Depending on the size of the user’s residence, this may also cover areas outside surrounding the living area, the yard or mailbox.

Best of all, they are voice-activated, so if a user isn’t wearing their button, they can still get aid in the event of an emergency just by saying “call 911”. They are also water-resistant and safe to be in the shower or tub.

 



Best Medical Alert Systems (Part I)

A medical alert system is an important investment for any senior. Owning a medical alert system means that aid is available with a touch of a button in case of an emergency, providing seniors and their loved one’s peace of mind and reassurance. Do you know which one is best?

A medical alert system helps keep the elderly and their families at peace knowing that help is only a push of a button away.

Selecting a medical alert system is time-consuming. That’s why in the past year, over 90,000 people visited The Senior List looking for information and advice on the top medical alert systems. The information below is to assist you in cutting through the clutter and narrowing down your list, to save you time looking for useful information. The medical alerts on this list deliver the best overall value.

MobileHelp

Highlights

  • No Land-Line Required
  • FDA-Compliant
  • Waterproof Pendants & Buttons
  • High-Quality Equipment

Overview

MobileHelp’s medical alert systems are now cellular-based products. As landlines are becoming extinct, cellular is a good choice for most seniors today. MobileHelp has the MobileHelp Duo which is one of the only two-in-one systems on the market today, as well as the MobileHelp Solo (cellular pendants without the home base station unit).

Prices are affordable and there’s no long-term contract to deal with. MobileHelp not long ago released the first smartwatch and medical alert called the MobileHelp Smart.

Bay Alarm Medical

0Highlights

  • No Long-Term Contracts
  • 1000 ft In-Home Range
  • 30 Days Risk-Free
  • First In-Car Medical Alert

Overview

Bay Alarm Medical provides traditional in-home medical alert systems and a mobile option for those who don’t wish to be tied to a mobile base station. Bay Alarm Medical has lots of good reviews based on customer testimonials out there, and we know they provide good support.

This premiere medical alert company has been one of the top choices over the past few years. Bay Alarm Medical provides safety and peace of mind with a low monthly plan and no long-term contracts.

 




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