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This month we visit San Diego and the historic Keating Hotel originally built in 1890. HIS installed a wireless network that supported tiered services, including basic Wi-Fi for free, and premium Wi-Fi for a fee with authenticated sign-in capabilities for guests.
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Spotlight: The Keating Hotel
The Keating Hotel, a luxury hotel in San Diego, needed to replace its outdated and unsecured Wi-Fi infrastructure. With an increase in guests and devices competing for bandwidth, the hotel’s Wi-Fi experience became slow and inconsistent, impacting guest satisfaction.
The Keating Hotel originally provided basic, complimentary Wi-Fi for its guests and employees. The Wi-Fi network was unsecured, so anyone within range could access and use the network. With so many guests and unauthorized users simultaneously accessing the network, the hotel’s Wi-Fi experience did not meet guest expectations.
“The quality of our Wi-Fi didn’t match the boutique luxury experience we wanted for our customers,” said Keating Hotel General Manager Shane Pappas. “Connections constantly dropped and customers were complaining. Our leisure guests bring multiple mobile devices like tablets and smartphones to stream video or play online games. At the same time, our business guests required secure and uninterrupted access for email and online calls. Our Wi-Fi was so bad it had become a detriment to the guest experience.”
The hotel required better network coverage and more control over who accessed its Wi-Fi and how they used it. “We needed a way to provide every single guest with high-quality Wi-Fi all of the time,” said Pappas. “It was time to invest and upgrade our wireless platform and infrastructure.”
The hotel required a wireless platform that would support tiered services, including basic Wi-Fi for free, and premium Wi-Fi for a fee. To prevent non-guests from accessing the network, the Keating Hotel needed individual and authenticated sign-in capabilities for guests. The hotel also wanted a dedicated network for its staff.
To achieve this level of control, the Keating Hotel would have to integrate its wireless services with the hotel’s property management system (PMS). “Integrating with our PMS was one of our biggest challenges and became our primary goal to allow our guests to access their own Internet connection,” said Pappas.
HIS did an assessment and evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the hotel’s current wireless network and got to work. In order to access the hotel’s PMS system the Fusion Gateway was selected.
HIS installed the new wireless platform and integrated the network with the hotel’s PMS program as well as setting up the tiered Wi-Fi to support individual guest access, hotel staff access, and business meeting group access.
“The installation was seamless,” said Pappas. “We didn’t experience any outages in the process of rolling over to the new wireless networks. Our guests had no clue we were transitioning wireless networks. The entire process was quick and painless. And with the HIS support, we don’t have to worry about fixing the network if it ever goes down or if guests experience any sign-in issues.”
By integrating its property management system with the new wireless network, the hotel can now manage and quickly assign individual networks to employees, guests, and business groups to provide adequate bandwidth and network speeds.
“It’s a night and day difference from our previous network solution. We no longer have areas where Wi-Fi isn’t accessible, and thanks to the easy integration with our property management system, guest authentication is a breeze,” said Keating Hotel Marketing Manager Steven Manners. “The solution was affordable and turnkey. Since we don’t have to hire a full IT team to manage the network, we can allocate our budget and our staff to truly deliver a high-touch guest experience.”
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