World Panel
Viewpoint16 December 2019

Hotel Sustainability: Top 3 Technologies to Implement in 2020

Sustainability in Hospitality

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Willy Legrand , Professor of Hospitality Management at the IUBH International University
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Sam Laakkonen
Contingent Managing Director - Sustainability at Techstars

There is of course a wide spectrum of technologies that the hospitality industry can deploy to achieve greater sustainability. I will therefore limit my answer to digital technologies and the three I would suggest to start implementing in 2020 are:

  1. Internet of Things (IoT) - Connecting the physical infrastructure to the web. This allows for hotels to collect data on everything from air-conditioning units and room thermostats to lifts and kitchen appliances.
  2. Big Data Analytics - Collecting vast amounts of data is of course not enough. It is even more important to make sense of the data collected. This is how you turn the data into a valuable asset which helps making changes that optimise physical infrastructure performance and achieve greater sustainability.
  3. Machine Learning - Programming the IoT network to automatically learn and improve based on past performance, experience and incidents. This for example allows for the system to learn to flag issues before they become problems, based on patterns that have been present previously when elements of the infrastructure have developed a fault.

As mentioned above, there in my opinion is so much that could be done to drive change by implementing technology. I however think that a significant part of the solution is to generate data on the performance of the physical infrastructure, monitor and analyse this data in order to make sense of it and to deploy elements of AI / machine learning to implement automatic and ongoing improvements to achieve greater sustainability.

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