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Industry News - March 8th 2014



Kana Hotel Group Shores Up Guest Security with RFID Locks at 30 Properties

Kana Hotel Group is a full service development and management company that operates 30 properties carrying Marriott, Hilton and IHG flags. The ILCO locks are installed exclusively at all the properties.  
Today, Kana is upgrading its magnetic stripe locks to new ILCO 790 RFID units. The 790 RFID locks are easy for guests to use and reliable and this improves satisfaction scores. RFID keycards have eliminated the issue of guests returning to the desk to re-code their key because they cannot be erased by cell phones or other magnetic objects guests carry.
The fast-growing Kana Hotel Group focuses on developing and operating new-build projects. Reliable contractors and equipment providers are essential to a smooth on-schedule opening. ILCO’s installation teams are brought in a week before we open the doors on a new build. At the100-room properties they install the locks and train property team in about three days.
Kaba’s ILCO 790 RFID locking system is cost-effective and attractive utilizing the latest access control technology to provide hotel guests with a contactless room access experience. The RFID technology enables hotels to provide an effortless guest experience and significantly reduce operational overhead.  The ILCO brand is known worldwide for electronic locks that offer exceptional quality and technology innovation at competitive prices. 

Kirkwood Mountain Resort Streamlines Dining Ops with Point-of-Sale Solution

Kirkwood Mountain Resort in Kirkwood, California, has selected the Agilysys InfoGenesis point-of-sale solution to streamline its dining operations, which consist of several quick-serve restaurants, two casual dining locations and a small grocery store. The property is owned and managed by Vail Resorts, Inc.
The property selected the InfoGenesis POS system for Kirkwood because of the solution's openness, flexibility and 24/7 reliability, plus the accessible user interface and real-time reporting features. The solution will help Kirkwood maximize efficiency and gain more control over day-to-day business operations while also ensuring efficient service for valued guests.
InfoGenesis POS is award-winning point-of-sale software that combines powerful reporting and configuration capabilities in the back office with an easy-to-use touchscreen terminal application. Designed specifically for hospitality environments, the solution can manage any combination of dining, bar service and retail operations. InfoGenesis POS features real-time reporting capabilities, packages and prix fixe menus, multi-language capability and advanced sorting, filtering and grouping options. It interfaces with a wide range of host systems, such as gift card and guest management solution providers, and is available as an on-premise solution or hosted application.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort is one of the nation's top destination properties. Located 35 miles from South Lake Tahoe along scenic Highway 88, the resort features luxury townhomes and condominiums, hotel condos, a wide range of dining options, a fitness center and a general store. Recognized by winter purists for the quality of its snow and the variety of its terrain, Kirkwood's base elevation of 7,800 feet assures skiers more annual snowfall than any other resort in North America. Winter fun includes skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sled dog tours and backcountry expeditions. Kirkwood Mountain Resort is owned and managed by Vail Resorts, Inc.

Inventory Audit in Real-Time

Advanced Inventory Solutions, Inc. (AIS), a retail inventory service provider, announced its RealTime Audit Partner. The tool is used to improve, speed up, and ease the physical inventory audit process in real-time.
"The real-time data collection is phenomenal," said Anthony Barthelemy, Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. store director. "It's very easy to check my on-hand stock and is much better than the iPad or any other device I've used. I love the Audit Partner, I wish I could keep it at my store all the time."
RealTime Audit Partner collects inventory data as soon as it's counted. It allows store managers to speed up the inventory process by checking, verifying and flagging recounts on any item or section during the count. They also have the option to review current counts compared to on-hand numbers.

Lexmark Acquires AccessVia and Twistage for $31.5M

Continuing a string of acquisitions it began in 2010, Lexmark has purchased in-store signage solution provider AccessVia and video, audio and image content manager Twistage for a combined total of approximately $31.5 million.

"Since 2010, Lexmark has completed eight acquisitions, further advancing the company's transition from being hardware-focused to being a leading end-to-end solutions provider," said Lexmark chairman and CEO Paul Rooke in a statement, adding that the company's focus is "delivering industry-specific, scalable imaging and software solutions that simplify workflow and harness the power of information."

AccessVia software prints shelf-edge and other signage on-demand in stores on both stationary and mobile printers, or centrally in high-speed production print facilities. Its technology allows customers that include Best Buy, Office Depot, Safeway, Family Dollar and El Corte Ingles to publish digital shelf signs, large digital displays or electronic shelf labels.

"Combining AccessVia's publishing platform with Lexmark's industry expertise allows us to deliver more powerful and compelling end-to-end solutions to our customers in their distributed retail environment," said AccessVia CEO Dean Sleeper.

Twistage offers a cloud software platform for managing video, audio and image content, enabling customers to ingest rich media in virtually any format, manage and deliver content both within and outside network firewalls.

"Twistage technology is a powerful addition to Perceptive Software process and content management solutions, giving our customers the ability to capture, manage and deliver their rich media content in the context of their business processes," said Scott Coons, president and CEO of Perceptive Software and Lexmark vice president.



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