Scottsdale, AZ, entrepreneur Jason Hope is a renowned futurist who researches and writes regularly on the Internet of Things (IoT). This term “Internet of Things” refers to devices that are network-enabled and can communicate with each other without human intervention. Jason Hope holds that the IoT is the future, and the hospitality industry is poised to reap significantly from it.
Many people are already using applications on their Smartphones and other smart devices to accomplish tasks that were unthinkable just a few years or months ago. The emergence of wearable computing devices like iWatch and Google Glass on the global stage provides the possibility to interconnect with almost literally anything.
ABI Research, an established professional market intelligence firm, provides that over 30 billion computing devices will be connected to the IoT by 2020. Pew Research Center also indicates that more than 83 percent of technology experts and Internet users hold that IoT will have an incredible impact by 2025. According to Jason Hope, as the Internet of Things become more pervasive, consumers will invariably start demanding for some services to be availed to them when they are on the road, and that will lead to the development of unique systems.
The Internet of Things will be able to offer hundreds of solutions to certain problems that are common in the hospitality industry. People will expect things like being able to hook their smartphones up to the air conditioning unit automatically in their hotel rooms, and the minibar in these rooms will order refills and store the information on a client profile to ensure that it is stocked with the guest’s favorite drinks and snacks.
Large refrigerators in the hotel kitchen, other than controlling temperature, will monitor items that have run out and automatically re-order them. Chefs will also be notified automatically via smart devices if the temperature rises abnormally. A phone application will be able to open the door to guest houses, communicate with room service, and control the blinds and the TV channels. Jason Hope gives examples to demonstrate to people in the hospitality industry that there will be virtually no limits to the potential advancements in guest service with the right amount of investment in this industry.
As a futurist, Jason Hope uses his resources and understanding of technology to build as an entrepreneur to give back to his local community. He spends a lot of time researching and writing about the power of technology to improve the future of the hospitality industry and other industries.