Even before facing industry hardships and labor shortages, hotel employees, from front desk staff to housekeepers and maintenance workers, were often on their own when it came to many daily tasks. Luckily, our industry is focused on increased safety for these lone employees, and it is estimated that around two million rooms will fall under mandates for hotel panic button compliance in 2022. Nomadix has joined this effort with our new product line, Nomadix Alerts.
The 5-Star Promise
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) announced the 5-Star Promise in September of 2018. This voluntary commitment by AHLA members aims at strengthening safety and security for hotel employees and guests through enhanced policies, training, and resources, including employee safety devices. Nearly 60 member companies and an estimated 20,000 hotel properties have made this pledge, including brands like Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, and Wyndham.
This buy-in has helped jumpstart important state and local legislation that requires staff panic buttons in New Jersey, Illinois, and Washington and several cities including Chicago, Seattle and Miami Beach. And, as more municipalities and trade associations adopt policies requiring safety devices, it will become essential that hotels implement the technology.
Though each brand has its own set of safety device standards, all generally require that devices must be worn by any employee that works in or around guest rooms, have reliable geolocation and offer coverage in rooms, hallways and closets, and public areas like restrooms.
In a big step toward improving employee safety and productivity, and in line with their “better together” values, Nomadix made a strategic acquisition of my company to add panic buttons to their robust suite of hotel internet and guest-facing technologies. I joined on as VP of business development to oversee the acquisition and continue my work to ensure safer, more productive conditions for hotel employees.
Nomadix Alerts helps safeguard isolated hotel staff from threats and harassment and offers built-in fall detection. Our brand-compliant solution includes a smart badge with a built-in panic button, fall detection and Wi-Fi quality analysis tool to proactively monitor connectivity.
Safety device technology can also streamline operations in a post-pandemic environment where hotels face staff shortages and other challenges. It is key to consider what can be added to safety devices to help properties run smoothly and eliminate small steps to create efficiency and boost staff morale. Beyond safety measures, our device monitors, alerts, and reports on the quality and security of the hotel’s Wi-Fi network – before a guest complains. Check out these features:
- Panic Button
- Fall Detection
- Wi-Fi Analysis Tool
- Competitive Total Cost of Ownership
- Complementary Technology
- Compliant & Easy to Use
We will showcase this new solution at HITEC Orlando next week at booth #1617. HITEC attendees are welcome to stop by for a demonstration or schedule a meeting in advance.
Benoit Le Gall, founder of the acquired safety badge solution, now serves as Nomadix VP of business development.