PPDS inks new hospitality sector partnership with PMS integration

PPDS is embarking on three new partnerships with leading hospitality industry Property Management System (PMS) integrators – Nonius, Nevotek and Imagine Soft.

The new partnerships with Nonius (with 120+ million users worldwide and in 330,000 hotel rooms), Nevotek (with more than 3,000 hotels worldwide) and Imagine Soft (with 3,500 hotels worldwide and in 500,000 hotel rooms), allows hoteliers to unlock the full potential of their TVs through a variety of different means, including helping to drive communications with guests, enhance satisfaction – including world class entertainment – and driving new revenue streams.

Speaking about the new partnerships, Jeroen Verhaeghe, International Business Manager Professional TV, PPDS said “The hotel TV no longer has to be just a screen in the room, with a single purpose. Like a phone, or a PC, TVs at home and in hotels have evolved beyond their original function, becoming an invaluable communication tool and a vital source for both entertainment and information.

“Coupled with the capabilities and continued innovation of MediaSuite, and working with leading PMS integrators, we’re opening the doors for hoteliers to manage the experience they want for their guests – from the moment they walk into a room to the moment they check out.”

The new platforms provide a variety of personalised services for guests, such as welcome messaging, bill viewing, native language selection, personalised offers and mobile check in and out services, not typically available on standard interface solutions.

With no additional and costly hardware requirements for Philips MediaSuites needed, each of the partners’ platforms link seamlessly and securely with the TVs’ existing OS, allowing guests to benefit from PPDS’ existing market-leading and often world-first features and functionalities. These include the recently launched embedded Netflix solution – allowing guests to securely access their own Netflix account directly on the hotel TV – and the Chromecast built-in™ functionality, allowing guests to seamlessly stream content (including apps) on the display directly from their personal device with just the touch of a button.

The platforms also allow hoteliers to offer tailored TV portals (TV channels, movies, sports), and seamlessly integrate other third-party solutions of their choosing, such as Apple TV, Sky, BT, VoD, as well as other live content feeds, such as news and weather, local attractions and transport information.

Verhaeghe added: “Every hotel proprietor, whether running a small property with a handful of rooms, or one with several thousand rooms across multiple locations around the world, will have their own views and preferences on how best to service their guests and how to provide the best possible experience during their stay. At PPDS, we don’t believe in a one size fits all or dictating and restricting choices for our partners. With these partnerships, our TVs are helping hoteliers to act upon and achieve their ambitions to best serve their customers.”

He concluded: “With these new PMS possibilities from Nonius, Nevotek and Imagine Soft – as with Impala and TigerTMS – we’re breaking the industry-mould, giving our customers more choice and greater control of what works best for them.”

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