5 minutes with… Petvin Fernandes, Senior Vice President Middle East, Africa and Indian Ocean, INTEREL
Can you tell us a little bit about the company and its history?
Based in Dubai with R&D and manufacturing facilities in Italy, INTEREL is the fastest growing manufacturer of integrated room technologies and energy conservation systems in the luxury hospitality industry, with a footprint across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and America.
With its vast experience in hospitality industry INTEREL is an approved supplier with more than 15 of the world’s leading hospitality and leisure organisations.
INTEREL’s room technology features a wide variety of Italian design wall-mounted and tabletop guest panels that allow for a high level of customisation to suit individual hotel and brand standards. In addition, the room management system seamlessly integrates with third party RFID door locks, is enabled with TCP/IP communication at room level, and features cross platform mobility solutions with interfaces to all leading mobility hospitality providers.
What does your company offer that other suppliers do not?
We are the world’s fastest growing manufacturer of integrated room technologies in the luxury hospitality industry. Our bespoke and intuitive Guest Room Management System enhances guest experiences and supports the mobile strategies of our hospitality clients. The INTEREL online room management system was named ‘Best New Product’ at the coveted HI Connect® 2015 People’s Choice Awards.Earlier this year our latest innovation, the ‘connectBsmart’ Bluetooth beacon network, was voted the most innovative technology in the hospitality industry at the Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) 2015 TechOvation Awards. Our ‘connectBsmart’ Bluetooth beacon technology enables brands and hoteliers, when deploying the INTEREL guest room management solution, to seamlessly install and efficiently manage a future-proof, smart Bluetooth beacon infrastructure throughout the property, which provides a turnkey platform for their mobile hospitality service strategies and guest experience visions.
What is the most popular product that you supply to the industry and why?
The most popular product we supply to hoteliers is our innovative energy management solution and unique guest room controls.
What new products and announcements should we know about?
INTEREL will be launching the world’s first IP-based water management system for the hospitality industry in the Middle East at the Hotel Show Dubai this September.
On average, an overnight guest staying in a luxury hotel consumes 300-1,400 liters of water. Our solution will deliver greener and more sustainable operations by building on the efforts of hoteliers who are focused on reducing their properties’ energy consumption and costs, by addressing hotel water consumption. Through INTEREL’s new water management solution, a 300-bed hotel will be able to save very significant amounts of water every year, without impacting the guests’ comfort and experience.