Humidity, Mold and College Dorms

We recently learned of some terrible news. A Maryland college student with a weakened immune system contracted the adenovirus which ultimately took her life. The CDC states there’s no link between mold and the adenovirus. However, the victim’s parents believe mold conditions contributed to her death. This prompted a conversation here at Telkonet about humidity, …

Voice Command is the New On Demand

With hotels yearning to achieve parity with their guests’ homes, voice technology enables a frictionless on command experience that EXCEEDS the home experience. Guest Post by David Berger, Volara CEO In its newly released Mobile Travel Trends 2019 report, Travelport Digital calls 2018 “a landmark year for voice technology.” The travel commerce platform is predicting …

Closed Airports, Ice Storms and Lost Opportunities

  Nick is an occasional business traveler from the Midwest. During Tuesday’s snowstorm, all planes in the Detroit airport – including Nick’s – were grounded. According to USA Today, “the hardest-hit airport from the storm was Detroit, which halted all flights because of icy conditions.” A nearby hotel opened up a block of rooms that …

Sleeping Occupants – The Ultimate Sensor Challenge

Energy management systems typically rely on room occupancy data: when the room is not occupied, the temperature can drift, lights can turn off. EMS devices like thermostats feature PIR sensors to determine occupancy. PIR sensors can detect two things: heat and motion. In the middle of the night, when guests are fast asleep, PIR sensors …

EMS Offers a Treasure Trove of Actionable Data

Annual savings: $120,693 THAT’s the kind of data you want to see on your energy management system. But your EMS likely contains a whole treasure trove of data, beyond your sometimes astounding) energy savings. Actionable data such as: Real-time Occupancy: Perhaps your maintenance team needs to visit a room; they can do so without disturbing …

In Extreme Weather Can Your HVACs Maintain the Set Temperature?

Do your guest complaints increase during times of extreme outdoor temperature? Guests will aggressively raise or lower the thermostat settings in an effort to make the room more comfortable right away. You’ll want thermostats with the inherent ability to define maximum and minimum temperatures a guest can set, to avoid straining your HVAC systems in …