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March 2021

The new release for VDA Group’s VITRUM Collection – the temperature control panel with built-in PIR motion sensor (in British Standard)

2021-03-24T16:06:26+02:00

The VITRUM collection is now enriched with a brand new element, namely a temperature control panel with built-in PIR motion sensor, which together with the signal provided by the door contact, allows the management of presence in the guest room, and with it, the control of those most energy-consuming in-room units. This new device, which is backwards compatible with the legacy VITRUM thermostats, enriches the Guest experience, now able to enjoy welcome scenarios simply by entering the room and without having to insert a key in a traditional card holder. When the guest exits the room, the motion sensor will detect his or her absence, and the room will return to energy saving mode. The ideal solution for those who wish to adopt EnterPlease, the VDA smartphone access control platform.

The new release for VDA Group’s VITRUM Collection – the temperature control panel with built-in PIR motion sensor (in British Standard)2021-03-24T16:06:26+02:00

VDA’s GRMS installed in the Me Dubai Opus by Zaha Hadid celebrates its first year anniversary

2021-03-18T10:44:42+02:00

The hotel chain Melìa chose VDA Group’s GRMS for their smart rooms in one of the most avant-garde hotels of the world. Incredibly, a year has already passed since technology from the VDA Group, a company operating in the field of home automation for the hospitality sector, with offices in Italy (HQ), Great Britain, UAE and APAC, was installed in the ME Dubai Opus by Zaha Hadid, one of the most futuristic hotels in the world located in the Burj Khalifa district. Ambassador to the international brand "Made in Italy", VDA is a multinational company, present with its technology in Dubai, for almost 20 years. ME Dubai Opus by Zaha Hadid, with its futuristic architecture, with two towers joined at the base and summit, but separated in the middle by an irregular vacuum, makes available to its guests within the 93 smart rooms, a distributed intelligence GRMS system. Micromaster, VDA’s Room Management System, allows for easy and efficient room environment management and ensures substantial savings in both energy and operating costs within the hotel, whilst providing their guests with an experiential stay. "With ME Dubai Opus by Zaha Hadid we share the same focus on innovation and the desire to rewrite [...]

VDA’s GRMS installed in the Me Dubai Opus by Zaha Hadid celebrates its first year anniversary2021-03-18T10:44:42+02:00

VDA Group launches ENTERPLEASE KEY MANAGER (EKM)

2021-03-10T10:28:03+02:00

VDA Group, a leading italian company specializing in room automation for the hospitality market, launches EnterPlease Key Manager, the cloud-based access control platform for smartphones and/or the use of 6-Digit PIN Codes. The platform, fully compatible with all VDA’s Micromaster systems, is the ideal solution for hospitality, it providing the operator with the ability to enable room access for their guests, even remotely. EnterPlease Key Manager is supported by an API for the interfacing with both PMS and Self Check-In systems. EnterPlease Key Manager provides the operator with the ability to enable room access for their guests through their own mobile devices. In addition, the front office can generate Mobile Keys/PIN Codes remotely, without actually being within the facility, by accessing the EKM platform through a smartphone or browser. The EnterPlease app (available both for Android and iOS systems) permits room access by the presentation of the device to the outdoor reader, or by typing a 6-figure PIN code into the Vitrum or Duetto keypad. Activation of the room would then occur either by placing a key card in a card holder within the room, the card having been provided from a self check-in totem, or found within the room itself [...]

VDA Group launches ENTERPLEASE KEY MANAGER (EKM)2021-03-10T10:28:03+02:00

February 2021

REBORN AS A PHOENIX. Technology and culture: VDA Group supports the Teatro La Fenice in Venice during 2021 – 2023

2021-03-01T08:57:41+02:00

VDA Group announces its support of one of the most prestigious theatres in the world, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. A three-year Technology-Culture alliance to support a sector hard hit by the pandemic, is now more than ever a symbol of rebirth. 2021 starts with an important initiative for the VDA Group that operates within the technology industry, focusing on guest room management systems for the hospitality sector, with sponsorship of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice for the coming three years. It is an important occasion for VDA, the international group, that for 40 years has become a worldwide ambassador of this brand made in Italy. The strategic alliance between Technology and Culture has the main goal to support those hard hit from the pandemic. "Being a partner of the Teatro La Fenice is a great pleasure for us, because first of all it allows us to combine our brand with a theatre of international fame, that has hosted world opera premieres such as those by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi", says Piercarlo Gramaglia CEO from the VDA GROUP. "Like in culture, also technology, the basis of our core business, offers an experience that actively involves the observer, [...]

REBORN AS A PHOENIX. Technology and culture: VDA Group supports the Teatro La Fenice in Venice during 2021 – 20232021-03-01T08:57:41+02:00

January 2021

Technology for accessible accommodation facilities

2021-01-18T12:28:00+02:00

VDA had the pleasure of attending the seminar "Hospitality accessible: Beyond the slide" organized by Sr. Veronica Donatello, Resp. National Service for the Pastoral Care of Persons with Disabilities. Accessible Tourism is a market that involves 127 million people in Europe, with evidence that the number must double if you consider that people with disabilities almost never travel alone and have a large purchasing power (they spend + 30% compared to the traditional tourist). Accessible tourism therefore, is not only a matter of freedom and dignity for those persons (an important issue), but also opens up new business opportunities, where by adopting necessary measures, the estimated increase in tourism GDP would be up to 20% per annum. We know that making tourist accommodation accessible requires a number of actions that go beyond the technological aspect, but we are also aware that automation systems provides the guest with a stay that is more comfortable, thus improving the traveller’s experience, whilst contributing to the creation of that special Guest Experience, the main challenge within the hospitality market. In this scenario, technology plays a fundamental role in accessible accommodation facilities, it improving access and the enjoyment of the hotel services. There are two main advantages in making a hotel room SMART: Scalability and [...]

Technology for accessible accommodation facilities2021-01-18T12:28:00+02:00

August 2020

VDA’s Climate Control for a green approach to the Guest Experience

2020-08-05T11:31:59+02:00

Hotel In-Room Technology plays a fundamental role in pursuing responsible choices for energy saving and the protection of the environment, whilst at the same time guaranteeing the best hotel guest experience.   With rising awareness of environmental changes and ever growing eco-tourism, the challenge for hotel technology to approach new directions for energy savings, optimising management costs whilst improving profitability is becoming even more necessary and is seen as an integral part of any project development. With its 3,000 hotels, and 250,000 Smart Rooms, VDA Group moves easily within this evolving context providing guests a truly unique experience, being fully aware of environmental issues and energy consumption, managing a mix of clientele in terms of age group, differing cultural backgrounds, and varying recreational and leisure needs. VDA Room Management Systems are conceived in order to micro-manage energy consumption, and related features, from a central control system, minimising infrastructure costs, maximising energy savings, comfort, and security. The room climate and its environment settings are precisely controlled within hotel defined energy consumption models, which can easily be modified on a global or individual room basis, as and when required. This provides the property with complete ability to keep the room temperatures at [...]

VDA’s Climate Control for a green approach to the Guest Experience2020-08-05T11:31:59+02:00

July 2020

VDA Group and HUDINI announce new guest experience offering

2020-07-21T11:06:42+02:00

VDA Group, a specialist in the development and realisation of advanced solutions for integrated Room Management and Interactive Television systems, for the International hospitality industry for the last 40 years, is proud to announce the integration of its proprietary guest room management system, the Micromaster system with the Hudini Guest Experience platform from Singapore-based Mankara. The Micromaster system has been highly regarded for being a versatile tool which provides interfacing with Building Management Systems without taking excessive additional costs in its implementation and technology.  Above all, Micromaster guarantees the best experience for guests. Hudini is a middleware technology platform for quick, low cost digital transformation of hotels, hospitals, senior care facilities. Bringing all of a property’s technology assets into its pre-integrated middleware platform for real-time data sharing and collaboration, Hudini provides a rich mobile and device-based guest engagement. The Micromaster-Hudini integration uses the already present Wi-Fi infrastructure in the Hotel for server-to-server data exchange and realizes the creation of the Hotel Mobile Application in which the guest will be able to manage their stay. Within the guest room, the control of lights, curtains, temperature, room service, and entertainment will all take place through a single and intuitive graphic interface. The [...]

VDA Group and HUDINI announce new guest experience offering2020-07-21T11:06:42+02:00

Voice control at the service of the Hotel

2020-09-11T09:45:30+02:00

Digital and artificial intelligence are really changing the approach to tourism, especially in hotels and the hospitality sector. With the sector experiencing a slow restart in this post-covid phase, it will now, more than ever, rely on an important and constantly evolving ally, namely technology. Making the guest's stay smarter, whilst helping to facilitate the work of hoteliers, are the most common requests in the world of hotels today. VDA, which has been providing hotel automation solutions for 40 years, also this time has not held back in this area. Through a collaboration with Volara Voice Hub, VDA has implemented the first integration between room automation systems in the Middle East, Micromaster, VDA's Guest Room Management System, and voice control of Amazon Alexa. The activation of voice control inside the hotel room allows guests to interact with the amenities available inside the room, by turning lights on and off, opening and closing curtains, changing the air conditioning settings, or contacting Reception in order to request specific services. In addition, the high levels of security implemented ensure that personal information, guest conversations, and proprietary data, are protected. Bringing this solution into this accommodation means that helping to simplify the approach of guests to [...]

Voice control at the service of the Hotel2020-09-11T09:45:30+02:00

June 2020

Hotel Room Automation and Covid-19: Technological solutions for guest safety

2020-09-11T11:52:24+02:00

VDA solutions, in support of hotels during the covid-19 emergency The reopening of the hotel: the gradual increase in the levels of accommodation to be made available to guests, necessitates additional measures of safety to assist in protecting them during the Covid-19 emergency. Lets see how hotel automation for hotels, thanks to technology, can considerably reduce transmission risks, making innovative solutions for the hotel market. To better understand the technological solutions that support the hotel during the Covid-19 emergency, we look at the advantage created through the collaboration with the VDA Group which, to help hoteliers during the recommencement of the hotel operation, immediately made available their room automation and room management technologies. In particular, and in compliance with the requirements on spacing and health protection, VDA has developed solutions capable of facilitating the work of the system operators in the sector, whilst meeting their guest’s satisfaction. Among the problems that have been solved, some examples are: the reduction of high contact surfaces (through the limiting or avoiding of the touching of remote controls, switches, and keys), the simplified management of room services (such as breakfast) through the ordering via an app or the interactive TV, the management of the [...]

Hotel Room Automation and Covid-19: Technological solutions for guest safety2020-09-11T11:52:24+02:00

May 2020

Room Automation and Interactive TV systems: Technology is the hotelier’s ally assisting in the management of the re-opening of hotels, and safely.

2020-07-22T12:00:04+02:00

Phase 2 has just begun, and operators throughout tourism, those that have suffered the most from the consequences of the pandemic, are preparing to face the summer season, whilst living with this health emergency. According to CNA estimates, the tourism sector representing 12% of Italian GDP will experience a 73% contraction, with a 44.1% drop in turnover, when compared to 2019. These forecasts led many hoteliers to quickly seek solutions, with many ideas coming from technology. In an historical moment, in which man has been forced into social distancing, automation and IOT prove to be important allies, because they allow hoteliers to welcome their guests safely. In this context, VDA Group, a leading Italian company in the home automation sector for hotels, with offices in Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, has collected the multiple requests received from hoteliers, and has thus grouped them into the main areas for intervention: reducing contact with surfaces of usually high contact (i.e. remote controls, telephones, thermostats, switches, and keys), avoiding gatherings in the Reception area during Check-in and Check-out, encouraging room service, and also managing access control. "We are aware that the reopening of the accommodation facilities is a very delicate moment," says [...]

Room Automation and Interactive TV systems: Technology is the hotelier’s ally assisting in the management of the re-opening of hotels, and safely.2020-07-22T12:00:04+02:00