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July 2021

VDA Casting, the new VDA Group service for in-room entertainment


The In-Room Entertainment solution, launched in collaboration with Nomadix, allows the use of content by the guest directly on the hotel TV, without the requirement of logging in. July 2021 - VDA Group launches VDA Casting, the new TV entertainment service in collaboration with Nomadix - a VDA partner for over a decade - linked to in-room entertainment, which allows guests of accommodation facilities to view their contents on the TV in their room OTT (Over The Top) multimedia without having to enter their credentials on the Hotel platform. With VDA Casting, guests can access their Netflix, Prime Video, HBO, Hulu, Disney +, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube accounts from their device, without being limited to the hotel offer, and continue to use their device without interruption. The world hospitality market has been in full revolution for many years. The centrality of the guest in the travel experience and the room as a destination rather than a place of transit are the two main challenges for hotels which, to be competitive, must offer diversified and cutting-edge services. According to some studies by Inter-Digital and Future Source, on vacation more and more guests want to access personal content and for about 50% of [...]

VDA Casting, the new VDA Group service for in-room entertainment2021-07-12T11:32:15+02:00

VDA Group looks to the future with the VDA Next project


VDA Next is a project that aims to accompany and guide VDA and its Group towards the future, improving business processes and developing new awareness and skills within the organization. We started this journey about a year ago with two main steps. The first involved the company’s management to defining future scenarios and projects to be implemented in the medium term. The second, involved a review of processes and tools to facilitate delivery and innovation for and by all entities involved in the product development process. For the Team Building and Team Coaching activities we have chosen Rugby as a metaphor, an inclusive sport in which the role and unique skills of the individual are functional, if placed at the service of the entire team. Looking back, to understand where your teammates are, and moving forward to reach the goal highlights the importance of working on yourself and your mindset. Discipline and training, humility and respect, these are the rituals that strengthen authentic bonds. VDA Next, two days of Team Building and Team Coaching Dedicated to the Sales Italy Area and organized in collaboration with Lucia Ziliotto, the training event took place at the Secret Gardens of Villa Marcello Marinelli [...]

VDA Group looks to the future with the VDA Next project2021-07-09T10:56:42+02:00

May 2021

Room automation is now cloud based. Etheos, the IoT ready room management system


ROOM AUTOMATION IS NOW CLOUD BASED. ETHEOS, THE IOT READY ROOM MANAGEMENT SYSTEM CHANGES THE DAILY LIFE OF HOTELIERS AND GUESTS The new cloud-based platform to manage hotels in an integrated way, guaranteeing energy saving and cost control. Dubai, 24th May 2021 – Connected, optimized, and safe hotel management. This is the promise of VDA Group – an Italian company operating within the Hospitality Industry, providing Room Management Systems. With offices in Europe, Middle East, and Asia - VDA meets the increasingly complex needs of the hotel market, by launching a revolutionary room management system. Etheos allows the centralized management of all the devices in the room and simplifies the work of the hotelier, who can now manage the structure remotely and with any device connected to the network. People-centric Hospitality summarizes for us this cultural renewal that is rewriting the concept of Hospitality. “Once upon a time, comfortable and functional rooms were enough to fulfill a guest’s needs, but today, people need to live the hotel experience in a safe, conscious, and immersive way” says VDA Group CEO Piercarlo Gramaglia. “The biggest challenge now is to unite the forces of all the actors involved to implement an epochal change that [...]

Room automation is now cloud based. Etheos, the IoT ready room management system2021-05-24T10:36:55+02:00

April 2021

The new Hotel of the Future paradigm


FROM PORDENONE TO DUBAI, VDA GATHERED THE BEST OF THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR AND LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE NEW HOTEL OF THE FUTURE PARADIGM. Pordenone 23rd April – “L’ALBERGO DEL FUTURO”, the event that took place during the Earth Day 2021, organised by Teamwork Hospitality Network and the Italian corporation VDA Group, both leaders in the hospitality market, has brought together some of the most important figures of the national and international hospitality sector from Pordenone to Dubai. Mauro Santinato and Nicola Del Vecchio of Teamwork group have retraced the story of the Hospitality market in the last 50 years and William Feltrin, VDA Group’s Product Marketing Manager, has shown the new paradigm of the future of this market: the People-centric Hospitality principle. VDA also announced the launch of Etheos, the new cloud-based Room Management System solution that brings together hotelier and guest, making hotel management easier than ever. The cloud-based technology guarantees flexible and integrated IOT benefits for the hotel and guest alike. Etheos is the answer to a growing demand and to 4 crucial pillars of innovation: Sustainability, Security and Accessibility, Immersive Experience, Beauty, and Harmony. A hotel that best represents this concept is Habita 79 of [...]

The new Hotel of the Future paradigm2021-04-26T10:52:47+02:00

March 2021

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


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)2021-06-28T11:35:38+02:00

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


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+01:00



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+01:00

February 2021

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


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+01:00

January 2021

Technology for accessible accommodation facilities


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+01:00

August 2020

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


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
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