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Interactive hotel showers

Anna Pakulniewicz 25 January 2018

Anna Pakulniewicz

Journalist

+48 22 356 25 07
anna@eurobuildcee.com

Ania covers the Baltic states’ real estate markets, architecture and urban planning in Warsaw as well as interior design. She is also the co-founder of Eurobuild TV. Among others, she has been employed by TVN CNBC, PAP Insider, WBJ (The Observer), Poland Monthly and IMM. She graduated from the Warsaw School of Economics, majoring in international relations. She has also completed postgraduate studies in macroeconomic analysis. In addition to this, she studied Lithuanian philology

Interactive hotel showers
The Smartap system is to be introduced in selected Novotels
POLAND/CEE REGION AccorHotels has adjudicated the Guest Experience Challenge competition for digital hotel bathrooms and chosen intelligent shower management system ‘SmarTap’ as the winner.

The system is to be installed in hotels across Central and Eastern Europe and its creators will also have the option of bidding for wider international contracts. This forms part of AccorHotels’ global strategy of developing and introducing modern technology. The contest is targeted at Polish and foreign start-ups and young companies, with the goal of developing hotel bathroom technology.

Jean-Yves Besnard, the head of digital projects for Eastern Europe at Accorhotels, chaired the jury and praised the level of the competition. “All the projects submitted were amazing and we were impressed by the creativity of the participants. The devices included interactive bathtubs, showers, toilets and mirrors... it is surprising how digital a hotel bathroom can be. Unfortunately, there could only be one winner, but we also see great potential in the other projects,” he said.

The first place in the competition went to Israeli start-up SmarTap for its interactive shower management system. This is the first such system in the world that can learn from the habits of hotel guests, adjust the temperature of the water and lighting, and also help save water, electricity, protect the pipes from damage and even identify leakages.

“We are extremely proud that AccorHotels appreciated our system and, above all, we are happy to take part in setting a new trend in the hotel sector. We believe that our product will provide hotel guests with a new experience in bathroom usage while helping to optimise the hotel’s management, in terms of lower water and energy costs,” said Asaf Shaltiel, the general manager of SmarTap. The company now has to decide whether to accept its EUR 2,000 prize or instead submit the system to the Central Innovation Unit in Paris as a preliminary for competing for global contracts.

Second place in the competition and EUR 1,500 was awarded to the electronic self-cleaning toilets developed by Polish company Happy House. Third place and EUR 1,000 went to Abyss Glass interactive mirrors, which can provide additional entertainment in the bathrooms as well as facilitate communication with clients and the hotel administration.

The main task set by the Guest Experience Challenge competition was to come up with devices that would enhance the comfort of guests, the satisfaction with their stay and their attachment to the brand. Sixteen projects from Poland, Israel and the UK were entered in the competition.


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