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Best Western Selects Cables To Go as an Endorsed Supplier of Connectivity PanelsWorld's Largest Hotel Chain Makes TruLink Media Gateway Available in More Than 300,000 Hotel Rooms Allowing Guests to Display Content From Their Personal Media Devices (December 20, 2011)
DAYTON, OH -- (Marketwire) -- 12/20/11 -- Cables To Go today announced it has been selected by Best Western International, the world's largest hotel chain, as an endorsed supplier of connectivity panels that allow hotel guests to easily connect their personal devices and equipment to the in-room television for multimedia sharing and in-room entertainment. TruLink® Media Gateway will be made available to all 4,000 Best Western properties worldwide.
Hotel guests simply connect their personal media device to TruLink Media Gateway, which then automatically detects the port being used, selects the HDMI® input on the in-room TV and transmits the content. TruLink Media Gateway provides plug and play connectivity that allows guests to connect their laptops; portable media devices including iPhones, iPads, iPods and MP3 Players; cameras; DVD or Blu-ray players; gaming consoles or similar equipment and display them on the high-definition TV. Cell phones and MP3 players can also be charged through the unit's USB port. Connection ports include HDMI, VGA, composite video, 3.5mm audio, USB, Ethernet, Apple® devices, MP3 players and power receptacles.
Cables To Go is one of only three endorsed suppliers of connectivity panels for Best Western, and the only one to provide customized face plates, reporting of guest usage and multiple versions for in-wall, in-furniture or desktop installations. Connectivity panels are mandatory for all of 125 Best Western Premier properties worldwide. Best Western is also recommending connectivity panels to hotel managers at its other 4,000 properties, totaling more than 300,000 guest rooms.
In addition to the variety of connectivity and charging ports, TruLink Media Gateway from Cables To Go provides the following features:
- Three different models that can be installed in the wall, in furniture or utilized as a desktop accessory.
- Customized face plates to match the décor of different guest rooms.
- Firmware updates via the network, saving significant dollars in costs and hours of time for hotel IT staff each instance an update is required.
- Reporting capabilities to show amount of guest usage and ports being used.
"With more than 90 percent of travelers today carrying mobile devices, Best Western is accommodating today's guest by giving them the ability to view or share content from their devices in their hotel room," said Gary Hess, vice president of innovation for Cables To Go. "For viewing a business presentation, listening to music, sharing pictures or watching a movie, TruLink Media Gateway makes it easy for hotel guests to use their own personal media with the in-room television to enhance their travel experience."
Cables To Go, a 27-year industry expert with a multitude of awards for innovation, offers Best Western support resources for TruLink Media Gateway including guest cabling kits, marketing and web materials, and training for hotel staff. For more information about TruLink Media Gateway from Cables To Go, please visit http://www.cablestogo.com/hospitality.
About Cables To Go
Cables To Go is a division of Lastar, Inc., a leader in computer, datacom and audio/video connectivity solutions since 1984. The company delivers connectivity products renowned for superior quality, value and innovation and are backed by Cables To Go's uncompromising commitment to customer service. For more information regarding Cables To Go, visit www.cablestogo.com.
Cables To Go and TruLink are trademarks of Lastar, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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