Jericho, NY: Kube Systems has penetrated the boutique hotel market in Los Angeles with 239 rooms at Andaz West Hollywood now featuring its KS Clock™. This compact, Bluetooth streaming unit features the ability to charge up to six mobile devices with built-in Apple® Lightning cable, Apple® 30-pin cable and Micro USB flip out cables suitable for Androids, Blackberrys and virtually every smartphone and tablet on the market. It also features two auto-sensing USB ports and optional Qi wireless on top of the intuitive alarm clock. Located at 8401 Sunset Boulevard, Andaz West Hollywood is a Hyatt brand affiliate; Kube Systems is a Hyatt Preferred Vendor.
“We saw the KS Clock™ featured in the Hyatt newsletter and we knew it was exactly what we wanted for our guestrooms,” said Director of Rooms Katja Borowski. “What makes the KS Clock™ so unique is its ability to charge multiple devices – no matter what type of operating system it runs on – at the same time. We understand how critical it is to guest satisfaction to provide a convenient charging solution for guests. What we offered previously in the rooms was a docking station that only charged Apple products. The mobile Room Programmer that comes with the KS Clock™ is convenient for guests and simple for our staff to program.”
The Android App Room Programmer enables hotel engineers to program settings for Daylight Savings Time (automatically adjust +1 or -1 hour during the respective DST switch), Display Brightness (day time / night time LED clock face brightness level), Alarm Tone (one of three alarm tone types can be selected), and Audio Volume (sets the maximum audio playback volume/ volume limiter) with just a touch. In addition, a Bluetooth ID can be assigned to each KS Clock™ giving each Kube a unique room number to prevent unauthorized pairing. The Kube also features a Bluetooth (BT) Clear Cache Interval setting that specifies how long a mobile device will remain in memory so the guest does not have to hit the pair button again on KS Clock™ upon re-entering the room after leaving for a time.
Each KS Clock™ comes with replaceable and upgradeable modular cables that keep the unit from becoming obsolete. As global charging standards change, the hardware is fully upgradable, making the Kube future proof and extending the life of the hotel’s CAPEX investment. The KS Clock™ is also equipped with optional Qi (pronounced “chee”) technology for wireless charging. Kube Systems is leveraging the Qi technology to enable guests to simply rest their mobile devices on top of the Qi charging pad, located on the top of each Kube. Optional locking points and security cables can also be affixed to the KS Clock™ for added protection.
“Hoteliers today are hearing more and more guest complaints about mobile docking stations,” said Dave Weinstein, Kube Systems Vice President. “If a guest has a thicker phone case, they need to remove it in order to dock and charge the device. This can be irritating, so oftentimes they just use their own chargers; the problem is, those chargers often get left behind. Also, if the mobile device manufacturer changes its design or the connector gets replaced, the dock becomes obsolete, costing the hotel owner big bucks to upgrade to next-generation designs. We deliver a concierge-like experience to our customers and their guests with no cables to remember and no hardware to replace.
“We are pleased that Andaz West Hollywood is so happy with the KS Clock™,” Weinstein added. “Our relationship with Hyatt Hotels is important, and knowing that brands like Andaz West Hollywood are captivated with our solutions is very gratifying.”
Borowski said that Andaz West Hollywood is also considering adding the KS Portable™ for public areas in the future. The KS Portable™ functions just as the KS Clock™, but without the time component or streaming audio capability, and it also provides up to nine hours of charge time at speeds comparable to those from wall outlets.
Supply of the KS Clock™ was facilitated through American Hotel Register, Kube Systems’ distribution partner for North America.
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