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Secure Technology Provider Acquires U.K. Digital Signage Company

Nashville-based Uniguest expands portfolio with ONELAN purchase


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Uniguest, a cybersecurity technology specialist in the secure operating system space with a customer-centric approach focused on hospitality, office retail, and community living, announces the acquisition of ONELAN, a U.K.-based digital signage and visual communications company.

After making several acquisitions in the secure kiosk market space in 2015 and 2016, Nashville-based Uniguest is excited to announce its latest acquisition of ONELAN. ONELAN’s digital signage and visual communications solutions are a natural extension to Uniguest’s current portfolio of products. The combined solutions will assist Uniguest customers in driving guest, shopper, and resident engagement in the hospitality, office retail, and community living industries respectively.

ONELAN is a global leader in developing and managing visual applications such as digital signage, wayfinding, and meeting space bookings. Its footprint spans across 6,000 projects in 50 countries and operates in the education, corporate, retail and hospitality sectors.

“Digital engagement is something we see as a crucial component to the future of the industries we operate in,” Uniguest CEO Jeff Hiscox said. “After doing a thorough review of the market, we realized ONELAN’s solutions are best in class and our combined solutions will drive a new “digital infusion” in the public use space of our customers.”

For the near future, ONELAN will continue to operate as a stand-alone business with its current team members out of the Reading, U.K. headquarters. Uniguest will fold the signage offerings into its solution set, and the products will be available to Uniguest clients during the second quarter of 2018.

“Uniguest is a natural partner for us as their Secured Advantage product goes hand-in-hand with our interactive signage solutions,” ONELAN Chief Commercial Officer Hugh Coghill-Smith said. “Both companies strive to bring the most value to our customers. We determined the best way to provide a seamless customer experience was to bring the two portfolios together as one offering.”

Prior to the ONELAN acquisition, Uniguest operated more than 28,000 devices across 15,000+ locations in 68 countries. Adding ONELAN expands Uniguest’s footprint not only in the U.K. but across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia as well. Its innovative suite of fully managed and supported solutions includes business centers/social spaces, interactive kiosks, digital signage, purposed tablets, mobile printing, and personalized printing. Uniguest is based in Nashville, Tennessee, with offices in Las Vegas, Nevada; Torrance, California; and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


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U.S., Britain blame Russia for global cyber attack

By Jim Finkle, Doina Chiacu of REUTERS.COM

(Reuters) – The United States and Britain on Monday accused Russia of launching cyber attacks on computer routers, firewalls and other networking equipment used by government agencies, businesses and critical infrastructure operators around the globe.

Washington and London issued a joint alert saying the campaign by Russian government-backed hackers was intended to advance spying, intellectual property theft and other “malicious” activities and could be escalated to launch offensive attacks.

U.S., Britain blame Russia for global cyber attack

Hilton Cracks Fast Company’s List of Top 5 Most Innovative Companies

Posted by Lodging Staff

Fast Company announced its annual ranking of the world’s 50 Most Innovative Companies for 2018, honoring leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in business and innovation. Five hotel companies are among this year’s lists: Graduate Hotels is the only hotel brand in the top 50 innovative companies list and is also in the top 10 for travel; Best Western is among the top 10 innovative companies for the augmented reality/virtual reality category (AR/VR); Marriott is among the top 10 innovative companies for design; and both Hilton Worldwide and Equinox are among the top 10 innovative companies for wellness.

The 50 Most Innovative Companies were curated from Fast Company‘s Top 10 lists, which recognize pioneering companies across 36 categories, from artificial intelligence to wellness. More than three dozen Fast Company editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of companies—many of which were identified by a new MIC submission process—to create these lists.

Fast Company says that its annual rankings of innovative companies provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy. “This year’s MIC list is an inspiring and insightful window into how many companies have embraced innovation and are working to make meaningful change,” explains Fast Company deputy editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with senior editor Amy Farley.

Ranked as the 50th most innovative company in the world as well as the second most innovative company in the travel category, Graduate Hotels made the list “for bringing team spirit to university towns,” according to Fast Company. The brand is designed for college markets in second and third-tier cities. Its portfolio is growing with 10 hotels open at the end of 2017 and a goal of opening in 100 markets in the next 10 years.

Marriott has made Fast Company‘s list of innovative companies in the past—last year, the company was among the Top 50 Most Innovative Companies and among the top 10 for travel in 2016 and 2017. This year, Marriott ranked fourth in the design sector for “creating user-friendly, tech-centric experiences.” Fast Company noted Marriott’s investment in efforts like its design-thinking lab and IoT “room of the future.”

Best Western Hotels & Resorts ranked sixth in the AR/VR category for offering guests virtual reality tours through its Best Western Virtual Reality Experience (BWVRE), which uses VR technology to reinvent the way guests view and shop for hotels. The brand also uses VR in employee training to transform communications between front desk staff and guests.

Hilton came in third in the wellness category for integrating exercise equipment into guestrooms. Guests at select hotels can take advantage of its “Five Feet to Fitness” program, which adds health-focused, in-room amenities like fitness equipment, gym storage, exercise tutorials, and nutritional drinks.

Luxury fitness brand Equinox also ranked among the top 10 innovative companies for wellness, coming in at number eight for its new hotel concept, Equinox Hotels. The company, which owns subsidiary brands like SoulCycle and Pure Yoga, is breaking into the lifestyle hotel segment with its first property slated to open in New York City next year.

The top ten companies across all industries on this year’s list are: (1) Apple, (2) Netflix, (3) Square, (4) Tencent, (5) Amazon, (6) Patagonia, (7) CVS Health, (8) Washington Post Company, (9) Spotify, and (10) NBA. Nearly 30 companies appear on this year’s list for the first time, including: Stitch Fix, Diamond Foundry, Patreon, and Ford Foundation.