MILWAUKEE, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EthoStream, a division of Telkonet Inc. (OTC BB: TKOI) and one of the nation's largest hospitality high-speed internet access (HSIA) network providers, announced that Red Lion Hotels (NYSE: RLH) has contracted the HSIA provider for end-to-end upgrades of the wireless networks at corporate-owned sites. The hotelier will invest over half of a million dollars on new networks in the second quarter, bringing the hotels to the newest wireless standards.
EthoStream initially installed Telkonet iWire PLC-networks and 802.11g wireless networks in all corporate-owned locations beginning in June 2008 and has been supporting the properties ever since. To provide superior service to their guests, Red Lion recognized the importance of an aggressive technology refresh cycle and will move forward with Ruckus 802.11n wireless networks at the properties.
"Our guests expect a top-notch Internet experience while staying at our hotels. We commit ourselves to delivering all of the comforts of home, and in this case, that includes a great wireless Internet connection, whether for working on business, relaxing while viewing a video or staying caught up on social media," said Gordy Dhatt, Vice President, Information Technology for Red Lion Hotels.
"Business travelers network — and when they do, one of the topics of discussion is always hotel Internet access. When we complete this project, we'll have significantly improved that aspect of our guest experience. We believe will lead to even stronger brand loyalty, and those networking conversations will be recommendation opportunities."
The new networks have been designed to include 500 new access points featuring Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology. Each hotel network will be managed through a Ruckus ZoneDirector controller which will manage settings, coordinate channels, optimize wireless power output, and ensure seamless roaming throughout the hotel. EthoStream is one of a limited number of Ruckus Top Dog partners in the Hospitality industry.
"Red Lion has been a fantastic partner for EthoStream. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to provide them with an ultra-fast, ultra-reliable wireless network. I know their guests will appreciate the attention Red Lion has given to this key amenity," said Matt Koch, COO, Telkonet.
EthoStream's "Total Solution" offers a complete package of services required for quality wired and wireless high-speed Internet access. Dedicated employees conduct site surveys, install equipment and provide service after installation with on-site and remote support. EthoStream employs a knowledgeable, well-trained staff of support technicians, so users can rely on an in-house team to provide rapid, friendly assistance 24/7.
ABOUT RED LION HOTELS CORPORATION
Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH) is a hospitality and leisure Company primarily engaged in the ownership, operation and franchising of midscale hotels under its Red Lion® brand. As of December 31, 2012, the RLH hotel network was comprised of 48 hotels located in nine states and one Canadian province, with 9,015 rooms and 484,693 square feet of meeting space. The Company also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. For more information, please visit the Company's website at www.redlion.com.
EthoStream, the high-speed Internet access division of Telkonet, operates the largest hospitality HSIA network in the country, supporting over 5.2 million users monthly. With a wide range of product and service offerings and one of the most comprehensive management platforms available for HSIA networks, EthoStream offers solutions for any public access location. Visit www.ethostream.com for more information.
Telkonet, a leading United States-based energy management technology provider, offers hardware, software and services to commercial customers worldwide. The EcoSmart suite of products, which includes EcoInsight and EcoWave intelligent thermostats, the EcoView occupancy sensor and the EcoGuard energy management outlet, can be deployed in most building environments to cut utility costs and enable remote monitoring and control using the EcoCentral management platform. Telkonet's energy management products have the power to reduce energy consumption, minimize carbon footprints and help eliminate the need for the construction of new power plants. For more information, visit www.telkonet.com.
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