JUL 2016

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J U L Y 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 7 headlines, trends & ideas A new product designed to help market and sell commercial space using three-dimensional technology was launched in June and is now being offered by concept3D, a Boulder, Co- lo.-based software development firm. According to Oliver Davis, concept3D founder and CEO, atlas3D will help convention centers, health centers and other facilities en- gage visitors by profiling their spaces online. "We built atlas3D to provide a competitive edge for any location or facility looking to engage visitors online and promote their space," Davis said. "There is no better way to give visitors, guests and customers an experience that allows them to explore and request more information or make a decision on the spot. The atlas3D platform pro- vides a set of tools our clients now depend on and the response has been overwhelmingly positive." According to Davis, atlas3D presents exterior and interior spaces with a 3D map. Additionally, atlas3D's content management software enables marketers to create on- line experiences with location-based media including virtual tours, 360-degree photo- spheres, video, point-to-point navigation, and other assets, all accessible via desktop or mobile device. Current clients are using atlas3D to show- case convention centers, hotels and resorts, commercial real estate, retirement commu- nities, health centers, airports, economic development initiatives, and parks including a wildlife refuge, Davis said. He added that these facilities can also ex- tend their physical brand with the software, by using it to welcome visitors before they arrive and guide them on-site with infor- mation, wayfinding routes and the ability to explore views from specific rooms and locations. "Convention centers and event managers will benefit from the ability to showcase on- line spaces for sale or rent, and offer virtual tours and stunning images to existing or prospective customers anywhere in the world," Davis said. "atlas3D embeds on any existing website, requires no coding, and can be online in as few as six weeks. The system supports the display of third-party data feeds such as real-time parking lot occupancy, bus and other transportation routes, and event information." n 3D Mapping & Media Platform Launched Need More Sleep? Travel to meetings can be exciting and fun, but it can also cut into regular sleep patterns, es- pecially when crossing time zones. For those who have trouble getting the sleep they need to be alert during conferences, a new product, Philip Stein's luxury Sleep Bracelet, offers a solution. According to marketing materials, the Sleep Bracelet uses Natural Frequency Tech- nology to increase the body's production of melatonin; the hormone which synchronizes the sleep-wake cycle. As a result, the bracelet allows users to sleep deeper, and longer. Users are instructed to place it on the wrist 15-20 minutes before going to sleep or taking a nap, sleep with it and remove it when awake. For more information, visit n Omni Hotels & Resorts Appoints Ken Barnes As CIO Omni Hotels & Resorts recently announced the appointment of Ken Barnes as the new chief information officer for the brand. He will be responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of all information technology and help drive Omni's business objectives by providing the enterprise-wide information technology (IT) vision and leadership for operating a reliable and stable infrastructure, fostering innovation, and leading the deployment and management of current and emerging technology products, services and systems across the organization. "In our fast paced and constantly evolving business environment, it is more important now than it has ever been before to have a clear, succinct IT strategy," said Mike Deitemeyer, president of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "Ken is a proven leader who will ensure we have an IT strategy that helps meet our business objectives and works to exceed our guests' expectations." Barnes joins Omni from GuestTek Interactive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he served as the senior vice president of global service responsible for managing technology service and support for the company. n

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