Smart City 360°. The second EAI International Summit, Smart City 360°, Bratislava, Slovakia, November 22-24, 2016. Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Internet of Things for the Hotel Industry: A Review

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.14-2-2017.152285,
        author={Sergio Tenreiro de Magalhaes and M.J. Magalhaes and Kenneth Revett},
        title={Internet of Things for the Hotel Industry: A Review},
        proceedings={Smart City 360°. The second EAI International Summit, Smart City 360°, Bratislava, Slovakia, November 22-24, 2016. Revised Selected Papers},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={SMARTCITY360},
        year={2017},
        month={3},
        keywords={Internet-of-Things Hotel industry Hospitality Pervasive Computing},
        doi={10.4108/eai.14-2-2017.152285}
    }
    
  • Sergio Tenreiro de Magalhaes
    M.J. Magalhaes
    Kenneth Revett
    Year: 2017
    Internet of Things for the Hotel Industry: A Review
    SMARTCITY360
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.14-2-2017.152285
Sergio Tenreiro de Magalhaes1,2,3,*, M.J. Magalhaes, Kenneth Revett
  • 1: ALGORITMI Reseach Center - University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal
  • 2: Faculdade de Filosofia e Ciências Sociais da Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Braga, Portugal
  • 3: Department of Computer Science, University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
*Contact email: psmagalhaes@dsi.uminho.pt

Abstract

The Internet of Things (IoT) represents an opportunity for the hotel industry to increase customer satisfaction while simultaneously reducing operational costs. This paper analyses the existing knowledge on this subject, through a review of the relevant publications indexed by Scopus and/or ISI Web of Science, concluding that, despite the existence of many relevant patents, registered in the past few years, the published research is very limited on this topic. The restriction to publication prior to the conclusion of the patent registration process may be a justification for this fact, and, if so, the near future will bring many novelties that will help the development of the hotel industry. It is also possible to conclude from this work that the potential of IoT is not yet well explored in the hotel industry, once authors frequently theorize on the use of IoT for applications that could easily be of interest for the hotel industry, but fail to identify that opportunity as a major market.