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Across various sectors, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated trends toward technology and digitalization that had already begun years before. The hospitality industry is certainly no exception. Hotels have found that the pandemic’s turmoil has created a perfect opportunity to pivot towards smarter, more efficient ways of doing things.

There are several reasons why now is the time to invest more in technology if you’re a hotel manager. For one thing, the COVID-19 crisis has made staff and guest monitoring more critical than ever, and this is an area where technology proves vital. Tech solutions can also help with proper cleaning and social distancing measures while giving customers the contactless interactions they need to feel safe.

So, what new technologies should hotels consider this year? Here are four great options.

Employee Monitoring Devices

A simple small device can help keep employees and customers safe by encouraging proper behavior. These wearable devices will vibrate when any two employees get dangerously close to one another. This will provide a simple, harmless reminder to keep an appropriate distance.

Facial Recognition Software

Remarkable modern software can recognize employees’ faces and detect their temperatures and determine whether face masks are being worn properly. While this technology might seem invasive, it can go a long way toward keeping your hotel virus-free. In this day and age, safety is paramount.

Automated Cleaning Robots

By having robots do the bulk of your cleaning, you can keep potentially-infected humans out of rooms and public spaces. In the covid era, less human contact is always better. Not only are robots cheaper than human cleaners, but they’re also socially beneficial.

UV Light Sanitation

Every hotel must keep their space especially clean during the current public health crisis. UV sanitation is a great way to ensure surfaces are virus-free. This modern technology is quickly becoming mainstream, and sooner or later, it will become ubiquitous in the hospitality industry.

While all these changes are significant during the coronavirus pandemic, they’ll remain useful no matter what the future holds. The hospitality industry is changing fast. The most successful hotels of tomorrow will be those that seize the opportunity to invest in high-tech solutions today.