Guests at Sydney’s Sheraton On The Park can now surf the Web, use Microsoft Office, access email, voicemail and faxes, play games, control in-house streamed video and order room service via a new set-top box service.
Sheraton.Net was launched at the Sydney hotel last December and is due to be rolled out across other Sheraton hotels in the Asia-Pacific region next month.
Guests access Sheraton.Net services via the in-room television/set-top box using a wireless keyboard and remote control device and will be able to stop, pause and control in-house video. The system will also remember guests’ preferences and can bring up their favourite daily newspapers and/or most important stock quotations each morning.
Once the network rolls out, hotels will have a Compaq Sheraton.Net server running Microsoft Windows NT and Back-Office, connected via a wide area network. In addition they will run Microsoft’s Commercial Internet Services platform and Microsoft NetShow Theatre streaming media server technology, which can provide MPEG I and II data streams from Windows NT server-based machines. Hotel rooms will be equipped with a set-top box running Windows 95 connected to the hotel servers through high-speed ADSL modems from 3Com.