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HTNG to Start Workgroups on Topics of 5G, AV and Wireless Power

Tuesday, June 25, 2019  
Posted by: Emily Wilson

CHICAGO (June 25, 2019) – Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) identifies three new emerging hospitality technology topics and launches a 5G for Hospitality Workgroup, a Converging AV and IT Workgroup and a Wireless Power Workgroup.

HTNG’s 5G for Hospitality Workgroup will produce white papers to educate the hospitality community on the characteristics and capabilities of 5G, articulate the implications for existing network infrastructure and 5G’s potential for the hospitality ecosystem. These white papers will identify and prioritize 5G’s impact on the guest experience, identify operational needs and explain potential business models, business relationships, scenarios, use cases and upgrade paths.

Interim chairs for the 5G for Hospitality Workgroup are Alp Basol of AT&T, Dayna Kully of 5thGenWireless, Kurt Jacobs of JMA Wireless and Fernando Perez of JMA Wireless. This group will kick-off on Thursday, June 27 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

AV equipment is still early in its deployment of Internet Protocol (IP) as a standard, leading to potential inconsistencies in implementation. HTNG’s Converging AV and IT Workgroup seeks to improve the event/guest experience, improve space ROI, better accommodate fixed and portable AV technology for meetings, converge AV equipment onto the IP network and improve the overall aesthetic look.

Interim chairs for the Converging AV and IT Workgroup are Matthew Harvey of PSAV and Jeff Loether of Electro-Media Design. This group’s kick-off call occurred on Monday, June 24.

HTNG’s Wireless Power Workgroup will create a buyer’s guide to provide the hospitality industry a high-level overview of important questions to ask when selecting, purchasing, installing and maintaining wireless power solutions for their properties. The goal of the buyer’s guide is to help hospitality brands and ownership groups choose the right equipment to improve the guest experience.

Interim chairs for the Wireless Power Workgroup are Ryan Sanderson of Aircharge and Jono van Deventer of Chargifi. This group kicked off the morning of Tuesday, June 25.

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About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)


The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.


Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's  Board of Governors, consisting of 24 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsible for over 3 million guest rooms and world-leading venues. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit