Four Winds Interactive, USA TODAY Partner for Digital Concierge Solution

November 24, 2008 – Four Winds Interactive and USA TODAY partner on a digital signage initiative to offer guests a digital concierge solution. Debuting late last year as a prototype, the GoBoard acts as an interactive digital information center for guests, showcasing live news from USA TODAY and running off of the Four Winds Interactive digital signage software platform.

The GoBoard is displayed on a 57″ LCD touch screen and is the technological centerpiece of the lobby redesign. The Four Winds Interactive hotel-friendly digital signage software system supports the various types of content being displayed on the screen including USA TODAY, Microsoft Virtual Earth, weather, and local events, and then pushes them out to be viewed and interacted with by guests.

Live USA TODAY news, money, sports, life, and scores serve as a centerpiece on the GoBoard as well as a 3-day weather forecast, live stock market quotes and airport delays. Microsoft Virtual Earth displays an interactive map identifying local points of interest and near- by restaurants, making the GoBoard the ideal tool for the business traveler who is not familiar with the local surroundings.

Developed specifically for the Courtyard brand by Four Winds Interactive and USA TODAY, the GoBoard gives the user control over the output on the screen, making it an excellent tool to customize offerings based on guest preferences. It is now available in eight hotels and Courtyard expects to rollout the GoBoard and lobby redesign at 150 hotels by the end of 2009.

Hospitality Technology, http://htmagazine.com For more information, please email marketing@fourwindsinteractive.com.

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