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Fobi AI Inc. (FOBI:TSXV) (FOBIF:OTCQB) (the "Company" or "Fobi"), a global leader in providing real-time data analytics through artificial intelligence to drive customer activation and engagement is pleased to announce the release of its new Digital Proof of Vaccination service CheckVax™, to help venues and businesses comply and immediately participate in government vaccine mandates. CheckVax™ seamlessly integrates into Fobi’s existing Venue Management and Wallet pass technology in order to improve the speed and ease of vaccine verification at venues, events, schools, movie theaters, hotels, gyms and other mass gathering sites at a high risk of transmission of the coronavirus.

Tamer Shafik, Fobi CTO stated, “This is an exciting product launch for Fobi as it incorporates our existing world leading Wallet pass technology and venue management platform to immediately solve a major problem faced by millions of businesses left scrambling to comply with government vaccination mandates. Quite simply, we believe we have architected and delivered the fastest and easiest to use proof of vaccine solution in the market today.”

CHECKVAX™ WORKS AS A STAND ALONE SOLUTION OR PLUGS SEAMLESSLY INTO ANY CURRENT OR EXISTING GOVERNMENT VACCINATION VERIFICATION PROGRAM

Fobi’s CheckVax™ digital proof of vaccination service can act as a stand-alone service that can be implemented by venues or organizations worldwide into existing platforms, as well as bolt onto any other digital proof of vaccination verification program. CheckVax™ can support any government or corporate digital vaccination verification service in the world.

Fobi CEO Rob Anson stated, Our latest product offering drives up the value of Fobi immensely for operators facing continuously evolving public health orders while their guests try to prove their vaccinations. We are excited to be able to support existing businesses with our app-less, digital vaccine solution. CheckVax’s digital activation couples safe vaccine verification with customer engagement, commerce, and sponsorships to give businesses a powerful, end-to-end product. As always, Fobi is ahead of the curve in anticipating the market needs and we’ve shown it again by getting CheckVax™ into the market at the right time.”

Fobi has already successfully registered and trademarked CheckVax™.

CHECKVAX™ TO SUPPORT GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE SECTOR

With vaccine mandates rapidly being rolled out by governments, small businesses and major corporations around the world, Fobi’s CheckVax™ launch is well-positioned as the need for digital and contactless proof of vaccination becomes a critical component of hosting, launching or participating in a wide range of activities and events determined to be at a high risk of transmission of the coronavirus.

On the government side, countries such as Denmark, Greece, France, Italy, some Canadian provinces and the U.S. cities of New Orleans, New York and San Francisco are among the places that have vaccination requirements to get into places like indoor restaurants or theaters.

On the business side, even without government mandates, more businesses in countries where vaccines are readily available are starting to ask for proof of vaccination. For example, Disney Cruise Line has joined Carnival, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian in planning to require COVID vaccines for passengers 12 and older.

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NEW SERVICE DRAWS ON FOBI’S EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE AND PROVEN SUCCESS AS A LEADER IN VENUE MANAGEMENT

Drawing on Fobi’s extensive experience in Venue Management and Venue Tracing at NCAA Bubble Events through the first waves of Covid, this new packaged system is a sophisticated, end-to-end mobile-first and contactless solution that digitizes and automates the entire Proof of Vaccination and check-in process. The CheckVax™ user journey is incredibly simple and easy:

1. Register: Users register in our Portal to enter basic information such as their ID, and other information.

2. Verify: Once users submit their information, their credentials are verified by Fobi.

3. Download: Upon approval, users are sent a link to download their CheckVax™ Wallet pass onto their smartphones.

4. Validate: Vaccine passes can be validated and checked at a venue or location using Fobi’s Smart Tap NFC device, Fobi’s Smart Scan Pass Validation App.

BENEFITS OF FOBI’S CHECKVAX™ SOLUTION - SPEED AND EASE OF USE

CheckVax™ can speed up queues with instant access to digital vaccine passes. By moving vaccine records to Wallet passes, Fobi enables businesses and venues to shorten lines with customers and fans proving their vaccination status before even arriving at their entry point to exponentially speed up queue times. CheckVax™ geofenced passes pull the vaccination pass right to the front of iPhone lock screens, so they're always ready to check-in.

 
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Canada’s hotel industry reported its highest monthly performance levels since the pandemic began, according to STR‘s July 2021 data.
Even with improvement from previous months, the country’s performance levels remained well below pre-pandemic comparisons from July 2019:

  • Occupancy: 54.5% (-27.6%)
  • Average daily rate (ADR): CAD151.31 (-18.2%)
  • Revenue per available room (RevPAR): CAD82.53 (-40.7%)

The occupancy and RevPAR levels were the highest in Canada since February 2020, while the ADR level was the country’s highest since December 2019. 

“Hotels in Canada saw a resurgence in demand in July, with key metrics reaching the strongest levels since the pandemic hit,” said Laura Baxter, CoStar Group’s director of hospitality analytics for Canada. CoStar Group is the parent company of STR. 

“ADR was the standout metric, as it inched closer to 2019 levels and hoteliers reaped the rewards of high-paying transient leisure guests. Rate at hotels in small towns exceeded 2019 levels by 1%, which was the first indicator to reach pre-pandemic levels. Rates in resort locations also showed strong growth, reaching $251, up from $182 in June.

“August is typically the strongest month for Canada’s hotel industry, and this year will be no exception with month-to-date metrics already showing an improvement on July levels. Occupancy during the first two weeks was up 10 points to 64%. That occupancy figure includes international demand now that fully vaccinated Americans can cross the land border and inbound international air passengers have less restrictions upon arrival.

Among the provinces and territories, Prince Edward Island recorded the lowest July occupancy level (47.3%), which was 43.8% below the pre-pandemic comparable. 

Among the major markets, Montreal saw the lowest occupancy (42.0%), which was a 47.5% decline from 2019. 

The highest occupancy among provinces was reported in British Columbia (67.2%), down 18.8% against 2019. At the market level, the highest occupancy was reported in Vancouver (59.2%), which decreased 33.1% from 2019.

“STR’s updated forecast for the country shows RevPAR at $54 for 2021, a more positive outlook for the year due to less travel restrictions underpinned by a strong economy,” Baxter said. “In line with seasonal trends, Q4 is expected to generate softer results than Q3, as hoteliers typically rely on business demand during the fall months. Based on the spike in COVID-19 cases, the expected pent-up corporate demand from the American and domestic source markets may be more muted than originally anticipated.”

 
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Data security has come under greater scrutiny for all businesses in recent years, with larger fines and penalties being awarded for contemporary data breaches. This issue is only compounding as digital transactions take precedence over physical exchanges, and third-party partnerships become more important to maintain operations. Choosing the right partner and hosting environment for your property can be complicated, but the property-management system (PMS) selected will play a critical role in securing your confidential data.

Protecting your guests’ data is equally important as preserving their physical safety, but confusion still abounds regarding hoteliers’ level of responsibility for protecting guest data. It’s easy to understand why, with multiple ways to host and access the servers containing this data and the way this intersects with third parties.

There are two components of the puzzle: the booking engine used by hotels, and the actual PMS. Since guest data can be self-hosted by hotels, managed on-property by a third party, or handled entirely off site, it’s up to hoteliers to decide what works best for their property. Understanding how your hotel accesses and stores guest data is key to understanding their liability in relation to that data.

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Hosting your hotel's online booking engine comes with an extensive investment into web server technology, as well as a great deal of local IT management requirements. For that reason, many hoteliers have chosen to work with third parties to host their booking engine off site. However, even if your hotel's data is out of sight, it is a hotel's responsibility to keep their data partners accountable.

Is the data center equipped with proper heating and ventilation? When was the last time the facilities were inspected? What data security handling certifications do they maintain? How forthcoming is the data center with this information? These are important factors all businesses should know about their data storage, and it is necessary to do your due diligence to be certain your guests’ data is in good hands.

To stay informed on the status of your property’s data storage, operators should become familiar with the management at work in their hosting facility. Request information on the hosting facility’s certifications for GDPR, PCA, SOC 2, and others. It will also be useful for learning who oversees rolling updates out to your hotel’s machines, as well as firewall rules, antivirus requirements and more.

Forming relationships with your network administrator is key because every partnership in this arena is unique. Depending on the agreement, data storage and security for hotels could be mostly automated, or hotels could be expected to manage several processes on their own. In some cases, hotels are expected to source out their own data center and manage it themselves — though this is not desirable without a proper IT infrastructure and team at the hotel property or corporate level. With such a range of service available, operators need to be certain they know who is doing what, from backing up information to the day-to-day management of database servers.

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No matter how a hotel stores its data, operators will always be liable for securing it on some level. This is particularly true for PCI compliance, as hotels still physically handle credit cards properly and store guests’ card data well locally. Partnerships of any kind also do not absolve hotel operators from managing their local network. This is important because hotels have many devices that share printing, internet connections, email, Bluetooth, and more. Operators must know where their partners’ liability ends and theirs begins.

For example, data services have tenants, like the housing market, and it pays to know if you have neighbors or not. Businesses have the option to invest in either a dedicated or open hosting environment, with benefits and drawbacks to both. Dedicated hosts allow for updates to roll out in coordination with operators’ decisions, keeping it autonomous and allowing for proper scheduling and preparation.

The other option, where multiple businesses share a single server host and single application instance, is a more hands-off proposition but it comes with its own surprises. Hotels using these hosts may have fewer concerns when it comes to managing their IT, upgrade scheduling, or shared data storage, but when an update is rolled out by the host it is done to every company on the shared server environment, whether your property is prepared for it or not. Surprise updates such as these can potentially impact operations, or other aspects of your business. 

In general, hosted environments, whether multi tenanted or dedicated, reduce some of the operational load of your IT team in various ways, dependent on the level of interaction coming from your data partner. A fully managed implementation could absolve hoteliers from overseeing updates, watching alerts for threat monitoring, and more. These systems also give operators the benefit of accessing their systems from anywhere, often through and ideally via browser-based user interfaces.

Every property’s needs are unique, but the PMS you choose needs to be able to support your hotel’s business goals. The hosting environment for your PMS and guests’ data should provide you with confidence through open and clear communication, vendor commitment and choice of options that best suit your specific independent needs. Once you understand your hotel’s liability burden, operators are free to focus on their mission of serving guests.

 
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CINCINNATI – Aug. 24, 2021 – Hydro Systems, a world leader in delivering chemical dispensing and dosing solutions, has released its Connected Total Eclipse Controller, an IoT-enabled version of Hydro’s most popular electronic controller designed for on-premise laundries with up to four washers. It leverages the Hydro Connect platform and a cellular gateway to provide greater visibility and cost savings through on-demand reporting. 

“The Connected Total Eclipse Controller expands the capability of our cost-effective, secure and easy-to-use laundry dispensing systems. This gives managers real-time access to operational data to help them run the site more efficiently,” said John Goetz, Global Product Manager, Hydro Systems. 

The Connected Total Eclipse Controller can be added to most Hydro laundry dispensers, including the LM-200 peristaltic pumps or EvoClean, and it delivers critical site data with real-time or historical reporting on productivity, chemical usage, costs and alarms through Hydro Connect. Automating reporting simplifies processes and helps managers avoid alarm conditions like incomplete or stopped loads that drive up rewash rates.  

The controller can be purchased new with a dispenser or easily retrofitted to any existing installation with Hydro Systems’ laundry equipment. Simply swap out the existing controllers and add a cellular gateway. Formulas and setups can be programmed at the controller or with the Formula Editor software and on-board USB flash drive. With the addition of Hydro’s real-time service plan, users can remotely change configurations for dosage, load weight and more from any place with an internet connection to reduce the frequency of expensive site visits.  

“What’s great about this new controller is that it’s very scalable. If site managers do not want to purchase a gateway or real-time service package, they can still access historical reporting through a manual upload into Hydro Connect using the USB drive,” added Goetz. “If needs change in the future, this connected solution can address these demands.” 

For more information about the Connected Total Eclipse Controller, visit http://www.hydrosystemsco.com/product/total-eclipse.

 
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With most hotel spas having undergone a hiatus during the Covid pandemic, they’re experiencing a surge of demand now the hospitality industry is fully reopened.

Maximising spa bookings in a busy period is key if hotels are to make the most of demand – especially if an array of treatments, services and wellness products are on offer.

To do this, many hotels are seeking to exploit new technology to help streamline processes and provide guests with access to the relevant information during their stay.

A standout example of a hotel using technology to significantly boost bookings – and therefore its revenue – is the Mondorf Parc Hôtel in Luxembourg which has seen an increase in spa and treatment bookings. More than 95% of all revenue generated through its tablet installation has come from spa and treatment bookings.

The hotel uses technology provided by SuitePad, Europe’s leading provider of digital guest communication solutions for hotels. Implemented in each guest room alongside their informative content, the tablets also offer an open communication channel to the front desk for guests while reducing the need for staff to make telephone calls.

This technology provides guests with a readily accessible platform through which the hotel can display key information about the spa, its availability and the range of treatments and amenities on offer. It allows guests to make bookings in a relaxed, stress-free manner, without the need for conversations or discussions, giving them time and space to enjoy their stay. This approach underlines the relaxing environment of a spa hotel focused on wellness.

Alongside top line information, the tablets also enable guests to dig deeper into the specifics of the hotel’s services. Not only does this encourage spa bookings, but it also enhances hotel efficiency thanks to staff having to handle fewer guest enquiries directly – with information digitally displayed.

Their use has facilitated a responsive, high-quality service, allowing for effective communication between guests and hotel staff. The tablets saw a significant reduction in paper use and printing costs – something that aligns with the hotel’s eco-friendly ethos. 

The hotel further enhances its environmental contribution by using SuitePad’s Green Option. This feature allows customers to forgo room cleaning, which not only greatly reduces the amount of water, chemicals, and energy used in the room cleaning process, but also saves on utility and staffing costs. This is especially important as many guests at wellness hotels also like to promote the wellness of the environment as well as themselves.

Patrick Le Meur, Director of Mondorf Parc Hôtel, commented: “We originally intended to install SuitePad devices at the hotel to increase sustainability and reduce the hotel’s impact on the environment. Once we had the installation, we realised there was so much more we could do with the tablets, such as facilitating the real-time, instant booking of spa and wellness treatments, offering important information, and communicating with guests in an effective way.”

SuitePad consistently demonstrates how digital hotel technology is not limited to younger generations and its benefits are accessible to all. Quite often the older demographic of guests adopts the use of the tablets very well – with many hotels suggesting they often prefer this mode of communication and distribution of information to more traditional forms.

Patrick continued: “Our one concern was that more senior guests would not take to using the SuitePads, but it’s been quite the opposite. Our senior guests really enjoy using the tablets as it’s much more convenient and modern than traditional in-room collateral.”

The current boom the world of tourism is experiencing in wellness resorts has opened the door for the more curative hotels wanting to upsell the spa facilities they have to offer. A comprehensive digital solution offers an excellent way to increase guest engagement, and subsequently, hotel revenue.

Moritz von Petersdorff-Campen, founder and managing director of SuitePad, commented on the success of the Mondorf Parc Hôtel, saying: “It’s fantastic to see the impact the new SuitePads have had at the Mondorf Parc. The uptake of technology across the generations really highlights its ability to enhance everyone’s guest experience. The tablets have really come into their own. The hotel is able to use SuitePad’s technology to increase spa and wellness bookings at a time where self-care has never been more important.”

To find out more about SuitePad and its product offering, please visit the website.

 

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