Seattle, June 16, 2020React Mobile, the most trusted provider of panic button solutions to hotels, has recently updated its Dispatch Center to give response teams real-time access to emergency alerts via any browser. The new customer portal provides remote access and complete administrative control of the cloud-based safety platform from anywhere.

“Having mobile access to emergency alerts is critical in these uncertain times,” said Robb Monkman, React Mobile CEO. “Whether an employee needs immediate assistance with a hotel guest in medical distress or a worker finds himself or herself in an uncomfortable or unsafe situation, this mobile feature will dispatch help to any device — a smartphone, tablet, Mac or PC — within seconds of being received, no matter where responders are on property. This is just one of the many ways that React Mobile is improving the safety of hotel workers everywhere.”

The React Mobile Dispatch Center is used to:

  • Configure a hotel’s response team and notification lists
  • Actively monitor beacons and buttons for connectivity and battery life
  • Issue alerts and update responders in real time
  • Track and log all alert history

The Dispatch Center dashboard displays a map of the property. If a panic button is engaged, the dashboard will display the indoor location of the panic button via Bluetooth® beacons or the outdoor location of the panic button using the built-in GPS on cellular and smartphone devices. As the administrative safety hub, this dashboard also provides access to alert histories and provides a listing of all devices, dispatchers, enterprise properties, beacons, LTE devices and more.

“We are very excited about the launch of this new Dispatch Center,” said Tyson Paxton, React Mobile Client Success Manager. “This platform is the single source of truth for emergency alerts and safety monitoring on property. When hotels reopen and employees return to work, it won’t be business as usual. Until operators can rebuild their workforces to pre-pandemic levels, they will be transitioning with lighter teams. By placing real-time alert functionality in the cloud, responders can act more quickly and confidently, knowing they have the full power of the Dispatch Center in the palms of their hands.”

The new Dispatch Center went live in May and is already in use by new customers. Existing React Mobile users can log in to new Dispatch Center by clicking here.


Toronto – June 11, 2020 – Motel 6 Canada, in collaboration with G6 Hospitality, has launched “Clean@6,” a comprehensive initiative designed to ensure that guests feel confident when staying at any of the nearly 1,400 Motel 6 or Studio 6 locations across Canada and the United States.  

“The health and safety of our hotel associates and guests are of the utmost importance to us,” said Irwin Prince, President & COO, Realstar Hospitality. “The Clean@6 program exemplifies our commitment to providing the travelling public with a clean and comfortable stay.”

The “Clean@6” initiative focuses on three critical touchpoints. They include the following highlights:

  • Enhanced Cleaning & Sanitization
    • Frequent cleaning and disinfection of high traffic areas and high touch surfaces. 
    • Hand sanitizer stations in public spaces.
  • Physical and Social Distancing
    • Social distancing encouraged in all common areas and at the back of the house.
    • Plexi-glass hygiene guards installed at front desk terminals.
  • Safe Behavioral Practices
    • Recommended use of Personal protective equipment (PPE) for all hotel staff.
    • Employees trained to perform frequent hand washing by using soap and sanitizing stations.

A long-standing member of the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC), Motel 6 Canada, will join other global brands and follow the Safe Stay guidelines for hotel cleaning. This joint initiative between the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Hotel Association of Canada standardizes industry cleanliness in response to COVID-19. The Stay Safe initiative enhances existing standards to increase guest confidence under guidance issued by public health authorities, including the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centres for Disease Control (CDC).

“We are very proud of the extraordinary degree of care our franchise community is demonstrating while serving guests and local communities during these unprecedented times,” added Prince. 


VANCOUVER, BC (June 10, 2020): The BC Hotel Association(BCHA) has partnered with FortisBC and GreenStep to offer two complementary sustainability programs aimed at helping hotels make steps toward improving efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint, while decreasing operating costs to assist with economic recovery from COVID-19. 

“COVID-19 has been detrimental to our industry”, said Ingrid Jarrett, President and CEO of BC Hotel Association. “With over 400 hotels closed across the province, many are on the brink of insolvency so introducing cost-saving programs, at this time, is greatly impactful to hoteliers struggling to stay afloat. We are incredibly grateful to both FortisBC and GreenStep for collaborating with us and funding this important work.”

All BCHA members now have access to a dedicated resource to help them identify savings in their properties. FortisBC has funded an Energy Analyst role which has been filled by Dylan Tomlin, a 15-year veteran of the utility industry. Tomlin will help implement a new BCHA initiative called GoGreen. Through this initiative, all BCHA members are eligible to receive an in-depth energy analysis of their operations to identify large energy conservation and cost-cutting projects.

“Hotels are notoriously high energy consumers, with the bills to prove it”, said Tomlin. “Many also have aging equipment and old technology, and while most hotel managers want to save energy, they are so busy ensuring guest satisfaction that focusing on energy efficiency never hits top of the priority list. These programs afford the opportunity to change that. Based on the projects we have done in the past, properties have seen an average total savings of approximately five per cent per year on energy bills. Savings like this not only have a significant economic impact for hoteliers, they are a step toward more ecologically conscious operations.”

This service complements other energy or sustainability assessments that hotels may have received, providing a much more in-depth analysis of energy consumption and costs. Primary goals of the programs include identifying tens of thousands of dollars of annual cost savings and utility rebates, and providing hoteliers with the tools needed to become sustainability leaders, improving their environmental impact.  

To amplify these conservation efforts, the GreenStep EcoFund program helps hotels outline a budget to invest in the energy efficiency opportunities identified by the Energy Analyst, and to generate a revenue stream for the BCHA to invest in research and advocacy.

“As an organization that strives to create sustainability strategies for small and medium enterprises, we were delighted to collaborate with the BCHA to set hotels across the province up for success”, said Angela Nagy, CEO of GreenStep. “There is an immense opportunity to help businesses, like hotels, operate more efficiently, and in times of crisis, we are given a moment to step back and assess the way we typically operate. We hope to offer the tools needed to assist in those moments.

To learn more about the BC Hotel Association or to inquire about becoming a member contact Terry Duzenberry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..'; document.getElementById('cloak88246').innerHTML += ''+addy_text88246+'<\/a>'; //--> For BCHA members who wish to reserve a spot with the FortisBC energy analyst, and participate the BCHA GoGreen program, click here.


SOLON, OH, JUNE 11, 2020 — In an age of constant digital connectivity, the new SweaterKnit and Gabardine carpet collection from Tarkett seeks to bring the tactile comforts of home into modern commercial spaces. Available in Powerbond® (Gabardine only) and modular carpet tile, the collection was designed to invoke the sense of calm and acceptance we experience in our homes, creating inviting spaces people will feel comfortable returning to time and again.

The collection’s highly textured surfaces, softened color palettes and bespoke accessories create warm and welcoming environments for people who have unlimited options for where they choose to work, play, dine and shop. SweaterKnit and Gabardine are designed for this craving of security and harmony—offering complementary styles that bridge the distance between workplace and work/life.

SweaterKnit (available in modular tile) imbues a sense of luxurious comfort, enveloping visitors with full, soft texture and the permission to escape for a moment of quiet reflection. Gabardine (available in Powerbond and modular tile) provides the perfect balance with a structured flat weave that represents our need to be focused, efficient and productive.

“Attracting and retaining a team that represents an increasingly diverse clientele is of paramount importance for any forward-thinking business,” said Leslie Thompson, director of workplace segment strategy, Tarkett North America. “With five generations working alongside each other, design must be malleable and reconfigurable, moveable and shapeshifting. SweaterKnit and Gabardine provide the flexibility to continually shift work spaces to meet people’s unique and changing needs throughout the day, making them active participants in the design of their spaces.”

The collection is available with Tarkett’s Powerbond® hybrid resilient flooring technology. Introduced in 1967, Powerbond has revolutionized the industry for more than 50 years. The cushion is designed with a scientifically precise density and thickness, so every cell is consistent and closed to ensure moisture cannot enter. With the look and feel of carpet and the performance of resilient, Powerbond seams are chemically welded to create an impermeable, wall-to-wallmoisture barrier and provide for enhanced ease of soil and stain removal. Its unique construction of nylon and closed-cell cushion produces a floorcovering that’s integral, inseparable, and impermeable.

Poor acoustics are a major concern for employees, with studies revealing it can take up to 15 minutes to regain concentration after being distracted by unwanted noise. The Powerbond construction is an ideal solution for addressing workplace acoustics because it absorbs sound and is rugged enough to handle heavy loads and excessive rolling traffic. Because of its incredible strength and durability, many of Tarkett’s first customers are still enjoying their Powerbond installations 30, 40 and 50 years later.

For more information about Tarkett and the company’s comprehensive range of flooring solutions and accessories, visit


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