Sneak peek inside NZ's first 'smart hotel' in Queenstown, where phones become keys

The first fully "smart hotel" has opened its doors in New Zealand, and true to its name you're going to need a smart phone to get in.

The $15 million mi-pad hotel in the heart of Queenstrown is a six-storey, 57 room, new hotel its makers describe as "the ultimate marriage of technology, sustainability, comfort and convenience".

The mia app also enabling guests to set temperatures and mood lighting in their room, request room service, or notify hotel staff they don’t want to be disturbed. Source: Supplied

What distinguishes the smart hotel is that most administrative and logistic functions with your stay will be made via your smart phone.

Guests at the mi-pad smart hotel can adjust temperatures and mood lighting in their room via their smart phone, which also serves as a key. Source: Supplied

Guests booking their stay download the hotel’s personal app "mia" and their smartphone then becomes a room key.

This means that the traditional physical check-ins and check outs are a thing of the past.

Guests at the mi-pad smart hotel can adjust temperatures and mood lighting in their room via their smart phone, which also serves as a key. Source: Supplied

The mia app also enabling guests to set temperatures and mood lighting in their room, request room service, or notify hotel staff they don’t want to be disturbed.

Access to the hotel is available 24/7 thanks to the technology.

The mia app then serves as a kind of "personal digital concierge", say its makers MIPAD Holdings, delivering the latest information on events, activities or offers in Queenstown.

The mi-pad hotel was conceived by Queenstown property developer Lewis Gdanitz and is the product of three years of work, and 15 years of travelling research. Source: Supplied

The mi-pad hotel was conceived by Queenstown property developer Lewis Gdanitz and is the product of three years of work, and 15 years of travelling research.

Mi-pad hotel manager Kylie Hogan has 20 years' experience in international resort management, and says she hasn't seen anything like this before.

"We're offering an innovative, connected hotel experience for smart travellers who'd prefer to spend their hard-earned dollars on experiences rather than pay over the odds for accommodation," she says. 

The mi-pad is the first "smart hotel" in New Zealand and is located in the centre of Queenstown. Source: Supplied



Spark says 5G network launching in 2020 will be 1000 times the speed of 4G - for the same cost

Spark says new 5G mobile and wireless broadband should begin rolling out to customers by 2020.

Most wireless data is currently delivered via the 4G network, but Spark said today in a briefing that once 5G and suitable radio spectrums are available they will switch from expanded 4G to implementing 5G.

More data can be delivered for less money over the 5G network, they said, and speeds as high as 1000 times current 4G rates will be available for similar costs.

An 8GB HD movie over the 4G network would take about 7 minutes at average speeds, Spark said, while the same movie over the 5G network would be streamed in less than 10 seconds.

"We have already conducted successful trials and we will launch our 5G Innovation Lab in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct in late 2018 that will allow companies to test and develop applications over a pre-commercial 5G network," Spark said.

It is expected that the first 5G-capable smartphones will begin to be sold throughout next year.

Large population centres like Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are likely to receive the service first, which is due to spectrum availability, Spark said.

Spark said 5G will be instrumental in the implementation of technology like autonomous cars, instant translation, IOT (smart devices like fridges, door locks, bike locks etc) and more.

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Wellington man, 51, charged with making intimate visual recording

A Wellington man charged with making an intimate visual recording has appeared in court.

The 51-year-old man appeared in Wellington District Court yesterday and was remanded on bail.

He is due to appear again on 13 August.

Police have identified a number of victims involved in the case and say they will be making contact with each of them.

The victims will be offered the appropriate welfare and support over the incident, police say.

The matter is still before the court.

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