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Connecting Atlantis

Atlantis sits atop the iconic Palm Jumeirah and features two towers linked by an authentic moorish arch. The 17 hectare waterscape, Aquaventure is the largest water park in the region. Avaya will deploy a communications system that will integrate the resort’s multiple communications applications in a consolidated IP telephony environment spanning the hotel’s 1,539 rooms and 5600 square metre conference center.

Atlantis has deployed sophisticated contact centre and mobility solutions from Avaya that will provide guests will unparalleled service. Using Avaya Contact Centre Express, guests can get information and make requests for restaurant reservations, spa treatments or Aquaventure tickets via phone, email, text or instant messaging. Whether a guest prefers texting on their mobile phone, sending emails or chatting over the internet, their request will be treated exactly the same as a traditional phone call. Requests will be distributed to the resort staff or department that can best attend to the guest’s needs. What’s more, resort guests can receive replies using the same method of contact, even conducting a conversation, just like they would expect over the phone.

Guests need not worry about someone not answering on the other end because Avaya one-X Mobile Dual Mode ensures that calls bound for the resorts employee’s business number or extension will ring simultaneously on both their office phone and their mobile phone. Resort staff can transfer or conference calls, as well as answer calls on multiple lines with their mobile phone. This enables them to move freely through the resort and attend to any calls or guest requests at any time.

Atlantis, The Palm resort employees will be equipped with NokiaE61 mobile phones that will give them one number access and advanced enterprise telephony capabilities as they travel across the resort’s private Wi-Fi network as well as public cellular networks. With a single VoIP-enabled mobile device such as the NokiaE61, workers can “handoff” phone calls using dual mode communications, as they travel from inside the hotel building (Wi-Fi) to the outside environment (cellular) – and vice versa. This drives cost savings by eliminating the need to use cellular minutes while inside the hotel facilities. When the worker travels outside the resort’s Wi-Fi network, they can handoff their Wi-Fi call to the cellular network outside by pressing a button, keeping their conversation going uninterrupted.

“Atlantis, The Palm is the region’s first truly integrated entertainment destination resort and a development of this scale has unique communication requirements. In particular, our focus is on providing a superior guest experience and maximizing employee productivity,” said Joe Tesfai, senior vice president Information Technology for Atlantis, The Palm. “It is key to have a solution that allows our team on the move to have access to all the communications features they would have at their desk.”

“Avaya’s specialized applications including the multichannel contact center will handle all hotel facilities and property management transactions. This is not an easy task considering the size and scope of the hotel and resort,” said Nidal Abou-Ltaif, area VP of Avaya for Emerging Markets. “Atlantis is the largest and most recent addition to Avaya’s growing portfolio of customers in the hospitality sector. Our goal is to continue to deliver advanced communications that enhance guest experience and improve customer service to hotels throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region,” added Abou-Ltaif.

Avaya will deploy Communication Manager, the company’s IP telephony software that manages voice, data and video transmissions. Resort management offices as well as resort suites will be equipped with the Avaya one-x IP desk phones, while a modular messaging system ensures that messages are accessible any time, anywhere from a wide array of access devices including telephones, fax machines, or PC user interfaces. Avaya Communication manager will also support the video solution for meeting services in the hotel and enable corporate customers using the hotel’s meeting facilities to conduct video conferences with any part of the world.

The deployment of the massive project will take place in phases. Phase one of the project implementation, which provides voice communications to the onsite operational staff, has been completed.

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