Recent Posts by Blair McCuiston

Blair serves as Marketing Coordinator for Allbridge. She is responsible for day-to-day marketing activities, social media management, website development, and GUI creation. Before assuming this position, Blair held the position of Executive Assistant. Prior to joining Allbridge in January of 2019, she worked for WRAL-TV in Raleigh. Blair holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication & Electronic Media from Appalachian State University.
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The Importance of a Modern Hotel TV System

For years, the guest room television wasn’t a high priority for many hotel operators unless the property had free HBO. While consumer technology quickly advanced, from picture and performance to over-the-top (OTT) capabilities, the hotel TV remained stagnant, taking years to even bring high definition (HD) to the guest room. However, the television is a vital part of the guest experience, and you need comparable video services to what your guests are accustomed to at home to make them feel comfortable.

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What You Need to Know About Kari's Law & Ray Baum's Act

The Ray Baum's Act, which expands upon Kari’s Law, was signed into law on March 6, 2018 and goes into effect on January 6, 2021. This act requires a “dispatchable location” be transmitted when a 911 call is initiated, including calls from multi-line telephone systems.

Properties like hotels and senior living communities must ensure their phone systems are up to date, or they can be subject to fines of up to $10,000.

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Connected Communities are the New Normal

It is clear that a multitude of industries have been turned on their heads this year. According to Stanford research, 42 percent of the U.S. labor force is now working from home full-time. In fact, another 33 percent are not working, leaving only 26 percent, mostly essential service workers, working on site. In addition to telecommuting, many are using virtual means to stay safely connected to friends and family as well. This historic shift to working and socializing from home was critical to prioritize health and safety, and led to a technological boom – with people from all walks of life learning to use tools like Zoom for the first time, from 8 years old to 80 years old.

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Boosting Resident Engagement During COVID

Many U.S. states have started to relax coronavirus restrictions, but older adults are advised to continue sheltering in place, as they are some of the most vulnerable to the virus. While some senior living communities have chosen to allow visitors, the vast majority continue with strict no-visitor rules. While this is the best way to keep residents safe, the loneliness has taken a toll on many.

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What Will Your Next Hotel Stay Look Like?

The Hospitality industry has spent the past two months in a state of uncertainty. With travel restrictions and social distancing measures in full force, hotels watched occupancy levels decline – with many hotels closing entirely. Some repurposed their space to house the homeless or frontline workers, and others became quarantine sites.

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How The Hospitality Industry Is Responding to COVID-19

Life in the United States has changed dramatically since the outbreak of the novel COVID-19. The first reported case in the U.S. was in Washington state on January 21st, 2020, which affected a U.S. citizen who had recently flown home from Wuhan. On January 30th, the Word Health Organization (WHO) named COVID-19 an international public health emergency, and on Friday, March 13th, President Trump declared the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States a national emergency. State officials began announcing school closures, while many workers, including Allbridge employees, were directed to begin social distancing practices by working remotely from home.

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Senior Living Communities Find New Ways to Connect Residents During the COVID-19 Outbreak

One of the most impacted during the COVID-19 crisis is the Healthcare industry. As the effects spread in the U.S., hospitals nationwide are becoming overwhelmed, with shortages of space, necessary equipment, and supplies. Senior Living communities, on the other hand, are doing as much as possible to limit interaction with the public, as their residents are some of the most vulnerable to the life-threatening virus.

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Allbridge: One Year Later

November 28, 2019 marked the one year anniversary of the announcement of Allbridge. Three industry leaders — Bulk TV & Internet, DCI Design Communications, and EthoStream — came together to form one unified company that now serves more than 1,000,000 rooms nationally.

We spoke with the Allbridge CEO, Dave O'Connell, to gain an insight on what led to the creation of the company and what the past year has been like. 

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A Million Tiny Details | Allbridge + PUBLIC Hotels

The PUBLIC Hotel is a 367-room Ian Schrager hotel in New York City, designed by award winning architects Herzog & DeMeuron with modern guest rooms, luxurious amenities, and jaw-dropping views of the city skyline.

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The Evolution of Senior Living Technology

Senior living communities have changed significantly over the last several years. Not only are seniors living longer—on average, a man who turns 65 today can expect to live to 84, and a woman who turns 65 today can expect to live to 86.5—but today’s seniors are also much more technologically proficient than their counterparts were a decade ago. More seniors are moving into communities with smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other wireless gadgets, and the number of devices will only increase as time goes on.
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