CIAugustIt seemed as though a a threshold had been crossed when the kinds of room and A/V automation systems that had once been associated with residential and corporate-type commercial spaces began showing up in the hospitality sector in recent years. Not just in the bars and restaurants of hotels where sound and video systems and digital signage had already become routine, or in their meeting spaces, but in the guest rooms themselves. When Control4’s technology went into the ARIA hotel in Las Vegas four years ago, where over 4,000 guest rooms are fitted with touch panels controlling HVAC and entertainment systems, or when Crestron’s systems were integrated into the rooms at the two-year old Revel resort in Atlantic city, it seemed as though the industry had reached an inflection point, a convergence that signified that hotels were no longer largely the domain of a handful of specialty technology companies.