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IHG Technical Specifications

For High-Speed Internet Access


For compliance with all IHG brand standards

Version 6
July 27, 2009

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Contents

Contents

1. INTRODUCTION.............................................................................................................................................. 1
1.1 HOW TO USE THIS DOCUMENT ........................................................................................................................ 1
1.2 COMPATIBILITY OF OPERATING SYSTEMS AND BROWSERS ................................................................................. 2
1.3 COLLATERAL ................................................................................................................................................. 2
1.4 LAUNCHING HSIA.......................................................................................................................................... 3
1.5 PLUG-AND-PLAY SOLUTION ............................................................................................................................ 3
1.6 CHANGING SETTINGS ..................................................................................................................................... 3
1.7 INTERFACE TO PMS....................................................................................................................................... 3
1.8 BILLING OPTIONS ........................................................................................................................................... 4
1.9 ACCESS CODES............................................................................................................................................. 4
1.9.1 Non-Guest Users........................................................................................................................ 4
1.9.2 Changing Access Codes ............................................................................................................ 4
1.10 PORTAL FACILITY ........................................................................................................................................... 4
1.10.1 Start/Welcome/Launch Page (per brand standard) .................................................................... 4
1.10.2 Log-in/Access Page (Required).................................................................................................. 5
1.10.3 Splash/Landing Page (per brand standard) ................................................................................ 5
1.11 CONTENT MANAGEMENT ................................................................................................................................ 5
1.12 CONTROL OF CONTENT AND GUEST ACCEPTANCE ............................................................................................ 5
1.13 INTERFERENCE WITH HOTEL SERVICES AND DEVICES ........................................................................................ 6
2. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS....................................................................................................................... 7
2.1 WIRED – CAT5E/6 AND OPTICAL FIBER ........................................................................................................... 7
2.1.1 Backbone and Vertical Cabling................................................................................................... 7
2.1.2 Horizontal Cabling ...................................................................................................................... 7
2.1.3 Labeling Cables, Patch Cords, and Face Plates ........................................................................ 7
2.2 WIRELESS REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................................................................. 7
2.2.1 Wireless Protocol Standards ...................................................................................................... 7
2.2.2 Minimum Acceptable Signal Strength ......................................................................................... 7
2.2.3 Roaming between WAPs............................................................................................................ 7
2.2.4 Installation of WAPs ................................................................................................................... 8
2.2.5 Wireless Encryption .................................................................................................................... 8
2.2.6 Wireless Broadcast..................................................................................................................... 8
2.2.7 Wireless Access Codes .............................................................................................................. 8
2.2.8 Wireless Bridge .......................................................................................................................... 8
2.2.9 Wireless Site Survey .................................................................................................................. 9
2.2.10 Compliance with IEEE and ITU .................................................................................................. 9
2.3 LOCATION COVERAGE .................................................................................................................................... 9
2.4 MINIMUM DATA CIRCUIT REQUIREMENTS........................................................................................................ 10
2.4.1 Multihoming Solution ................................................................................................................ 10
2.5 BANDWIDTH MANAGEMENT ........................................................................................................................... 10
2.5.1 Bandwidth Shaping................................................................................................................... 10
2.5.2 Varying the Bandwidth Use of Guests ...................................................................................... 11
2.6 PROXY SERVER ........................................................................................................................................... 11
2.6.1 Maintaining Web Proxy Server Log Files.................................................................................. 11
2.6.2 SSID Naming Convention......................................................................................................... 11
2.7 VPN SUPPORT ............................................................................................................................................ 11
2.7.1 Supported VPN Protocols......................................................................................................... 11
2.7.2 Troubleshooting VPN Connections........................................................................................... 12
2.7.3 VPN Client Certification ............................................................................................................ 12
2.8 NETWORK ROUTING ..................................................................................................................................... 12
2.8.1 Network Address Translation (NAT) ......................................................................................... 12
2.8.2 Authentication Gateway / VBN Server ...................................................................................... 12
2.8.3 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Support ............................................................ 13
2.8.4 Proxy Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Support .................................................................. 13
2.8.5 Protecting Against Denial-of-Service (DoS) Attacks ................................................................. 13
2.8.6 Automatically Redirecting the URL ........................................................................................... 14
2.8.7 Transparent Web Proxy............................................................................................................ 14
2.9 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (PMS) SUPPORT ...................................................................................... 14
2.9.1 PMS Billing (Optional) .............................................................................................................. 14
Contents

2.10 FLEXIBLE ADMINISTRATION INTERFACE .......................................................................................................... 14


2.11 HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS ......................................................................................................................... 14
2.11.1 Vendor Responsibilities ............................................................................................................ 14
2.11.2 Disk Redundancy ..................................................................................................................... 15
2.11.3 Power-Supply Redundancy ...................................................................................................... 15
2.11.4 Managed Switches ................................................................................................................... 15
2.11.5 Regulatory Compliance ............................................................................................................ 15
2.11.6 Reviewing Hardware ................................................................................................................ 15
3. SECURITY ..................................................................................................................................................... 16
3.1 PORT SECURITY .......................................................................................................................................... 16
3.2 PROTECTING EQUIPMENT ............................................................................................................................. 17
3.3 AUTHENTICATING USERS .............................................................................................................................. 17
3.4 VLAN SUPPORT .......................................................................................................................................... 17
3.5 PRIVATE NETWORK CAPABILITY .................................................................................................................... 17
3.6 MAXIMIZING PERFORMANCE .......................................................................................................................... 17
3.7 AUDITING AND LOGGING ............................................................................................................................... 18
3.8 REMOTE ACCESS......................................................................................................................................... 18
3.9 SECURITY GATEWAY PASSWORDS................................................................................................................. 18
3.10 PCI AND PII DATA PRIVACY .......................................................................................................................... 18
4. VENDOR QUALIFICATION AND AGREEMENT .......................................................................................... 19
4.1 APPOINTMENT OF CONTACT PERSON ............................................................................................................. 19
4.2 VENDOR COMPLIANCE.................................................................................................................................. 19
4.3 AGREEMENT ................................................................................................................................................ 19
4.4 TIERED BILLING ........................................................................................................................................... 19
5. VENDOR REQUIREMENTS FOR SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT (SLA) .................................................. 20
5.1 SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................................................................ 20
5.1.1 Equipment Maintenance ........................................................................................................... 20
5.1.2 Internet Availability and Guest Support .................................................................................... 20
5.1.3 On-Site Support........................................................................................................................ 21
5.1.4 System Reliability ..................................................................................................................... 21
5.1.5 Proactive Monitoring ................................................................................................................. 21
5.1.6 Disaster Recovery Plan ............................................................................................................ 21
5.1.7 Backup and Restore ................................................................................................................. 21
5.1.8 Loss or Damage ....................................................................................................................... 22
5.1.9 Maintenance Contract .............................................................................................................. 22
5.2 RESPONSE REQUIREMENTS FOR VENDORS .................................................................................................... 22
5.2.1 Rack-Mounted Equipment ........................................................................................................ 22
5.2.2 Equipment Detail ...................................................................................................................... 22
5.2.3 Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)...................................................................................... 23
5.2.4 Space Requirements ................................................................................................................ 23
5.2.5 Spares Inventory ...................................................................................................................... 23
5.2.6 Regulatory Compliance ............................................................................................................ 23
5.3 TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR VENDORS ........................................................................................................ 23
5.3.1 Warranty ................................................................................................................................... 23
5.3.2 Maintenance ............................................................................................................................. 23
5.3.3 SLA Documents........................................................................................................................ 24
5.3.4 Support ..................................................................................................................................... 24
5.3.5 Escalation ................................................................................................................................. 24
APPENDIX A: CONDENSED SPECIFICATIONS....................................................................................................... 25
APPENDIX B: TYPICAL HSIA NETWORK ................................................................................................................ 31
APPENDIX C: HSIA TERMS & DEFINITIONS ........................................................................................................... 32
Introduction

1. Introduction
High-Speed Internet Access (HSIA) is no longer an option but rather a requirement for guests and visitors
to our properties. Guests need the Internet for their communication (email and voice), entertainment
(Video-on-Demand and gaming), and information needs. The convergence of technologies and the
proliferation of residential HSIA have made HSIA the essential service it is today. Therefore, IHG
recognizes that being able to access and use the Internet easily influences overall guest satisfaction.
Guests expect:
An affordable, reliable, consistent, and secure connection to the Internet
Things to "just work"
Wireless roaming throughout the property
Consistency in the speed of connection
The HSIA system comprises the Internet data circuit, hardware, software, and support services needed to
deliver HSIA to hotel guests and other users who use their own computers or devices in the guestrooms,
meeting rooms, or public areas.

1.1 How to Use This Document


The IHG Technical Specification Guide for High-Speed Internet Access applies to U.S. and Canadian
hotels. This document defines the minimum requirements and recommendations for the implementation
of HSIA across the IHG brands. Unless reference is made to a recommendation, all specifications are
requirements. It is designed to:
Ensure that providers of HSIA service comply with the standards of technology for both wired and
wireless systems
Protect hotel guests and other authorized Users who access HSIA
Note: This document does not anticipate every contingency for use.
As used in this document, the capitalized term “User” refers to any authorized individual
accessing HSIA, such as hotel guests, visitors, and meeting attendees.
This document contains the following sections:
1. Introduction – Provides an overview of the HSIA service.
2. Technical Requirements – Lists the requirements for vendors relative to the HSIA standards.
3. Security – Defines the operating systems, browsers, hardware, infrastructure, wired and
wireless standards, bandwidth management, and networking solutions required to enable and to
support HSIA.
4. Vendor Qualification and Agreement – Highlights the HSIA security issues for port-to-port and
private network use.
5. Vendor Requirements for Service Level Agreement (SLA) – Describes the HSIA features (for
example, collateral and Web pages) that apply to guest and non-guest users.
Appendix A – Contains a table listing HSIA requirements in condensed form.
Appendix B – Contains a diagram of a HSIA Network
Appendix C – HSIA terms and definitions

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1.2 Basic Functionality


HSIA must not cause interference or degradation of service when used simultaneously with other
services such as VoIP, VoD, or cause RF interferences (e.g., to cordless phones) within the hotel.

1.3 Compatibility of Operating Systems and Browsers


HSIA must be fully compatible and certified for use on computers using any operating system (OS) that
supports TCP/IP connectivity.
HSIA must fully support Internet browsers.

1.4 Collateral
The HSIA vendor must provide, at the property’s option, access to appropriate literature, such as:
User manuals
Tent cards
Other advertisements
Such materials must:
Be professionally prepared
Be prominently displayed on the work desk if permitted by brand standards
Clearly advertise the service, service features, instructions, and support information for HSIA,
including the toll-free support number
The property must ensure that all advertising and in-room collateral material developed for the property
by the vendor is compliant with IHG brand standards.
If such materials are included with the system at no charge, an itemized list of the types and
quantities of such items must be provided.
If replacement or additional materials are available, itemized materials and costs (if any) must be
provided.

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1.5 Launching HSIA


The log-in procedure must require no more than three steps for Users to obtain Internet access. The
mandatory, IHG-approved “Terms of Use of Internet” language must be provided. This language may be
(1) embedded in the brand-specified Start Page, or, alternatively, (2) it may be provided on a separate,
unique page.
(1) If the “Terms of Use of Internet” language is embedded in the Start Page, when the Web browser is
launched, Users must be directed to the Start Page. From the Start Page, Users must be provided the
option to accept the “Terms of Use of Internet.”
(2) If the “Terms of Use of Internet” is provided on a separate page, such separate page must not provide
any information other than the IHG-approved “Terms of Use of Internet” language, and such page shall
not be considered one of the three steps of the log-in procedure. From this separate page, Users must
be provided the option to accept the “Terms of Use of Internet.”
In either scenario, Users must accept the “Terms of Use of Internet” before continuing the process of
accessing the Internet.
All elements must be optimized for a 1024 x 768 resolution without the need to scroll the Web browser.

1.6 Plug-and-Play Solution


HSIA must be a plug-and-play solution, such that Users must not have to:
Install additional software or software drivers
Reconfigure the network settings on their laptops
Users must be able to obtain Web access if:
Laptop is set to DHCP, or Obtain and IP Address Automatically, or if an IP address is statically
configured.
Laptop is set either to obtain DNS settings automatically, or if the DNS setting is statically
configured.
User has any proxy setting configured in the Web browser. This includes no settings for proxy.

1.7 Changing Settings


It is acceptable to require the User to change settings in order to connect to network services, such as
VPN. For example, to obtain a routable IP address, it may be necessary for the User to set the laptop to
use DHCP.

1.8 Interface to PMS


The HSIA vendor must support an interface to the PMS for:
Billing options
Guest verification

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1.9 Billing Options


The Welcome page must either present the billing options on the page itself or have a link to a separate
page that displays the options. Internet billing options and rates also must be clearly indicated in hotel’s
Guest Services Directory.
Billing options are displayed in either the language selected or English (default).
When appropriate, a mechanism shall be provided for Users to view details of their selected price plan.

1.10 Access Codes


Users in wired and wireless environments must receive an access code for HSIA. The codes should be
obtained from the hotel registration desk.

1.10.1 Non-Guest Users


Non-guest Users must have an access code to access the Internet for any wired or wireless area.
At the discretion of the hotel, the hotel may charge non-guest Users for Internet services in accordance
with brand standards.

1.10.2 Changing Access Codes


Access codes must be changed weekly.

1.11 Portal Facility


HSIA must include a portal facility, consisting of, at a minimum:
Start/Welcome/Launch page (mandatory if Users pay for access, optional if they do not)
Log-in/Access page
Splash/Landing page
The vendor must allow the property to accept or to decline the inclusion of specific portal content, such
as:
Static concierge information
Local property information
Local and national content
Advertisement areas

1.11.1 Start/Welcome/Launch Page (per brand standards)


Upon connecting to the HSIA network via wired or wireless connection, Users should be presented with a
Welcome page that complies with the applicable brand standard.
The Start/Welcome/Launch page is the first page that Users access. It displays:
Usage fees, if applicable
o User billing options and acceptance button must be displayed.

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o For a User who is a guest, charges for use are billed automatically to the guest's folio through
the PMS interface.
o For a non-guest User, charges for use normally are billed manually through the PMS system
to a non-guest User folio at the front desk.
Service options
Optional advertising areas
Property branding
After a session has ended (for example, because a time-out has occurred or the browser has been
closed), Users should be redirected to the Welcome page.
Users should have the ability to select the language in which this page is displayed.

1.11.2 Log-in/Access Page (Required)


When accessing via meeting room or public (non-guest room) wireless, HSIA must present Users with a
Log-in page that requires entry of an access code.
This page displays a link to:
IHG-approved “Terms of Use of Internet”

1.11.3 Splash/Landing Page (per brand standards)


This page contains Corporate (IHG) or property (brand) information.
Brand Web Page
eHost® (Example; applicable to Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels)
Property Reservations Page
Property Website

1.12 Content Management


The HSIA vendor must be capable of providing Web-based interface for the hotel to update and replace
content. The interface should be secured with access maintained and controlled by either the hotel or
HSIA vendor.

1.13 Control of Content and Guest Acceptance


IHG shall have the right to exercise control over any content displayed or otherwise made available to
Users via the hotel Welcome, Log-in, or Splash pages through any HSIA implementation, including but
not limited to the authority to require the removal of any content that promotes non-IHG branded hotels
outside IHG. This includes but is not limited to:
Inappropriate use of logos
Registered trademarks
Illegal activities
For Users to have a consistent user experience, properties are required to employ the content and order
(designated by the brand) of the following pages:
Start/Welcome/Launch page

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Log-in/Access page
Splash/Landing page

1.14 Interference with Hotel Services and Devices


HSIA must not cause interference or degradation of service when used simultaneously with other hotel:
Services, which include:
o Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
o Video-on-Demand (VoD)
o Radio frequency (RF)
Devices, which include:
o Cordless phones
o Microwave ovens
The property's HSIA equipment must not interfere with external systems.

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2. Technical Requirements
The following sections describe the technical requirements for HSIA. Because the trends in connectivity
and applications have changed over time, the HSIA infrastructure should be reviewed every three years
to verify it can support these new demands.

2.1 Wired – CAT5e/6 and Optical Fiber

2.1.1 Backbone and Vertical Cabling


Backbone cabling should support 1000 Mbps throughput (Gigabit Ethernet). This can be achieved by
using either CAT6 cabling or optical fiber. For redundancy and future requirements, it is advisable that at
least one spare cable is laid to each floor in case there is damage to the cable. Cable that runs longer
than 100 meters must use fiber.

2.1.2 Horizontal Cabling


For new properties, CAT5e should be the minimum standard used for horizontal cabling supporting a
minimum throughput 100 Mbps (fast Ethernet).
CAT6 is a more future-proof option and should be used if the cost is justified.
All cabling, including their termination points, must be certified to their respective standards.

2.1.3 Labeling Cables, Patch Cords, and Face Plates


Labeling cables, patch cords, and face plates should follow industry standards. For more information, see
the TIA/EIA 606A Infrastructure Labeling Standards.

2.2 Wireless Requirements


IHG recommends that rooms be fitted with one wired point and wireless access.

2.2.1 Wireless Protocol Standards


Wireless Access Points (WAPs) deployed must conform to a minimum of 802.11g standard. Vendor must
ensure that all WAPs installed do not exceed the Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power (EIRP)
regulations for their respective countries.

2.2.2 Minimum Acceptable Signal Strength


A wireless hotspot, or a location where wireless Internet access is available, must have signal coverage
of at least -70 dBm.

2.2.3 Roaming between WAPs


For Users who are registered guests at the hotel, HSIA must be seamless access between guestrooms
and public areas. Session continuity for guest access is desirable, but it is not a requirement.

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2.2.4 Installation of WAPs


All equipment must be enterprise class, remotely monitored, remotely managed and configured, and be
installed such that they are securely mounted and hidden from public view (to reduce the possibility of
theft, tampering, or damage).
Antennas, if exposed, must conform to the aesthetic requirements of the hotel.
All WAPs must be installed in common areas of the hotel with easy access for maintenance and repairs
by the contracted service provider.
Internal management of WAP configurations must be password protected and further secured through a
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection. Passwords either must conform to IHG Information Security
Department Guidelines or follow industry standards for setting strong passwords.
WAPs should be implemented using Power over Ethernet (POE). This will eliminate the need for
additional power requirement at the WAP location.

2.2.5 Wireless Encryption


WAPs must provide an unencrypted signal for maximum compatibility with User wireless network
adaptors. If an encrypted signal is offered for additional security, it must be offered in addition to the
unencrypted signal. Meeting rooms are exempt from this requirement.
WEP Keys (Wired Equivalent Privacy) are not permitted

2.2.6 Wireless Broadcast


Devices must be set to Broadcast the SSID’s

2.2.7 Wireless Access Codes


The property must:
Supply wireless access codes to all Users
Be able to offer access codes for purchase by non-guest Users for use in business center,
meeting rooms, or public coverage areas
Access codes are required to be changed weekly.

2.2.8 Wireless Bridge


Wireless-only properties must provide an Ethernet wireless bridge to guests upon request. The minimum
number of such devices must be equivalent to 5% of rooms.
The wireless bridge must:
Provide encryption to secure guest traffic between the user device and the WAP
Be seamless for the guest-room User to install, requiring no additional software or reconfiguration
to the User’s PC

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2.2.9 Wireless Site Survey


The HSIA provider must provide:
Documentation showing that the signal coverage conforms to the wireless HSIA standards.
Certification that the wireless deployment conforms to local regulatory requirements. For
example, the wireless signal does not bleed beyond property boundaries.

2.2.10 Compliance with IEEE and ITU


The following table lists the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) compliance requirements for Ethernet, DSL, and wireless connectivity.

Technology Requirement
Ethernet IEEE 802.3 series
DSL ITU G.992 series
Wireless IEEE 802.11 series (Minimum 802.11g)

2.3 Location Coverage


Note: Applicable brand standards determine the brand-specific elements of the following
requirements.
HSIA must be accessible in the following property locations:
Guest Rooms – HSIA must be installed in all guest rooms. Connections can be wired, wireless,
or a combination of the two in accordance with mandatory system requirements and brand
standards.
o Wired – When required, guest rooms must support at least one Ethernet RJ45 connection.
o Wireless – When required, the property must provide 100% coverage inside the guest rooms.
Note: Wireless-only properties must provide an Ethernet wireless bridge to Users upon
request (see section 2.2.8, "Wireless Bridge").
Public Areas – When required by applicable brand standards, the property must provide 100%
coverage to public areas (lobby, restaurant, and other public spaces).
o HSIA in public areas must support a Wi-Fi (high-speed wireless) hotspot that is installed in
accordance with these IHG Technical Specifications for High-Speed Internet Access
requirements.
o Each User must have an access code to access HSIA.
Meeting Space – The property must provide wired access to meeting rooms. Coverage also can
include wireless in accordance with these IHG Technical Specifications for High-Speed
Internet Access requirements,

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The following table summarizes the required location coverage for HSIA.

Location Media Coverage


Wired 100%
Guest Rooms
Wireless 100%
Public Areas (Hotspot) Wireless 100%
Wired 100%
Meeting Spaces
Wireless 100%

2.4 Minimum Data Circuit Requirements


The property will provide a minimum of one managed T1 (1.544 Mbps) connection with a minimum of 6
Mbps (DSL, cable) bonded together. Together the bonded circuit will deliver a minimum of 7.5 Mbps of
bandwidth to the property.

T1 Cable / DSL Circuit Total


Managed T1 (1.544 Mbps) 6 Mbps 7.5 Mbps

The property will obtain a minimum of 20 public routable static IP addresses from the ISP for use with
virtual private network (VPN) access.

Static IP Minimum Requirement


20 Static Public Routable IP

Note: These requirements do not incorporate IPTV solutions.


This requirement may be further reviewed based on local market availability of broadband services (for
example, in the case of hotels in rural areas).

2.4.1 Multihoming Solution


Properties must implement a Multihoming solution, that is, having multiple combined (bonded)
connections/circuits (T-1, DSL, and/or cable) to the Internet. Multihoming provides for redundancy and
backup in case of Internet service disruption.

2.5 Bandwidth Management


Note: Bandwidth usage should be reviewed with the hotel’s HSIA provider on an annual basis.

2.5.1 Bandwidth Shaping


HSIA shall enable the hotel to give a higher priority to HTTP (Web surfing), POP3 (email), or any other
network protocol. This ensures that basic Internet functionality is preserved even when the bandwidth is
utilized fully.

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2.5.2 Varying the Bandwidth Use of Guests


HSIA shall enable the administration of:
The identification of Users who are consuming disproportionately large amounts of bandwidth
The ability to limit such Users’ bandwidth use accordingly
Properties must work with their HSIA provider to establish per-User bandwidth limits to ensure that:
A few Users do not monopolize the hotel’s entire bandwidth
The User experience is consistent
Bandwidth reports from the HSIA vendor are provided to the hotel for review.
Regulated access is provided to questionable adult, bit-torrent or illegal sites

2.6 Proxy Server

2.6.1 Maintaining Web Proxy Server Log Files


HSIA must be able to log the following information:
Date/Time users log on and off system
Originating IP address
MAC address
Originating room/port ID
URL
Regulatory standards determine the log retention policy.

2.6.2 SSID Naming Convention


A consistent naming convention is required to limit User confusion when connecting to the WAPs.
All service set identifiers (SSID’s) are identified per brand standard.

Note: Please refer to applicable brand standard requirements.

2.7 VPN Support


The HSIA vendor must have full support for VPN client pass through.

2.7.1 Supported VPN Protocols


HSIA system must support VPN connectivity through leading software clients, such as common client and
firewall software that may be installed on guest devices. Standards-based VPN connectivity must also be
supported, including:
Microsoft Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)
IP Security (IPsec)
Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP)
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN
To support guest VPN connections, HSIA must be able to allocate static IP addresses for use by those
VPN connections.

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2.7.2 Troubleshooting VPN Connections


Troubleshooting user VPN connections must be provided via the toll-free support line, and static/public IP
addresses must be available where necessary to facilitate user VPN connections.

2.7.3 VPN Client Certification


Periodically, major clients will request the property to certify their VPN technology to work with the HSIA
system. The HSIA vendor should, upon request from the property, perform certification testing within 90
days of said request.

2.8 Network Routing

2.8.1 Network Address Translation (NAT)


HSIA must provide support for Network Address Translation (NAT), an Internet standard that enables a
LAN to use one set of IP addresses for internal traffic and a second set of addresses for external traffic,
providing a type of firewall by hiding internal IP addresses.

2.8.2 Authentication Gateway / VBN Server


The Authenticating Gateway/Visitor-Based Network (VBN) server will auto-sense static IP addresses for
VPN access. The server must provide:
SMTP routing
Outbound spam control
Limit users' bandwidth if device supports Bandwidth Management.
Terms of Use (content and disclaimers) to Users
Wireless access codes with time limitations for User access
Multihoming device to bond circuits and increase bandwidth, if device support Multihoming.
If required, the server must interface with the Property Management System (PMS) for:
Billing
User authentication

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The server must be comprises of the following components:

Component Requirement
Hardware Rack Mounted
Server Operating System Server
PMS Support Optional1
PMS Interface Optional1
Number of User Licenses To Accommodate Maximum Number of Users
Static IP VPN/User Requests
VPN Support Required
Virtual LAN (VLAN) Support Required
Brand Page Landing Page
Anti-Virus Server Software For Server Protection
Access Code Generation For All Users

2.8.3 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Support


HSIA must provide support for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) using both private and
public address space. DHCP is a protocol that:
Assigns dynamic IP addresses to devices on a network
Simplifies network administration, because the software keeps track of IP addresses rather than
requiring an administrator to manage the task
Simplifies the experience for Users so they do not need to reconfigure their devices as they move
from one location to another

2.8.4 Proxy Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Support


HSIA must provide support for Proxy Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) which allows the User to access
the Internet with any configured IP address and default gateway configuration. Proxy ARP accomplishes
this by masquerading as the default gateway.
This feature is important for Users with corporate laptops in which the IP address is statically configured.
Users may not have administrative access to change it.

2.8.5 Protecting Against Denial-of-Service (DoS) Attacks


The HSIA system must:
Automatically detect virus attacks
Block the PCs sending out the attack on the network

1
For example, Opera PMS currently supports over 50 in-room Internet systems. Check with your HSIA and PMS
vendors to confirm the requirements for the system to be installed.

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Alert technical support

2.8.6 Automatically Redirecting the URL


HSIA must redirect a User’s initial Web browser request to a specific URL.

2.8.7 Transparent Web Proxy


HSIA must transparently redirect Users to a Web proxy; i.e., it must do so without Users having to
manually configure a Web browser proxy setting.

2.9 Property Management System (PMS) Support


HSIA must be able to support automated posting of HSIA charges to the property PMS system. The PMS
system must be capable of verifying bills generated by the HSIA system within 90 seconds of posting.

2.9.1 PMS Billing (Not Required if HSIA is provided free of charge for all
Users)
HSIA must be able to perform the following tasks:
Detect connections and disconnections within three seconds of the event
Generate reports by department (guest room, meeting room, business center, and so on)
Handle taxes
Transaction time-out processing (night-audit mode)
Allow the User to select a premium billing plan (Tiered Billing) where more bandwidth can be
allocated
Post to a guest folio
Note: Hotels that charge HSIA access for non-guest Users, hotels must have a process in place to
capture payment for HSIA services. .

2.10 Flexible Administration Interface


HSIA must enable or support:
Different levels of administrative rights to different groups of Users
Creation of user groups to which a set of administrative privileges can be assigned

2.11 Hardware Requirements


Equipment in Main Distribution Frame (MDF) or Intermediate Distribution Frame (IDF) or rooms must be
rack-mounted.

2.11.1 Vendor Responsibilities


The HSIA vendor must:
Detail all proposed equipment (hardware, software, and operating system).

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Provide an estimate of physical space required for each MDF and IDF.
Recommend an inventory of on-site spares and User device rentals (if applicable) to expedite
repairs and provide service to Users.
Propose uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) for all included equipment.
Provide documentation describing all equipment, wired and wireless, used in the system, including:
o Network diagram
o Port mapping
o Connection guides
o Equipment labeling

2.11.2 Disk Redundancy


If the VBN server platform is hard-disk based, it must support Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID).

2.11.3 Power-Supply Redundancy


The VBN server platform must support redundant power supplies.

2.11.4 Managed Switches


All switches must have the capability to be managed remotely to each individual port with the following features:
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) monitoring
VLAN Support
Port protection

2.11.5 Regulatory Compliance


All equipment installation must be in accordance with the current regulations of the local electrical
inspection department and any relevant municipal ordinances.
All installed equipment must comply with Underwriters Laboratory Standards (“UL Standard”). The service
may also comply with FCC requirements Part 68 and Part 15, which regulate connecting to the US
telephone network and unlicensed RF devices.

2.11.6 Reviewing Hardware


Taking advantage of new Internet technologies and applications may necessitate upgrading system
equipment. Therefore, all HSIA equipment should be reviewed every three years. Equipment includes:
Routers
Switches
Servers
Software
WAPs
Wiring infrastructure
Internet circuit and bandwidth capacity (Yearly)
UPS’s (Battery Backup’s)

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3. Security
3.1 Port Security
The HSIA vendor must enable port security on all ports in each hotel installation. This measure prevents
Users from viewing the traffic of other Users using the high-speed network in the hotel. Data traffic to and
from each User is kept private and isolated from other Users. This feature is also known as room-to-room
security.
Port security also must be implemented on wireless. That is, a wireless User should not be able to browse
open file shares on another User's laptop.
The HSIA system must include wired and wireless security providing the following protections:
Room-to-Room
Users in guest rooms shall not be able to access or to view the computers, data, or network of
other Users in different guest rooms through the HSIA network.
User-to-User
When Users are connected through the same WAP in a Wi-Fi HSIA environment, Users shall not
be able to access or to view the devices, data, or network of other Users of that WAP.
Hotel-to-Room
Hotel staff shall not be able to access or to view the computers, data, or network of Users in the
guest rooms through the HSIA network.
Internet-to-Room
Users on the Internet shall not be able to access or to view the computers, data, or network of
other Users in the guest rooms through the HSIA network.
Room-to-Hotel
Users in guest rooms shall not be able to access or to view the computers, data, or network of the
hotel LAN through the HSIA network.
Property-to-Property
Users at one property shall not be able to access or to view another property’s computers, data,
or network through the HSIA network.
Internet-to-Hotel
Users on the Internet shall not be able to access or to view the computers, data, or network of the
hotel LAN through the HSIA network.
Public-Areas-and-Meeting-Rooms-to-Guest-Rooms
Users in public areas or meeting rooms shall not be able to access or to view the computers,
data, or network in guest rooms through the HSIA network.
Meeting-Rooms-to-Meeting-Rooms
Users in one meeting room shall not be able to access or to view the computers, data, or network
of Users in another meeting room through the HSIA network.

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3.2 Protecting Equipment


All hardware must be located in secured locations and not visible to the public.
Management of all equipment, including WAPs, must be protected by network Access Control Lists (ACL)
and passwords. All passwords for equipment must be changed from manufacturers' default.
Where Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is used for equipment management and configuration, HTTP
sessions must be secured through Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
Wireless bridges must:
Be secured against user tampering or reconfiguration
Require no software to be loaded or changes to a user’s network configuration
Generally be “plug and play”
Using Secure Shell (SSH) to provide encrypted and secure remote log-in for equipment management is
recommended but not required.

3.3 Authenticating Users


HSIA must have the ability to securely authenticate use by authorized Users regardless of the fee
structure or billing options (including no cost and/or public access).
Important: All Users’ access to the system must be via access codes. The access codes must be
changed on a weekly basis.

3.4 VLAN Support


Each guest room and individual switch port must be configured with a separate VLAN to ensure:
Isolation of network traffic
Room-to-room security
The hotel and guest networks should be physically separated as follows, however, if they share the same
physical infrastructure:
Hotel and guest networks must be on separate VLANs.
Traffic must be regulated by a firewall.
HSIA must support the ability to enable certain ports to do one of the following:
Be open
Share information and create a VLAN that allows a small group to share information

3.5 Private Network Capability


HSIA must be able to provide private network capability for Users and/or groups of Users requesting the
networking of computer devices within the hotel such that the port-to-port security function must be
disabled.

3.6 Maximizing Performance


The HSIA vendor must not block any ports or restrict Internet access in an effort to maximize compatibility
and performance of guest Internet applications. However, if the HSIA vendor’s monitoring systems detect

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suspicious activity, the vendor must take the necessary action to protect the integrity of the network. The
vendor also must inform the hotel about any modifications to the normal operating parameters of the
HSIA service. Specification of bandwidth management assists in providing a consistent user experience.

3.7 Auditing and Logging


As part of the monitoring procedure, the HSIA vendor must have an intrusion detection system that flags
any suspicious attempts to access the HSIA system. All remote log-ins and administrative actions must
be logged in the system.

3.8 Remote Access


The HSIA vendor must be able remotely to manage and troubleshoot any problems in the hotel. To
maximize security, the vendor must take measures to ensure that remote access is permitted only from
pre-selected locations.

3.9 Security Gateway Passwords


HSIA system gateways must be password protected, and gateway passwords must be changed monthly.
Passwords2 either must conform to IHG Information Security Department Guidelines or follow industry
standards for setting strong passwords. These standards include the following rules:
Passwords must contain at least:
o Eight characters
o One letter (A-Z, a-z)
o One digit (0-9)
If this is compatible with your system, passwords must contain:
o Both uppercase and lowercase letters
o At least one punctuation mark or other special character ( ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) )
o Example: AzZpWm@2

3.10 PCI and PII Data Privacy


The HSIA vendor and property must adhere to all Government and/or industry laws, regulations, and
standards, including:
Payment Card Industry-Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), as may be updated from time to time
Related to Personal Identifiable Information (PII)
When requested, the HSIA vendor must provide proof of compliance.

2
Contracts with ISPs should contain a provision to support the changing of passwords and password management.

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4. Vendor Qualification and Agreement


4.1 Appointment of Contact Person
The HSIA vendor must appoint a representative to be the primary contact to facilitate communication and
coordination with the property.

4.2 Vendor Compliance


The HSIA vendor must comply with the HSIA standards as well as the specifications set forth in this
document.

4.3 Agreement
The HSIA vendor must enter into a written agreement with the hotel that covers:
Description of the HSIA services
Compliance to the standards outlined in this document
IHG recommends that the term of contract be no longer than three years.
The contract should have a provision for change in services through technology upgrade throughout the
term of the agreement.

4.4 Tiered Billing


Although a tired billing structure currently is not supported in North America, allowing the hotels to charge
a premium price for additional bandwidth remains an optional feature, if allowed by individual brand
standards.
If the hotel plans to offer tiered billing, then a PMS interface is needed.

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Vendor Requirements for Service Level Agreement (SLA)

5. Vendor Requirements for Service Level


Agreement (SLA)
The following sections contain IHG's recommendations for the types of issues to be addressed with your
vendor in your service level agreement (SLA).

5.1 Support Requirements

5.1.1 Equipment Maintenance


The HSIA vendor should provide on-going equipment maintenance and service.
All included equipment should be enterprise class, remotely monitored, remotely managed and
configured, and installed such that they are securely mounted and hidden from public view. All WAPs
should be installed in common areas of the hotel with easy access for maintenance and repairs by the
contracted service provider.

5.1.2 Internet Availability and Guest Support


HSIA must be available 24 x 7, or "always on."
The HSIA vendor must provide:
Network Operations Center (NOC) support, including 24 x 7 remote monitoring and
troubleshooting of HSIA specific equipment and accessibility to the service, including the ability to
monitor any port connected in the room to the IP network infrastructure installed at the hotel.
7 x 24 x 365 end-user support for guests, meeting customers, meeting attendees, and hotel staff
via a toll-free number. Support must be at no charge to hotel guests. All features and intended
uses of the system shall be supported, including but not limited to system access, billing issues,
VPN configuration, static and public IP configuration.
Call Center statistics on first call response and resolution times.
A single point of contact to address hotel issues.
Multilingual support.
In addition, the vendor should:
Remotely manage, monitor, diagnose, identify, and resolve majority of system and network
issues
Answer 90% of calls within 90 seconds

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The following table summarizes the support requirements for HSIA.

Component Requirement
Support 24 x 7 x 365
Phone Number Toll Free
Signage Professionally Prepared
Monitoring Remote Monitoring
Access Points (APs) Remote Monitoring
Ethernet Switch Remote Monitoring
Escalation Procedure Provided by Vendor

5.1.3 On-Site Support


The HSIA vendor should:
Provide on-site maintenance and repair within 24 hours. At a minimum, on-site service should
occur during normal business hours using local technicians.
Define SLA terms for break/fix.

5.1.4 System Reliability


The proposed system should not have a single point of failure able to causes an outage of service to 10%
or more HSIA accessible guest rooms.

5.1.5 Proactive Monitoring


HSIA vendor should proactively monitor:
Internet WAN connection
Latency
Backbone network
Network Management Server
Billing
Intrusion Detection
Hotels should be able to view the status of the HSIA system in real-time.

5.1.6 Disaster Recovery Plan


The vendor should have a defined disaster recovery plan.

5.1.7 Backup and Restore


To ensure the integrity of the environment and allow for timely recovery in event of any failures, the
vendor should back up the following files nightly to a central server:
Configuration files
Log files

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Network architecture
Hotel network configuration database, which includes:
o Switches
o Access points for wired and wireless solutions
Equipment detail

5.1.8 Loss or Damage


The hotel is responsible for loss or damage of HSIA infrastructure and equipment if it is caused by the
negligence or intentional misconduct of the hotel staff.
If the entire system, or a piece of installed equipment, is damaged to a point where complete replacement
is necessary but not covered under the warranty or maintenance contract, the vendor will make its best
efforts to replace the equipment and/or influence the manufacturer to do so, as quickly as possible. If this
cannot be done, vendor will provide and install a substitute system, or equipment, on an interim basis.
The client and the property have the right to be offered, at their option, refurbished parts if installed parts
require replacement for repair, provided the specific required part is generally available as a refurbished
item.

5.1.9 Maintenance Contract


The vendor will propose a full maintenance contract that will provide pricing to cover all equipment, parts,
and labor, after included warranties expire. The vendor may provide options for multi-year discounts or
reduced pricing.

5.2 Response Requirements for Vendors

5.2.1 Rack-Mounted Equipment


All proposed equipment to be located in IDF or MDF rooms should be rack mountable in industry
standard 19” open frame racks, which also are to be provided and installed by the vendor. If there are any
conflicting equipment requirements, they should be detailed by the vendor.

5.2.2 Equipment Detail


Vendor should detail all proposed equipment (hardware, software, and operating system) including:
Network diagram
Manufacturer
Model
Version
Revision
For modular equipment, each proposed module should be similarly detailed. This information should be
confirmed and a final list provided prior to system turn up and client acceptance.

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5.2.3 Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)


The vendor should propose Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) for all included equipment, sufficient to
provide power conditioning, surge protection, and no less than four hours of battery time for all attached
equipment.

5.2.4 Space Requirements


For each IDF and MDF, the vendor should provide an estimate of physical space required, including rack
space for all equipment and UPS. The vendor also should specify:
Electrical requirements
BTUs produced
Operating temperature
Humidity requirements

5.2.5 Spares Inventory


To expedite repairs and provide service to guests, the vendor will propose a recommended inventory of
on-site spares and end user device rentals (if applicable). Costs for on-site spares and rentals, if any,
should be listed separately but included in any total costs.

5.2.6 Regulatory Compliance


All equipment installation will be in accordance with the current regulations of the local electrical
inspection department and any relevant municipal ordinances, or, at a minimum, the US National Electric
Code, or equivalent in the country in which the equipment is installed. All proposed equipment will
conform to the applicable UL, FCC (Part 68 for network connectivity and Part 15 for unlicensed RF
devices), RFI, EMI, or equivalent standards in the country in which it is installed.

5.3 Terms and Conditions for Vendors

5.3.1 Warranty
The vendor should state the length of the initial included warranty period, including terms and conditions.
If the proposed equipment is not uniform as to initial warranty period and terms, then this should be
itemized for all proposed equipment.

5.3.2 Maintenance
The vendor should be prepared to document and describe, upon request, their ability to certify,
troubleshoot, and manage, both remotely and on-site, the proposed solution(s), including descriptions of:
Personnel
Training and certification
Test and diagnostic equipment
Management utilities
Hours of operation
Trouble ticket system (features and capability)
Escalation policy

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To facilitate monitoring and trouble shooting, the system should allow visibility to each IP end device in a
room from a remote location (such as the vendor’s Network Operations Center) through either a managed
Ethernet port in the room or otherwise.
The vendor should provide complete documentation of the proposed Network Architecture, including all
Ethernet switches to be installed.
The core Ethernet switch in the main equipment room should be configured with redundancy for fail-safe
operation.

5.3.3 SLA Documents


The vendor should provide any applicable SLA documents detailing:
Acceptable and expected downtime, including scheduled maintenance windows
“Guaranteed” uptime
Mean-Time-to-Repair (MTTR) to fully restore the system
Schedule of credits for levels of downtime exceeding the stated guarantee

5.3.4 Support
The vendor should be prepared to document and describe, upon request, their ability to provide:
Toll-free 24 x 7 end-user support
Remote troubleshooting and management, including support scope
Support information for all hardware, software, and services included in a proposed system should be
submitted to the property before system turn up and acceptance.

5.3.5 Escalation
In the event that normal maintenance and support fails to resolve a problem in a timely fashion, the
vendor should provide an escalation procedure and guidelines, including contact persons and methods.
This information should be submitted to the property before system turn up and acceptance.

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Appendix A: Condensed Specifications

Appendix A: Condensed Specifications


.

Category Specification Wired Wireless Property Vendor


Vendor Qualification and Agreement
Contact Person HSIA provider must X
appoint a primary
contact.
Vendor Approval Provider must comply X
with HSIA standards
before installing
products or offerings.
Agreement Vendor must be X
compliant with
standards outlined in
this document. IHG
recommends that terms
be no longer than three
years.
Tiered Billing Ability to charge Optional Optional
premiums for additional
bandwidth.
Technical Requirements
Wired – CAT5e/6 and Cable types based on X X
Optical Fiber usage and distance.
Cable labeling.
Wired – CAT5e Minimum standard or X X
horizontal cabling
supporting 100 Mbps
(for new properties).
Wired – CAT5e To be used if cost can X X
be justified.
Wireless Requirements Standard protocols, X X X
signal strength,
roaming, physical
deployment, encryption,
access codes, wired-to-
wireless bridge
availability, site survey,
standards compliance
WAPs 802.11b/g/n standard X X
Signal Strength -70 dBm or greater X X
Roaming Between Session continuity is X X
WAPs desired but not
required.

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Category Specification Wired Wireless Property Vendor


Hardware Enterprise-grade X X
equipment.
Installation Securely mounted and X X
hidden.
Access Codes Ability to generate. X X
Wireless Bridges Placed in guest rooms X X
upon request. Provide
encryption, secure
guest traffic.
Wireless Site Survey Provide documentation X X
showing conformity to
HSIA standards.
Ethernet, DSL, and Must comply with IEEE X X X
Wireless Compliance and ITU requirements.
Location Coverage Availability of wired and 100% 100% X X
wireless access by except
type: guest room, public public
area, meeting spaces. areas
Minimum Data Circuit Entry level bandwidth X
Requirements provisioned at the hotel
level. Multihoming for
redundancy.
Data Circuit X X X X
T1 1 managed 1.544
Mbps.
T1, DSL, Cable 6 Mbps minimum
Circuit additional bandwidth.
Total 7.5 Mbps minimum
bandwidth.
Static IP Addresses Minimum 20 public X X X
routable.
Bonding Multihoming solution. X X X
Bandwidth Bandwidth shaping to X X X X
Management ensure quality of
experience.
Proxy Server Log Files Vendor provides IHG X X X
with all logs (date/time
users log on and off, IP
address, MAC address,
room/port ID, URL) as
requested.
SSID Naming Per brand standards. X X X
Convention Broadcast of SSID’s,
No WEP

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Category Specification Wired Wireless Property Vendor


Configuration Billing and bandwidth X X X X
Management allocation for events
and customer requests.
VPN Support Support commonly X X X
used corporate VPN
solutions (servers and
client software).
Network Routing Support IP address X X X
conserving access
through techniques
such as NAT.
Support various
standards-based
infrastructure protocols:
DHCP, SMTP, Proxy
ARP, and transparent
Web Proxy.
SMTP Routing required. X X X
Spam control For outbound content. X X X
PMS Support and Integration between the X X
Billing HSIA system and the
hotel PMS.
Flexible Administration Provide different levels X
Interface of administrative rights
to different groups.
Hardware Rack-mounted, X X X
Requirements enterprise-class
equipment.
Detailed proposal.
On-site spares.
Redundancy for
equipment and power.
Documentation.
Regulatory compliance.
Regular reviews.

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Category Specification Wired Wireless Property Vendor


Security
Port Security Specify allowed and X X X
disallowed point-to-
point access within the
solution.
Room-to-Room No access to other X X X
guest rooms.
User-to-User No Wi-Fi access to X X X
other devices.
Hotel-to-Room No access by staff to X X X
Users' computers or
data.
Internet-to-Room No access from Internet X X X
to guest room.
Room-to-Hotel No access to hotel X X X
LAN.
Property-to-Property No access from another X X X
property.
Internet-to-Hotel No access from Internet X X X
to hotel.
Public-Area-and- No access from public X X X
Meeting-Room-to- area or meeting room
Guest-Rooms to guest room.
Meeting-Rooms-to- No access from X X X
Meeting-Rooms meeting room to
another meeting room.
Protecting Equipment Physical security, X X X
encrypted access.
Authenticating Users Require user ID and X X X X
password.
VLAN support Isolate User traffic from X X X X
other User traffic and all
internal hotel traffic.
Private Network Allow cross-User X X X X
Capability network access on a
by-request basis.
Maximizing Do not block or restrict X
Performance Internet access except
to protect the integrity
of the network.
Auditing and Logging Flag suspicious access X
attempts. Log remote
access attempts and
administrative activity.

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Category Specification Wired Wireless Property Vendor


Remote Access Support remote X
management of the
HSIA system, but only
from pre-selected
locations.
Security Gateway Changed once a X X X
Passwords month. Minimum 8
characters (example:
AzZpWm@2).
PCI and PII Data Comply with these X
Privacy regulations and be able
to provide proof of
compliance.
User Experience
Operating Systems and Any PC that supports X X X
Browsers TCP/IP.
Collateral Professional, approved X X
materials to be
provided for desk or
directory in room.
Launching HSIA Clean process for X X X
guests to obtain easy
Internet access.
Plug-and-Play Solution No need to reconfigure X X X
guest devices for basic
access.
Changing Settings Reconfiguration X X X
acceptable for
additional features,
such as VPN access.
Interface to PMS User verification and X X
billing through PMS.
Billing Options Welcome page content. X X X X
Access Codes Provide access codes X X X X
to Users.
Portal Facility Hotel-specific Web X X X X
pages displayed to
Users.
Start/Welcome/Launch Displays charges, if X X X
Page any, that apply to
Users.
Log-in/Access Page Displays Terms of Use X X X
and Privacy Statement.
Splash/Landing Page Displays IHG or brand X X X
information.

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Category Specification Wired Wireless Property Vendor


Content Management Allow hotel to manage X X
content within the
portal.
Control of Content and Control of portal X
Guest Acceptance content by IHG.
Interference with Hotel Must not degrade other X X X
Services and Devices services that may share
technology.
Vendor SLA Requirements
Support Requirements Maintenance, X
availability, guest
support, backup and
restore.
Internet Availability Available 7 x 24 x 365. X
Guest Support Available 7 x 24 x 365 X
via a toll-free number.
On-Site Support Available within 24 X
hours.
Response Rack-mounted X
Requirements for equipment, detailed bill-
Vendors of-materials, power
redundancy,
environmental
parameters, space
needed, spares
inventory, regulatory
compliance.
FCC Compliance Part 68 (network X X X
connectivity) and Part
15 (unlicensed RF
devices).
Terms and Conditions Warranty, maintenance, X
SLA documents,
support, escalation.

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Appendix B: Typical HSIA Network

Appendix B: Typical HSIA Network

Guest Rooms /
Wired and/or Wireless

Meeting Space /
Wired and/or Wireless

Public Space /
Wireless

Firewall

VBN
(V i s i t o r B a s e d
N e t w o r k Se r v e r )

T1 Bandw idt h
(1 .5 4 M b s ) Managem ent
De v i c e
$ 3 ,5 0 0 +

DSL / Ca b l e
(6 .0 M b s )

Internet

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Appendix C: HSIA Terms & Definitions

Appendix C: HSIA Terms & Definitions


GLOSSARY AND ACRONYMS
Bandwidth: Size of Circuit provided by Telco or Cable Company

Bandwidth Management: The process of measuring and controlling the communications (called
traffic, or packets) on a data network, to avoid filling and overfilling the HSIA network. Filling or overfilling
the HSIA network results in network congestion and poor performance. When network congestion occurs,
Users experience slow performance, and the quality of service deteriorates. This creates such issues as
queuing delays, packet loss and/or blocking of new connections. On an HSIA network, as many Users as
possible are allocated bandwidth at levels which exceed dial-up connection speeds, even during peak
usage. Additionally, bandwidth management has the capability to block bandwidth intensive applications,
so that such applications cannot use disproportionate amounts of network resources and deprive regular
users from a better Internet surfing experience. Such applications can be selected by hotels and/or their
ISPs.

Broadband: Is the term used interchangeably with high-speed Internet access.

Cat 5e - Category 5e Cable: Type of Ethernet cable used to carry Data and voice. This is an
enhanced version of Cat 5. Although 1000 Mbps was designed for use with Cat 5 cable, the tighter
specifications associated with Cat 5e cable and connectors make it an excellent choice for use with 1000
Mbps. Cables are still limited to a maximum of 100 m (328 ft) in length (normal practice is to limit fixed
("horizontal") cables to 90 m to allow for up to 5 m of patch cable at each end).

Cat 6 - Category 6 Cable: This cable standard for Gigabit and other protocols that is backwards
compatible with the Category 5/5e cable standards. The cable standard provides performance of up to
250 MHz and is suitable for 10/100/1000 Mbps.

Firewall: System designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from an internal private network.

Gateway Server: The server that controls guest access and experience for connecting to the
Internet

HSIA: High Speed Internet Access

Infrastructure: Refers to the wiring in the hotel used for Data/Voice/TV

ISP: Internet Service Provider – AT&T, Verizon, etc. It is the company that provides access to the
Internet

LAN - Local Area Network: Computer Network covering a small geographic area, like a home,
office, or group of buildings (e.g. a school). The defining characteristics of LANs, in contrast to wide-area
networks (WANs), include their much higher data-transfer rates, smaller geographic range, and lack of a
need for leased telecommunication lines. Ethernet over unshielded twisted pair cabling, and WiFi are the
two most common technologies currently comprising the LAN.

Multihoming: A cost effective technique to increase the reliability and performance


(bonding) of the Internet connection. The server has multiple interfaces and each interface has
one, or more, IP address(es). If one of the links fails, the associated IP address becomes
unreachable. Through multihoming, the other IP address(es) will still work. Bonding allows for

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the aggregation of multiple ports into a single group, effectively combining the bandwidth into a
single connection.
SSID: Service Set Identifier – Common Name Given to Wireless Access Points (WAP)

Structured cabling: Building or campus telecommunications cabling infrastructure that consists of a


number of standardized smaller elements (hence structured) called subsystems. Technological
convergence is the tendency for different technological systems to evolve towards performing similar
tasks.

WAN - Wide Area Network: WANs are used to connect LANs and other types of networks
together, so that users and computers in one location can communicate with users and computers in
other locations. Many WANs are built for one particular organization and are private.

WAP: Wireless Access Point

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