CALGARY – Travelodge Canada says it will offer wireless high-speed Internet access to its national franchise of mid-market hotels following a successful rollout earlier this year.

Deployment of the services, should operators choose to install them, will be based on TravelNet Technologies

Inc.’s DataValet service, which uses the 802.11 (Wi-Fi) networking standard and access points from Cisco Systems. The service was first set up in 36 Travelodge properties through an agreement between Bell Canada, which resells DataValet, and Royal Host Real Estate Investment Trust, which owns the Travelodge brand in Canada.

TravelNet assists with the service by first conducting a site survey of each property that assesses the physical makeup the building.

In some cases, franchisees have been able to use existing wiring, but many others have had to re-cable, according to the firm’s director of sales, Robert Soussa.


TORONTO – Palomino Inc. has retained York University as its largest client using content-management services on its extensive Web site.

Canada’s third-largest university opted for the Toronto company’s signature product, WebPal Content Management system, initially for its research area, a few faculties and in its technology group, says York CIO Bob Gagné.

WebPal will also manage the content of administrative departments, areas for prospective students and public-relations sections, adds Markus Latzel, CEO of Palomino, which typically does work for medium-sized business, associations, unions and universities.

Palomino’s goal is to manage all of the university’s Internet and extranet sites using WebPal.

He says the site for potential registrants, for instance, contains course information, schedules, announcements and registration procedures.

York plans gradually to deploy the platform, with the first stage being rolled out in conjunction with a large university Web design in fall, says Gagné.

– Fawzia Sheikh

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