Amelia’s exceptional service has made her a key part of students’ curriculum by demonstrating the potential for leading-edge digital assistants in hospitality
NEW YORK, May 22nd, 2019 — IPsoft, the leader in enterprise Artificial Intelligence (AI), today announced that École Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), the world’s most prestigious hospitality management school based in Switzerland, is using Amelia as a digital concierge to support staff and students who visit the school.
IPsoft’s Amelia is the market-leading digital assistant, recently receiving the highest possible ratings in the Everest Group Intelligent Virtual Assistant Market Report 2019 and identified as a Leader in The Forrester New Wave™: Standalone Chatbots For IT Operations, Q2 2019. Incorporating advanced AI and complex Natural Language Understanding, Amelia can be directed using everyday language to perform basic functions, and is capable of recognizing context switching, intent, users’ emotional state and more.
Transforming the student experience
At EHL, Amelia is being used to improve the staff and student experience, as well as introduce students to the leading-edge technologies that are transforming and improving the hospitality industry.
At the school, Amelia is providing on-site IT support by managing guest Wi-Fi access and resetting passwords. With the change in laws that require organizations to know who is connecting to their Wi-Fi, the system required a text to be sent to the user to enable them to connect. This was problematic given that the school welcomes visitors from 145 countries, and not everyone was able to receive those messages and connect. Now Amelia manages the end-to-end process of verifying and providing all guests with access to Wi-Fi. Students and all EHL employees can also use Amelia to change their passwords, interacting with her through a kiosk.
Amelia is also supporting the student admission process. Previously, EHL had a chat box on its website that enabled students to interact with admission officers. However, frequently there was no one available to provide an immediate response. Now Amelia is able to provide 24/7 support to applicants, directly responding to questions relating to extensive admission information or, when she is not able to answer questions, sending a message to the officers to notify them to reply.
Innovative technology at the heart of the curriculum
Amelia not only improves students’ experience at EHL, CIO Julia Aymonier believes the technology plays an important role in the curriculum.
“In many cases, this is our students’ first interaction with a sophisticated digital assistant. Their experience of Amelia helps them understand the potential for and the important role that such leading-edge technologies will play in their future careers in the hospitality industry, which has become in itself a key part of the students’ curriculum. In turn, this makes EHL even more attractive to aspiring industry leaders, as our students know they will leave the school on the pulse of the best and latest customer experiences,” Aymonier commented.
“While some people in the industry have understandable concerns about the role of Artificial Intelligence in replacing jobs, our use of Amelia has shown the massive potential to improve the user experience — whether that’s of our students today or their future customers. Digital assistants will never replace the human interactions that are fundamental to delivering the superior customer service that our students go on to provide at some of the most prestigious hotels, restaurants and global firms. However, they do present an immense opportunity to improve the customer experience of more mundane tasks, like booking taxis or ordering room service. And we’re helping open our students’ eyes to this potential,” she said.
Cognitive Centre of Excellence
EHL has created a dedicated Centre of Excellence team focused on exploring Amelia’s capabilities, comprised of five permanent and two rotating team members. The team is already exploring other possible applications for Amelia across the new EHL campus that is under construction, including implementations to help improve wait times in the cafeteria.
Chetan Dube, CEO at IPsoft said: “EHL has been a pioneer in exploring ways that Amelia can transform the experience of its students and staff. We are delighted that Amelia has not only provided a valuable business impact for EHL, through its service desk innovations, but that she continues to inspire the next generation of hospitality leaders in how digital assistants can transform customer experience.”
Amelia is the market’s first digital colleague. Since her introduction in 2014, she has gained hundreds of skills across multiple industries. She is modelled on human intelligence, understanding and empathy.
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