Bell Atlantic Plans to Use General Dynamics Interactive Platform To Anchor Integrated Multimedia Hotel Service
IntrigueTM System Provides Powerful Internet Connectivity and Video Services, Tied to Property Management/Billing Functions
June 20, 2000
DALLAS - Bell Atlantic Video plans to use the Intrigue System from General Dynamics
Interactive to power an advanced, integrated multimedia service for the hospitality industry that
will benefit both hotel operators and guests.
The General Dynamics system will help the Hospitality Group in Bell Atlantic's Enterprise
Business Services division market a single-source integrated solution that is planned to provide
guests with the latest in video, data and other services, including Internet connectivity, while
providing hospitality businesses a hands-off, turnkey service.
"Our goal is to create a portfolio of business solutions for the hotel and hospitality industry
that simplify the management and delivery of guest entertainment and information
services," said Ed McGuinness, vice president of enterprise business marketing for Bell
Atlantic. "The Intrigue system does that and at the same time enables delivery of services
that will simply amaze guests."
Intrigue, developed by General Dynamics Interactive, integrates the performance of video and
Internet servers with internal and external high-speed data services carried over the latest
Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) links. The integrated solution provided by Intrigue
includes in-room technology for access to services like true video on demand, with rewind, fast
forward, pause, stop and resume functions, as well as high-speed Internet access via the in-room
television or a customer's computer.
It is planned that Intrigue will be customized to offer other special services like on-property
intranet guest services and local area shopping, as well as hotel-specific marketing tools and
electronic concierge services. The entire system would be integrated with property management
and billing functions.
"General Dynamics is pleased to be allied with Bell Atlantic to provide the technical
foundation for Bell Atlantic's proposed total service offering to the hospitality industry,"
said Jerry DeMuro, president, General Dynamics Communication Systems and General
Dynamics Interactive. "Our two companies share a common vision of where hospitality
technology is going."
Bell Atlantic currently plans to bring the new application to market this summer. The company's
Hospitality Group sells solutions for hotel, resort, convention, hospital and educational
customers in the company's northeast and mid-Atlantic serving area
About General Dynamics Interactive
General Dynamics Interactive, a part of General Dynamics Communication Systems, brings decades of
experience to providing integrated solutions for reliable, complex communication systems for its broad
spectrum of customers. Intrigue is a new digital interactive information and entertainment system,
delivering high-speed Internet access, electronic commerce, video-on-demand, and audio and video
communications services. Visit our websites at www.intrigueonline.com, www.gd-cs.com and
About General Dynamics
General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, employs approximately 43,000
people worldwide and has annualized sales of approximately $10 billion. The company has leading
market positions in business aviation, information systems, shipbuilding and marine systems, and land
and amphibious combat systems. More information can be found at www.generaldynamics.com.
About Bell Atlantic
Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 44
million telephone access lines and more than 20 million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic
companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless
services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also
among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and
investments in 23 countries.