Pebble Beach goes mobile for the first time with new app built with Watson; star surfer Laird Hamilton and pro volleyball player Gabrielle Reece use new app to personalize their Pebble Beach trip
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (May 9, 2017) – Pebble Beach Resorts is proud to welcome technology industry leader IBM to its family of brand partners, in the role of its new Official Cognitive Solutions Provider. As part of this relationship, the two companies have launched a new Pebble Beach app built with IBM Watson’s cognitive capabilities, which will enhance the way Pebble Beach Resorts guests experience 17-Mile Drive, shopping, dining and more.
As part of the partnership, IBM and Pebble Beach have collaborated to develop the official mobile app of Pebble Beach Resorts. The app is embedded with Watson’s Conversation API, which enables visitors to experience Pebble Beach as if they’re traveling with a local guide. To illustrate to guests what that experience looks like, IBM has enlisted the adventurous couple, big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton and professional volleyball player Gabrielle Reece, to visit Pebble Beach and share video and photos on social media platforms that show their use of the new app.
“We’re pleased to bring the cognitive power of Watson to Pebble Beach through our new app, which will enhance our guest experience whether they are here to explore 17-Mile Drive or to enjoy our award-winning restaurants and shops,” said Bill Perocchi, CEO of Pebble Beach Company. “IBM combines industry expertise and cutting-edge technology to deliver a level of engagement our guests haven’t seen before, making the company a great fit in our portfolio of brand partners. This new app will provide a new, transformative way for our guests to enjoy their Pebble Beach experience.”
Available for download on iOS and Android devices, the mobile app, designed by IBM iX, is hosted on the IBM Cloud and includes the following key features:
“IBM’s work with Pebble Beach Company is a powerful example of how companies are infusing Watson’s cognitive technologies into the lives of consumers, and helping enhance the customer experience at the iconic resort,” said Noah Syken, VP, Global Sports and Entertainment Partnerships, IBM. “Pebble Beach is focused on making its customer interactions even more personal and valuable with the help of Watson. This partnership is reimagining the customer experience, bringing the sights and sounds of 17-Mile Drive to life.”
In addition to bringing Watson to Pebble Beach guests through the official mobile app, Pebble Beach and IBM have also collaborated by deploying IBM Planning Analytics to help Pebble Beach manage its retail operation with smarter and quicker data analysis. With IBM Planning Analytics in the IBM Cloud, Pebble Beach has been able to capture a more accurate view of its retail operations and plan future merchandising decisions to boost the shopping experience, reduce costs and generate increased sales.
IBM joins a collection of world-class Pebble Beach Resorts brand partners including Avis, Coca-Cola, E-Z-GO, FedEx, Jacobsen, Lexus, Rain Bird, Rolex, TaylorMade Golf Company and XOJET.
About Pebble Beach Company
Pebble Beach Company, headquartered in Pebble Beach, Calif., owns and operates the world-famous Pebble Beach Resorts®, including The Lodge at Pebble Beach™, The Inn at Spanish Bay™ and Casa Palmero®. The company also operates four renowned golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links®, Spyglass Hill® Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay™ and Del Monte™ Golf Course. Its other famed properties include scenic 17-Mile Drive®, The Spa at Pebble Beach™, Pebble Beach Golf Academy™ and Pebble Beach® Equestrian Center. It annually hosts premier events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational presented by DELL EMC, Pebble Beachsm Food & Wine and the PURE Insurance Championship. Future site of the 2018 U.S Amateur Championship and 2019 U.S. Open Championship, Pebble Beach Golf Links® has hosted five U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, one PGA Championship and numerous other tournaments. For reservations or more information please call (800) 654-9300 or visit pebblebeach.com.
About IBM Watson: Pioneering a New Era of Computing
Watson represents a new era in computing called cognitive computing, where systems understand the world in a way more similar to humans: through senses, learning and experience. Watson continuously learns from previous interactions, gaining in value and knowledge over time. With the help of Watson, organizations are harnessing the power of cognitive computing to transform industries, help professionals do their jobs better, and solve important challenges.
As part of IBM’s strategy to accelerate the growth of cognitive computing, Watson is open to the world, allowing a growing community of developers, students, entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts to easily tap into the most advanced and diverse cognitive computing platform available today. Watson solutions are being built, used and deployed in more than 45 countries and across 20 different industries.
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