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June 2013

Is Property Automation the Low Hanging Fruit of QSR Innovation?

I recently came across an article from BurgerBusiness.com (can also be found on Huffington Post) that discusses the diligent efforts McDonald’s puts into innovation – menu items, operations, technology. Did you know that McDonald’s has a super-secret Innovation Center? This is where they quietly test their products, restaurant operations, and new technology before they roll it out to the masses….

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Vendor Analysis: Apples to Apples Comparison for Vacation Rental Property Automation

Vacation Rental Property Automation

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with some fantastic VRMs. Thanks for your time and hospitality over time, y’all! And let me tell you, discussions are changing. Minds are opening. Vacation rental 2.0 and the potential of hotel-like control for VRMs is gaining traction. I know this because VRMs are eager to talk with me about the PointCentral system. But also, because…

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Vendor Analysis: Apples to Apples Comparison for Vacation Rental Property Automation

I’m just returning from a great road trip to the Orlando area to meet with some fantastic VRM’s. Thanks for your time and hospitality y’all! After a whirlwind tour and some righteous meetings, it’s clear the idea of property automation for the vacation rental industry has made some GIANT progress since PointCentral debuted at the national VRMA show in October…

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The Importance of Technical Support for Property Automation {I promise you won’t talk to “Peggy”}

As my home computer sputtered, fizzled, and crashed the other day, my first instinct was to throw it out the window pick up the phone and call the customer/technical support line. Makes sense, right? I’m having a technical problem, I’d like to talk to a technical expert. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure I talked to “Peggy”… My guess is most of…

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Nest Thermostats for ALL Vacation Rental Homes? {An Unsolicited Editorial to an Unsolicited Product Endorsement}

I came across a nice vacation rental blog/company the other day: SnagRent.com. Their objective is: “To correct under performing short-term rental properties through innovation, technology application and attention to details.” Awesome! I love to see the vacation rental industry growing and maturing. And I especially love to see a focus on leveraging technology to improve operations. Kudos SnagRent. Although, I…

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Alarm.com & Schneider Electric Partner to Improve Energy Management

I’ve crowed about our partnership with Alarm.com on a number of occasions. It’s awesome to have such a great technology partner – fantastic technology, great product development, world-class support, time-tested industry experience. We could not have found a more qualified partner to help us bring home automation to commercial businesses – i.e. property automation. I’ll keep this short and sweet…

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WiFi vs. Cellular = Home Automation vs. Property Automation

The world around us is getting “smarter.” And we are becoming increasingly more “connected” to this improved intelligence. First smart phones, now smart homes. Soon, the internet of everything. It is amazing how quickly technology is racing ahead. The smart home – i.e. home automation – is getting a lot of attention these days. Here’s a quick list companies vying…

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