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May 2014

It’s Official: PointCentral & LiveRez Join Forces to Move the Vacation Rental Industry Towards Smart Home Control

Last week I (unofficially) announced that PointCentral and LiveRez have partnered to offer a “tight” integration for vacation rental managers. The partnership announcement is now official. Press releases have been released…to the press. 🙂 You can find the full press release on the LiveRez blog: Vacation Rental Technology Leaders LiveRez & PointCentral Introduce the Next Big Innovation in the Management…

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PointCentral & LiveRez Partnership: Vacation Rental Software Meets VRM Smart Home Control

Sometimes, the wheels of change seem to turn slowly – I’ve been squawking about the awesomeness of vacation rental smart home control for many moons. But once the momentum starts to churn, the pace can increase fast. PointCentral and LiveRez have been discussing a potential partnership for almost two years. Long before most VR industry players knew “enterprise” smart home…

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Consumer Reports Down on Smart Home Automation and Control. But Is It a Fair Assessment?

At the beginning of 2014, I made the prediction that 2014 would be the year that smart home control went mainstream in the vacation rental industry. Based on PointCentral activity in the first five months of 2014, I’d say it’s a pretty good prediction—10 VRM installs in the next three weeks! It seems the famed consumer products watchdog, Consumer Reports, shares a…

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Consumer Reports Down on Smart Home Automation & Control. But Is It a Fair Assessment? [All Smart Home Not Created Equal]

At the beginning of 2014 I made the prediction that 2014 would be the year that smart home control went mainstream in the vacation rental industry. Based on PointCentral activity in the first five months of 2014, I’d say it’s a pretty good prediction – 10 VRM installs in the next three weeks! It seems the famed consumer products watchdog,…

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[Case Study] Energy/Money Savings with Vacation Rental Smart Home Control & Energy Management

Last week I discussed the potential energy and money savings with smart energy management: How Much Money can be Saved with Smart Home Control & Energy Management? I shared a number of great articles – and my fabulous commentary 🙂 – but I highlighted the fact that to truly address the question of “how much can be saved,” I need…

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[Case Study] Energy/Money Savings with Vacation Rental Smart Home Control & Energy Management

Last week I discussed the potential energy and money savings with smart energy management: How Much Money can be Saved with Smart Home Control & Energy Management? I shared a number of great articles – and my fabulous commentary 🙂 – but I highlighted the fact that to truly address the question of “how much can be saved,” I need…

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Hotel Industry Going on the Offensive with Vacation Rentals? Safety & Security a Top Concern.

VRM Intel recently shared a pretty interesting article about hotels vs. vacation rentals: Hotel Industry Plans Attack on Vacation Rentals Hotels and vacation rentals are competitors. No doubt about it. And the vacation rental industry has seen tremendous growth over the past few years. I’m surprised it took the hotel industry this long to go on the offensive. I’ll let…

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How Much Money can be Saved with Smart Home Control & Energy Management?

It has been a whirlwind few weeks of installations, trade shows, and travel. With another 10 vacation rental managers installing before the summer begins! It’s exciting to see the vacation rental industry embracing the benefits of smart home control. The positive response to PointCentral from VRMs is universal…and much appreciated. 🙂 As excited as everyone is about the technology, I…

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