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October 2014

Smart Wireless Testimonial: The Benefits of PointCentral Smart Control Solutions for Business

Smart Control is getting a lot of attention based on the benefits of home automation, but what about Smart BUSINESS Control?! Smart control solutions offer an amazing impact on business operations when you take the residential benefits and multiply it by 2, 200, or 2000+ properties…all controlled from one dashboard. Smart Control on an “enterprise” level is pretty amazing.  …

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Vacation Rental Smart Home Control Testimonial: Sunriver Resort

I’ve chatted about Sunriver Resort in a past post… Sunriver Resort  Improves Vacation Rental Management with Property Automation Sunriver was the very first VRM to leverage the power of smart home control for vacation rental management. Here’s a quick recap of how we got started… Sunriver is like our high school sweetheart. We’ve been “dating” for over a year, and now…

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Hotels Race Towards Smart Technology. Will Vacation Rentals Keep Pace?

Hotels Race Towards Smart Technology It’s not just Hotel Impossible’s Anthony Melchiorri with a disdain for keys. As we all know, the entire hotel industry moved away from keys a looooong time ago. Now hotels are racing towards a full suite of smart controls, from access to energy and a wide variety of in-room controls. I’ve mentioned a few examples…

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Hotel Impossible Confronts Access Control [67% of Travelers Site Safety & Security as Their #1 Priority]

Access Control is a MUST at Quality Hotels Have you seen Hotel Impossible on the Travel Channel? Great show! Especially for VRMs looking for an inside view of the hotel industry. Some fantastic tips and tricks. Here are two quick examples of Hotel Impossible that relate very well to the vacation rental industry (and smart home control :))… 1. Entering The Chipman Hill…

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Vacation Rental Smart Home Control Testimonial: Bennington Properties

Bennington Properties is located in beautiful Bend, OR. If you’ve never been to Bend, it’s well worth the visit! Bennington has been in business since 1998 and manages almost 200 vacation rental homes. For years, they offered their guests the convenience of direct-to-house check-in through their “secure” (or not so secure :)) lockbox system. Bennington recognized the limitations and risks…

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Hotel Group Pushes “Public Safety Tool” to Battle Airbnb in New York City [How Will This Affect ALL Vacation Rentals?]

In early May I discussed the hotel industry’s plan to go on the offensive with vacation rentals: Hotel Industry Going on the Offensive with Vacation Rentals? Safety & Security a Top Concern. Last week I shared the news that Airbnb has adopted smart home control for their rentals, and in that post I mentioned a New Yorker article that highlights…

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Airbnb Partners with Google’s Nest to Push Vacation Rentals Towards Energy Efficiency and Smart Home Control

It’s a challenge to define Airbnb. The growth is fast, and the impact on the travel industry is widespread. Cities across the US are trying to define and regulate this travel giant ($10B valuation). Here’s an interesting piece in the New Yorker about the love/hate relationship Airbnb struggles with in NYC. Very interesting commentary on the background and growth of…

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