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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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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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Milestones: Is Bluewater Vacation Rentals the Largest Smart Home Installation in the World?

I am happy to call the beaches of the Outer Banks home, but it sure is great to have the opportunity to travel to other vacation rental markets. The picture to the left is a shot I snapped this morning of a gorgeous spring day on the beaches of Emerald Isle, NC. If you’ve never been, I suggest a trip….

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Milestones: Is Bluewater Vacation Rentals the Largest Smart Home Installation in the World?

I am happy to call the beaches of the Outer Banks home, but it sure is great to have the opportunity to travel to other vacation rental markets. The picture to the left is a shot I snapped this morning of a gorgeous spring day on the beaches of Emerald Isle, NC. If you’ve never been, I suggest a trip….

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Smart Control Installation Solution: Turn-Key Install Across Your Entire Inventory {100% Operational in Days}

Turn-Key Installation in Days! Hardware Installation, Account Setup, Training . . . we take care of it all. Sweet, right?! As I may have mentioned once or twice, we have a tight relationship with Alarm.com. A close knit family. Having Alarm.com in our corner offers a number of benefits… Amazing cellular technology A fantastic software development team Awesome technical support…

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Why Would WiFi Home Automation Systems Use Cellular “Backup”?

Can we agree that cellular networks are more reliable than WiFi networks? When your phone drops cell signal, do you think twice about it? Or do you put it back in your pocket knowing the network will come right back? Cellular networks are self-healing. Contrast that with your WiFi network. WiFi goes down, and you physically have to get it…

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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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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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Congrats! Alarm.com Announces Acquisition of EnergyHub

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, the cellular technology developed by Alarm.com is at the core of the PointCentral property automation system. Alarm.com has been continually perfecting it’s cellular home automation technology since 2000. And this cellular technology is one of the main reasons PointCentral is uniquely positioned to provide commercial property automation. We are amazingly jazzed to be…

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Focus on Property Automation, Not “Gadgets,” to Manage Your Vacation Rental

I’m all for embracing technology. Technology is moving FAST! And it’s in our best interest to keep up…professionally and personally. I was just chatting the other day about using maps – actual maps! – to figure out where you’re going. Can you believe we use to do that?! Thank you smartphones and Google Maps! In fact, I waxed poetically about…

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