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Vacation Rental 2.0

The “Key” to Vacation Rental Safety? Give Keys to Everyone

Vacation rental safety keys

Yes, that headline might seem crazy. But that is what many VRMs are doing, albeit unintentionally. Let me explain how this is happening. Tech and PMS Systems Are Great for Guests and Property Owners With the explosion of private accommodations in recent years, comfort, convenience and safety are now part of guests’ standard expectation. Technology, such as modern PMS systems…

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Mechanical Keys: An Unnecessary Vacation Rental Liability [White Paper]

As we’ve highlighted on a number of occasions, there is a BIG security gap in the vacation rental industry: Access Control (or lack thereof)… There’s a HUGE Need for Vacation Rental Security Breaking Bad: A Look at a Vacation Rental Security Loophole Floating Keys STINK, But they WERE a Necessary Evil Vacation Rental Insurance: Where Does Coverage End & Liability…

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WiFi vs. Cellular: Your WiFi Network is ALREADY Full

I’ve already chirped about the HUGE difference between cellular and WiFi networks on a number of occasions…. WiFi vs. Cellular = Home Automation vs. Property Automation 7 Hours Per Month with No WiFi. Not Bad? Unless Your Business Depends on It. Why Would WiFi Home Automation Systems Use Cellular “Backup”? Can Home Automation Be Hacked?! Trust Cellular Over WiFi. WiFi…

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How to Fund Vacation Rental Smart Home Control: You’re Already Funding It with Inefficient Operations

Last week I shared a post describing the potential to Create a Profit with Vacation Rental Smart Home Control. I whole-heartedly stand behind the message of that post. Smart Home Control is a service that your guests and homeowners want (ah hem, you can check out a post on that topic as well :)). However, I’d like to take a…

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WiFi Reset Instructions: A Great Reminder of the MAJOR Difference Between WiFi & Cellular Reliability

If I’ve had the opportunity to bend your ear for at least 30 seconds about PointCentral Smart Control Solutions, then odds are you’ve heard me gab about the MAJOR difference between WiFi and cellular reliability. Related Posts: WiFi vs. Cellular = Home Automation vs. Property Automation Why Would WiFi Home Automation Systems Use Cellular “Backup”? 7 Hours Per Month with…

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Google Acquires Nest “Smart” Thermostat: A Perfect Opportunity for Vacation Rental Managers?

In my last post, I dropped a quick hint about the GIGANTIC smart home automation news: Google buys Nest smart thermostats for $3.2 billion! The interwebz have been buzzing about this news for days, so I figured I’d carve out a full post rather than just a quick mention. Google’s acquisition of Nest smart thermostats (just one aspect of home…

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Vacation Rental Industry Buzzing About Need for Smart Home Control {2014 Prediction Already a Reality?!}

I’ve been chirping about the perfect match of Smart Home Control and vacation rental homes for quite a while. But that’s my gig; you’d expect that from me. Waaaay back on January 4, I even made the bold prediction that Smart Home Control would hit the mainstream in the vacation rental industry in 2014. Here we are 12 days later,…

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Can Home Automation Be Hacked?! Trust Cellular Over WiFi.

Hackers are some smart folks! This nefarious underbelly of the technology world generally gets bad press. Much of it well-deserved. Ah hem, stolen credit card numbers at Target this passed Christmas! However, on the flip side, when the hacking isn’t aimed at ruining your holiday with a stolen credit card, there are some strong benefits from poking holes in technology…

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2014 Vacation Rental Prediction: Smart Home Control Goes Mainstream

In my last post, I mentioned the start of a New Year is a the perfect opportunity to wax poetically about what lies ahead. Since we’re still in the first week of 2014, lets continue the poetic waxing. I’ve come across a few 2014 Vacation Rental Predictions on the interwebs: 4 Vacation Rental Guru Predictions for 2014: I particularly dig…

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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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