I’ve professed my undying love for vacation rentals and home automation here a number of times…

Vacation Rentals + Home Automation = Awesomeness!

It turns out I’m not the only one that believes home automation is the perfect fit for the travel industry.

Just this week, Evolve Guest Controls announced that it is bringing home automation to hotels.

And the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol, Conn. has already signed up to include it in all of its suites.

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Looking ahead, it seems hotel guests will have the ability to control lights, temperature, music and hotel amenities via a single Z-Wave- and WiFi-enabled touchscreen. And we’re just getting started!

This is significant news for the travel industry and the home automation industry.

Home automation is growing at an exceptional pace. In addition to amazing benefits for residential use, is home automation going to become a standard amenity in the travel industry?

My educated guess is a big fat YES.

The same benefits you experience at your home with automation can be experienced when you’re traveling with a fully connected system. And if hotels – i.e. big money – jump on this trend early, it has the potential to take off quickly.

A few quick notes from your tour guide…

  1. Impact on Vacation Rental Industry
    1. Vacation rental managers, this is a trend to take note of. At the end of the day, the hotel industry is the biggest competitor for the vacation rental industry. The quicker VRM’s can adopt hotel-like practices and trends, the better the competition will be.
    2. By the way, big hotel-focused companies are already taking aim at the vacation rental industry in 2013!
  2. Commercial Property Automation
    1. Hotels are a commercial business, but is this really commercial property automation?
    2. This single-room automation is awesome for guest satisfaction, but it’s not really automation on a commercial scale. In fact, it’s a smaller network than your home.
    3. PointCentral is still the only company I have seen discussing the HUGE potential property automation offers on a commercial/enterprise level. If controlling one home is great, imagine controlling 2, 200, or 2,000+ properties from one dashboard!
  3. WiFi vs. Cellular Home Automation
    1. This is another example of WiFi based home automation. WiFi works ok when you are controlling one home (or one enclosed system like a hotel), but good luck maintaining WiFi networks across multiple properties – not fun to have to run out to reset routers to keep your home automation working.
    2. Cellular home automation is the perfect fit for commercial use, and PointCentral is uniquely positioned to offer cellular property automation on a commercial scale.

I’ve professed my undying love for vacation rentals and home automation here a number of times…

Vacation Rentals + Home Automation = Awesomeness!

It turns out I’m not the only one that believes home automation is the perfect fit for the travel industry.

Just this week, Evolve Guest Controls announced that it is bringing home automation to hotels.

And the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol, Conn. has already signed up to include it in all of its suites.

image

Looking ahead, it seems hotel guests will have the ability to control lights, temperature, music and hotel amenities via a single Z-Wave- and WiFi-enabled touchscreen. And we’re just getting started!

This is significant news for the travel industry and the home automation industry.

Home automation is growing at an exceptional pace. In addition to amazing benefits for residential use, is home automation going to become a standard amenity in the travel industry?

My educated guess is a big fat YES.

The same benefits you experience at your home with automation can be experienced when you’re traveling with a fully connected system. And if hotels – i.e. big money – jump on this trend early, it has the potential to take off quickly.

A few quick notes from your tour guide…

  1. Impact on Vacation Rental Industry
    1. Vacation rental managers, this is a trend to take note of. At the end of the day, the hotel industry is the biggest competitor for the vacation rental industry. The quicker VRM’s can adopt hotel-like practices and trends, the better the competition will be.
    2. By the way, big hotel-focused companies are already taking aim at the vacation rental industry in 2013!
  2. Commercial Property Automation
    1. Hotels are a commercial business, but is this really commercial property automation?
    2. This single-room automation is awesome for guest satisfaction, but it’s not really automation on a commercial scale. In fact, it’s a smaller network than your home.
    3. PointCentral is still the only company I have seen discussing the HUGE potential property automation offers on a commercial/enterprise level. If controlling one home is great, imagine controlling 2, 200, or 2,000+ properties from one dashboard!
  3. WiFi vs. Cellular Home Automation
    1. This is another example of WiFi based home automation. WiFi works ok when you are controlling one home (or one enclosed system like a hotel), but good luck maintaining WiFi networks across multiple properties – not fun to have to run out to reset routers to keep your home automation working.
    2. Cellular home automation is the perfect fit for commercial use, and PointCentral is uniquely positioned to offer cellular property automation on a commercial scale.

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