Vacasa home furnishing with smart home technology

US: Portland-based rental management platform Vacasa has announced that its homes will feature Vacasa’s smart home management system, including keyless property locks, a wifi router with a customized calling experience, and a patented noise monitoring system.

The company says the technologies will be made available at no additional cost to homeowners.

Matt Roberts, CEO of Vacasa, said: “Vacasa technologies are specifically designed for the entire vacation rental experience, from booking to check-out, home care to local operations, revenue management to customer service. Installing these technologies in Vacasa Homes represents a significant investment in the homeowner and guest experience, serving as good neighbors in our communities, and making our vacation rentals the most technologically advanced in the industry. “

Vacasa homes will be equipped with:

Vacasa keyless locks can be installed and configured using Bluetooth connectivity and the company’s internal app. The locks create unique door codes for each stay and individual home care visit, while the codes are date and time specific to provide safe and controlled access to the home, ensuring that no one else can enter the property outside of the time specified in their code.

The locks are also designed to facilitate 100 percent contactless check-in for guests.

To ensure a connection experience that is as simple and customized as possible, wifi routers will be placed in homes so that guests can instantly connect to a wifi hotspot through the company’s guest app. The routers constantly monitor the connection in the home so that any outage in the internet is alerted to Vacasa immediately.

Furthermore, Vacasa’s patented Noise Monitoring System uses a proprietary algorithm to identify excessive noise issues and automatically notify their local teams. The technology includes proactive intervention as soon as noise issues arise, and only records noise levels in decibels without the ability to record or transmit any sound.

“First and foremost, vacation rental homeowners want the safety and security of their homes,” said John Banzac, Senior Vice President of Innovation at Vacasa. “The Vacasa smart home management system will consistently achieve this across our portfolio better than anyone in the business.”

“As vacation rentals progress towards greater professionalism, Vacasa homeowners will benefit from the most complete technology in the industry, and guests will benefit from the smoothest experience on their well-earned vacation,” he added.

According to the company, approximately 13,000 of its 35,000 homes already feature some smart home technology, and the Vacasa smart home management system is expected to be deployed to the remaining homes in 2022.

When Vacasa went public in December after closing its portfolio of businesses with a special purpose acquisition company [SPAC] Roberts, TPG Pace Solutions, said the total cash proceeds of $340 million raised during the deal will enable the company to “enhance our technology capabilities and products, add more homes to our platform, and improve the vacation rental experience for all stakeholders.”

The SPAC merger came on the heels of Vacasa’s announcement of “record” third-quarter financial results.

Vacasa currently operates in more than 400 destinations in North America, Belize and Costa Rica.

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