LiveRez and PointCental began a partnership this spring to bring fully integrated smart home technology to 60,000 vacation homes utlizing LiveRez’s cloud-based vacation rental software and -today -launched the platform which enables users to lock and unlock doors, control house and pool temperature, monitor security and more directly from their LiveRez software. The technology also will empower these managers to track the execution of their vacation rental operations in real time.
“Without a doubt, smart home control is the next big innovation in the vacation rental industry,” said LiveRez Founder and CEO Tracy Lotz. “Our partnership with PointCentral will position our partners at the forefront of this new revolution and give them a significant competitive advantage in their respective markets.”
PointCentral will continue to offer a reservation system interface for those organizations not using LiveRez, but its high-level vacation rental software integration will remain exclusive to LiveRez.
Cindy Murdoch of Seabrook Cottage Rentals was an early adopter of the PointCentral integration. She said the PointCentral technology is expected to have a significant impact on their bottom line. “This integration will completely streamline our operations,” Murdoch said. “With LiveRez and PointCentral, I will know – to the second – when one of my houses is being cleaned or inspected and when my guests check in or check out. I could be on vacation a thousand miles away and unlock the front door for a guest. This technology is a real game changer.”
Steve Trover – who plays a dual role as Chief Strategy Officer for LiveRez and CEO of All Star Vacation Homes – was an early proponent of the integration, being one of PointCentral’s first customers. Trover, who manages more than 300 luxury homes across three states, said that the PointCentral technology has had a huge impact on his operations. “This technology will completely change the vacation rental industry,” said Trover. “From the moment I first saw this technology, I knew we needed to integrate it into the LiveRez software.”
Lotz said the fact that PointCentral is cellular powered made a big impact on his decision to integrate, as cellular connectivity ensures a level of reliability not provided by broadband / Wi-Fi offerings.
“There were other solutions in the marketplace, but none of them offered our partners a proven and reliable connection to the home,” Lotz said. “PointCentral’s cellular technology and unique offering led to our exclusive relationship.”
Burge, a pioneer in commercial home security and automation, is confident that introducing the PointCentral technology to LiveRez’s vast network of managers will speed the industry’s adoption of smart home control. “In the vacation rental industry, mechanical keys will soon go the way of the horse and buggy,” Burge said. “Five years from now, vacation rental managers will look back and ask themselves: ‘Did we really do business that way?’”
To learn more about LiveRez’s integration with PointCentral, visit LiveRez.com/PointCentral.