Customer Reviews of Properties Automated by BeHome247

Customer Reviews of Properties Automated by BeHome247

We’re sharing a note here from Joy Driggers at Lucky Savannah about vacation homes using our technology. Property managers so equipped have an edge in the market. Good morning Joseph (Morris) and Kendal (Smart), Wanted to share guest reviews : ) These are on our website, under the specific property name and the “Reviews” tab. We appreciate ALL your help, attention to details, and quick response to issues encountered along the way! Juniper Cottage 3/26-3/29: “We gad a great time at the Juniper Cottage for a girls weekend. Everyone seemed to love the charm of the house and the openness of the common area. The house was stocked with everything we needed. The key access was a big perk with a large group coming and going. The location was good for our group, with a 1 mile walk to River Street which was pleasant during the warmer part of the day.” Waldburg 3/16-20: “Trust me when I say these beautiful photos of Waldburg do not do this stunning rental justice. This property is absolutely, without a doubt, perfect. From the modern decor inside to the fully equipped outdoor spaces, this unit does not disappoint. The location is prime (steps away from Forsyth), the neighbours were delightful and six adult couples comfortably enjoyed four nights together here. The fully equipped kitchen and laundry facility were fabulous – Lucky Savannah does the house up right. The keypad door was incredibly convenient and made it very easy for everyone! Again, I can not recommend this property enough. We look forward to heading back to Savannah and either stay at Waldburg again or experience any...
Disappearing Things

Disappearing Things

September 27, 2014: This article in Forbes is worth a read. It talks about how the “Internet of Things” should disappear from view and become a background service where all devices talk to each other seamlessly. That’s exactly what we do at BeHome247. The smart home is not one that’s a collection of pretty gadgets, each of which requires its own app. We view it as a hidden network that performs all its functions and is easily monitored from one software dashboard. The photo above is from Wikimedia Commons via Justin14 and depicts an Apple Watch as imagined from the initial presentation at their September developers conference. Do you want something like this on your wrist bugging you when your toaster needs attention? I’ve recently been in meetings with individuals wearing smart watches. They are constantly looking at them because every incoming text, call or email gives them a wrist tingle. (I’m sure I’d do the same if were wearing such a device. It would be irresistible.) Looking at your watch used to be a symbol that it’s time for a meeting to conclude. Now it’s about to become a symbol that your face-to-face meeting never really starts. Don’t speak to me, send a text to my...
Breaking News, September 17, 2014: Kaba and BeHome247 Connect Homes with a Combined Solution for the Vacation Rental Market

Breaking News, September 17, 2014: Kaba and BeHome247 Connect Homes with a Combined Solution for the Vacation Rental Market

Kaba and BeHome247 today announce a collaboration that joins the market-leading strengths of each company to offeran integrated home management solution for property managers active in the vacation rental market. For more than 10 years, Kaba Oracode keyless door locks have facilitated the remote management of access to vacation rental properties through an easy-to-use and secure web-based solution that issues time-sensitive codes for guests, staff and vendors, and eliminates the need to distribute keys or keycards. Oracode, through its state-of-the-art technology, is a pioneer in addressing common challenges facing property managers–security while dealing with guests, housekeepers and service personnel, owner and guest satisfaction, and the need to keep expenses in check. BeHome247 software has remotely controlled automated homes since 2006. Its Enterprise Property Control ™ is the Preferred Home Automation & Energy Control System of HomeAway Software™. Enterprise Property Controlprovides customers the ability to monitor and control their portfolio of properties with an elegant, scalable solution that ensures secure access and optimizes energy efficiency. BeHome247 empowers property managers, owners and guests to control door locks, thermostats, pool systems, and many other compatible sensors – all from a tablet, smartphone or PC/Mac. “Partnering with BeHome247 is a natural extension for Kaba to provide best-in-class service to our growing base of vacation rental customers,” says Stephen Pollack, vice president of marketing for Kaba. “To be able to include the Oracode application on the BeHome247 dashboard and mobile application is a major step forward in the convenience of generating and managing lock user codes.” “When discussing the potential for this collaboration, it was apparent that BeHome247 and Kaba shared the same vision with...
Managing the Connected Home — Webinar presented by HomeAway and BeHome247

Managing the Connected Home — Webinar presented by HomeAway and BeHome247

August 15, 2014: On August 7, Joe Urman and Joseph Morris of BeHome247 delivered a 30-minute webinar along with Brian Buck of HomeAway. This fast-paced session covered the evolving uses of Internet connectivity to control devices throughout the home — including locks, thermostats, lights, cameras, and more. However, as you will see, it’s not about the devices, it’s all about the software that brings them together on one dashboard for your convenience. Spend a half-hour on this introductory webinar, and you’ll see how software makes sense of the constantly increasing array of hardware being created for the connected home. (You’ll see a few olive boxes on the screen toward the end of the show. Those are artifacts of the webinar controls and not an artistic...
The Stew of Expectations

The Stew of Expectations

Expectations Vacation home guests have minimum expectations that have evolved rapidly in the last couple of years. One of the most important of these is always on, high-speed Internet connectivity. The entire family has become tethered to the Internet for entertainment, news, social media, and business. Even if Mom or Dad wants a break from business interruptions, the kids don’t want breaks from their online routines. Look at the new Levi’s Stadium, just about to open in Santa Clara as the home of the 49ers. It’s got its own app, and great efforts have been made to provide signal strength inside the venue so that no fan has to suffer a moment of being unconnected. A common problem in all professional and collegiate sports is that the couch experience is better than the in-seat experience, and ticket sales are suffering as a result. This is particularly acute in NASCAR; why fight the traffic and the crowds, pay the expense of tickets and concessions, not be able to access Facebook from your smartphone, and suffer other inconveniences when you get a much more enjoyable view of the sport while sitting in front of your big-screen TV in the comfort of your own home? Much is being written in the tech press now about making the offline experience compete with the online experience, not just in spectator sports but also in shopping. The next extension of this trend in vacation homes will be an expectation of home automation along with the basic connectivity. More and more consumers are installing smart home devices from locks to thermostats, and they’re not looking for...