August Home Partners With HomeAway; Delivers Simple Secure Access Via Smart Keypad PIN Code

No More Leaving Keys Under Doormats, Lost Keys or Coordinating Key
Exchanges With Guests

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August
Home Inc
, the leading provider of smart locks and smart home access
products and services that make life more simple and secure, is
partnering with the world’s leading online marketplace for the vacation
rental industry, HomeAway, Inc. Now it’s easier for hosts to give guests
secure, keyless access to their listing using an August
Smart Lock
and August
Smart Keypad
. After making a reservation for a vacation rental with
August Home products, HomeAway guests automatically receive a secure PIN
code for their stay through the HomeAway app they used to make their
reservation – there’s nothing else for them to do or download.

The vacation rental market continues to grow, fueled by tech innovation
including smart home technology, which delivers a better, more secure
and convenient experience for both hosts and guests, according to the
August Home study, Short-term
Rentals: Smarter Hosting with Smart Home Technology
. Guests indicate
not worrying about being locked out (53%), not having to coordinate with
hosts when arriving or departing a property (48%), providing an easier
system for checking-in and checking-out (46%) and a carefree, key-free
stay would make the rental experience less stressful for them. For
hosts, stress-relievers include not having to worry about guests
forgetting to lock the door (66%) and no more hiding keys where someone
besides the guest might find them (34%).

“Our partnership with HomeAway puts an end to leaving keys under the
doormat, lost keys and coordinating key exchanges with guests,” said
Jason Johnson, CEO of August Home Inc. “We’ve focused on the Smart Lock
and Smart Keypad to offer the most convenient and simple way for guests
to access any property. All guests need is the PIN code, that is
automatically sent to them in the HomeAway app, to enter the property.
This simplifies managing the rental process for both hosts and guests.”

Vacation guests (80%) report they are more likely to complete a rental
reservation if the property has smart home technology. And, 60% of
guests are also willing to pay more for a vacation rental with a smart
home feature. All of this is leading hosts and guests to believe smart
home technology, such as smart locks (hosts 85%; guests 77%), will be a
part of all rentals in the future.

How it Works

Setting up and providing access to a smart HomeAway property is easy:

Hosts

  • Create an August account
  • Connect the August account from the HomeAway.com host page – a
    one-time process
  • HomeAway now automatically generates PIN codes that appear in the
    host’s HomeAway Owner Dashboard for each guest reservation

Guests

  • Automatically receive a notification to let them know that they have
    access to the property they reserved via a Smart Keypad PIN code in
    the HomeAway Guest app – that’s it.

Any reservation changes or cancellations automatically change the access
times and days for the property. These changes are also reflected inside
the HomeAway Traveler app and HomeAway Owner Dashboard. Once the
reservation ends, access to the property automatically ends.

Providing secure PIN code access to a property with an August Smart
Keypad requires an August Smart Lock. Remotely provisioning a Smart
Keypad PIN code requires the August
Connect Wi-Fi Bridge
.

August Smart Home Access Solution

The August Smart Lock, August Smart Keypad and August Doorbell Cam,
create the complete Smart Home Access Solution allowing people to manage
their front door from anywhere. The August Smart Lock turns a smartphone
into a smart key where consumers can lock and unlock their door, create
virtual keys for guests, and keep track of who comes and goes with a
24/7 activity log. The August Smart Keypad also lets users create unique
entry codes for family, friends and service providers to unlock an
August Smart Lock without a traditional key or smartphone. The August
Doorbell Cam lets consumers see and speak with visitors at the door,
from anywhere, using a smartphone.

August Access

August products work in harmony with leading smart home brands to make
life more simple and secure. August Access partners include Airbnb,
Amazon, Apple, Google, Logitech, Nest and Xfinity Home. For more
information, visit August
Access
.

About August Home Inc

August builds smart home access products and services that are safer
than traditional keys, make life easier, and put users in control of
their front door from anywhere. With August Home products, users can
create virtual keys to their home and easily grant access to house
cleaners, dog walkers, delivery services, guests, friends, and family –
and control how long that access lasts—all from a smartphone. August
Home products work together, integrate with other smart devices and
services, and are designed to fit naturally and elegantly into the home.
August Home Inc is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Contacts

August Home Inc
Lisa Auslen
press@august.com