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PointCentral Integrates Home Automation Features with Direct

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Wes Smithe in Integrations on May 7th, 2019

PointCentral Integrates Smart Home Automation Features with Direct®


Portland-based PointCentral, the recognized leader in enterprise-scale Property Automation solutions for short-term vacation rental and long-term residential property managers, today announced they have integrated their smart home property automation technology with Chicago-based Direct®, makers of a Property Management Software (PMS) for vacation rental managers. The integration provides a robust technical interface that links PointCentral Smart Home keyless solutions to the Direct vacation rental software, further automating how VRMs can leverage technology to improve their operations, delight guests and keep homeowners happy.

"We're extremely excited to announce our relationship with PointCentral," said Wes Smithe, co-founder & CEO at Direct. "Both of our systems are innovative and powerful, and this seamless integration will support managers using PointCentral who are looking for a next-gen PMS, and allow managers using Direct to take home automation to the next level."

" By integrating PointCentral technology with PMS platforms, like Direct, vacation rental managers can manage access and other smart home property automation technology directly within their software.  "

By incorporating keyless smart locks and thermostats in their properties, vacation rental managers using the Direct PMS can automatically assign temporary lock codes for each guest, as well as both automate and control the HVAC units within their properties The codes are activated on the date and time of check-in and expire on the date and time of check-out, providing guests with the peace of mind knowing the lock codes are unique to their stay, and eliminating the need to stop to pick up or drop off a key. If early arrival is requested, the system can automatically notify the guest when their rental is clean and available for occupancy, at the same time making the lock code available earlier.

"Vacation rental managers are rapidly adopting smart home technology for their properties," said Sean Miller, president of PointCentral. "Keyless smart locks not only provide significant operational efficiencies by eliminating the risks and frustrations associated with keys, they also result in happier guests who appreciate the added safety and homeowners who want their assets protected. By integrating PointCentral technology with PMS platforms, like Direct, vacation rental managers can manage access and other smart home property automation technology directly within their software."


PointCentral Integrates with Direct

PointCentral is now fully integrated with Direct PMS

About Direct®
Direct is the essential enterprise software platform for vacation rental property management with a proprietary channel manager, CRM, free website builder, automated staff workflows, integrated payouts, and much more. Their next-gen software adds tremendous value bringing every feature necessary to run a business under one roof by consolidating or replacing the functionalities altogether, enabling companies to generate more revenue, with less effort, and ultimately at a lower cost than they can by bundling competing platforms.

About PointCentral
PointCentral, a subsidiary of Alarm.com (ALRM), provides short and long-term property managers of single-family and multi-family assets with an enterprise-class solution that monitors and controls Smart Home technology across all properties in their inventory over a best-in-class secure and reliable cellular network – increasing property awareness, reducing operational costs and improving resident satisfaction. PointCentral's solutions allow property managers to realize operational efficiencies, enhancing the asset for guests and residents.

  Sean Miller

Sean Miller is CEO and Co-Founder at PointCentral, based in Portland.

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PriceLabs Integrates Revenue Management Solution Direct

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Wes Smithe in Integrations on July 11th, 2019

PriceLabs Integrates Revenue Management Solution With Direct®


Chicago-based PriceLabs, a global leader in revenue and yield management technology for professional vacation rental managers, today announced they have completed an integration with fellow Chicago-based Direct®, a next-generation enterprise Property Management System (PMS) for vacation rental managers.

"We’re very excited to announce our integration with PriceLabs," said Wes Smithe, co-founder & CEO at Direct. “Their system is amazingly powerful, their onboarding process is very organized, and their team is great to work with and constantly innovating. This two-way integration allows vacation rental managers to make data-driven, dynamic changes to pricing and availability as efficiently as possible, a huge leg up for our side of the hotel and lodging industry.”

" As we worked on this partnership and got to learn more, we’ve been extremely pleased by the breadth of capabilities Direct provides as an enterprise-grade property management system.  "

By incorporating the revenue management technology from PriceLabs, vacation rental management companies running on Direct can seamlessly manage pricing and stay restrictions to increase revenues, and save countless hours in the process. In a few clicks managers can connect to PriceLabs within Direct, and within minutes can get an overview of their portfolio’s performance, see which listings need to be updated, and setup account-level customization for full automation. All data is then pushed to calendars within Direct, which then feed to the top marketplaces with their proprietary channel manager, or to the managers websites powered by Direct for increased conversions.

"We’re super excited to be partnering with Direct. Even before we started working together, Wes and his team came highly recommended by people we look up to in the vacation rental industry" said Anurag Verma, Co-founder of PriceLabs. "As we worked on this partnership and got to learn more, we’ve been extremely pleased by the breadth of capabilities Direct provides as an enterprise-grade property management system. The automation tools and workflows they’ve built are great by themselves, but the direct channel connections really differentiates them. It removes that one more layer of complexity that most property management systems have to deal with in the form of a channel manager sitting between them and the OTAs."

PriceLabs integrates with Direct

PriceLabs is now fully integrated with Direct PMS

About Direct®
Rated one of the top vacation rental software platforms in 2019 by VRMB.com, Direct is the essential enterprise software platform for vacation rental property management with a proprietary channel manager, CRM, free website builder, automated staff workflows, integrated payouts, and much more. Their next-gen software adds tremendous value bringing every feature necessary to run a business under one roof by consolidating or replacing the functionalities altogether, enabling companies to generate more revenue, with less effort, and ultimately at a lower cost than they can by bundling competing platforms.

About PriceLabs
PriceLabs is an innovative and easy to use revenue management tool for the vacation and short term rental industry. A data-driven approach, automation rules, and customizations to manage pricing and stay restrictions help vacation rental managers increase revenues, and save hours in the process. With integrations to a growing list of channels and property management systems, automated revenue management is a few clicks away.

  Anurag Verma

Anurag Verma is CEO and Co-Founder at PriceLabs, based in Chicago.

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VirtualKEY Integrates Home Automation Platform with Direct

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Wes Smithe in Integrations on June 24th, 2019

VirtualKEY Integrates Home Automation Platform With Direct®


Chicago-based VirtualKEY, a global leader in smart home automation technology for property managers and owner-operators, today announced they have completed integrating their platform with fellow Chicago-based Direct®, a next-generation enterprise Property Management System (PMS) for vacation rental managers.

“We are beyond thrilled to announce our integration with VirtualKEY,” said Wes Smithe, co-founder & CEO at Direct. “The platform is amazing end-to-end, their approach to the market is frictionless, and their dynamic team is making a huge impact in the industry. This seamless integration allows managers to automate operations in the most personalized way possible.”

" Direct is an all-in-one property management software with next-gen technology disrupting our industry. Direct will make it easier for property managers to manage their properties, staff, vendors, guests, and bookings in one single platform.  "

By incorporating VirtualKEY’s technology, vacation rental management companies running on Direct can easily generate temporary access codes for short term renters, allowing them to unlock the door with a 4-digit PIN or their mobile devices for the duration of the stay. As soon as the reservation expires, the temporary code is automatically deactivated, and an audit trail for security purposes is created along the way. The integration also allows property managers to automate HVAC temperature changes based on occupancy saving 15% in utilities, adjust lights, voice-assisted concierge service, better monitor staff, and protect property assets using noise, smoke, and leak sensors.

“It gives me immense pleasure to announce the Integration with Direct,” said Resha Shroff, CEO of VirtualKEY. “Direct is an all-in-one property management software with next-gen technology disrupting our industry. Direct will make it easier for property managers to manage their properties, staff, vendors, guests, and bookings in one single platform.”


VirtualKEY integrates with Direct

VirtualKEY is now fully integrated with Direct PMS

About Direct®
Direct is the essential enterprise software platform for vacation rental property management with a proprietary channel manager, CRM, free website builder, automated staff workflows, integrated payouts, and much more. Their next-gen software adds tremendous value bringing every feature necessary to run a business under one roof by consolidating or replacing the functionalities altogether, enabling companies to generate more revenue, with less effort, and ultimately at a lower cost than they can by bundling competing platforms.

About VirtualKEY
VirtualKEY is an enterprise software powering properties in 200 cities and 5 countries. Their manufacturer-agnostic automation software integrates with a variety of Smartlocks from Yale, Schlage, Dorma Kaba, Remotelock etc. and over 300 home automation devices (lighting control, thermostats, pool sensors, Alexa, etc.). The platform automatically syncs reservation information from Property Management Systems (PMS), and online booking platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway to deliver time-sensitive PIN codes for guests and staff, monetize services like an early check-in / late check-out, and collect emails of all the guests in the group to increase remarketing conversions.

  Resha Shroff

Resha Shroff is CEO and Co-Founder at VirtualKEY, based in Chicago.

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