US: Flexible accommodations provider Kasa has partnered with Minut, a home security technology firm, to offer protection across Kasa’s expanding portfolio of properties.
Kasa is planning to install Minut sensors in all of its 30+ US markets. The sensors monitor sound levels and notifies hosts and property managers whenever the noise rises above a customisable threshold for a a prolonged period of time.
Minut’s home sensor does not listen nor record any sound – it tracks the decibel level inside the property.
In addition to noise, sensors also track temperature and humidity, when guests arrive and leave via a motion detection feature, and doubles up as a home alarm. The sound recognition capability can notify hosts when other alarms (for example smoke or cabin monoxide) have been triggered.
Nils Mattisson, CEO of Minut, said: “Through this partnership we aim to establish a new industry standard for safe and responsible hosting. We’re extremely excited for this opportunity to create a more sustainable short-term rental landscape together with Kasa.”
Yvette Romero, director of strategic product initiatives at Kasa, added: “Minut noise sensors are essential for us providing a safe short-term rental experience for property partners, neighbours and guests. They give us reliable ‘eyes on the ground’ in every one of our units. Additionally, by integrating Kasa into Minut’s cloud platform, we have access to event data that we can use to improve operations.”
Minut were a winner of The Shortyz 2020 award ‘best home automation solution or product’. You can find out more about the previous winners, along with categories for the 2021 awards, here.
Kasa has recently announced a management deal for the 12-room Hotel Castro, the first boutique hotel to enter the market in San Francisco’s Castro District. The news closely follows the closing of a Series B funding round of $30 million at the back end of 2020.