Smart lock provider August Home announced it is adding a PIN code feature to make it easier for Airbnb hosts to grant guests keyless access to their properties.
Now, when a reservation is made for a property equipped with an August Smart Lock and August Smart Keypad, August will automatically generate a custom personal entry code for the specific dates and times of the reservation for guests.
No longer do hosts have to make copies of physical keys and coordinate meeting times to hand off and retrieve them, or provide guests with instructions on how to access the physical keys in a remote lock box.
Hosts can now choose from three options to grant access: a custom PIN code for an August Smart Keypad that is automatically generated; mobile phone access via the August app; and both PIN code and August app access.
Since August is already a member of the Airbnb Host Assist program, providing keyless access to any Airbnb property is simple. Hosts just need to link their Airbnb account and August account inside the August app to start the process. If the host already has an August Smart Lock, they can enable Smart Keypad access by updating their August/Airbnb settings in the August app.
When a guest reserves a property equipped with August products, they receive an email with detailed instructions based on the access method selected by the host. Any reservation changes or cancellations automatically change the access times and days. 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.
“Our Smart Locks are the perfect complement to any Airbnb rental, giving hosts complete control over guest access and the freedom to manage their property from anywhere,” said Jason Johnson, CEO of August Home Inc.
“By expanding our Airbnb integration to include the August Smart Keypad, we’re making it simpler for guests to enter and exit a property by simply entering a security code. This makes Airbnb rentals more secure by removing the need for physical keys, which can be lost or copied.”