Klevio, the makers of an intercom which allows users to open doors from anywhere using phones, has announced a partnership with managed home rental service provider, Hostmaker.
Hostmaker is now using Klevio in most new properties that they manage, with hosts being offered an exclusive rate to install Klevio. Currently it costs £549 to install the smart intercom system in a flat and £499 for a house.
Rather than replacing your lock and keys, Klevio One connects to an existing intercom system inside a home and is operated via an iOS or Android app.
Klevio can be fitted in any home with no need to change existing locks. It works with multiple doors with no need to modify communal areas of apartment buildings when installing it, since the device is located within the flat.
The app connects to the device, allowing users to open their private and communal doors from anywhere with a swipe and press of a button.
For guests heading to a Hostmaker home where Klevio is installed they will be able to accept a digital key which can be restricted by time and location, to access the property on arrival and throughout their stay.
This is a big benefit for guests and hosts in the situation where travel disruption can mess with plans for key handovers.
Short-let agents can open doors remotely for late guests and remove the need for a lock box to store the physical key. Klevio hopes the smart access will give hosts added security and make it easier to monitor entry, providing a log of who entered the property and when.
Aleš Špetič, cofounder and CEO at Klevio said: “A lot of time and money goes into having a person available at the property to meet guests and handover keys, and into getting keys to anyone who may service the space, like a cleaner.
“Technology is changing our habits in many ways: from how we relate to one another to how we live our daily lives. Even the money we use is electronic, so why aren’t keys the same?”
Veronica Rivas, head of guest services at Hostmaker, added: “Having Klevio installed as standard for all our future host properties will make a marked difference to us as a company and to our guests.
“We were one of the first to spot the opportunity to make home sharing hassle free for hosts and guests and believe we’re doing so again when it comes to improving our services. We want to provide added reliability to our guests.”
Hostmaker has raised a total of $29.3m in funding over five rounds, and works with over 2000 host properties across London, Cannes, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Florence, Rome, Lisbon and Bangkok.
Since launch last May, Klevio has made partnerships with a host of other property management firms including Resident.ly, Stay Keepers, Perch, Club Living, and Urang Group.
Ben Khiaban, lettings and residential manager at Urang Property Management Ltd, said Klevio has “not only improved our efficiency” but “differentiated us from other management firms on the market.”