Press Release: The vacation rental industry now has a gadget to keep an eye on occupancy levels

With Party Squasher in a rental unit, property managers, homeowners and hosts know right away if an occupant is throwing a rager. It’s a new Smart Home device and in-use by several top-tier vacation rental brands.

SUNNYVALE, CA – February 23 – With all the earnings that come with short-term rental services like Airbnb, there’s always a caveat: a single unauthorized party could cost thousands in damages, and you might not know about it for days or even weeks. Such parties make headlines all the time with damage tolls as high as $50,000, $75,000 or worse in a single night.

But Panasonic Venture Capital backed has the solution and is already working with major vacation rental brands. That solution is Party Squasher, a small, discrete device that counts the number of people in a property by the signals coming from their mobile devices. If the number goes higher than what the owner wants (like, say, 12) it sends a text to let them know that occupancy is too high.

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