Hosts who use HomeAway can provide their guests with a virtual key code instead of a physical key

HomeAway, a vacation rental company similar to AirBnB, wants to make it easier for hosts to enable guests get inside their homes while they’re away. By partnering with August Home, a company that specializes in creating smart household appliances, hosts can purchase August’s smart lock and keypad to instead provide guests with a virtual key code they can use during their visit.

The August smart lock works by setting up a virtual code for someone to key in. An owner can send someone a code and have that code only operate for a few weeks, hours, minutes, or during a specific date. When a guest has booked a location with HomeAway, the guest receives the virtual code through email or text message. The code expires on the guests’ departing date.

Hosts who use HomeAway should expect to spend nearly $400 on August’s smart lock, keypad, and the Wi-Fi bridge to connect the system to their home.

August Smart Lock

HomeAway, a vacation rental company similar to AirBnB, wants to make it easier for hosts to enable guests get inside their homes while they’re away. By partnering with August Home, a company that specializes in creating smart household appliances, hosts can purchase August’s smart lock and keypad to instead provide guests with a virtual key code they can use during their visit.

The August smart lock works by setting up a virtual code for someone to key in. An owner can send someone a code and have that code only operate for a few weeks, hours, minutes, or during a specific date. When a guest has booked a location with HomeAway, the guest receives the virtual code through email or text message. The code expires on the guests’ departing date.