As a property manager, there are a few settings that you may want to pay particular attention to when rolling out Minut across your property portfolio. Here, we have summarised the most important ones to pay attention to.
If you manage many properties, configuring each sensor individually takes time. To save your time, we've also made it easy to update the settings on multiple sensors in one go. Using the web app you can apply settings to all your sensors or a subset of them.
Noise monitoring is essential for all property managers who care about their guests and neighbors. With Minut's noise monitoring mode, you get notified if guests have been too loud for a longer period of time. Minut provides all the tools necessary for you to adjust settings appropriate for your property.
How does it work?
A quiet room has a sound level of around 30dB. This is, for the human ear, a quiet surrounding. That is why the sound graph begins at 30dB in the app. Since the dB scale is logarithmic, this gives you very precise measurements for sound levels in your property.
You can read more about decibels and noise levels here.
The Minut sensor measures sound levels without recording or listening. They don’t collect, store or share any personal data. So you and your guests can relax in total privacy.
You'll find the noise graph for each sensor under sensor details. Here, you can go back and see the noise levels for a specific date and time.
The black line shows the average noise level, while the grey area shows the maximum and minimum values.
Once Noise monitoring is turned on, you can easily monitor all noise events in your home.
From the home screen, you get information about the noise level in the last hour as well as what noise threshold you have set up.
If the noise goes over the threshold set, you and your team members will receive a push notification to your phone. You can read more about Noise monitoring and the event flow here.
What thresholds should I use?
If you are unsure of what thresholds to use to properly monitor your property, here are some good starting references.
Normal conversation: 50-60 dB
Dinner party or loud TV: 60-70 dB
Party: 70-80 dB
Loud party: 80-90 dB
We recommend a threshold of around 75 dB and a duration of 10 minutes to start with. It's always good to "try out" the thresholds at the property, by playing music for around 15 minutes. This will give you a good insight into what's too loud for your specific property. This will also give you the chance to see how the event flow looks like and how this transfers into the noise graph.
You also have the option to have a lower threshold for quiet hours. You yourself can choose the timeframe and what specific dB level you want.
If a sensor is removed from the magnetic plate, you will receive a notification letting you know about the event. This will give you peace of mind, knowing that if the equipment is tampered with, you will know right away.
Many properties have an occupancy limit that is hard to keep an eye on without being at the property. With the Crowd detect feature, you can easily monitor the occupancy levels in your properties.
People gathering can be an early indicator of an unwanted party
A large number of devices in combination with high sound can confirm an unwanted party
A large number of devices can also indicate guests are violating terms of service by being too many in a home
How does it work?
Crowd detect works by counting the number of wireless devices a Minut sensor detects in a home and alerts the host if it exceeds the threshold set for the home - which may indicate that a crowd has been detected.
The Minut sensor will check for iOS devices only using Bluetooth and you can toggle the feature both from the web and mobile app.
You and your team members of the home will get a push notification once the threshold has been exceeded.
You can read more about Crowd detect here.
Integrate with your Property Management System
The integration between Minut and your PMS will allow you to sync your Minut properties with your PMS guest data. If loud noise is detected at a property, the guest will automatically receive a message, letting them know to keep it down.
All integrations can be linked via our web app.
You can find information on how to connect to your particular PMS here.
Guest messaging with Guest connect
Once you have your PMS integrated, guest data is automatically added for the home they're staying in.
With this information, our Guest connect feature will let you send automated messages to the guests if they're being loud. This can be configured for each "event level" and you can choose for it to either be a text message or an auto call.
This can be configured from the web app here.
You can choose what message you wish to send, and when. For example, you can choose to send an automated text message after the first noise warning, then, an auto call after the second warning.
You can read more about the Guest connect feature here.
With Minut you can keep an eye on more than just noise and occupancy. You can also set thresholds and monitor different environmental metrics like:
All of these can either be monitored via graphs, or set to send you and your team a notification when levels are exceeded. These settings are set for each sensor, under Sensor Settings.