New app counts guest phones to avoid Airbnb’s ‘party house’ problem
An app from a Silicon Valley startup uses new technology to count the number of people in a home, and it’s offering its services to help Airbnb hosts protect their short-term rentals from parties that have become a bane for the home. industry, as Airbnb prepares to go public.
Party Squasher uses a sensor that can be hidden in hosts’ houses. The device connects to a cloud service to passively count mobile devices in and around a home, even if they are not connected to WiFi, to provide data on the number of mobile devices, that is- that is to say of people, in a property.