In the first two segments of this blog series, we summarized monitoring approaches to prevent parties, including human monitoring and video surveillance. In this final post, we summarize noise monitoring technologies.
One of the most common issues that arise from parties is loud music and loud guests. Sound monitoring devices can capture those moments and send alerts to property managers. Legally acceptable, sound monitoring devices are usually allowed by OTAs as long as there are no recording capabilities.
However sound monitors have real disadvantages as well. First, they can be easily tampered with by merely covering or stifling the sensor. False alarms may happen because sound monitors can be set off by any loud noises, even those not created by the guest such as a car alarm in front of the property. Also, sound monitors may require multiple devices to cover larger properties or cover inside and outside locations. And finally, sound monitors only capture noise issues; they do not capture overcrowding or other nuisances caused by parties (parking, COVID overcrowding concerns, etc.).
Party Squasher sensors avoid many of the shortcomings of noise sensors (tampering, false alarms, coverage) and sometimes are deployed together with sound monitoring in especially large or sensitive properties.