Illustration of one of the 'smart' multi-storey properties at Broomhill - Image courtesy of Flexeye
River Clyde Homes recently launched the Smart Neighbourhood@Broomhill project - a ground breaking demonstrator project in partnership with HouseMark, Flexeye, Arqiva, Webthings and Smart Compliance.
The Smart Neighbourhood@Broomhill will explore the benefits to landlords and tenants of the installation of a comprehensive package of sensor-based Internet of Things (IoT) devices in social housing.
The demonstrator is field testing around three hundred multi-functional IoT devices in RCH homes in Broomhill, Greenock, and the surrounding external estate.
River Clyde Homes hope to achieve the following outcomes:
River Clyde Homes will be able to monitor the reliability and safety of different physical assets, including lifts and windows, through:
The Smart Neighbourhood@Broomhill is ground breaking in the following ways:
The parties involved in the initiative anticipate that if (as expected) the demonstrator is successful then this IoT solution can be offered to the UK housing sector as a cost-effective, leading standard, scalable solution for their future property maintenance and tenant welfare requirements.
Ross Fraser, HouseMark Chief Executive, said:
“We are delighted to be leading this initiative. We anticipate that this demonstrator will prove that IoT can deliver actionable insights to transform landlord efficiency and effectiveness in property maintenance and tenant welfare.”
Kevin Scarlett, RCH Chief Executive, said: “This is an exciting project not just for River Clyde Homes, but more importantly for all our customers at Broomhill. I am confident the demonstrator will enable the company to provide more efficient and effective services for our customers, and significantly improve the quality of our housing offer for existing and future residents.”
Justin Anderson, Exec Chair, Flexeye, and a founder of Hypercat commented, "Smart technologies can make a big difference to the quality and cost of services in the social housing sector. Flexeye will play an essential role by turning sensor data into insight, action and opportunities for RCH to improve services for tenants. Our technology platform combined with Hypercat-enabled data, means that this initial demonstrator can be scaled to support other social landlords that in total have millions of properties nationwide."
Sean Weir, Director Smart and M2M at Arqiva said:
“Social housing is one of many sectors that has the potential to be radically transformed by the IoT. Until now the cost of implementing IoT technologies has proved a big obstacle in realising these possibilities. With low cost, low power networks such as SIGFOX helping companies like Webthings bring effective IoT solutions to market affordably, this is all set to change.”
Webthings Director, Justin Tisbury said “We are delighted to be involved in this project and are committed to creating innovative IoT products for the SIGFOX network. We are forerunners in developing solutions based on this technology and our solutions are designed to be easy to configure, install and maintain demonstrating a clear ROI which we believe will become the standard within the sector.”
For further information please contact : Sharon Fleming, instigator and project lead of the smart neighbourhood – email@example.com
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