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River Clyde tests IoT for social housing

28/04/16

Demonstrator project aims to provide predictive intelligence to support operations and business planning

A social housing provider in Scotland is preparing to run a demonstrator project on the use of internet of things (IoT) technology for the sector.

Prospecthill_Street_Greenock-_geograph.org.uk_-_595566River Clyde Housing is working with Hypercat, the consortium working on standards for the IoT and smart cities, to field test about 300 multi-functional devices in homes in Broomhill near Greenock.

They will monitor conditions such as temperature, humidity, noise, movement, windspeed and power to pull together a range of real time data in what they described as the first social housing “smart neighbourhood”.

The data will feed into a business intelligence system developed by Hypercat member company Flexeye, to monitor the reliability and safety of physical assets including elevators and windows.

Monitoring and maintenance

River Clyde Homes hopes that it will help to provide information that could be used by widely in social housing, including the ability to predict maintenance needs upfront and real time monitoring of appliances to minimise health and safety risks.

It could also provide better asset intelligence for business planning and increased visibility of energy usage.

The project is being led by HouseMark, a business intelligence provider for social housing, and includes technology from Hypercat members including Arqiva and Webthings.

Ross Fraser, chief executive of HouseMark, said: “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.”

Picture by Thomas Nugent, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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