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University deploys home sensors in student accommodation


Mark Say Managing Editor

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Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) has installed smart home sensors into its student accommodation to improve safety and proactive maintenance.

It has deployed the HomeLINK Connected Home Solution from Aico to detect fires and gather data on indoor environmental conditions. It monitors indoor air quality, temperature, humidity, ventilation and CO2 levels. 

The sensors provide occupants with data on the indoor environment to help them prevent condensation, and damp and mould.

They also give the university’s security and fire teams real time data and trends in alarm activations to help them reduce callouts that are not genuine fire or smoke alerts. CCCU now has remote monitoring for property management so the right departments and people receive custom notifications and tags at the right times.

A CCCU estates team spokesperson said: The added benefit of the environmental sensors has led us to prioritise some remedial works to improve thermal efficiency of certain properties. Overall, so far it has shown how technology can benefit us as landlords, and plans are already in place to roll out across more of our properties.”

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