Sensors have been installed at social housing locations in Peterborough for a new trial of smart city technology.
The city’s largest social housing landlord, Cross Keys Homes (CKH), has teamed up with full fibre infrastructure provider CityFibre to explore how a network of sensors deployed throughout its estate could monitor health, safety and environmental factors while delivering cost savings and reducing the carbon footprint of both CKH and its residents.
At three residential locations across the city, sensors are transmitting real-time data back to a network of antennas, which in turn are connected to CityFibre’s full fibre network in the city.
The technology was deployed to evaluate its potential in a number of scenarios, CityFibre explained. Sensors are being used to monitor humidity and condensation to improve tenants’ comfort and reduce the need for damp treatment or repair. Meanwhile, environmental sensors are helping to address heat waste in communal areas, contributing to reduced carbon emissions and lower energy bills.
Noise sensors are monitoring activity in vacant properties, and parking sensors alert staff to illegal parking in front of emergency exits. This data enables CKH to act promptly, improving tenant safety and security.
Additional sensors monitor levels in water tanks and detect fire risks such open fire doors, allowing for swift remedial action.
Claire Higgins, Chief Executive at Cross Keys Homes, said: “At the beginning of the trial we could never have anticipated just how many uses and benefits the IoT technology would uncover. We have been able to identify new ways to ensure our homes are comfortable, safe and green by addressing condensation, security, fire risk and energy waste, which in turn has led to significant cost and efficiency savings.”
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